What motivated you to take up a tour of this type?
While it is my dream to travel the country, I knew it would be difficult to do so once I get a job. While I worked temporary jobs for some time, I realised I was not happy. I, therefore, decided to fulfill my dream first. And what better way to travel than on a cycle. With minimum expenditure, it helps me be able to ride into any part of a city or district. Travelling by train or other means would involve a lot of expense, besides, I would not be able to change my plans as and when I wanted. I want to meet people who are not burdened by the problems of caste, creed, and religion and hope to be able to learn from them.
How has your journey been until now? How do you plan to proceed?
I started my journey in Bengaluru on October 16. In fact, I purchased my cycle there as well. It was quite a challenge, as I had to look for something really cheap. Once I bought this cycle, I started my journey. As of now, I have covered Bengaluru, Tirupati, and Chennai. I am at Pondicherry now and will head to Chidambaram from here, then head to Madurai and Rameswaram. I stay for a day or more in one place, depending on where I have to stay. If I find a host, I tend to stay overnight. If not, I leave a place by evening as well. In remote areas, however, I set up a tent and leave the following morning. This journey will take me approximately nine to 10 months and I wish to end the journey in my hometown in Bihar.
What do you carry with you? How are you travelling with basic facilities?
I am following a Rs 100 per day budget as of now. I stop at the smallest of stalls for meals and tea. Not only do they charge very less, but I also get to meet local people there. Talking to them, I get to know a lot about their beliefs and their way of life. I am carrying a bag which contains a tent, a sleeping bag, basic clothes, and a solar connection mobile charger. Besides, I carry a stock of medicines.