111-Days. 11 Countries. 1 Indian Family. An Incredible
Road Trip From Bangalore to Paris.
One car, one family, 11 countries, 22,780 km and 111 days of road trip. This is the idea of Adventure for Baid family in Bengaluru, who packed their bags and travelled half way across the world from Bengaluru to Paris in their Fiat Linea.
Team L.I.F.E. (Little Indian Family of Explorers) consists of Anand Baid, 38, an animator/educator at Native Puppets with Punita Baid, 36, his wife and their kids Yash, 12, and Dhriti, aged eight.
“After journeying from Bengaluru to Rajasthan for a family road trip earlier, the idea of a transcontinental world tour was something I had to pursue,” said Anand.
Before starting his research for the journey, Anand had to get his family’s stamp of approval. “Initially my wife said yes only because she thought it was an impossible and impractical idea. She knew had she said no I would have nagged her really bad. Little did she know, Anand was dead serious.
“Even my mom did not believe in my plan till a month before our departure. She saw me running around for Visas, and that’s when it occurred to her that I was serious.”
“My wife saw the benefit of this trip and the immense exposure our kids will get. In her, I have found a wonderful travel partner, and we have done our fair share of travelling. This time around we wanted to push the envelope and see where it takes us” he added.
More than convincing the family, the bigger hurdle was convincing the children’s school to give them extra leave. “You know that saying, when you want something, the universe conspires in helping you achieve it? It might some cheesy, but this trip was something we were destined to do,” says Anand as he mentions that the school was blown away by the ambitious idea and granted their kids permission to take off for the trip.
They visited Nepal, Tibet, China, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Greece, Turkey, Iran and ended their journey in France.
The journey started on 8 April.
The Baid family first reached Nepal, where they encountered the earthquake. They were stuck there for 5 days.
Being strict vegetarians and to ensure they don’t have to face any gastronomic issues, Punita decided to carry her portable stove. She would whip up some simple fare with basic ingredients whenever they couldn’t find a vegetarian meal.
Broadly modelled on the ancient Silk Route, team L.I.F.E’s roadmap started from India and went on to Nepal, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain and finally ended at France.
Punita took a two-month sabbatical, her husband Anand quit his job and the two kids were allowed an extended leave from their school to go on this adventure trip.
China was a completely new experience for them.
In Kyrgyzstan, the landscape changed within hours.
They got to see the “Door to Hell” in Turkmenistan.
In Turkey, while they waited for their car to get serviced, they also captured some picturesque moments.
Greece was spellbinding too
The Baid family flew back to India from Paris on 28 July, and their trusted car – the “fifth member” of their family – was shipped back safe and sound.
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