GURUGRAM: With an aim to raise awareness about protecting the Gurugram’s green cover, Pedalyatri, a of enthusiasts in the city, tied rakhis to trees near Rithoj and Behrampur villages in the .

Calling it ‘Vriksha Bandhan’, the group tied handmade rakhis to two old banyan trees. The group has been regularly visiting the Aravali forests for rides.

“We decided to celebrate Bandhan on Sunday to celebrate our bond with trees. We took a pledge to protect our green siblings better. Our weekly rides into the Aravalis are an escape from the stress of daily life for us,” said Harsha Kapoor, a member.

Talking about the group’s initiative in protecting tree cover in the Aravalis, Vidit Paliwal, known as ‘Green Man’ of the group, said, “We are passionate about nature as we mostly ride on trails in the Aravalis. We have been witnessing destruction of trees over the past few years. In order to save the green cover, we have been conducting tree plantation and seed dispersal in the Aravalis for the past two years. This year, we consulted a few experts and planted native trees. We acquired 12,000 seeds and planted 30 saplings of native trees. We monitored these seeds and saplings during our rides.”

The group comes to the Aravalis at least once or twice a month, covering a distance of 50-60km on weekends and 25-30km on weekdays.

The members avoid main roads, preferring to ride on paths and trails through the woods.

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