The 40th Shodh Yatra from Chakwali to Dawar, Bandipora district of Jammu & Kashmir from 27th October to 2nd November, 2017


Shodh Yatra 40th at Jammu & Kashmir (Gurez Valley)

27th October to 2nd November, 2017

The 40th Shodh Yatra from Chakwali to Dawar, Bandipora district of Jammu & Kashmir from 27th October to 2nd November, 2017

Those who wish to participate in the Shodh Yatra, are requested to register with SRISTI (email: as soon as possible, and no later than 30th September 2017.

All those people who are willing to join the Shodh Yatra are requested to reach Srinagar on or before 27th October, 2017 latest by morning 06:00 am. Those who are reaching Jammu Tawi can directly reach to Bandipora. Shodh Yatra will be ending on 2nd November 2017 afternoon.

Nearest Railway Stations:

  • Jammu Tawi (Jammu to Bandipora 360 km approx.)
  • Jammu Tawi (Jammu to Srinagar 300 km approx.)

Nearest Airport:

  • Srinagar (Srinagar to Chakwali 210 km approx.)

As several arrangements will be made for this Shodh Yatra during the next month, it is very important that you keep yourself updated by regularly monitoring our website:

Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), a developmental voluntary organization located in Ahmedabad, India, organises Shodh Yatra, a journey for the search of knowledge, creativity and innovations at the grassroots.

It is an attempt to reach out to the remotest part of the country with a firm belief that hardship and the challenges of natural surroundings are the prime motivators of creativity and innovation. Shodh Yatra aims at unearthing such traditional knowledge and grassroots innovations that have not only simplified the lives of men, women and farm labourers but have also significantly contributed towards the conservation of bio‐diversity.

Shodh Yatras are held in rural areas of different geographical locations in India twice a year, with support from the Honey Bee Network. The aim of this Shodh Yatra is to felicitate local grassroots innovators, traditional knowledge-holders, students with innovative ideas and people who have made a significant contribution to society in conserving bio‐diversity, etc. at their door steps and in front of their community. The marching group of shodhyatris consists of scientists, innovators, villagers, students and professors who walk over a period of six to eight days, to convey the message of the Honey Bee Network. Biodiversity and idea competitions are organised among children, while Food Formulation contests are organised among women in some of the villages (particularly with a focus on food formulations in which at least one less known or forgotten plant produce has been used). It is a journey of mutual exchange and sharing of knowledge.

The following activities are undertaken during the Shodh Yatra:

  1. Felicitation of local innovators and traditional knowledge holders
  2. Organising traditional food formulation competitions, biodiversity competitions to promote local biodiversity conservation and generating awareness about the same
  3. Knowing and understanding local issues and problems of villagers by conducting village meetings
  4. Sharing open source information available with SRISTI which may be of use to the local people
  5. Identification of centenarians, enterprising women and children, artisans, rural researchers and people contributing to the preservation of natural resources
  6. Preparing of a register of local knowledge and local plant diversities
  7. Generating awareness about preservation of local species and local biodiversity
  8. Promoting low cost and sustainable agricultural technologies


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