It’s been a dream to connect India through the B-roads, trails and some of the most scenic routes. Imagine being able to ride “getting off” of our busy, wide and boring highways chasing waterfalls, mountain vistas, beautiful villages, sun rises and sunsets. Connecting with the real pulse and culture of our country.
For few years we have been collating and working on creating the most enjoyable experience of riding through real India. Which we call the GRIT - Great Indian Trail.
We have also been dabbling with thoughts, discussed and argued about how our people might trash the place and not respect the landscape and it’s people. After much deliberation and ideation - we believe that the only way to bring this change is in conversations and awareness, imbibing in all of us, to come to a point of respect and care for our landscape, its culture and it’s people.
We have come close to create a skeletal trail that connects four corners of country - rather more than four corners. And we hope to see people adding to this database as locals and as travellers. We are also working on mapping some local stays, places to eat and see on this trail to make it more functional and complete. In the end the money you spend is best spent in contributing to the local economies than just the mega corporate web platforms.
All of this data will be hosted on a website where one can download the GPX trail, upload it to google maps or any of the web apps or your GPS device and GO.
The idea being “go the other way” not the quickest, shortest or the regular roads.
We expect a sense of respect here and a sense of gratitude to the beautiful places. No bravado, no trash but the most simple and essentials of real travel on a motorcycle.
Let’s make this work and let’s have meaningful conversations as we step out, on our motorcycles to travel, in the real sense.
It seems to be falling in place at last. If you have been recording your trips which are the back roads and trails of India - send us the routes. We will add to the GRiT with your name on it. DM us and we will take it from there.
It’s not LiVE yet. We are getting people to ride it and once we are ready we are working a way to make it public. For those who love to get away from the highways and are conscious travellers.
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The nice chaps at MTM Grid are busy cooking up something really exciting. They are calling it Great Indian Trail (GRIT) and its inspired by the Trans Americal Trail (TAT) and the Trans European Trail (TET). The GRIT is basically the slowest way to travel to the four corners of India using only back roads and trails. It's a work in progress and Abijith Rao sent me the GPS track of a part of the GRIT. This weekend a couple of friends and I rode our motorcycles over the 300 km Coorg to Chikmanglur section. We stayed at cozy homestays with gorgeous views. It was an amazing experience. This is truly the best way to experience India.
I’m calling this ride the Long Way Up. 😬