Premlata Agarwal — the oldest Indian woman to conquer Mount Everest on May 20, 2011 —was awarded Padma Shree, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, on the Republic Day.

After receiving the award,the 47-year-old,who is gearing up for a new mission-educate women of her age on benefits of body fitness-she sent a message.

‘My feelings at this juncture cannot be contained in words.I dedicate this huge National recognition to Tata Steel that fanned my spirit and drive to conquer against all odds during all my summit adventures’,said Premlata.

Earlier,she had dedicated her Padma Shri to mentor and ace mountaineer Bachendri Pal.

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