Friday, March 16, 2007

XLRI bikers out to explore untouched destinations

XLRI bikers out to explore untouched destinations

Express News Service

Pune, March 14: From the virgin beaches of Kashid, to the former French colony at Mahe, the yet to be explored areas of ‘Incredible India’ will soon be unfurled by a group of students of the Xaviers Labour Relations Institute (XLRI). With an aim to boost tourism in India, a team of 14 students will embark on a unique bike expedition along the coast of West India from Pune to Kanyakumari, documenting along the way potential tourist destinations that have remained dormant.

As part of the XLRI Leadership Expedition, which was flagged off on Wednesday, 14 students, accompanied by experienced biker Dilip Bam, a faculty member, and two others, will travel a stretch of nearly 2000 km, visiting about 20 locations over a period of 13 days from March 14-26.

“We intend to document information about all the potential tourist spots on the way that we find interesting, and which have not been discovered so far,” said XLRI student Naqi Abbas.

This information will include the name and location of the spot, special tourist attractions worth highlighting, government initiatives, and what needs to be done. “This will be compiled in the form of a report, which we will submit to the Union and State Tourism Ministries,” said Abbas. This can help create employment and boost the economy in the area through tourism, the students said.

The XLRI Leadership Expedition is an annual event carried out by the final year students at XLRI to improve skills like leadership, with emphasis on planning, logistics, decision making, group facilitation, and so on. Last year, an expedition was carried out to the Mount Everest base.

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