When you have a will, you have a way. Three Indian women proved it right when they successfully completed a 23,800 km-long journey through 17 countries in 97 days.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

Rashmi Koppar, Dr Soumya Goyal and Nidhi Tiwari are in their mid-30s and are well-settled in their successful careers. But the desire to see the world like adventurers do made the trio embark on this quest.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

Soumya Gopinath (L), Rashmi Koppar (C) and Nidhi Tiwari (R) in one of the many selfies they took.

Nidhi, an adventurer who has travelled across India, was the one who conceptualised the trip. She was also the only driver in this all-women team.

Rashmi Koppar works with MS Ramaiah Hospital and is the mother of a young daughter. Soumya is a physical therapist and mother of two young boys. Nidhi is the wife of an army officer and has two sons.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

Under the banner of ‘Women Beyond Boundaries’ They started their journey from New Delhi on July 23 and headed east, and subsequently west by northwest to London.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

In London.

They reached London passing through Myanmar, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, and France.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

There journey was not without its pit stops. Even before they could cross the Indian border, a landslide in Manipur stalled them.

Rashmi recalls that the locals helped them with food and lodging.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

Once they crossed over, their real trip began with the imposing great gate at the entrance of the Hwang Ho bridge in China.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

They posed with the people of Biandukou in Qilian Mountains…

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

…travelled via Shanshan in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region…

 

Shanshan

 

…and passed by the ancient Silk Route of spices in Kashgar.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

This is the pass they entered through to reach Naryn in Kyrgyzstan.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

Along the way, they did not forget to capture the beauty of the Taklamakan desert…

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

…and other vistas that welcomed the trio.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

Nidhi before a yurt in Kyrgyzstan.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

They saw the light show at the Registan Monument in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

 


Indian Women Road Trip

 

And entered Kazakhstan via Atyrau.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

On the way they found this lazy Bactrian Camel.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

Of course, the road went through many such desolate landscapes.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

But what waited beyond was indescribable for them, like this Volvograd War Memorial in Russia.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

How could they have missed the famous Red Square in Moscow?

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

Or photograph under the clouds the Winter Palace of St Petersburg?

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

The nights were as scenic as the days.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

Vistas such as these can give anyone the feels.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

They stood on either side of the Arctic Circle.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

Along the way, they also made friends. They didn’t know all the languages but managed using translation tools.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

Navigation was done mostly using the modern-day tools such as Google maps.

 

Indian Women Road Trip

 

All images credit: Women Beyond Boundaries.

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