Kumar was at Natun Balijan (Tinsukia district, Assam) on Sunday when the local villagers had gathered to hear the story of Krishna Kumar’s bike ride for his mother. It was a day break for him after a long journey with his mother and his favourite scooter (which he refers to as his father as it was gifted to him by his late father). Kumar thanked Bangalore Mirror for its article-“Mother of all pilgrimages (published on August 28, 2018) saying, “It was one of the first articles on my journey and I keep it close to my heart and share it whenever people ask me about my trip.”
When Mirror had spoken to him in August last year, Kumar was on his way back to Mysuru, after visiting local places. However, he changed his mind and began his pan-India journey. So far Kumar has covered 49,082 kilometres by travelling across 23 states.
So, why did Kumar change his mind? Kumar said, “As we were heading back to Mysuru, we got a call for a wedding in Hyderabad. So we decided to head to Hyderabad where friends and family encouraged us to take a pan-India trip. Hence, we advanced to various states. The trip to north east has been really beautiful as we have been travelling close to Indo-China border. We have been thrilled by the people for their hospitality as they are giving us food and shelter. Constant media coverage has made us so popular and people are insisteing on hosting us in their homes.”
Kumar said that in his 49-thousand-odd kilometre journey, he had flat tyres at least five times. And with mother riding pillion, he doesn’t want to be stranded and has accordingly prepared for the job. He boasts of becoming a short-term bike mechanic, who can fix small issues on the spot.
Kumar also confessed that despite heavy rains reported in the country, he has been lucky to escape the heavy showers. “It looks like we have been missing the places just before the rains. For example, we crossed the Kaziranga area before it got flooded.” Kumar’s planning has been crucial to his succesfull travel. Despite lacking knowledge of the local areas, he has been taking advise from the locals for his future trips.
Kumar began his road trip with his mother on January 16, 2018 and he is expected to travel on Jan 16, 2020 as well. The Mother-son duo also celebrated two birthdays on the road. Kumar has also been vocal about maintaining safety on road trips. He has emphasized on the importance of maintaining speed limits and driving carefully.
The story so far
* Kumar and his mother prefer his trusty old scooter to explore tourist spots.
* Speaking of why he started on this unique yatra, Kumar says, “I come from a joint family and my mother was restricted to the kitchen. After my father passed away, I decided that it was time my mother visited a few places. Initially, I thought I would send my mother on one of those tours conducted by travel agencies but I thought the best way to experience these places would be with her. So, I resigned from my job as a marketing professional and decided to go on the yatra using the money I had saved.”
* “We begin our journey every day, and make a brief stopover at a historical places,” he said.