Mother of two, Bharulata Kamble has set off on the 32 country transcontinental solo drive from UK to India which she called – The Gift of Life Drive. The purpose of undertaking such a treacherous feat was a part of her endeavor to spread the message of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’.
She began her journey from Luton in the UK at the end of August this year. She has now travelled across France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.
Kamble entered the Arctic Circle on September 23 at Rovaneimi in Finland and drove 700 kms per day for the next four days to set the record of a 2,792 km drive in the region braving both the cold and barren landscape. This journey through the arctic circle has made Kamble as the first woman in the world to drive solo across the Arctic Circle.
She also managed to get special permission, to go up to the 307mt high cliff of Nordkapp, where she unfurled the Indian tricolour along with the Union Jack.
Some of the countries ahead of her now are Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Myanmar, and India. She will travel 32,000 kms in her SUV and expects to end her journey at her husband’s hometown in Mahad, 140 kms from Pune sometime in early November.
The mother of two sons aged 8 and 11, the entire expedition has been sponsored by her surgeon husband while the donations she collects along the route will be donated to two UK based charities and two in India.