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Tushar Agarwal and Sanjay Madan's Great Indian World Trip

One car, two men, six continents and winding, unending roads… Tushar Agarwal and Sanjay Madan set out on a world trip in September 2013 and returned in December 2014. Driving 90,000 km across 50 countries, their idea was to explore the unexplored. The hardships, challenges, adventures and excitement they experienced on that drive around the globe have found their way into the pages of their just-launched book, The Great Indian World Trip.

“Our trip was planned on a shoestring budget. We did not use GPS. All we had was a road map to navigate our path,” says Tushar, who along with Sanjay, business partner and co-founder of Adventures Overland, organises self-drive holidays to exotic locales. But, these are high end, and take clientele to destinations such as Iceland, Lapland and South Africa, where they drive on surreal trails like volcanic ranges, glaciers and snow, among others.

“The book will highlight the theme of our trip, which was to connect with Indians around the world, and narrate their interesting stories. And, by that, we mean those settled in Alaska, the Australian outback and other unusual places,” he adds.

The Great Indian World Trip also has interesting nuggets about countries they travelled to. “Death road in Bolivia is the most dangerous road to drive on. It’s narrow and rocks keep falling. Alaska is the best place to drive in. We even made it to Deadhorse, the northernmost city of Alaska, and also the remotest. The highway dramatically ends in the Arctic Ocean,” he says, and adds, “We also got an opportunity to visit Ushuaia in Argentina, the southernmost tip of the world, where a board read ‘Fin Del Mundo’, which means end of the world.”

What’s amazing is both men find mention in the Limca Book of Records — Tushar for having driven from London to Delhi and Sanjay for driving to Khardung La in a Nano. When they got together five years ago, they realised they had similar interests, and turned their passion for driving and travelling into business.

Tushar and Sanjay do five to six trips a year. Now, with the increasing demand, they are looking at hiring others who can fill in their shoes when they focus on administrative work. Who doesn’t want a memorable, out-of-the-ordinary holiday, and who wouldn’t want to have that as a job?


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