A Kashmir to Kanyakumari road trip which covered more than 6,000KMs, conducting 12 college workshops which were attended by over 4,000 students, and educating rural people about Digital India and Skill India.
This was our mission, initially thought and planned by first three key members, Sai Ramesh, Kapil Anand, and Pawan Kumar. At the time of writing, we’ve completed half of our journey, travelling all the way from Kashmir to Kanyakumari by road.
Thanks to our super skilled Tempo Traveller driver, Bhavesh Kumar, who has been continuously driving since past 30 days. He is the key person behind the success of our road trip.
For rest of the nation, this All India Digital Skill Mission started on January 15, 2017, flagged off from Dal Lake, Kashmir. For us, the key members behind, the journey was started in December 2016.
Kashmir to Kanyakumari Road Trip
As we proceeded and continued finishing the required homework for this long journey, four new members joined. First, Yogesh Mankani, Sachin Bharadwaj (our photographer), and Jay Paudyal (surprise entry) joined and we were named the #Crazy6.
Later from Amritsar, Vinay Mehra joined the #Crazy6 as a wildcard entry, taking the job to handle the video documentation part throughout the journey. At the time of writing this, we’ve named him Render.
You can read travelogues over here – All India Digital Skill Mission travelogues
The Crazy 6 team of All India Digital Skill Mission, travelled to Kashmir from Delhi first. Even though it was totally stupid to even think about it. Not a single person was recommending us to go to Kashmir, offering us an alternative to start from Jammu.
The moment we started the Tempo Traveller (our vehicle) and touched the first snowy peak of the mighty Himalaya, we knew that we all are crazy. Thankfully, the NH1 Highway was clear and good to go. However, it was well covered with snow!
Kashmir to Kanyakumari Road Map
Our Kashmir to Kanyakumari Itinerary
- Dal Lake, Srinagar to Udhampur – 240KMs
- Udhampur to Amritsar – 250KMs
- Amritsar to Jalandhar – 92KMs
- Jalandhar to Chandigarh – 180KMs
- Chandigarh to Karna Lake – 120KMs
- Karna Lake to Greater Noida, NCR – 200KMs
- Greater Noida to Gurgaon, NCR – 70KMs
- Gurgaon to Jaipur, Rajasthan – 260KMs
- Jaipur to Vadnagar, Gujarat – 600KMs
- Vadnagar to Akodra – 70KMs
- Akodra to Ahmedabad – 90KMs
- Ahmedabad to Anand – 170KMs
- Anand to Vadodra – 60KMs
- Vadodra to Surat – 150KMs
- Surat to Mumbai, Maharashtra – 300KMs
- Mumbai to Pune – 150KMs
- Pune to Vagator, Goa – 420KMs
- Vagator to Madikeri, Karnataka – 550KMs
- Madikeri to Kozhikode, Kerala – 175KMs
- Kozhikode to Kochi – 200KMs
- Kochi to Thiruvananthapuram – 200KMs
- Thiruvananthapuram to Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu – 95KMs
- Before Dal Lake could start freezing, we were there, standing in our branded t-shirts, all set to tell the world, what we’ve planned, and how exactly we’re executing it. It was a promise we did to start from Kashmir and we did it.
It was a promise we did to start from Kashmir and we did it. All thanks to the support we received from Indian Army at that point where our water bottles were freezing.
-10 Degree Celcius it was!
Kudos to the team members, especially Sai and Sachin (from Andhra Pradesh), who never went to such a cold place.
After coming down from J&K, our college workshops were lined up. Initially, about three college workshops were planned, but after seeing our efforts towards this mission, more people joined and we had a series of workshops to be conducted.
All India Digital Skill Mission Workshops
Kashmir to Kanyakumari route – Started from Amritsar, we travelled to Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Karnal, Greater Noida, Delhi, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Vadnagar, Adokara (first Digital Village of India), Ahmedabad, Anand, Vadodara, Surat, Mumbai, Pune, Kochi, and Thiruvananthapuram.
So far, we have conducted 15 college workshops, a dozen of bloggers meet, and a couple of roadside educational program, making the rural people aware about Digital India, Skill India, and how to make use of internet in a proper way.
During the journey, we even met people in rural areas, already using the internet, making use of digital wallet, and other tools.
Initially, the schedule was planned to give us one day off, after 5 continuous travel days or after every 1,500-2,000KMs (whichever comes first). But, because of the overwhelmed support and love we received, we couldn’t afford one till Pune.
After feeling too tired, everyone wanted few days off. Goa and Madikeri (Coorg) days were the first official off days, which still included 600KMs travel. The river Kaveri took the tiredness away from all of us as we dived in.
As per the health part, everyone is looking healthy, if we can forget few minor frostbite (Jay), skin rashes (Me), fever (Sai), and tiredness (rest of the team).
This journey you’ve been following from day one (or later), this experience you just read, is not over yet. While everyone thinks that we’ll be going back to our home, as we’ve reached half way down to Kanniyakumari, we will start travelling to the other side of India.
Kashmir to Kanyakumari road trip is done. It’s time for Kanyakumari to East, then North East, and then back to India Gate, New Delhi (our Summit).
Here we are at the southernmost tip of our huge nation, a.k.a.Kanyakumari.
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