Kora Cycling Challenge completed at Patan

22nd Jul, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, July 22: Kora Cycling Challenge was organized at Patan Dhoka on Saturday. Around 3000 cyclists gathered in the event. Kora is a process of taking tour of religious places in a clockwise way in both Hindu and Buddhist religions. Cyclists of different age groups ranging from nine years old to seventy years old took part in the Kora rally. The rally also had the participation of foreign tourists. 

Before starting the rally, participants observed a minute of silence in memory of late cyclist Narayan Gopal Maharjan. “This sort of rally helps to improve our health and also the environment by controlling pollution," said Gaurav Shamsher Rana, former Nepal Army Chief who also has been participating in the rally since the past three years. Former champion Laxmi Magar is leading the rally.

The route of the rally followed Kirtipur, Chobhar, Naikap. Syuchatar, Swayambhu,, Nagarjun, Balaju, Manamaiju, Dhapasi, Budhanilkantha, Kapan, Bouddha, Pashupati, Guheshwori, Sinamangal, Airport, Koteshwor and came back to the starting point again. On the basis of distance, i.e., 50, 75 and 100 kilometers, cycle riders have been categorized as Novice, Intermediate and Expert respectively in the Kathmandu Kora Rally.