How many days and money would one practically need to 'Walk' through the whole of India experiencing the cultural nuances of every state?
road travel but on foot through india - time & budget 3 years ago
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Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on your interesting idea
India is seventh largest country in the world with an area of 3,287,590 sq.km. From the highest point on Mount Kanchenjunga to the lowest in Kuttanad, the variations in the topography, geography, and climate are astounding. India is a land of diversity and the cultural influences, dialects, cuisines, and even habits change every couple of hundred kilometers even within the same state or area. The time and money required to take up this gargantuan journey would depend on a large number of factors, both within and out of your or anybody else's control. Everything from the seasons to the weather conditions to your own preferences about whether to enter the cities, towns, and villages or to walk along their outskirts will affect your time and budget estimates greatly. At some places people may welcome you with cheap homestays while at other places you may have to check into expensive hotels. Most of the times you may have to camp by the roadside in a tent (which you will have to carry for yourself in a rucksack, along with a sleeping bag). Add to that, the most crucial factor would be your own stamina, perseverence, strength, and will to continue in the face of insurmountable odds. We also have to account for expected and frequent downtime due to sunstrokes, exhaustion, dehydration, food and waterborne diseases, skin affections, sunburns, hypothermia (in case you decide to brave the himalayas too).
You will need to invest in an extremely durable and strong imported rucksack of approximately 85-90 lit capacity, a stove and lighter, a 2-men tent, carry mat, good quality knives of various sizes, weather-proof clothing, good quality sunglasses, scarves, sleeping bag (ideally 2 - one for temperature grading up to 0 C and another for upto -25 C). You will need to invest in at least 3 different types of imported high quality shoes- one for walking, another for rain protection, and the third kind for negotiating snow and ice. Please bear in mind that these will require frequent replacement as they will wear out completely in under a month (if we assume you will be walking everyday). If you plan on walking through forests, you will need knee-high shoes, large quantities of mosquito repellent, and chlorine tablets. In the himalayan mountains, you will need gaiters, Koflach shoes, crampons, harness, carabiners, Kernmantle rope, rock and ice pitons.
To sum it up, the time required would vary between 7-20 years based on all the factors listed above. The money required be impossible to estimate based upon the current and future inflation over the next 2 decades.
I hope this helps.