When the adventure is on wheels, nothing stops the enthusiasm.
40-year-old Mitra Satheesh, an Associate professor at the Government Ayurvedic College in Kochi, undertook a journey on March 17 to promote rural tourism in India.
Completing her 10 thousand km trip, Mitra along with her son reached Shillong on Tuesday. After driving through the 14 states of India, they finally arrived at Shillong.
"I started my journey on March 17 from Kochi in Kerala and covered 14 states as I have reached Shillong today," Mitra Satheesh said.
She is accompanied by her 10-year-old son Narayan on this epic road trip.
While stating that she has covered all the Northeastern states and its time for her to go back, Mitra said, "I have covered a total of 10,000 kms while driving across the villages of all these 14 states."
Mitra's travels are not just about sightseeing. She loves to explore the villages of India, visit rare historical monuments, cultures and crafts.
40-year-old Mitra Satheesh, an Associate professor at the Government Ayurvedic College in Kochi, undertook a journey on March 17 to promote rural tourism in India"Last year one of the worst sectors badly hit by Covid-19 was tourism. After seeing the disastrous impact of the pandemic on the tourism industry, I wanted to promote rural tourism and when I started off from my home town the Covid was not that much bad," she said.
However, with the spike in Covid 19 cases across the country, she decided to cut-shot her drive.
"...It escalated only 10 days back. My plan was to boost up rural tourism, visit villages, and showcase what our villages have to show to the people. It can be related to cuisine, it can be related to handicraft and it can be related to a sustainable way of living. So I have been staying in villages," the enthusiastic Ayurvedic doctor said.
"I have covered all the states in the Northeast. Meghalaya is my last stop in the region. I think due to Corona, people from rural areas are suffering a lot. Secondly, this is the right time for us to realize that we have a lot to learn from the villages. We have to learn from villages how to live a sustainable life because we have always been living a fast pace life and Corona has taught us how to slow down in life."
Asked about challenges, she said, "I have done a lot of research before starting off so I am very clear on which route to take, where to go, which village to visit, what are the things there. I was a solo traveler before starting this drive so it has been my priority to reach my place of stay by evening," Mitra added.
As she winds up her trip in Meghalaya, she has a lot to take from here--the love for matrilineal culture, the Khasi lifestyle.
"I really enjoy the life in the villages in Meghalaya. I felt the way they treat women is very different. I found it interesting that people don't change their surname after marriage. Everywhere in India when a person gets married the wife has to change her surname but here like a wife has more importance even though the husband need not change his surname," she observed.
Mitra said that the Khasi lifestyle and their food are very interesting.