See India from a rickshawKerala, India
You’re standing at the start line of the Rickshaw Run, with 3,500 kilometres of India stretching out before you and all you have to traverse it is a three-wheeled, seven-horsepower rickshaw that – as many have pointed out – is just a glorified lawn mower. But at least your trusty steed looks fly: participants pimp out their ride from the comfort of their own home, arriving on the subcontinent to be greeted by a freshly painted set of wheels.
You’ll race with two pals for two weeks, crossing paths with other like-minded (read: non compos mentis) travellers, as you putter – slowly – across the country. Between Fort Kochi in India’s tropical southern state of Kerala, and Jaisalmer, a city almost encroached by desert in the northern state of Rajasthan, riders can choose their own adventure by following the ‘unroute’, i.e. making it up entirely as they go.
- Ride with two buddies from one end of India to the other on the road trip of a lifetime
- Being sent off on the adventure by the local marching band
- There’s a starting line and a finishing spot, but how you get between the two is up to you
- You’re in charge of keeping the rickshaw running. Thankfully there are maintenance lessons in the days before you depart
The three-person team entry fee, which includes your rickshaw, is about US$2,400.
The Rickshaw Run is held three times a year.