Thumbs Up!

Hitchhiking In IndiaTwo of my friends, Ajay Reddy and Inder Sen, will start a journey tomorrow of somewhat-unique-in-India types. They’ll travel almost quarter of India, making effective use of their thumbs to save a hell lot of money. They are set out for a Hitch-hiking trip all across 7 North-Eastern sister states of India – Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura. All I can say is WOW!

Ajay and Inder is all set for their journey from tomorrow. They have set a limit to their daily budget to INR 150 (US $3). That is as much amount you might spend on a small Pizza in India. But the good thing is that the limited budget will not limit their ambitions. And they have found some funding in the form of sponsors – Some big names from Indian travel and tourism arena. They’ll be tweeting all along with #150aDay hashtag, blogging, photo blogging, podcasting and vlogging at Hitchhiking In India. I’ll among many who’ll tightly follow them through web. Apart from just hitchhiking they’ll be recording folk and tribal music, putting their amateur photography skills to test and try to capture the beauty of the North East through camera lens, mark their entire journey by the GPS coordinates and put the routes up on TripNaksha, release podcasts regularly which deal with the travel experiences and destination details and immerse into the culture that the north east has to offer.

SevenSisterStatesHitchhiking is an interesting mode of travel. You can meet a lot of people and make lots of friends. You can also become very frustrated, or encounter danger on the way; today’s drivers are more fearful of picking up hitchhikers than in the past. But it’s also a great feeling to get a ride after you’ve been waiting for a long time. People who do pick up hitchhikers tend to be very friendly. Sometimes you might have to walk all the day. Hitchhiking is the fun of travel meeting fun of uncertainty. Hitchwiki have some interesting information.

Ajay is my ex-colleague, even though I get to know him only after he left Infosys, to follow his dream. TripNaksha – what he calls as the best place for adventure travel in India. I know Inder as Ajay’s friend, when he talked to me about this trip. He was looking for someone who can spend sometime to customize and fix a Tumblr blog for them – which I had done pro bono with all my pleasure.

I hope they’ll have load of fun. Let them find themselves. Let them make a movie. Let them have loads of adventure. Let them have some unearthy experience. Let them add a lot to this page. I hope they will be LOST at least once, to complete the fun.

PS: Had Ajay contacted me with this idea couple of  years back, I would’ve happily jumped in and joined the horde. Someone else is living my dreams.

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magiceyeMay 5th, 2010 at 6:35 am

best wishes to these guys! shall follow their vlogs!