34th Shodh Yatra at Sikkim 28th Jan to 3rd Feb, 2015

34th Shodh Yatra at Sikkim 28th Jan to 3rd Feb, 2015 Shodhyatra Report

Dear All

The coming ShodhYatra will be organised in North Sikkim District from Wednesday 28th Jan to Tuesday 3rdFeb, 2015. The meeting point will be Dikchufrom where the walk will start, heading for Lum, the first village, some 4 kms away. 12 villages will be visited including Lum in lower Dzongu and ending in Tingvong in upper Dzongu. The walking distance is about 94 km but the terrain is mountainous. Distances between villages will vary from 4 km to 15 km.

Whoever intends to participate in the coming ShodhYatra, isrequested to register with SRISTI(email shodhyatra@sristi.org)as soon as possible and no later than Monday 29th December 2014and be present on Wednesday 28th Jan 2015 at Dikchu, North Sikkim between 12 noon and 1pm. The ShodhYatra will end on 3rdFeb 2015 from2pm at Tinvong, Upper Zhongu.

January/February is the mid-winter season in North Sikkim. The day temperature during the yatra is expected to vary from just below to just above freezing, and at nightfrom minus 12 to minus 20 deg. C. It will be essential to wear layers of warm clothes, hats that cover the ears, gloves, warm robust footwear with at last 2 layers of socks. Rainfall is very unlikely but rain proof wear should be carried as a contingency and can be an extra layer against cold wind.

In order to reach the grassroots people and connect with them, a learning walk is organized by SRISTI (Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions, a voluntary organisation located in Ahmedabad, India). Twice a year, ShodhYatras take place in rural areas in different geographical locations of the country, with support from the Honey Bee Network. The aim of this yatra is to felicitate local grassroots innovators, traditional knowledge holders, students with innovative ideas and people with a significant contribution to society in conserving bio‐diversity, etc. at their door steps, in front of their community so that inspiration may be drawn by others. The marching group of Shodhyatris consists of scientists, innovators, villagers, students and professors who walk about 100 km over a period of six to eight days, to convey the message of the network. Biodiversity and idea competitions are organized among children, while recipe contests are organized among women in some of the villages (particularly with a focus on food recipes in which at least one less known or forgotten plant produce has been used).

ShodhYatra is a journey in 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. ShodhYatra 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. It is a journey of mutual exchange and sharing of knowledge.

The following activities are undertaken during the ShodhYatra:

  • Felicitation of local innovators and traditional knowledge holders.
  • Organising traditional recipe competitions, biodiversity competitions to promote local biodiversity conservation and generate awareness about the same.
  • Knowing and understanding local issues and problems of villagers by conducting village meetings.
  • Sharing open source information available with SRISTI which may be of use to the local people.
  • Identification of centenarians, enterprising women and children, artisans, rural researchers and people contributing to the preservation of natural resources.
  • Preparations of a register of local knowledge and local plant diversities.
  • Generating awareness about preservation of local species and local biodiversity.
  • Promoting low cost, less expensive and organic farming technologies.

How To Reach
Arrival by 12 noon to 1pm on Wednesday 28th Jan 2015 at Dikchu, North Sikkim

By air and road: The nearest airport to Dikchuis Bagdogra in West Bengal which is 127 km, 3 hour drive. Scheduled flights operate toBagdografrom Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati.

By rail and road: The nearest railway stationis New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, 124 km away from Dikchu.

Private Taxis, Jeeps and Landroversare available regularly on the NH 31A highway which is the main route into Sikkim from West Bengal.

Departure from Upper Dzongu on Tuesday 3rd Feb 2015
The drive from Upper Zhongu to Bagdogra is 160km, about a 4 hour drive.

Application for the shodh yatra for Sikkim is now closed. If you wish to join us at next one in May 2015 please contact us, see information below.


AES Boy's Hostel Campus
Nr. Gujarat University Library and SBI Bank
Ahmedabad-380 009
Tel: 079-27912792, 27913293
Email : shodhyatra@sristi.org

(1) Guideline
(2) Registration form PDF
(3) Registration form DOC
(4) Route Plan