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Bring in the new year in a new way! October 28, 2009

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Namaste, travelers.

2010NewYearWe’ve done a lot of thinking about how to bring in the end of the decade that started with the crazy Y2K shenanigans and we have a couple ideas that just might tickle your fancy. These new year’s parties won’t be in any major city and will be anything but typical. Isn’t it time you broke away from the new year’s party mold and started off the year with something different?


Try these on for size.


BCRThe Budapest-Chernobyl Run is launching its inaugural route on December 29th from Budapest, Hungary. This drive-anything expedition will traverse the Hungarian countryside into the castle-laden land of Romania, then continue through the beautiful valleys of Moldova, across the disputed region of Transnistria, and into the notorious land of Ukraine, where you will get the chance to see, firsthand, the abandoned town of Priyat and the specific location of the Chernobyl disaster. Oh yeah, and if you register for this awesome adventure by November 16th, you can save some bucks for some fantastic party accessories (including your favorite beverage)! Check out the Budapest-Chernobyl website for the route map, detailed information, and the registration form.

Classic Run logoHere in India, we’re taking an old route to the new year! The Classic Run, which started the whole Rickshaw Challenge back in 2006 as the Indian Autorickshaw Challenge, will be taking several teams from around the world from Chennai, through the state of Tamil Nadu, to Kanniyakumari, with a fantastic new year party in the former French colony of Pondicherry. Romania may be castle-laden, local wildlifebut Tamil Nadu is temple-laden, and these are some scenes you won’t find anywhere else on Earth. Plus, you’ll be in the driver’s seat of Asia’s most beloved little vehicle, the autorickshaw! This is the classic style of autorickshaw adventures and will always be the first, the original, and the papa bear of autorickshaw tourism in India.

Regardless of where you choose to bring in the new year- in exotic Eastern Europe or tropical Tamil Nadu- we guarantee an adventure that you won’t soon forget and stories that will never grow old. Brush off the dust of the past decade and start anew. 2010 is going to be incredible.


Happy Diwali! October 18, 2009

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diwali candlesHappy Diwali, everyone! The celebration of Diwali was one of the most spectacular firework shows I’ve ever seen! For those of you thinking about the Classic Run, you can share with me the excitement of the incredible fireworks that we’ll see in Pondicherry on New Year’s Eve! It’ll be incredible!

Diwali is also known as the Festival of Lights. The Festival of Lights is a national festival in India and Nepal. Celebrated among Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains, Diwali (or Deepavali in Tamil) represents a variety of celebrations, each of which have equal importance. It is a festival as major as Christmas, a celebration of right over wrong. In South India, Deepavali is the celebration of Krishna’s victory over Narakasura (Krishna being the 8th incarnation of Vishnu and the embodiment of divine joy and love, able to destroy all sin and pain; Narakasura being the son of an earlier incarnation of Vishnu and a power hungry overlord of the heavens and earth). In Hinduism, Deepavali is celebrated as the homecoming of Rama (largely believed to have been an actual king of India and the epitome of the perfect human due to his life to adherence to dharma) after a 14 year exile following his victory over Ravana (a powerful king who ruled present-day Sri Lanka and also kidnapped Rama’s wife). And you thought the stories of the Bible were complex…

It was a beautiful, cloudless day in Chennai and the stars were out to watch the fireworks, too! We expect the same for the Classic Run, so come along!