Odisha tourism: 16th Eco Pad-Yatra ends, raises awareness on environment

The 16th edition of ‘Eco Pad-Yatra’, led by Buddhist spiritual leaders Gyalwang Drukpa and Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche of Hemis Monastery, came to an end yesterday (Oct 31).

Over 300 participants from different countries participated to create awareness on environment covered heritage sites, collecting toxic litter on the way, inspiring people for conservation, the official Twitter handle of Odisha Tourism cited.

The 140-km yatra covered five important Buddhist sites namely, Bhubaneswar, Udayagiri, Dhauli, Lalitgiri and Ratnagiri. During the Yatra, the participants offered daily prayers for peace and compassion, performed large-scale cleanings of the terrain along its route, and campaigned amongst the local citizens about the importance of preserving nature and sustainability.

The yatra was flagged off by Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda from the Bharat Scouts and Guides campus in Bhubaneswar on Oct 24.

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