Imphal: How exciting will it be to go on a solo trip around the world and that too, on a bicycle with a message of humanity? That’s exactly what this young Manipuri boy, Ji Ingobi Chingtham from Khongjom Sapam Mayai Leikai in Imphal, is doing. The 21-year-old youth is on an endeavour to cross seven countries with a theme ‘One World, One Family’, a global integration on his first-of-its-kind world tour.
Manipur minister of state for PDS & commerce affairs and revenue Karam Shyam on Saturday flagged off the global solo expedition of Chingtham at the western gate of Kangla Fort in Imphal amidst family members and friends of the young cyclist.
During his solo trip, Chingtham will cover about 10,000 km and pass through Southeast Asian countries, including Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Singapore, within seven months’ time frame.
Speaking to EastMojo, Chingtham, a campaigner for climate change, said, “In the initial phase of his tour, he will tour around the districts of the state for 20 days and spread awareness on women empowerment, women safety and climate change.”
The other theme for his latest tour includes, “respect your identity and others will respect you”, Chingtham added.
A student of DM College, Chingtham feels that every single person on this planet has his or her own way to contribute to society for a better tomorrow and he is contributing his bit for the mankind.
During his 220-day journey across different countries, Chingtham informed that he will be interacting with students and public. A GPS tool, namely Garmin. will help him track the kilometres covered by him during the tour, he said.
During the tour, the young cyclist will be representing India at the Global Goals MUN 2.0, an international youth leadership platform, in Bangkok from September 20 to October 9 this year.
In 2018, Chingtham, son of Ch Ingocha Singh, also completed two solo expeditions within the country.
In the early part of last year, taking the slogan, “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”, of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he sets off the lone cycle rally from Imphal to New Delhi and covered around 2,500 km in 20 days.
During October last year, Chingtham had also embarked on another solo cycling adventure from Mumbai to the national capital spreading awareness on cancer patients.
This time, after reaching his final destination in Singapore, Chingtham is expected to return to his home state by the end of February next year.