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Morning Ride with Viktor Zichó: Celebrating Alexander Csoma de Körös’ Legacy

The Liszt Institute Hungarian Cultural Centre in Delhi, in collaboration with the Delhi Cyclists, organized a special event titled “Morning Ride with Viktor Zichó, an avid Hungarian extreme sportsman and environmental activist.”

This event was part of the CSOMA240 project, which commemorates the 240th birth anniversary of Alexander Csoma de Körös, a distinguished Hungarian scholar known for his contributions to modern Tibetan studies and the composition of the first Tibetan-English dictionary.

In 2019, 200 years after Csoma de Körös left Hungary to ultimately reach India, Viktor Zichó retraced his journey on a bicycle, covering 13,000 kilometers over 11 months and facing numerous adventures along the way.

The culmination of his journey was marked by his arrival in Darjeeling, where he honored Csoma de Körös by placing walnuts and the Hungarian tricolor on his tomb in the Old Cemetery.

To celebrate this historic feat and the scholar’s significant achievements, participants, including members of the Delhi Cyclists and guests such as HE István Szabó, Ambassador of Hungary to India, took part in a 25-kilometer morning bicycle ride through South Delhi.

The event concluded with refreshments and a workshop led by Viktor Zichó, providing attendees with a unique blend of culture and sport.

Author:- Apoorva Arora

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