Esprit de Corps: The Garhwal Rifles

The spirit of a body is the essence of the term Esprit de Corps. It's a feeling of pride and mutual loyalty shared by the members of a group. The troops with a higher Esprit de Corps are motivated, full of Josh and more often than not victorious under any circumstance. Following are the snapshots of this mighty regiment.
Established: 1887

Motto: Yudhaya Krit Nishchaya (Fight With Determination)

War Cry: Badri Vishal Lal Ki Jai (Victory to the Sons of Lord Badri Nath)

Regimental Centre: Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Type: Line Infantry

  • 4 MVC (Maha Vir Chakra)
  • 52 VrC (Vir Chakra)
  • 1 UYSM (Uttam Yudh Seva Medal)
  • 8 YSM (Yudh Seva Medal)
  • 1 AC (Ashoka Chakra)
  • 14 KC (Kirti Chakra)
  • 46 SC (Shaurya Chakra)
  • 10 PVSM (Param Vishisht Seva Medals)
  • 17 AVSM (Ati Vishisht Seva Medals)
  • 40 VSM (Vishisht Seva Medals)
  • 284 SM (Sena Medal)
Battle Honours (Post Independence):
  • Tithwal
  • Nuranang
  • Buttur Dograndi
  • Punjab 1965
  • Gadra Road
  • Rajasthan 1965
  • Hilli
  • East Pakistan 1971
  • Batalik
  • Dras
  • Kargil
Notable Alumni:

Lieutenant Colonel H.S. Rautela, MVC, SM

Naik Bhavani Datt Joshi, AC

Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat. MVC

Insignia: A Maltese Cross with Ashoka Emblem.

Regimental Colours: Olive Green, Yellow and Black.

Other Raisings:
  • 6th Battalion the Mechanized Infantry Regiment was raised from 1st Battalion the Garhwal Rifles Regiment.
The Regimental Lanyard is worn on the right shoulder in traditional 'Royal' fashion.


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