The Expense for an Indian Tour; Rs 600 and a Bicycle

Sharanya Bhuvanendran

Aswin, Ashique

How much will it cost for an Indian tour? Ashique and Aswin will reply to people who mention millions that two bicycles, Rs 600 and a desire to explore unknown lands are enough. These friends have proved it.

The journey for six months that started from Kerala and reached Delhi helped them watch and experience India, which they’ve only read about. The current aim is Kashmir. The friendship from G.V Raja sports school, Thiruvananathapuram, led Ernakulam Pampakuda Akkaparayil Reji’s son Ashique and Kannur Iritty native Aswin Manoj to start their journey.

Starting from January 1, they came across eight states till they reached Delhi. There will be people on the way with food and water as if someone destined them. Many help them financially. Sleep is mostly in petrol pumps. Ashique was an employee at Kerala House, Delhi, and returned to Kerala after losing his job during the lockdown.

The return from Delhi was accompanied by a cycle purchased using the salary from the Kerala House. Aswin is a member of the Crank and Pedal cycling club in Iritty.

Automobile Diploma holder Ashique cycles 100kms daily. He is also a hitchhike vlogger who travelled from Kasargod to Kanyakumari without spending money by asking for vehicle lifts.

Ashique added their journey is very unique from other Kashmir cyclers. They aim not to return after completing their trip but to enjoy and experience every single destination they travel to by understanding the language, food, and culture to create beautiful memories.

The plan was to conduct an 18-month trip aiming at Kashmir, but they would only return back after exploring Nepal and Bhutan, mentioned the 22-year-old cyclers. They enjoy their unique pathway while others wander for survival and livelihood.

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