Backpackers travel length and breadth of India

27th Dec 2012

Backpackers from Delhi have trekked across almost the whole of India in a year and a half.

Keen travellers from the Backpackers Club of Delhi take regular trips from the city to explore other parts of India from Goa to Kerala.

Kishan Pesswani founded the club and said it attracted 150 members within a few days of its launch. And he said each month up to 50 new members signed up with each trek attracting an average of between 10 and 12 backpackers.

A chartered accountant, Mr Pesswani started the club at the start of 2011 when he moved back to India from the US. He had previously belonged to a similar society and was keen to find companions to join him on his trips around India.

He started off meeting other members in Delhi at cafes and on walks before organising a formal trek to the Indrahar Pass at McLeodganj in May 2011. The 4,000 mile trek was followed by many other trips including camps, walks and weekends away with treks taking in locations ranging from the Spiti Valley and Dodital to Aravalli hills and Churdhar peak.

Twenty-nine-year-old investment banker Vaibhav Gupta is a co-organiser at the club, which now has 1,225 members.

He said a large gathering of 60 members went on the trek to the Aravilli range. But he said the trek he had enjoyed the most so far had been to the Hampta pass in August.

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