The Army said that 160 tri-service personnel and their family members, including 82 Army participants, left on a pilgrimage to Bodhgaya for the first time in their lifetime, thanks to a comprehensive friendly package, introduced by the Commander of the Army in collaboration with the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army and the High Commission of India.
The project, designed closely by the Commander of the Army under the India-Sri Lanka Exchange Programme (Army to Army) in close cooperation with the High Commission of India enables pilgrims to visit Bodhgaya and other historical places of worship during their three-day stay (24-26) in India.
The itinerary, prepared by the office of the Indian Chief of the Army Staff, the host of the tour would provide food, accommodation and all transport to the touring tri-service group at their cost.
A few hours prior to their departure, the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake and the Indian High Commissioner for Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu accompanied by senior officers of the sister services met the group belonging to the tri-services and wished them a happy journey.
An Indian Air Force aircraft flew the group to Bodhgaya showing the Indian Army’s goodwill towards the Sri Lankan Defence Forces, the Army said. (Colombo Gazette)