BharulataKamble, a UK based NRI woman, has completed the 32 country transcontinental solo drive from UK to India. She has covered around 2,800 km in just 4 days to drive solo in the Arctic Circle. This makes her the first woman to cover such large distance in the Arctic Circle.
Bharulata calls it the ‘gift of life’ drives, as the aim behind this huge task is to spread the message of ‘BetiBachao, BetiPadhao’ an initiative run by Indian Government for the betterment of girl child.
Bharulata started her expedition from Luton in UK at the end of August, 2016 and travelled across Finland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden covering almost 5,700 km. She moved in to Arctic Circle region at Rovaneimi in Finland on September 23rd, she managed to drive approximately 700 km per day for the next 4 days and established the record drive of 2,792km in the region facing cold and barren land. She also got special approval to travel up to the 307-metre cliff of Nordkapp where she unfurled the Indian flag alongside the Union Jack.
She has now resumed her drive to India, where she is expected to reach in early November, scheduled to end her journey in her husband's hometown Mahad, about 140km (road distance) from Pune, after navigating approximately 32,000 km in her SUV.
Speaking on her voyage, Mrs. Bharulata the mother of two sons aged 8 and 11 years quoted that "The drive was scary for a variety of reasons, including being the only driver on certain patches of road. Most of the time, the road had a high cliff on one side and a steep drop to the Arctic Ocean on the other. It was dark and chilly".
The expedition is entirely sponsored by her surgeon husband and the donations she collects along the drive, which would be distributed to two UK-based charities and two in India, respectively.