Cycling Across India: In 121 Photography

Kaspars Una Viesturs in Saputara, India

Kaspars, Una and Viesturs. India. Three cheap, 100 EUR/USD worth bicycles. 5300 kilometers. 5 months. Tens of kilos of Indian biscuits.

How was it to cycle all the way across India? What we went through and what was India like from our perspective during this 5 month long distance cycling adventure, which was also our very first long term trip abroad and first time in Asia? Take a sneak peek into it by looking at the following pictures, sorted chronologically!

For practical information about cycling in India check out – Cycling Across India Tips.

Let’s start!

Pirmais vakars Deli / First evening in Delhi

First evening in Delhi

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Tuk – tuks

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Jeans drying in the sun

Cilvēki Deli gatavojas svētkiem / Peope in Delhi are preparing for celebration

Peope in Delhi are preparing for celebration

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They asked me for 1 photo

Smogs / Smog

Smog

Visi grib fotografēties / Everyone wants to make a photo with us

Everyone wants to make a photo with us

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With each other and with all together

 

Nabadzība un bagātība / Poverty and wealth

Poverty and wealth

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Loudest participants of the traffic in India, we start to go up to the mountains

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Monkey in Shimla. There are a lot of them.

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Higher in the mountains, without bicycles

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Statue of Hanuman (Shimla)

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Going through state of Gujarat

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With family of politicians (Patiala)

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Most of lakes, rivers, ponds we see are polluted

Visi grib uz mums paskatīties / Everyone wants to see those stranger cycling through town

Everyone wants to see those stranger cycling through their town (Rajasthan)

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One of these rare scenes on our way across India

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Somewhere in Rajasthan

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Cows and schools. They are EVERYWHERE.

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A lot of temples and statues are just on the roadside

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Cows are everywhere (Jaipur)

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Jaipur

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Jaipur

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A lot of people sleep at their place of work. In rickshaws, tuk-tuks, on sofa in the shop, on floor, … (Jaipur)

Skats uz Jaipur no augšas / View on Jaipur

View on Jaipur

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Everything is OK. It’s not a traffic jam.

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Sacred lake of Pushkar

Puškara / Pushkar

Pushkar

Puškara / Pushkar

Pushkar

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Pushkar

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Pushkar

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Getting closer to border of Rajasthan

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Rajasthan

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On the streets of Udaipur, it’s some kind of holiday today

Udaipur

Udaipur

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Udaipur

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3 on one bicycle, 5 on one motorcycle, 15 with one car (Udaipur)

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You can carry everything with “bike” (Ahmedabad)

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Ahmedabad

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Children are always happy :) (Ahmedabad)

Satiksme / Traffic (Ahmedabad)

Traffic (Ahmedabad)

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Usual view in the center of big city (Ahmedabad)

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Ahmedabad

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Vadodar

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Everyone uses that kind of vehicle he has

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We start to pedal early in the morning (Surat)

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From the field

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Cows and buffalos are bigger than boys looking after them :)

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Close to Saputara, in the mountains

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Let’s go for a lunch!

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Children where playing with ball by the school

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We made it to Saputara!

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Saputara – Ellora

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Saputara – Ellora

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Rock cut temple in Ellora

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Early mornings are beautiful!

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Pune

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Pune

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Pune

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Western Ghats

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Road leading over mountains is narrow

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What a views all around! (Western Ghats)

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Lost in a mist

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Entering Goa

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Just 5 more minutes and our one month “vacation” by the sea will start!

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Goa, few days before Christmas

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Goa. few days before Christmas

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Goa, few days before Christmas

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Goa

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Goa

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Testing waterproof camera from Canon :) (Goa)

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Goa

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Mangalore, “internet cafe”

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Drug store (Mangalore)

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Kerala

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Road (Kerala)

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Woman can carry everything on their heads (Kerala)

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Elephant (Kerala)

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Sunrise, crossing one of many bridges of southern India (Kerala)

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Man in skirts. It is southern India. (Kerala)

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Boat house, you can rent small one or big one, for one day or one month (Kerala)

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Kerala

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It’s enough time for everything while going with boat from Alappuzha to Kollam (Kerala)

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Shop on river (Kerala)

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Going home from shopping (Kerala)

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Kerala

Our bags (Kovalam)

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Viesturs (Kovalam)

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Kovalam

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Kaspars (Kovalam)

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Burning garbage on the streets

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Kerala

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Closing to Kanyakumari, most south point of India

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Road for us only. Continuing our way by the “bottom’ of India

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Contrasts

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Roadside shop, where we buy drinking water. One of few such shops in this part of India.

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Is it a road? No.

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Salt field

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Salt field

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We take water from the same place as locals

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Work with crop

Panban bridge

Panban bridge. Leaving continental part of India

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Railroad bridge (Pamban bridge)

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In search for ghost town Dhanushodi

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And there we stopped

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No Dhanushodi? Then let’s just swim in the sea!

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Going back to continental India

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In gas station

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Electricity is everywhere

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The same as satellite television

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After 5000 km we see first organized dump in India

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Few hundred kilometers to Chennai

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Temples, temples, …

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Rice field makes surroundings more live

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Women always sits this way

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Not everyone is tough enough to ride on bicycle for this long

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There are a lot of similar statues, when coming closer to Chennai

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Chennai. We have finished our cycle trip across India.

Big thanks to Canon Latvia for the camera they gave to me! It was water, shock and sand proof Canon Powershot D20. What makes it a perfect companion for such a trip as ours. All photos above are taken with this camera.

All of the photos are republished from Kaspars’ blog www.kasparsmisins.lv.

Author: Kaspars Misins

Kaspars is a long term traveler and a travel blogger from Latvia. He loves going on long walks, reading non fiction books and spending time outdoors. Together with his girlfriend Una they have been traveling – volunteering – working abroad since 2013. On We Are From Latvia they share their experience and things learned along the way.