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The statistical feats achieved on the Road to London (RTL) are no way dismissal: 16,000 kilometres of continuous driving, 02 continents, 18 countries, 34 cities, driving through deserts, mountains, glaciers and all other landscapes one can imagine. However, we would like to dwell on how in addition to these numerical milestones, there were countless intangible experiences.

Many of us go through our lives with a fixed routine and surroundings of office space, home, family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, currency and a fixed seasonal variation but suddenly you experience a new wonder as you embark on RTL and we would like to address it as “the incessant change”. Here was our chance to enjoy changes at every point of time for the next 50 days. If you are travelling alone, the first change you encounter is unknown faces and the task of knowing each one of your fellow-travellers. Further, unique to homosapiens, you also make a mental calculation on how much time would you like to spend with each one and what would be your engagement depth. This more or less, decides your comfort zone for the next 50 days or perhaps longer. The sudden change in cuisine is what impacts the majority of us. Vegetarian options saw a little declining trend while the non-vegetarian options kept piling on. To the limited list of chicken and mutton which are amongst the favourites of Indian non-vegetarian food eaters came the impressive addition of Beef, Pork, Yak, Horse, Camel, Duck, coagulated blood, crickets and other exotics.

Then started the exciting journey of changing currencies as we moved across different countries and their different rate conversions. Being Indians, we had this compulsion to convert every item to INR and accordingly decide our buying and eating needs. The icing-on-cake was that in majority of the countries, the Indian currency was strong enough to allow us the luxury to shop happily. It was fun to buy local dresses and mingle with the local population specially in Myanmar and “the stan nations”. The pleasure of dawning the headgear similar to women of Kyrgyzstan was a beautiful experience.

Next to absorb was the continuous change in landscapes and terrains. We travelled through drylands of Myanmar, the rubber plantations of Laos, the green-carpeted mountains with beautiful lakes to snow-clad mountains and Gobi desert in China, the most beautiful drive through Pamir Glacier of Kyrgyzstan, the vast empty lands of Kazakhstan with horses running parallel to our convoy across miles of open lands and the sunsets which we had unknowingly forgotten living in overpopulated cities. The chill of Volga (Russia) and Ping (Thailand) river as we walked by the banks, the quietness and reflection of the Mekong River in Laos. Rain, thundershowers, hailstorms and bright sunny days kept us company as we drove towards London.

As we continued to travel across 18 countries, it was fun to pick up the local words of “Hello” and “Thankyou” in at least nine different languages. Communicating with local people using sign and body language came extremely handy especially when we wanted a well-done egg-white omelette for breakfast or required cutlery in China (though we all made genuine efforts of learning to eat with Chopsticks). It was interesting how many times we went on the other side of the egg section to make our favourite omelette.
Some countries gave us an extremely warm welcome, treated us like celebrities and spoiled us to the core (Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan) so much so that we all almost felt ignored when we travelled through Russia and Europe. The oriental face cuts gradually changed to Uyghurs and merged with the Caucasoid+Mongoloid of “the stan” countries followed by the Caucasians of Europe. And finally, the so-called stiff-lip Brits welcomed the convoy to London.

Road to London is a life-changing journey that is bound to bring a positive impact on the lives of each person who is fortunate enough to live this dream. It gave us a new identity and put us in that rare group of travellers who had driven 16000 kilometres from India to the U.K. For as long as we live, Road to London has become a part of our identity and will immortalise us, for generations.

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  • Pravin Thakur, LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019

    I’ve driven to Lahaul & Spiti in 2016 and 2019, Road to London in 2017 and Jordan in 2018. They take personal care of each one of us on the expedition, and one feels completely secured, and well looked after, even while driving through gruelling terrains on surfaces with no roads.

    Pravin Thakur

    LAHAUL & SPITI DRIVE 2019
  • Doyle Vas, ROAD TO LONDON 2018

    Had the time of my life on Road to London in 2018. I learned so much on this trip, more than I'll ever learn in any school or university. Couldn’t have had better expedition leaders than Sanjay and Tushar. They were always caring and remained calm no matter what the situation was.

    Doyle Vas

    ROAD TO LONDON 2018
  • Yogesh Manek, ROAD TO LONDON 2017

    Road to London 2017 is an arduous journey one can never forget. It is a unique and life-altering experience through unconventional landscapes that one should do once-in-a-lifetime and I would encourage everyone to go on this road trip if there’s a possibility to do such a thing.

    Yogesh Manek

    ROAD TO LONDON 2017
  • Zakkir Ahmed, ROAD TO LONDON 2017

    Road to London 2017 still plays on my mind everyday. This epic journey has changed my life completely. Sanjay & Tushar are extremely passionate about what they do, that is why on our whole trip to London we did not face any problems. The trip was executed flawlessly, starting from the route planning, to the documentation and finally getting the car back too.

    Zakkir Ahmed Kalarikkal

    ROAD TO LONDON 2017
  • Nish Jois, ROAD TO LONDON 2017

    Handling a convoy of cars is a task by itself. Handling several minds inside those cars is entirely something else. Sanjay and Tushar, the duo behind the wheels of Adventures Overland have been steering minds and machines together, with extreme coherence. Wish you guys well and no farewell.

    Nish Jois

    ROAD TO LONDON 2017

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