Navratri is a very important and popular festival in some Indian cultures. It is, therefore, quite common to see people traveling across the country to be with their families during the time of festivities. But while most of them choose to travel by flight or trains, there are a few adventurous people who decide to do something entirely different.
Akshay Bhatnagar, who studied in Vadodara when his father was posted there with the armed forces, just rode his bike all the way from Chandigarh to Vadodara, a journey of 1200 km, so that he could participate in the 9-day revelry of Navratri. And this isn’t the first time he’s done it either; In 2012, he rode 1,350 km to the city from Kanpur on his motorcycle for the festival after he could not get train tickets and flights were priced exorbitantly high. “It had been quite some time since then. I was missing the fervor of the festival and decided to ride to the city from Chandigarh,” said Bhatnagar.
Vadodara hosts some of the most vibrant and popular Garba venues during the Navratri period which is why it is a very popular place to visit during this time of the year.
Another motivation which he had this time was to ride his new motorcycle. “Also, this is the first time I did so on my own expense as my father used to bear my expenses earlier,” he said. The 1,200 km journey from Chandigarh to Vadodara began on Wednesday and ended on Friday. En route he visited Delhi to get the bike ready for the trip. He also says that he plans to continue with this tradition of riding to Vadodara every year on his motorcycle so that he can celebrate Navratri there.