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Rickshaw Run


Rickshaw Run

The Rickshaw Run. Possibly the least sensible thing you could do in two weeks. No fancy-pants itineraries, no back-up, no way of knowing if you're going to make it, just a bloomin' good time giving it a go with your mates in your very own rickshaw. Exactly what adventure should be. Call our experts on 0333 321 7857.

What on earth is a rickshaw?

The rickshaw is unquestionably one of the greatest feats of engineering the world has ever seen. Ok, so perhaps we're exaggerating a little. Well...a lot. For those of you who have never experienced a rickshaw, they are essentially a cross between driving a scooter and a milk float. They reach a top speed of 55kmph (downhill) and are a wholly unsuitable vehicle for traversing the sub-continent .
Have no fear, you’ll have complete access to your vehicle three days prior to the Rickshaw Run to test drive it or just stroke it a little, whatever floats your boat. You will be required to attend at least one test drive session and these days are a great way to meet your fellow racers, to pimp out your rickshaw and to get excited about your upcoming adventure!

What you need to know

The Rickshaw Run costs £1,595 per team for up to three people. This covers the cost of your rickshaw, two days’ test driving, a shiny blog, tracking map and a chance to see your designs come to life as a crew of artists pimp your ride before you set off. A refundable deposit of £1,000 per team is required to cover unrepaired damage to the rickshaw at the end of the run, or transporting the rickshaw to the finish point if needed.

We got you covered: Insurance is indeed included in the price of the trip for this event only, full details of the cover is available from our Travel Experts (extra insurance is needed for your flights and any pre or post travel). You will need additional money for accommodation, food, return flights, insurance, a visa, pre-departure vaccines and fuel. Fuel comes in at around £250 per team for the trip duration. The easiest and cheapest way to get there is to book a return flight to either Mumbai or Delhi then get an internal flight or train to your starting point. In addition, we'd encourage each team to raise £1,000 for charity. *Free within inclusive minutes packages on mobile, otherwise standard rates apply. Please note - despite our chipper animations and light hearted prose, we need to be clear that this is a genuinely dangerous thing to do. The Rickshaw Run is not a holiday. Other than mechanical training, help and advice at the starting line, there really is no set route and the drive itself is unaided. We'll make you sign a disclamer to this effect. Right. Back to the good stuff...

3500km - 3 weeks | 1 Aug 16 - 19 Aug 16

The Long Run

Start off in Shillong, tucked up in the hills away from the tourist trail. Shillong is one of the last places on Earth where the ladies are traditionally in charge. Head north and stop off in the Himalayan foothills and have a cuppa in Darjeeling. Work your way down to the Keralan Coast with a jaunt over the Western Ghats, then grab yourself a well-deserved beer at the finish line.

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2500km - 2 weeks | 29 Dec 16 - 15 Jan 17

The party one

Remote rural villages, off-road tracks, a bit of jungle, stunning coastal mountains...and a lot of cows. Party on the beach in Goa and drive the Rajasthan desert as you travel from south to northwest India exploring tea plantations and ancient palaces on the way. Two and a bit weeks gives you a few spare days to play with, in case you lose your mind in Goa. Not for the faint-hearted.


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2700km - 2 weeks | 31 Mar 17 - 15 Apr 17

Everything India can throw at you

Although slightly shorter, this route is by no means any less ridiculous than its counterparts. Attempt to navigate northern India as you work your way from the Rajasthani desert to the Meghalayan hills. Check out tiger reserves in the jungle, marvel at the mighty Ganges and attempt some serious three-wheel mountaineering in the Himalayas.

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Saving the world through adventure

India is home to a third of the world's poorest and suffers from prolonged droughts, cyclones and severe flooding which can lead to thousands of families losing their home and all their possessions. Without help the situation is only going to get worse. By saving rainforest with Cool Earth you'll be helping to stop large amounts of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere and affecting our climate.

Cool Earth understands that fundraising can be the hardest part and they have a wealth of resources on their site along with their own fundraising platform so you can be reassured that they'll receive 100% of the money you raise. We'd recommend you split any money you raise for charity between Cool Earth and either the STA Travel Foundation or a charity of your choice.

The aftermath

While supremely rewarding, the Rickshaw Run is fraught with unholy disaster. Re-dress the chaos by staying on to embrace the anti-Rickshaw Run. Cruise along Kerala's sleepy backwaters on a houseboat, chant cross-legged in your fisherman pants at a Goan yoga retreat, dive off the paradisiacal Andaman Islands or have a well-deserved break swinging in a hammock guiltily reading airport trash.