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A different kind of Cycle Yatra

October 2, 2010

Swapathgami Cycle Yatra is a week long cycle trip (this time into rural Rajasthan). What sets this trip apart from a general cycle trip is that Yatris do not carry any money, electronic gadgets or first aid medicines with them (And no carrying your DEGREES with you too 🙂 kidding). They stop at villages along the route and find work to earn their boarding and lodging.
 
While each participant’s learning and experience from such a trip is unique, the general thinking behind such a trip is –

  • Yatris go manual for transportation and basically burn off some calories that they have so lovingly accumulated despite being cholesterol conscious.
  • Yatris go slow (rather than breeze thru in fast cars) and so get a better chance at appreciating nature and rural life.
  • They interact with the local people (rather than just buy stuff off them with money power) in the course of creatively managing their boarding and lodging.
  • They get a peek into village life and in the process learn skills that they have lost by virtue of being part of the ‘developed’ society. They can also share some skills that they have.
  • They develop an appreciation for local knowledge and skills and the ability to thrive in what nature has provided.
  • They develop some trust in the ability of nature to take care of themselves and in the goodness of human beings rather than having to constantly struggle for one’s existence as if it is one long battle against nature and other human beings.
  • They get some time to reflect on their own lives.
  • They loosen a little the tight stranglehold that money has over their minds and learn that alternative ways to live might exist.

And the most important thing, they enjoy with nature, creating music, dances, theatre, games and have a fun filled adventurous week! And re-connect to the gift culture.

Yatris will cycle between 150-200 km in Shahabad area of Baran district. This area is on the border of M.P. state and it’s known as a tribal area (Sahariya tribe). The whole region is culturally very rich and still has some jungles left. It would be harvesting time in October, so they will have opportunities to work in farms during the yatra. 
 
Details of the yatra :-

  • Meet in Sankalp, Mamoni on October 24 by 2 :00 pm for orientation and preparation.
  • October 25 – 30 on the road
  • October 31 –  return to Mamoni and reflect on trip, feedback etc.

What you need to bring along (and remember that everything you bring along has to be carried by you on your bike)-

  • Personal clothing.
  • Some bedding (sleeping bag, blanket etc)
  • Water bottle (if you have a non-plastic one)
  • Bikes can be rented at nearest town

How to get here :- 

  • Meeting at “Sankalp” (a community based organisation) in a small village called Mamoni.
  • Mamoni (Name of the venue from where we will begin our yatra) is located on Kota Shivpuri Road, in Baran dist, south east of the Rajasthan…140 km east from Kota (biggest city of the region) and 90km west from Shivpuri (Madhya Pradesh).
  • Kota is well connected by railways and roads. So, for most yatries, it would be better to take a train to Kota (known as Kota Junction).
  • There are buses available from Kota to Mamoni in every half an hour. Just make sure to take a bus, which goes to Shahabad or Shivpuri. It would take 4 hours from Kota to Mamoni. Ask the conductor to drop you at Sankalp’s office.

There can be up to 20 people accommodated and 12 yatries have already confirmed. So please send in your confirmation latest by October 15, 2010 to reserve your spot. Remember to include your phone no. and e-mail address.

Check out the first yatra film — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_YQsaFLOvM

For any questions please contact – Ramawtar <ramjiram1@gmail.com>   
Phone : + 91- 97830 65170

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Achal Kothari permalink
    October 2, 2010 21:00

    Good to know that such thing is being practised in today’s world .. would like to be a part fo it and also should scale up more

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    • October 2, 2010 21:39

      yes… the yatra is not patented 🙂 you can start one in chennai if you are game.. remem no money and u earn based on your skills.. guess what self confidence it wld induce in you..

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  2. Achal Kothari permalink
    October 2, 2010 22:44

    yes .. particularly here where people speak a different language and one word in my mother tongue will immediately make me a villain 😉 😛

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  3. October 3, 2010 11:28

    wonderful experiment
    you going?

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  4. betty permalink
    October 3, 2010 12:43

    Good day!This was a really marvelous post!
    I come from finland, I was lucky to seek your topic in google. Will go for the event
    thanks very much i will come every day

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  5. October 3, 2010 13:09

    @ Achal – ha ha yeah chennai can be dangerous.. 😛
    @ Desba – dont think i will be able to make it this time…

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  6. October 3, 2010 14:44

    sahi info tha Consty , will do it sometime.

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  7. October 7, 2010 22:29

    Hey!! All the best for the trip!

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  8. October 8, 2010 10:24

    @ Bachcha – do try it 🙂 yatris told me that it brings out immense self confidence
    @TF – me not going… may be next time 😦

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  9. Nebu permalink
    October 19, 2010 10:16

    Ramji…all the best for your cycle yatra……will be a gr8 success….njoy, learn and experience…

    Will you and your group a gr8 success

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