Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava is being celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the nation and the Divyangjans are dedicating their inspiring efforts in individual capacity to this celebration. Taking this spirit ahead, in order to promote the importance of Freedom of Mobility among the Divyangjans in India and spreading Disability Awareness and sensitization among the Able-Bodied Individuals, our team of Wheelchair Users/Divyangjans decided to achieve the impossible- An expedition to Ladakh: By the Divyangjan & For the Divyangjan.

WCIA has been organising Domestic and International matches in India and abroad. The most common challenge faced by the WCIA is to find Wheelchair-Accessible Accommodation for Wheelchair Cricketers. Due to lack of Disability Awareness and proper sensitization training in the society, accessible accommodations are very limited. These issues motivated us to plan an Expedition from lucknow to Ladakh covering more than 4000 Kilometres and visiting 16 different cities. Right from the very first day our expedition team had to struggle in finding Accessible Accommodation and through this expedition, we showed the world how Divyangjan fights with their disability and overcome challenges every single day.

Despite being on a Wheelchair, Sqn Ldr (Retd.) Abhai Pratap Singh’s  armed forces training has programmed him to take up impossible challenges and show the world that such limitations cannot stop him. A Self-Driven Journey to Ladakh, covering more than 4000 Kms. is a highly daunting task even for the able-bodied individuals. Initially, our team members were reluctant to take-up the challenge, but Sqn Ldr (Retd.) Abhai Pratap Singh’s Indian Air Force background gave them much needed courage and inspiration to undertake this 4000+ Kms journey.

The 16-Day Disability Awareness Campaign was flagged-off on 12th June, 2022 from Lucknow by Shri Navneet Sehgal, Addl. Chief Secy. of Uttar Pradesh, Information & P.R along with gracious presence of Shri P.K. Chaterjee, Chief General Manager- IOCL and Shri H.S. Negi, Chief Manager- IOCL. The cars driven by the Expedition team were modified for use by Disabled Users (Lower Body Paralysed) and covered a distance of more than 4000 kilometres. Our team reached Pangong Tso on 21st June, 2022 via Noida, Delhi, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Attari Border, Pathankot, Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil & Leh. Our team of Wheelchair Users celebrated International Yoga Day, at the height of 14,500 mts. On our return journey we visited Manali, Kullu, Shimla, Dehradun, Meerut, Delhi, Kanpur and finally completed our campaign in Lucknow on 27th June, 2022. During our Ladakh Expedition we crossed some of the highest passes like Tangla La, Chang La, Zojila, Baralacha at the heights reaching upto 17,500 feet. Apart from issues related to low oxygen, our team had to face inaccessible accommodation and even had to stay in tents at some places.

The Ladakh Expedition was a part of #DriveWithAbility Campaign with many more expeditions planned in the coming months with a motive of showing the world that Divyangjan can achieve the same feat as their abled counterparts.


  • Sqn Ldr Abhai Pratap Singh
  • Ravikant Chauhan
  • Somjeet Singh
  • Vijay Bisht
  • Veer Singh Sandhu
  • Suneel Mangal

Sqn Ldr Abhai Pratap Singh (Retd.) (Wheelchair User)

Former Indian Air Force Fighter Pilot

Founder/President, Wheelchair Cricket India Association (WCIA)

Jt. Secy., Differently-Abled Cricket Council Of India (DCCI) (BCCI Approved Body)

Ravikant Chauhan

Disability Activist
Gen. Secy, Differently-Abled Cricket Council Of India (D.C.C.I.)
Member, BCCI’s Differently-Abled Cricket Committee

Somjeet Singh

Captain, Indian Wheelchair Cricket Team
Convenor, #DriveWithAbility Ladakh Expedition

Vijay Bisht (Wheelchair User)

Former Cricketer, Indian Wheelchair Cricket Team
Travel Enthusiast

Veer Singh Sandhu

Cricketer, Indian Wheelchair Cricket Team
Captain, Punjab Wheelchair Cricket Team

Suneel Mangal (Differently-Abled)

LIC Agent
Trained more than 8000 Agents
2020 Best Self-Employment Award (From UP Govt. under PwD Category)
PwD Welfare and Upliftment Activist


Our Ladakh Expedition was flagged-off by Addl. Chief Secy. of U.P., Shri Navneet Sehgal, on 12th June, 2022 from La Martiniere College, Lucknow.
TEAM visited National War Memorial and paid their respect to the martyrs. Supporters and Community Members gathered to motivate the Team.
#DriveWithAbility Ladakh Expedition Team was welcomed in Karnal by Anil Bansal Ji, Sports Journalist, Dainik Bhaskar
The convoy was flagged-off from Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh. Dr. Nina, Social Activist, G.M. of Sukhna Sports Complex & other Social Welfare Associations were present to support the Campaign
Had a Meet-Up & Press Conference at Jalandhar on 14th June, 2022.
#DriveWithAbility Ladakh Expedition Team was welcomed in Karnal by Anil Bansal Ji, Sports Journalist, Dainik Bhaskar
Team was invited by Brig. Anil Gupta (Retd.), President of Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association
Expedition Team reached Kargil in the evening and met Hon'ble M.P. of Ladakh Shri Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, where our Expedition Team presented a memento of #DriveWithAbility Campaign.
Flag-Off Ceremony from Jammu on 16th June, 2022
Expedition Team with Ms Inshah Basheer, International Wheelchair Basketball Player at VMS Rehab Centre in Srinagar on 17th June, 2022
Team visited Kargil War Memorial on 18th June, 2022 and paid respect to martyrs.
With Padamshree Javed Ahmed Tak, Disability Activist in Srinagar on 17th June, 2022
Team with Dr. G.N. Itoo, Director of Tourism in Srinagar on17th June, 2022


Ladakh Expedition Team visited the Trishul War Memorial at Karu and a wreath laying ceremony was conducted by our Expedition team to pay homage to the bravehearts of 1971 war. Later, Indian Army Officials invited our Expedition Team for a tea.

Our Expedition Team reached Shimla on 24th June, 2022. There we met Hon’ble Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar Ji at Raj Bhavan. Hon’ble Governor praised the efforts of Indian Wheelchair Cricketers in spreading Disability Awareness & highlighting the accessibility issues faced by the Wheelchair Users.

Our team reached Dehradun on 25th June, 2022 & met Cabinet Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Ganesh Joshi Ji.

On 26th June, 2022, our Expedition Team met Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Pushkar Dhami Ji at C.M. Residence in Dehradun. Hon’ble CM assured us that Uttarakhand Government is working on Mission Mode for Disability Empowerment in the state.

On 27th June, 2022 our team successfully completed our Ladakh Expedition in Lucknow with a short halt at Kanpur. Our Team covered almost 4800 Kilometers by adapted vehicles (Disabled Friendly Modified Vehicles) and visited 16 different Cities in 16 Days raising the issues of Differently-Abled Community.