“The 70 day-trip is in commemoration with 70 years of Independent India. We also want to send the message that India is much more than what it is perceived to be,” Meenakshi, a Coimbatore resident told The Times of India.
Vrinda is Meenakshi’s daughter and she joined the trip in the last moment after another woman, Rukmani Sekhar had to cancel because of health issues.
They plan to cover at least 500 km every day. All three women have received basic training in car repairs. They have taken a guide in China and Kyrgyzstan and also arranged for military support in Myanmar. In Uzbekistan, where diesel is not available, they will use the extra fuel they are carrying.
“We are aware that this inter-country and inter-continental trip is ambitious but we are strong-willed women. We have done extensive planning,” said Priya from Mumbai. They also plan to honour women such as Rajshree Pathy, Neerja Malik, Usha Uthup, and Mary Kom. The entire road trip will cost Rs. 60 lakh.