“I Felt Truly Blessed Each Day”: 2019 Hippie Trail Riders Speak Out
“Cycling in India is a fabulous way to see an amazing country. The country awakens all your senses. I loved the challenge of the traffic which was at times manic. It was an exhilarating experience dodging cows, goats, buffalo, camels tuk-tuks and motor scooters coming at you from all angles . It was like cycling in a real live video game and the most fun I’ve ever had on a bike tour. The Indian people were so friendly along the whole route. I will always remember the calls of ‘happy journey’ & ‘welcome to India’ that the people shouted as we passed by. Add into this great food and some amazing palaces and forts to stay in and you’ve got a great cycling journey.” – Muriel Thomson (UK)
“In six weeks, the Hippie Trail took us through varied Indian geography, UNESCO world heritage sites, and towns and cities rich in medieval history. What was really amazing was to arrive tired, dirty and sweaty on your bicycle at a majestic medieval fort or palace, get cleaned up, and spend the night there.” – Rae Simpson (Canada)
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“It was physically and mentally demanding riding with the tough road surfaces, the traffic, the noise, and by adding the smells and the colours put all ones senses in constant overdrive. But being able to interact with the friendly locals and visiting many beautiful sights during the day and discussing the day’s experience with the co-riders in the evening made it all worthwhile. The wonderful TDA staff made every day somewhat special.” – Ursula Simpson (Canada)
“The Hippie Trail isn’t for everyone but it gave me the freedom to appreciate an age old mix of spiritual cultures, smiling people and open friendliness. I felt truly blessed each day.” – Gennesse Beadman (Australia)