A Desert Safari (Gypsy Rally) is being undertaken by Mathura based Strike 1 on behalf of the Sapta Shakti Command from 16 to 28 August 2015 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of 1965 Indo-Pak War. The Desert Safari will commence from Varanasi on 16 Aug 2015. Varanasi is the location where Strike 1 was raised initially. The Desert Safari will cover total distance of 3500 Km while traversing through UP, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana before terminating at New Delhi.
This year marks the Golden Jubilee of Indo-Pak War of 1965 in which most of the action was witnessed along the Western borders. The aim of the Desert Safari is to honour and memorialise the heroes of the Nation who had made supreme sacrifice during the Indo-Pak War of 1965 and also to foster spirit of adventure, team work and camaraderie. The Desert Safari Team will pay homage and respect to the Martyrs of 1965 War at various War Memorials in the respective formations. The Desert Safari Team will also interact with the students and local youth at schools/colleges enroute to make them aware of the achievements of the Indian Army during the 1965 War.