A 21-year-old from Chennai has started what may turn out to be the journey of his life.
Rohith Subramaniam plans to travel 46 countries on his bike and document his experiences. The MBA student, who set out on the road trip on January 15, touched Indore on Monday after passing through six Indian states.
“I always wanted to take a bike ride across the world, meeting new people, exploring new places and documenting the journey. I’m also writing a book,” he told HT.
Rohith decided to begin the journey without wait when he read an article about a 40-year-old American who had a bucket list but could not complete most of it due to the demands of his corporate life and hence lived with regret.
“I did not want to end up like the American as the only thing I fear is the monotony of life,” he said.
Asked about his routine during the journey, he said, “I ride 7 to 8 hours a day and then take a break. I don’t stay at hotels or lodges; rather I talk to people and request them to host me. However, most of them don’t allow strangers to stay under the same roof. In those cases, I stay at bus stops, petrol pumps or police stations.”
Rohith said his journey had been sponsored through “crowd funding”. But, did he face any problem in getting visa? “Yes, initially, I did face a lot of trouble in getting visa and with other documentation from several countries, but when I told them about my dream of riding, the officials relented,” said the 21-year-old.
Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam will be among the first foreign destinations for Rohith, who has set the target of completing his journey in one and a half years.