Hitchhiking from Kuttanad to Jammu: This 22-year-old’s journey will make you pack your bags
Alappuzha: 22-year-old George Thomas recently travelled to Jammu from Kuttanad. It is normal, right? But the uniqueness lies in the fact that he hitchhiked 4,500 km. The 15-day trip cost him only Rs 6500.
George spent his nights at lodges and continued the journey asking lifts from strangers.
A BTech graduate, George was inspired by the foreign culture of hitchhiking which he has read in many stories. Inside Kerala he took lifts in bikes, small vans and trucks while outside Kerala he mainly travelled in national permit lorries.
Everyday, he stopped his journey by 5 pm and stayed in nearby gurudwaras and temples. Mostly food was also taken there. At times, the drivers used to buy him food and at times, he bought food for them.
Once he covered 10 km on foot as there was no vehicle available. Earlier it was decided to travel to Kashmir, but permission was denied because of heavy snowfall.
George returned home from Jammu by train which took three days.
“Now I am doing another course after my B.Tech. Through this journey, I came across different cultures and lifestyles,” he said.
However, George is of the opinion that there is a high level of danger in these type of trips and children should never try these.