Solo through 32 countries
Determination, fearless, tough, strong will power- that is Bharulata Kamble. She dreamt big and achieved it. Her story, full of struggles and challenges seemed almost like a Bollywood plot – 32 countries, one woman, one car, driving over 35,000 kilometres, to be the voice for millions of voiceless girls. The drive entailed the trek of a lifetime, through the Arctic Circle, 2 continents, 6 territories, 9 time zones, 3 desserts, 9 mountain ranges and 32 countries. The journey included 5,500 km of mountain driving reaching the altitude of over 13,000 (thirteen thousand) feet above sea level, and driving 2,500 km through desert areas.
Bharulata Kamble, the first Indian woman who drove solo through the 32 countries and the Arctic circle in only 57 days. She drove without any back team, crew or back up vehicle. through 32 countries, with The Arctic Circle challenge. She set off from the United Kingdom in her family car and drove through France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Myanmar and to India.
Expedition: First solo 32 countries by Indian woman.
Expeditioner: Bharulata Kamble
Mode: Self-drive car without any modification.
Duration: 57 days Distance to be covered: 35,383kms
Start & End Point: Luton to India
Nature of Expedition: Solo unaided, without back up crew and without back up vehicle.
When she decided to drive through the Arctic circle and 32 counties, she was all by herself with no support. Many people believed that it was impossible task and Bharulata would never be able to achieve it. With the courage, determination and tremendous faith in herself she proved everyone wrong. She lived to the faith her supporters showed in her and stood tall as a winner. It certainly wasn’t a task to take lightly and Bharulata was fully aware of that. It was a huge task she was undertaking but fear could not even touch her. Her victory was so gracious that India’s top politicians and Institutes could not resists themselves from meeting her. Her meticulous planning, thoughtful execution to perfection led her to a success which was a pride in itself. She lived the life she have always wanted to and enjoyed every bit of her journey.
Bharulata has proved that when we follow our passion we can create history. A dream doesn’t become reality through magic and nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion. Someone once said there is no force equal to that of a determined woman.