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Three Indian Women From Delhi to London – 23800 km : 97 days : 15 Countries

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Three Indian women, On a SUV, decide to travel from New Delhi to London via Road. But think, they complete the journey, Seems easy in words, but what if I have to tell you, Only one Drove the car for 23800 km all the way. Rashmi Koppar, Dr. Soumya Goyal and Nidhi Tiwari, started this journey way back in June and reached the landmark on October 28th.

Even Himalyas and Ocean could not stop them. Driving 600 km a day, Single Driver !! Can we do it !! I think I will have to raise my hands for such a Drive !! But these ladies were unstoppable. Specially, the Sole Driver of the Team ” Nidhi Tiwari “, did the Miracle.

Mahindra, Lenovo , Ministry of External affairs, sponsored This Epic and historical Trip for Three Indian Girls who proved that Woman power is unlimited.

The Team drove across 15 Countries ( please see map for all countries ) :

  • India
  • Bangladesh
  • Myanmar
  • China
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Russia
  • Finland
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • United Kingdom

Nidhi Tiwari – Team Lead Driver

An Army wife, mother of 2 boys, an experienced outdoor educator and off-road jeeper who specializes in outdoor education, off-the-road jeeping, long distance and high altitude driving, with a volume of outdoor and jeeping experience in the Western Ghats, Indian Himalayan states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nepal, Bhutan, USA, South Africa and Kenya

Rashmi Koppar – Team Member

A hotel management professor, married, mother of a young daughter, Also an adventure sports enthusiast, educator and amateur long-distance driver.

Dr. Soumya Goyal – Team Member

A physical therapist, mother of 2 young boys and a passionate traveler, she is now set to push her boundaries for travel.

Journey and Challenges ( Source )

In Start, Most of Sponsors rejected the idea of Solo Woman Driver to Travel around 15 countries on Jeep. Later, Mahindra First Choice came forward and than Team was decided with 3 women on board.

> The route decided was to reach Kyrgyzstan to Russia to Europe. Main was how to approach  Kyrgyzstan : Via Pakistan ( ruled out ) or Via China ( Best Option ). China can be approached via Nepal ( Earthquake ruled out ) or finally Myanmar.

> Once, The route was finalized, The three brave hearts embarked for journey on July 23rd, 2015.

> First barrier, Imphal : Cyclone hit the Bay of Bengal. Took 5 days to cover 110 km from Imphal to Moreh.

> 29 days to reach Mandalay, a city in Myanmar.

> Now time for slight comfort, Travel to Kyrgyzstan and enter Russia

> Russia to Finland – A remarkable and memorable journey.

> Finland Driving experience ” Smooth Roads, low Traffic, NO corrupt Cops ”

> Finland to Czech Republic – One Stretch – Morning started from Helsinki, All day driving – Warsaw to Paraguay – Two days continuous

> Estonia – Latvia – Lithuania – Poland – Germany – Belgium

> Calais in France to English Channel

> Crossed English Channel over Dover and reached United Kingdom

Source : Womenbeyondboundaries

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