70,000 km around the world

Two young travel enthusiasts from a Delhi-based self-drive expedition group get ready to explore the lives of Indians living abroad.

world Updated: May 17, 2013 00:49 IST
Azera Parveen Rahman
Azera Parveen Rahman
Hindustan Times

There are an estimated 25 million people of Indian origin settled across the globe. In perhaps the first attempt to document the story of non-resident Indians, two Delhi-based travel enthusiasts are ready to embark upon a six-month adventure “to connect with Indians living abroad” and record their lives and experiences while staying with them.

Undertaking the 70,000 km journey in an SUV are Tushar Agarwal and Sanjay Madan of Adventures Overland, a self-drive expedition company in the city. They are not new to setting world records, having entered the Limca Book of Records six times with their zeal for travel across tough terrain and to little known places. The journey they will undertake this September will cost them Rs 20 million and will push their limits.

“The Great India World Trip is a journey that has never been done before and was born out of our love for travel and adventure. I have been an NRI for 10 years, living in the UK, the US and Japan; so I know what that kind of life is. During this road trip, we will be travelling across six continents and 50 countries to connect with Indians living abroad and document their life in the form of a travel series,” says Agarwal.

The duo will mostly be going to those places where there is a large Indian community. “Starting from New Delhi, we will first go to Singapore via Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia. Moving on to Australia, we will then drive through the continent before turning west towards Africa. Driving south from Kenya, we will cross Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana and carry on till we reach Cape Town in South Africa. Hopping on to South America, we will drive through Argentina to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world,” he adds.

“We have been planning this journey and the logistics for a year now, and are still getting our visas (for all the countries). We are in talks with the Ministry of External Affairs for support from the Indian embassies in the countries that we will be visiting,” says Agarwal, who has previously driven from London to Delhi with his wife to raise money for animal welfare.

(With inputs from IANS)

First Published: May 16, 2013 18:33 IST