Amarjeet Singh turban traveller Covering 33 Countries, Age is just a number! This is an adage you would possibly have detected any variety of times.
But when Delhi resident Amarjeet Singh says that, you have to take note of it, because he just showed it with his own life.
The 60-year-old retired businessman has done something that people half his age will still be keeping as their wildest dream, which they hope against hope to fulfil.
He has just finished a 33,000 km road trip from [Delhi to London] crossing 33 countries in 150 days. Singh who managed to spread a garment-exporting business in Delhi started his journey on (7th July 2018) from New Delhi on his 2013 model old Toyota Fortuner SUV and travelled 36,800 km across 30 countries, more than 150 cities in 131 days and finished his trip in London on (16th Dec 2018).
“I began of Asia via Nepal, Taiwan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Europe, Poland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Norway, Deutschland, Switzerland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Rome, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Monaco, France, European nation, Denmark and finally reached London.
who former from his family business of garments export three years ago said it was a dream that he waited for 40 years to attain. “It was in 1979 that I met a German couple who were backpacking in India. I was simply twenty years recent at that point.
After hearing the story of how they travelled, even I wanted to travel the world. I and my friend wanted to go to Germany on a bike. But when I presented my idea to my father, it was immediately shot down. But my desire to travel the world never went away.
After I retired from the family business and handed it over to my son, I had nothing constructive to do. So I thought, why not now?” Singh said. Since then, it took Singh nearly three months for getting the necessary permissions and Visas before he could set off for the journey of his life.
This time around, Singh said his family was supportive, including his father who is in his late 80’s. “Everyone in the family supported and encouraged me when I said I want to take a road trip to London.
My wife was really happy, she said, this is something that you had in your mind for 40 years. You should do it. Even my son said, Dad, you don’t have to worry about anything. You should pursue your dream,” he said.
One of the most fulfilling experiences of the trip, Singh said was meeting the German couple at their home after all these years.
“It was in 1979 that I met them since then there had been no transmission. But I knew their names and the city which they lived in. So we began looking for them.
Finally, we zeroed in on them and when we were in Germany went to their house and gave them a surprise visit. It was a surreal experience,” he recalled.
He had visited most of the countries covered in his road trip for business or as a tourist however admitted that there were certain difficulties along the journey.
“I am 60 years old and have most of the health issues around that age like BP and Diabetes. One of the first challenges that we had to face was the non-availability of European-style toilets.
Starting from the Asian nations until nearly Russia we tend to had to face this. The next major challenge was regarding the food. I am a vegetarian and finding food was a challenge, especially in the interior of China,” he said.
who also met many celebrities including Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger during his trip said it was a great learning experience, to meet new people from all walks of life.
“The biggest takeaway for me from my travel is getting to know more people and learn about their lives.
Contrary to what people think, from my experience, I can say that the world is full of good people, people who would go out of their way to help you, even if they don’t understand a word you are saying.
I have had people inviting me to their homes, where we stayed for days and enjoy their hospitality and love. One of the most memorable experiences I had was in Poland when a group of people whom we were staying with came to know that it was my wedding anniversary,
they arranged a small celebration,” Singh recalled. When asked about how people in the hinterlands of foreign countries welcomed a man wearing a turban, Singh said he did not face any difficulty due to his religious identity.
“For a lot of people it was a curiosity in a good way, that is. That informed them that the aforementioned turban is my nationality and my royalty. When they meet me their first reaction used to be WOW and then HOW and finally WHY.
After revealing and signing on my car my trip becomes their journey and their journey becomes our mission,” he said. After arriving in London, Singh said it believed surreal.
“I have been to London many times in the past on business trip. However, this one was special. But after reaching London, we couldn’t somehow believe that we have come to the end of our journey. It still felt unbelievable,” he said.
Singh who fulfilled his four-decade-old dream has already set his sight on his next plan to travel all the seven continents on his SUV. I am ready to drive all (7 continents) and explore (100 countries reaching 200000 km) in the next 18 months.
I will be beginning my next trip in May from New Delhi and go Singapore cross 10 countries and after that ship my car to Los Angeles to cover North and South America, Antarctica and from there to Australia, New Zealand, and Africa,” he revealed.