Bachendri Pal is a mountaineer and is the first Indian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest (Asia’s and the World’s highest Peak). She was born on 24th May, 1954. She has lead many expeditions like the Indo-Nepalese Women’s Mount Everest Expedition, the First Indian Women Trans-Himalayan Expedition and the Great Indian Women’s Rafting Voyage.
Bachendri Pal received several medals and awards :
- She received a gold medal for excellence in mountaineering by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation in 1984.
- In 1984 she was also honored with the Padma Shri.
- She got a gold medal by the department of education, from the Government of Uttar Pradesh in 1985.
- The Government of India also awarded her with the Arjuna Award in 1986.
- She received the Calcutta Ladies Study Group Award in 1986.
- She was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1990.
- The Government of India in 1994 awarded her with the National Adventure Award.
- She also received the Yash Bharti Award by the Government of India in 1995.
- She got an honorary doctorate from the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in 1997.
- She was also the first to receive the Virangana Lakshmibai Rashtriya Samman in 2013-14. This award was given to her by the Ministry of Culture by the Government of Madhya Pradesh on 18th June, 2013. This was given to her for her personal achievement in sports and women upliftment in the country.
- She also participated in climbing the Mt. Kamet, Mt. Abi-Gamin, Mt. Gangotri and Mt. Rudragaria.
- During the North Indian floods in 2013, she rescued groups of people with other climbers and carried other relief and rescue operations as well.
Bachendri Pal an inspiration to many. #makingindiaproud
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