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Tuk tuk Challenge The End
Our Tuk Tuk Challenge finally completed! We had beaten all the Indian madness to loop Indian Sub Continent by a Tuk Tuk! Last 3 months every day and night we were pushing our limits which had finally taken us closer to our goal! Here it is more than 15 000 km distance covered between our starting point to our destination! After failing to enter salt desert at Gujarat we went to check out sandy dunes at Rajastan. As we covered Rajastan from South to North it was time to break into inner land to get our eyes on most famous of sites: Taj Mahal! To make our epic journey to an end we had to reach Sikhs holy city of Amritsar! On 25. of february 2015 we were standing from of the Golden Temple Harmandir Sahib! Hard to even believe but at that moment we had completed our Tuk Tuk Challenge!
As we arrived to Gujarat we set our focus on a white desert known as The Great Rann of Kutch. It is the biggest salt desert in the world just between India and Pakistan. Little we knew that it will be hard as hell to get rubber touch that salt. Having numerous desperate attempts with Indian border protection (BSF) we had only one option left. To do it illegally we had to sneak through bush into the desert. Unfortunately our already desperate attempt turned into a nightmare while we were in a desert with 2 flat tires! As the day was going by and getting darker we had to find someone to help us out. So we left auto rickshaw in a desert in a search of help! Check it out the Desperate attempts as the title suggest: Check out our desperate attempts to sneak through border protection into no-mans land! Task not so easy especially with a auto rickshaw!
Once our mechanical problems were sorted out we continued our way to Maharashtra! Maharashtra is an Indian State which has its capital well known Mumbai also known as Bombay. It is the most populated city at India with 18 million people! One could only image how is it to drive over there! While at Mumbai we visited Gateway of India, glamorous hotel Taj Mahal, biggest handmade laundry Dhobi Ghat and also Asia´s biggest slum Dharavi! Which after we went back on the road to explore more of Maharashtra. Including holy city of Nasik, sacred caves of Ellora and mini Taj Mahal called Bibi Ka Maqbara!
We had our most major break down since our ride had started. Everything does not really go like you plan at first place! Like every other adventure the struggle is the one that makes you stronger. So we had our bitter experience as we had break down at Goa. We encountered some serious mechanical problems which forced us to stay another week at Goa! After long journey starting from Assam down to Tamil Nadu we finally had turned our focus back to north! While Karnataka was left behind we took a detour ride into Portuguese old colonial state Goa! The main reason to visit Goa was to have a beef stake which we were dreaming about last month and half. Of course Goan beaches would have been a great change from terrible roads and engine noise!
Kambala festival is a Indias most unique tradition which dates back to thousand years. It is special buffalo festival where one can see buffaloes having drag race contest in muddy track! It is said that fastest animals can even run 120 meter track within 14 seconds! It is believed that the tradition found its roots from royal family who started testing animals ability for purpose of war. No real purpose of war was found for water buffalos yet their speed was remarkable. Not only remarkable but also entertaining for the royal family as well as for villagers. So the Kambala festival was born as an event which is still held every year specialy at Karnataka. Yet Karnataka has much much more to offer than Kambala! We went to see the best of lost Hindu empires at Hampi and also Mysore Palace!
Tamil Nadu Sate and its capital Chennai was southern checkpoint. Geographically on a Indian subcontinent we came to the point where we had to start turning towards west and then up to north. On our way we visited state capital cities like Hyderabad, Chennai and Puducherry. Also made our most southern end Nilgiri mountains on our way to West!
Riding Andhra Pradesh
As we left Orissa behind we were arrived to Andhra Pradesh. Riding at Anhra Pradesh turned more challenging than we ever imagined. Once we entered inner land roads turned into ruins. It was sometimes really hard to find your way around where you thought could be solid road. On our way visited Visakhapatnam in a hope to see second World War submarine. Changing direction of travel soon we arrived to the Araku Valley which showed us the beauty of Eastern Ghats! Everything went just perfect until we met our real challenge which is called National Highway 202! It is too much to call it a National Highway! Do not let yourself be fooled by the name. It was 80 km track of rough road full of rocks which really put our auto rickshaw into a test. We were riding all the track middle of the night which took us 6,5 hours!
Best of Orissa
Following national highway to south we entered to a new state Orissa or also known as Odisha. Our plan was to see and visit best of Orissa while driving through the state! It is a state of tribal areas and numerous temples including Konark Sun Temple! Along the highway we spotted brick factories which where almost everywhere. Spotting the opportunity we took a detour to witness brick making by local villagers. One of the most remarkable sites was the Satkosia National Park which is also a active tiger reserve. Unfortunately we did not spot any tigers but we saw a beautiful Mahanadi river front of us.
West Bengal capital Kolkata
Time is valuable so we stayed short time at West Bengal Capital Kolkata! Checking out British era famous sites like Victoria Memorial plus amazing hand made clay statues by local craftsmen.
West Bengal Adventure Saga
Total adventure in a middle of Indian madness at West Bengal. Imagine yourself lost in a West Bengal rural areas where the only way out was to float over the mighty river Ganges! While being lost around village an opportunity presented itself. We found a ferry which could take us to the other side of river Ganges! Starting point from Manihari Ghat to Sahibganj. About 30 years ago the same ferry route killed over 400 people on a board while it sunk middle of the river!
Nothing can beat Darjeeling Mountain Views! Yet for us it remained as challenge since the way to Darjeeling Mountain station was 2500 meters up hill. Priceless to see little auto rickshaw climbing the impossible since not even locals believed that it is possible. By that fact we really beat all the odds and made our way up to Darjeeling mountain station! While at Darjeeling we were awarded with gorgeous Himalayan view and of course curious locals!
Jaldhapara Elephants and Rhinos
We took a safari with Jaldhapara elephants in a search of rhinos. After short ride all the way to transport city of Siliguri!
Finally we hit Indian Roads!
Finally we hit the indian roads after 3 weeks of hassle. As we left moved from Guwahati west-wards we encountered a whole new experiences on our way.
Indian Legal Matters
The following video is a example how hard is it to register vehicle at India. Nerve breaking three weeks dealing Indian legal matters. Visiting transport commissioner, district transport office and police. End result auto rickshaw full registration on my own personal name.
Streets of Guwahati and the city life. Warning includes animal sacrificing.
Guwahati Market Day
Guwahati market day meant to be the set up for upcoming adventure. As we approached local markets in a search of necessary gear.
Visiting Indian Transport Office
Before even purchasing rickshaw i had to visit Indian Transport Office. For my surprise i had to meet the State Commissioner of Transport for permission to register auto rickshaw!
In a search for Auto Rickshaws
Checking out Bajaj Auto rickshaw showroom. So i was welcomed by a big surprise from the sales crew at showroom! Why on earth would a foreigner buy a auto rickshaw?!
Into the Promised Land
On my way to India the promised land! Until now i have no idea what to expect and how things will turn out! And i feel just great in a sense of adventure!
Indian Challenge on Three Wheels – Vision!
Introducing our First adventure: The Indian Challenge on Three Wheels. It is a independent attempt to ride around India by three wheeled auto rickshaw also known as Tuk Tuk. We are about to take the idea into details and explain everything on a map! It is also the very beginning of our journey around India. Please take time to have a look:
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