Anand Baid (38), his wife Punita (36) and kids Yash (12) and Dhriti (8) set out on a road trip of a life-time; across 22,780 kms from Bengaluru to Paris from April 8, 2015 to return on July 28.
Raising capital from 14 companies and well wishers, the Baid family, christening themselves ‘Little Family of Indian Explorers’ or L.I.F.E. set out on this journey in their Fiat Linea with a route marked out taking into account the interests of every member of the family. While Punita wished to travel to Paris, Yash, a keen FC Barcelona fan demanded a trip to Spain.
The LIFE road map spanning 11 countries and 50 cities over a period of 111 days extended from Bengaluru, India to Nepal, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain and finally Paris, France. Tackling the vagaries of nature, rugged and varied terrain and high altitudes to over 18,000 feet, the Baid family experienced it all on this unique road trip while they did encounter some scary moments in Nepal during the earthquake.
Being strict vegetarians, the Baid family faced some gastronomic issues while when faced with challenges, Punita would take out her portable stove and whip up some simple fare with basic ingredients. For Yash and Drishti, students of Deens Academy in Whitefield, the entire journey was an adventure with Yash helping his father with fuelling of the car and offering updates in the GPS system along with searching out the most convenient hotels along the route.
The Baid family made friends received numerous gifts from locals and while Anand and Punita took turns in driving their Fiat Linea T-Jet they had no issues with the car while it just required one servicing along the entire journey.