Berhampur, December 11 (LocalWire): Over 100 people, including school and college students, climbed Mahendragiri hill in Gajapati district on the occasion of International Mountain Day on Wednesday.
NCC cadets from different schools and colleges, police and forest personnel, and civilians participated in the trekking to the hilltop about 5,000 feet from the sea level, district police chief Sarah Sharma told LocalWire.
Mahendragiri, part of the Eastern Ghats, around 115 km from Berhampur, is located in the border of Odisha-Andhra Pradesh.
The hill has mythological stories behind it from the Ramayana and Mahabharat era.
At least five ancient temples are located on the hill-top and dedicated to Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, and Kunti.
A water body on the hilltop is known as Sita Kunda.
Noted mountaineer Jogabyasa Bhoi, the first Odia to successfully climb the highest peak of five continents, is guiding the trekking event, organised by local police for the first time.
“Besides promoting adventure sports, the trekking initiative is aimed at promoting local tourism,” Sharma said.
“At the same time, we are also focusing on creating awareness against the use of plastic in Mahendragiri, she added.
The team is using leaf plates instead of any plastic during the trekking.