While not many of us would dare to venture out and drive a car for 22,200 km on a road trip to London even at a young age, Badri Baldawa had the guts to do it at the age of 73!
The planning began in 2016. The couple started charting out the route along with some friends. Driving across India, they reached Imphal, and from thereon to Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, China, Russia and then on to Schengen and finally to London.
On his Facebook page, Badri Baldawa wrote,
There was no other alternate route to drive to London from Mumbai: if I were to drive via Pakistan and Afghanistan, there was no guarantee that I would make it alive. We could not go north via Tibet either, as China would not allow it.
The route followed by Badri Baldawa on his road trip to London Facebook
They took 24 days driving to Imphal where 12 other vehicles joined them. It took them so long to reach Imphal primarily because they wanted to explore a number of places in the country and share the experience with their granddaughter who is based in the United Kingdom and was traveling with them.
Badri Baldawa with his wife and grand-daughter in a temple in Madhya Pradesh Facebook
On their way to Imphal, they also stopped at the ghats of Ganga in Varanasi.
Ganga ghat in Varanasi Facebook
Moving on to Bodhgaya, and from there on to Bhutan, they had already spent 12 out of 72 days in the lap of nature.
Continuing their journey to Meghalaya, they saw Mawlynnong, the cleanest village of Asia and also Cherrapunji, the wettest place on the earth.
A picture clicked in Mawlynnong Facebook
Indo-Myanmar border Facebook
By the time they completed one month of their journey, they had reached China and had, amazingly, crossed 4 nations in 4 days. A thrilling experience! Isn’t it?
On May 1, they had already traveled for 10,500 km, completing half their journey and entered Europe on May 27.
Here is a picture of their car with Indian flags in London.
Baldawas finally complete their road trip to London Facebook
And then it was time for a family reunion and some more adorable pictures!
Baldawas with their family in London Facebook