India is always a country I always hear described with one phrase: It’s a love and hate kind of country. And that is about as consistent as India gets. India, as I joked many times with different groups of backpackers, is consistently inconsistent. It is a paradox where the ugliness and beauty are hand in hand, where incredibly frustrating moments were followed by incredibly rewarding moments, where it is uplifting of the spirit yet depressing in the soul. Such a large and diverse country is bound to have moments like these, yet India was the extremes of both ends and everything in between. When I arrived in India April 2015 for the Rickshaw Run, I knew I was in for one of the most difficult adventures of my life. But I didn’t know that the race, and the subsequent months would be just as hectic — though not quite as life threatening. Sometimes. Either way, an adventure is an adventure, and looking back I can say that India is one country that one trip cannot reveal to you everything about her, and I quite enjoyed the two months spent exploring while at the same time wanting to leave all the time. A paradox I tell you. Come see what my two months in India was like below!
3,000 Kilometers Across India in a Rickshaw What happens when you give someone a clunky rickshaw and tell them to drive 3,000 miles across northern India through the most rugged terrain she has to offer? All without a route? And all for charity? Plenty of mayhem, that’s for sure
Post-Rickshaw Run Update, and New Travel Plans! Some how, some way, our team managed to get our rusty three-wheeled toaster across the finish line after driving across India from Jaisalmer to Shillong. Here is an update, as well as some exciting new travel plans that will be happening in 2015!
13 Rickshaw Run Photos that will Blow Your Mind When the dust had settled after the rickshaw run, and the dirt finally scrubbed from my skin, and the stench of petrol finally worn away from my body, I still had to deal with the PTSD from it all. What from you ask? Take a look at these 13 shocking photos.
Have you ever been to India? How was your experience?