Four Indian women have decided to brave the odds and drive their car all the way to London, from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Their goal — to celebrate India's 70th Independence Day.
The expedition, named XPD 2470 will start in Coimbatore on March 26, 2017 and will reach London in 70 days. The drive will also aim to raise awareness on women's empowerment and Rotary's literacy year.
The journey will span 24,000km, crossing 24 countries including China, Myanmar, Russia, and Poland. The four women will cover 500km per day, and would require nine different visas to reach London.
Meenakshi Arvind, the team leader who proposed the plan said: "I've been thinking of this for around two years. Last year, I drove to Thailand and now we are on this through Facebook".
While travelling across India, the team of all-women drivers plan to honour women achievers, including Kiran Bedi, the Governor of Pondicherry, and Olympian Mary Kom. The team of women drivers are planning to meet Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
The entire journey would cost around Rs 60 lakh, and the women are getting ready to take a crash course about vehicle maintenance. Stay tuned as we will bring you more updates about the journey.