What we learnt on the India’s Cup 2018.
The India’s Cup rally is one of the most exciting events on the Travel Scientists‘ calendar. We love rickshaws (and bulls!) but as we continually discover in our many other exciting events, sometimes you can’t beat a car! This event is designed to test our cars, and participants, to the maximum, in order to experience as much of South India’s diversity as we can possibly fit in a couple of weeks. We think we (and our brave teams) did a good job. Here are some of the highlights:
Any vehicle is accepted the India’s Cup. However: the more classic, and the less suitable, the better. This time though, the field were all in Hindustan ambassadors; a real classic of Indian roads, this made for an interesting blend of fitting in and (as a group) standing out. Most importantly, they took teams 2700 kilometers, from Chennai to Goa (with a lot of detours in between).
Most of the Time…
One thing about these cars: they are… temperamental. Especially on hot, long days, with drivers who aren’t used to this unique vehicle. It took some getting used to, and quite a few pit-stops along the way, but by the end of the trip our teams had learned to love them like family (fault air-con included…).
We saw some of South India’s most remarkable places, like the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey, pictured above. Other highlights included the tea fields of Ooty and, of course, the beaches of Goa.
So Much History
Being India, of course, there were also many historic sights to see. We even had an excellent guide Deepa, pictured here showing participants around the incredible ruined city of Hampi. The Sea Temple at Mamallapuram and the Chinese fishing nets of Kochin will also stay in the memory.
As with every Travel Scientists‘ trip, lots of new friends were made. Every day on our journey locals were keen to snap a “selfie” with teams.
Of All Kinds!
And it wasn’t just human friends. Passing through wildlife reserves we saw many animals, but none so memorable as temple elephants.
Oh, and our teams also became famous. In Tuticorin the local press caught wind of our trip, and the state’s TV stations were jostling for interviews!
All’s Well That Ends Well
At the end of the day, this was a challenging event, but one that participants will surely remember. These experiences just can’t be had on a normal holiday; and we can’t wait for next year!