Foreigners take a refreshing auto ride from Mumbai to Kanyakumari
Haripad: Either a flight or a luxury vehicle, a middle-class Indian cannot think of any other option to set out on a pleasure trip.
But these 15 foreign travellers are taking a tour of India in auto rickshaws, the vehicle of the common man in the country. That too, a rather long trip from Mumbai to Kanyakumari.
The members of this small group of travel enthusiasts include people from the Netherlands, the US and the UK. Among them, there are doctors, teachers, documentary makers and hair stylists. The team is led by Indian-origin Ravin J. Two of them are women.
They started their journey on November 7 from Mumbai. They reached Alappuzha on Tuesday and will reach Kanyakumari on Wednesday. They plan to cover 1,800 kilometers in 10 days.
For the venture, they have hired five auto rickshaws from a Mumbai-based travel agency. While taking turns for driving, they themselves carry out repair works too.
According to them, they have been visiting designated tourist destinations in all their previous visits to India. This time, they took off-road routes and travelled through beautiful rural areas, which was, according to them, a refreshing experience.
The travellers said that the demonetisation scheme of the central government did affect them in the first few days, but the crisis is now over.