Across India in a Rickshaw for Charity

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You heard it correctly.  In August of 2015 we are taking a team of the toughest peeps to the depths of India 3500km (2,174 miles) across the country in a motorized Rickshaw….“Why?” you say.  For the only logical reasons out there…

1. For the spirit of adventure

and to

2. Make a difference

~This adventure is a test…a big one. It is for the most adventurous!  Honestly, this trip gives me butterflies in my stomach.  This is why I am so excited to announce it and to get some troops on board.

~This trip will be one of those memories that make you smile when you are lying on your deathbed decades from now.  A big grin will come across your face when your grandchildren ask you about India and you will know that it was one of the most unbelievable adventures that you ever took.

~It is not for the lighthearted.  We will be picky about who comes on this trip.  If you see the video and know this is not for you, then please don’t inquire.  If you see the video and you feel a rush of electricity in your body….you are the people we want.  We want peeps that will shine and not wine on an adventure like this.

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Each year the guys from TheAdventurists.com put together this race to give people a thrill of a lifetime. In all their races, each team is required to raise a minimum of 1000 pounds ($1,646 USD). 500 pounds will go CoolEarth.org to save the Amazon. The other 500 pounds will go to the charity of your choice.

The details according to The Adventurists themselves:

~It is 3,500km pan-Indian adventure in a 7 horsepower glorified lawnmower. The Rickshaw Run is easily the least sensible thing to do with two weeks. At each end of the Run is a party of earth shattering proportions but what is between them is all down to you. And luck – good or bad. No set route, no back-up, no way of knowing if you’re going to make it. The only certainty is that you will get lost, you will get stuck and you will break down.  It’s just you and your friends in a wholly unsuitable vehicle traversing the subcontinent enduring whatever craziness the road throws at you.

~The Rickshaw~

A once state-of-the-art three-wheeled Bajaj auto-rickshaw, with all the paperwork necessary for you to take it on public roads and across state lines.

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~Test Driving, Aug. 2nd-4th~

Two days of test-driving, pimping and mechanical tips, with nightly Q&A session for you to familiarise yourself with your vehicle and what you are about to do.

~Launch, Aug. 4th~

A ruddy good party, cricket match and launch ceremony befitting of the brave fools about to take on the whole of India in a crap rickshaw.

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~Finish Line, Aug. 21st~

A rousing welcome when you finish, a podium for the obligatory finish line photos and a bar for you to share your stories with each-other. Topped off with a football match and a party.

~Tech~

A shiny blog where you can shout to the world about what you are about to do, and a tracking map where you can upload your location, messages and photos while you are on the road.

~The Knowledge~

Support from our team of experts to advise you how to get to the start line, the best outfits for the parties and the best biscuits to pair with Darjeeling tea.

~The Adventure Dates~

Arrival and Test Driving, Aug. 2-4

Cricket Match and Launch Ceremony, Aug. 4th

The Adventure, Aug. 5th – 20th

Finish Parade and Party, Aug. 21st

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~The Route~

We’re not in the business of wiping your posterior region so we’ve un-invented the un-route. We won’t tell you how to avoid the bandits or which roads will collapse underneath you, that’s your job to fathom. Spluttering forth from the start line and aiming to hobble across the finish line, you choose how much adventure the seat of your pants can handle in-between. We have three splendid un-routes distancing 3,000 – 5,000kms depending on the illogicality of your chosen path.

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What sights you choose to see along the way are up to you. Better yet sod the box-ticking and following of the crowd. There are much better things to see than a load of foreign tourists wearing cameras, socks and sandals and fake dreadlocks. A real adventure will show you what tourists and travelers wont see. The real India is perched there sitting and waiting patiently for you to come forth and find your way yourself. If we told you where to go, the Rickshaw Run would be totally rubbish.

~Pimping Thy Rickshaw~

It’s one thing to cross the Indian subcontinent in a rickshaw, but it’s a much better thing to do it in one that’s been pimped. With this in mind we invented the art of distance pimping. It’s a bit like distance-learning but without any learning.

First you concoct your own fantasy rickshaw paint job. Paint your chariot pink if you wish, cover it in zebra stripes, or even give it a wonky moustache.

Then upload your designs to our website. We’ll then blend it with some Indian artistic genius, a certain amount of enlightenment, a few spelling mistakes and the odd dodgy hand-painted line and…. BAM. Pimped Shaw. Nothing short of genius. There’s a prestigious award for the best overall effort, and the awe-struck stares you receive as your fully pimped machine flies by are enough to keep you smiling when it all goes to south.

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So whats this all gonna cost me?

Fortunately, this adventure is pretty affordable.  We’ve put together the best bang for your buck.  There are 2 values here. One, is going on the trip and the second is doing it with a rockstar team. Here’s the breakdown:

1495 Pounds ($2460 USD) per team (1-3 people)

385 Pounds ($499 USD) Administrative fee per person (This is an early registration fee) Price will increase after Dec. 2014

-Teams can be up to 3 people. They actually allow 4 people on a team, but good luck putting 4 people on a 7 horsepower Rickshaw.

Travel costs and flights are up to you – The good thing is that India is pretty inexpensive, here is an estimation of costs.

It’s possible to find a place for less than £4 ($6.50 USD) a night, but £15 ($25 USD) night will get you a decent place with WiFi and your own shower. Anyone used to wiping their bum with silk towelettes can get something plush starting from £35 ($57 USD) a night. If you can rock the hobo-chic look with consummate ease you could use a tent when outside of the towns – it’s free and you’ll probably get some good stories out of it.

Visa’s – £100ish ($80-100 USD)

There is no way around this I am afraid, unless you are lucky enough to be from India, Nepal or Bhutan.

Food – £50 to £300 ($80-$500)

Street food in India is very cheap – you can pay around £1 ($1.60) for a meal of Dahl and rice with a side order of Cholera.   If you prefer to snack on canapé’s you can get a very good meal for less than £10.

-Remember each team is responsible for raising 1000 Pounds ($1646 USD) for charity, how you do that, is on your own.

Travel insurance –£80ish ($100ish USD)

Worth not trying to save too much money here – not too much money and completely worth the investment.

Fuel – £250ish per team ($400 USD)

Naturally this will be more expensive if you take a longer route.

Refundable Deposit – £1000 per team ($1646 USD)

We would prefer not take this but every now and again some naughty runner dumps their Rickshaw in a turgid sewage drain or on the steps of some sacred temple and we need a way to finance the rescue operation.

Spares and repairs – £10 to £200 per team ($15-350 USD)

There is little point in trying to prepare for this before the trip as everything you need can be purchased in India cheaper and more easily. Most jobs can be fixed with some pliers and a rock anyway. Repair costs range from 50p for a roadside hammer job to £120 ($150-200 USD) for a complete engine failure.

 

Two more things:

1. I asked a veteran this adventure what the biggest value he got out of it.

He responded:

“The biggest value for me was to get out of my comfort zone and face the unknown. (India is limitless with the vast unknown) To experience the different people when they meet a westerner for the first time is priceless. From this trip, I began to believe in humanity…..and have the time of my life.”

2. This trip will sell out early. Like 8 months early. The entire roster will probably be full in January or February 2015.  The One Effect is putting together teams now.  If you are interested, this is not a decision to procrastinate.  Your opportunity will be gone soon…..see you in India!!!


Reserve Your Spot for the Rickshaw Run




*The prices above are with the refundable deposit included.  So, if you bring the rickshaw back, you will get your refund.  If you decide to leave the rickshaw on the side of a mountain (which has happened before) you will not get the refund back.

Here is the price breakdown, not including the deposit:

$1319 USD per person for a team of 3

$1729 USD per person for a team of 2 or an individual

-If you have any questions concerning the prices or anything at all, send a message through the contact form.

 

Saludos from somewhere in the world,

Chris 

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