Finally, a 30+ year old dream got, fulfilled!!! I had always 'dreamed' of travelling to the four corners of India. In the initial years (7o's) the mode of travel was a bicycle. Later (during the 80s) the vehicle (in the dream) had changed to a motorcycle (a Yezdi or a Bullet). And still later (in the 90s) the vehicle got upgraded to a car or better still a Jeep or an SUV!
But only after retiring in 2004, did I get serious about fulfilling that dream .... or rather, I had to (voluntarily) retire to make this dream (and many other such travel and trek dreams) finally, come true.
But for the All-India tour I was looking to get some more people, with similar interests, to share the driving load. In 2006, during a Reunion Meet with some of my college wingmates (Dorm Mates), I put forth this all-India Car Tour idea and some of them showed interest.
Later one of them, Tapan Ghosh, followed up with an email ... he said he was quite serious about doing it (in fact, he too had been dreaming of doing such a tour for many years) .... but he said he can join only after 9th Dec 2007, when he retires from his Telcon job in Jamshedpur. That meant I had to wait for another year or so, but I readily agreed. At least, I now had a driving mate with similar interests and passion.
The GIRT route plan we froze by early Dec-2007 was : PLAN
Though our plan was to complete the entire route in 40 days or so, we found the going much smoother and less tiring than we anticipated. Thus in the initial sections through West and North India, we did take alternate days rest from driving ... in the latter half of the circuit, after Bhubneshwar we started skipping the rest days .... and in the end completed the entire planned circuit in 33 days, shaving-off nearly 7 days from original Plan.
The Actual Route, KMs, Night-Halts and Schedule that we executed is shown here : ACTUAL
This Page-1 of GIRT displays a kind of summary mosaic of small size pictures from each of the places we visited. These pictures will give you an overview of the places we saw on the GIRT Tour.
Fisherfolk straining to pull in the net of day's catch ... at Dhanushkody
In the following pages you will find a detailed Diary of our day-to-day car drive, the events that unfolded on the roads and highways, and the tourist spots we visited.
25 GIRT 33d GQ+
Grand India Road Tour (GIRT) - covering more than Golden Quadrilateral (GQ+)
A 33-day, 9388KM, car-drive to the four corners of India. This driving tour undertaken by two IIT-KGP-ians (class of 1970) retired in recent years, was to celebrate freedom from work .... after 35+ years of working!