For those who like their travel with a dose of adventure , here is your guide to the Rickshaw Run. Organised by the Adventurists, a brand that organises extreme experiences for thrill-seeking travellers, the Rickshaw Run is the younger sibling of intercontinental motoring race, the Mongol Rally. Included in the entry fee is a rickshaw decorated with your own design and covered by insurance, a massive launch and finish party, key tools and parts, and a crash course forgive the pun in rickshaw driving before the race starts.
The Rickshaw Run around India has been held three times a year for the past ten years. Don't even think about booking accommodation or planning far ahead. All you can do is gauge vaguely where you want to go and head in that direction for a true adventure — from making pit stops at sights like the Taj Mahal to driving through mountain ranges, jungle, desert and India's chaotic, charismatic cities. Recover from adventuring by spending a night in a hotel worthy of a Maharajah, at Suryagarh Jaisalmer.
The scenery is the main draw of the recently-opened Himalayan edition. In one week, contestants have to drive from the former imperial summer capital, Shimla , to the high altitude desert city of Leh. The roads here are only open between June and September, when the snow eases off and the weather makes it possible but still not easy to cross 5, metre-high mountain passes. Be aware that Himalayan mechanics tend to be a few hundred kilometres apart and that the chance of finding spare parts for your rickshaw is pretty slim. Get your adventure off to a good start with a night at Shimla View Home , with beautiful Himalayan vistas from the most highly rated accommodation in the city.
The newest rickshaw adventure is through Sri Lanka and entails one week of driving your customised tin can across muddy, tropical roads. Be sure to stop for a fresh coconut break and get to know the warm and hospitable locals.
Rly into the capital, Colombo and calm your pre-race nerves staying at the relaxing Urban Bliss Studio. See Britain in all its glory with a train journey from London to Edinburgh.
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