3 Women, 5000 Kms: A Drive of A Lifetime From Kanyakumari to Kashmir

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They're breaking free from stereotypes that define the 'quintessential' women. They speak their mind, bravely follow their heart and gives a damn to those who remind them of the glass ceiling.

They're beautiful, intelligent and independent. They're everywhere, all set to write their own rules and be the empress of their own free will. They are the new age women.

Meet Sunita Dugar, Parneet Sandhu, and Neetha Jegan who travelled 5,000 kilometres on the road from Kanyakumari to Kashmir for Independence Day this year.

Photo of 3 Women, 5000 Kms: A Drive of A Lifetime From Kanyakumari to Kashmir 1/6 by Gunjan Upreti

Photo of 3 Women, 5000 Kms: A Drive of A Lifetime From Kanyakumari to Kashmir 2/6 by Gunjan Upreti

Hailing from different backgrounds, Sunita being an entrepreneur and a candid photographer, Neeta a manager in Regus and Parneet working for a US based company, they were bonded together because of their passion for travel and the will to do something what very few women have done.

They started their journey on August 8, from Kanyakumari. “We made it a point to cover at least 800 km per day,” informed Sunita. With this target set, it was hard for the travelling divas, as they call themselves, to stop for any recreational activities, apart from photography.

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Photo of 3 Women, 5000 Kms: A Drive of A Lifetime From Kanyakumari to Kashmir 4/6 by Gunjan Upreti

Over the next five days, clear blue skies from Kanyakumari turned into and green lands in Karnataka and slowly, the green turned brown in Andhra Pradesh. From South India they moved upwards.

“As we reached Delhi, we couldn’t see the sky. It was all grey because of the pollution. It was only after we entered Punjab, that the sky was clearer with sarson and ganne Ka khet on both sides. And then came the best of all — the greener, and more colourful belt of Kashmir,” said Sunita.

Photo of 3 Women, 5000 Kms: A Drive of A Lifetime From Kanyakumari to Kashmir 5/6 by Gunjan Upreti

Photo of 3 Women, 5000 Kms: A Drive of A Lifetime From Kanyakumari to Kashmir 6/6 by Gunjan Upreti

Kanyakumari to Kashmir Mission by car was completed a day before Independence Day in Srinagar.

While the women had their moments of struggle like — car breakdowns and getting stranded, driving by a region in Jhansi infamous a century ago for thuggee, stopping for lunch in the Chambal surrounded by men with revolvers in their pockets, losing phone connectivity for 24 hours in Srinagar — the journey is something they are willingly ready to repeat again.

Because for them this trip wasn't a crazy spur-of-the-moment decision, it was something that sedimented over months after they read about Roshni Sharma, who holds the unique distinction of being India's first female rider to ride from Kanyakumari to Leh, all alone, on her motorbike.

Next up, is a trip across the breadth of the country. “Ultimately, we want to be a Roshni Sharma for someone. We want to spread the message that with proper planning, it is completely safe for women to take a trip on their own,” said Sunita.

The Traveling Divas are on Tripoto, Read more about their journey - 3 Women: Mission Kanyakumari To Kashmir By Car

Image Courtesy: The Traveling Divas
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I am 62 and planing for road trip Kanyakumari to Kashmir with my wife she is also 62 she does not know driving I will take care of driving we will be travelling 200 to 300 km per day we want to reach interior of India stay in villages and enjoy pl give your advice
Sun 04 09 17, 20:13 · Reply · Report
A complete adventure road trip that I would like to go on someday. Right now my friends are not daring enough. I am, but not so daring to go on a solo trip.
Sun 01 10 16, 12:36 · Reply · Report
You have provided a good readout to experience it what it is like to go on this journey by three women. It is very scary but also very courageous thing to do.
Sun 01 10 16, 02:47 · Reply · Report
It takes real courage to go on a Kanyakumari to Kashmir road trip by 3 women. I love reading about such adventures. My husband and I have taken so many road trips but it's not the same. The farthest we've gone by road is from Kolkata to Delhi, Delhi to Assam and back.
Sun 01 10 16, 02:07 · Reply · Report
So its approx 5000 kms on road and 6 days in total. Not bad for a road trip travelling from south way on up towards north. I don't mind six days on the road if that's what it takes to go from Kanyakumari to Kashmir.
Sat 01 09 16, 20:57 · Reply · Report
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