Keralite goes on bike ride from London to India covering 22,000 km through 22 countries
New Delhi: Kurian Philip, a Keralite residing in London, always wanted to meet people of different countries and learn their culture. When the dream started disturbing his sleep, he set out to a world tour on his bike.
The memorable trip that covered 22 countries in Asia and Europe has now reached Delhi. Kurian started his journey on June 23 on his BMW 1200 GS Adventure bike. His friend Jason Martell also joined him in another bike.
On August 14, Kurian reached India after visiting countries like France, Austria, Georgia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kirgizstan, Uzbekistan and China. He arrived in Delhi by Sunday afternoon.
Kurian said that whenever he had to face troubles during the journey, the locals came to help him. Even language was not barrier in such situations. Local residents were even willing to give petrol from their own vehicles when he ran out of fuel.
Kurian used to travel 800 km per day in European countries whereas it was only 200 km per day in Nepal because of damaged roads. He starts journey at 7 in the morning and ends by 4 in the evening every day. Then he roams around the place. That was his trip routine.
After spending Monday in Delhi, Kurian will go to Mumbai, the destination of the journey, on Tuesday. He will reach there in one week via Rajasthan and Gujarat. After that, the bike will be sent back to London in a ship. Kurian has already covered a distance of 19,000 km. it will be 22,000 km by the time he reaches Mumbai.
Hailing from Kollam, Kurian was born and brought up in Delhi. He is a software engineer by profession and is settled in London with his family for 11 years.
A wanderlust, Kurian plans to start the second part of his journey from Mumbai after one year covering Singapore and Australia to reach London. He believes that his world tour will be complete only after that. He has already gone for bike trips all around Europe. This experience helped him a lot in the first journey outside Europe.