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Travel: 22 Indian bikers embark on 4,500 km road trip across three nations

Let 22 blokes who rode the newly opened India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway inspire you to traverse 4,500 kms

When the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway opened last year, adventure travel buffs all over the country were itching to get behind the wheel to undertake this historic road trip.

Located in the Mandalay region of Myanmar, the ancient city of Bagan was home to countless Buddhist temples and pagodas, many of which still survive
Located in the Mandalay region of Myanmar, the ancient city of Bagan was home to countless Buddhist temples and pagodas, many of which still survive

The city of Bagan in Myanmar is home to several thousands of pagodas. Pic courtesy/Sanjay Madan and Tushar Agarwal
The city of Bagan in Myanmar is home to several thousands of pagodas. Pic courtesy/Sanjay Madan and Tushar Agarwal

Travel company Adventures Overland, undertook an eight-day trail that flagged off in Manipur's capital, Imphal, wound its way through Myanmar, and finally reached Thailand, after covering an approximate distance of 4,500 kms.

A fisherman goes about his daily business at Inle lake in Myanmar
A fisherman goes about his daily business at Inle lake in Myanmar

Seafood is a huge culinary draw en route. Try it
Seafood is a huge culinary draw en route. Try it

Sanjay Madan and Tushar Agarwal served as the expedition leaders.

Shop for traditional Asian puppets along the highway
Shop for traditional Asian puppets along the highway 

Cross the India-Myanmar Friendship Road
Cross the India-Myanmar Friendship Road

Madan tells us that the number of permissions required for the trip made them plan four months in advance.

 The National Museum, Bangkok. pics courtesy/Sanjay Madan and Tushar Agarwal
 The National Museum, Bangkok. pics courtesy/Sanjay Madan and Tushar Agarwal

Travellers at the Shwedagon pagoda, Bagan
Travellers at the Shwedagon pagoda, Bagan

The agency first received about 20,000 applicants, but owing to a cost of `3.5 lakh (higher than that of a flight to Bangkok), the final number of adventure junkies was reduced to 20.

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