In our effort to break this mundane experience, we look for inspiration from those who break barriers, challenge norms, overcome their weaknesses and show that real-life heroes exist.
None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see.
– Matthew Henry
In the chaos of our meticulously packed schedules, most of us yearn for moments of inspiration, peace and adventure. Constantly occupied in mundane procedures, emotional commitments, social favours and tireless thoughts, we fail to admire a beautiful world, be grateful for our lives and feed our curiosity.
So, in our effort to break this mundane experience, we look for inspiration from those who break barriers, challenge norms, overcome their weaknesses and show that real-life heroes exist.
Our series for the week: Adventure Beyond Barriers showcases the journey of a group of such heroes, cyclists who overcame the physical challenge of being blind, and rode from Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Khardungla in Ladakh. Set against a backdrop of raw wilderness, new terrains and scenic landscapes, it is a journey into the unknown, following a group of people attempting riding in rough terrains, long distances and unfavourable weather, with the limitations of sight.
Be prepared to see over 500 km of adventure, courage, determination and inspiration. Feel the Vibe.
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Only three Indian racers have been part of the Dakar Rally since its inception in December 1978, and next year’s edition will see a fourth Indian daring to participate in it. Meet Ashish Raorane– a privateer from Pune who will be competing in the Malle Moto category of the prestigious rally raid event.
‘Xcite Water Sports’ is the first and only private water-skiing club in India. This amazing initiative has been undertaken by Aliasgar Calcuttawala, a Jet-surf trainer in India along with being a certified water skier from the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering along with Burhanuddin Bhopalwala who is an avid trekker, cyclist, water skier, and a snow skier.
If it is the rush of adrenaline, the glory of pursuit, and the thrill of an adventure exhilarates you as an individual, these profiles are imperative to your virtual boards as they never cease to inspire. Here is TheVibe’s list of eminent adventure athletes from our country.
What kind of bikes do you need to journey across the world? TheVibe asked an expert cross-continent biker to find out. The world of motorbikes is vibrant and fascinating. Rather than rely on hearsay and conjecture, TheVibe decided to ask Jay Kannaiyan about five bikes he’s used on his travels around the world.
Skateboarding has always been part of global adventure sports culture, associated with freethinking philosophy and a life of action. As cliques of skateboarders start mushrooming in various parts of the country, all connected by their unifying passion towards the sport, the action here has started to heat up like never before.
Designing educational products both online and offline for children, and being environmentally conscious is Sajid Chougle. At first impression, you may think of him as an everyday man with perhaps a 9-5 job that most of us do, but what he really does will send shivers down your spine.
Humans have always desired to push their limits and test their capabilities. They put persistent efforts to keep getting better. Anne Mathias similarly took to Alpine style climbing to challenge her own limits. On 14th February, 2018, she became the first woman to perform the Alpine winter ascent of Stok Kangri.
The land of the Thunder Dragon – Bhutan, is blessed with a dramatic landscape. Despite being a landlocked country in South Eastern Asia, its landscape ranges from subtropical plains to steep Himalayan mountains and valleys. Bhutan is also known for its spiritual serenity, as the mighty mountains and valleys are dotted with scenic monasteries and fortresses.
Caving, or Spelunking, as its known is the thrilling activity of exploring (un)known cave systems. This encompasses not just nature and adventure, but also religion and philosophy, here in India. Caving, an adventure that found a new resurgence in Europe of the early 1930s, is easily one of the most accessible and fun activities.
This holiday season, we are excited to bring our next Original Feature presentation titled “Chasing The Lights,” the story chronicling marine-engineer-cum-solo-biker Abhishek Iyer’s incredible 2,500 km journey across the coasts of Norway. Read on to find out more about the adventurer and his epic trip to witness the Northern Lights, and be inspired to pedal on!
Imagine a world far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. A place surrounded by untamed natural beauty, mystical blue waters and a blanket of stars. The island life of the Andaman Islands teems with just such breathtaking panoramas, flora, and lagoons for the curious.
Bestowed with the bounty of the Great Himalayas, the Indian subcontinent offers myriad opportunities for skiers and snowboarders. A rising phenomenon, which is increasingly being popularized, skiing and snowboarding in India has gained momentum in the last decade.
From the melting glaciers of the Himalayan rooftops rises the mighty Ganges, a river so sacred that it is worshipped by millions living in the Indo-Gangetic plains. The mighty river crisscrosses through the country pivoting across fjord, tributaries, rapids and streams, providing a life force that is the source of ancient Indian traditions, agriculture and commerce.
If you have a bucket list of dive sites you need to visit, Komodo Islands should be one of them. Colourful reefs, sharks, manta rays and plenty surprises is what you’ll find. Although you can jump into the water anywhere in and around the Komodo National Park, a lot of these dive sites are seasonal as they are affected by currents. Pick from this list of dive spots in Komodo Islands based on their speciality;
Indian adrenaline junkies in search of rush have courted International adventure destinations for years. In the last half-decade, however, the advent of adventure lifestyle sports in India has brought with it a new thrust that has changed the homegrown adventure scene here forever.
“It was June 2012 and we were on our way back from Madikeri, Coorg. It was pouring and the curves were weaving a tempestuous dance out of me. I leaned into another turn and everything blanked out. Everything was in flashes after that. Open eyes… faces around me.
Everyone has that one moment of reckoning – a moment that sets the course for life as you know it, and nothing is ever the same after it. For Atul Warrier, that moment was when he saw his brother lying in the ICU on a ventilator, his life flashing before his eyes.
He quite articulately describes the difference between a Sports Bike and a Cruiser – while a sports-bike is a bit of a “crotch-rocket”, a cruiser is more up his alley. He’s the kind of a guy who when travels, absorbs experiences and adventures along with the wind that blows through his Robinson Crusoe beard.
In the year 2012, a shocking revelation came in the form of an official response to a query submitted to The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports by 12-year-old Aishwarya Parashar. The inquisitive child from Lucknow filed a Right To Information (RTI) application to the Prime Minister’s office for official copies of the declaration of the National Anthem, bird, animal, flower and sport- enduring symbols of the culture and diversity of our nation.
Bespoke creations born from the heart, soul, and sweat of our country’s finest innovators in the automotive arts, Jaipur-based custom design workshop Rajputana Custom Motorcycles has an illustrious history in the Indian automotive industry. We got talking with Gearhead Vijay Singh, founder of RCM and die-hard motorcycle enthusiast, as he told of the company’s storied history, and shared with us his passion for bikes and speed.
the battle for equality is one that rages on, led by powerful women who are determined to make a change. One such badass woman is 17-year-old Anagha Ravi of Fly Squad Skateboarding, known affectionately to us here at TheVibe as the Saree-Clad Skater.
Who doesn’t love the childhood thrill of climbing trees? Gazing up at the daunting tower of bark and leaf from below, fingers searching blindly for cracks and crevices to latch onto for a better grip, until, at last, you stand amongst a canopy of green, gazing at the world below. It was this simple childhood pleasure that defined the life of explorer, athlete, badass thrill-seeker, and professional climber, Prerna Dangi, aka The Pahadi Girl.
The Indian sub-continent boasts diverse, varied and often opposing geological conditions. From the snowy mountains of the North to the deserts of the West, from the forested South to the coastal beaches that surround us, India is a cornucopia of natural pleasures. In this nation of plenty, a movement is born. A community of explorers, of adventurers and dreamers, who are challenging societal expectations as they climb to new heights, the trail runners of India are ushering in an adventure-sports revolution akin to superhuman activity.
A skateboarding revolution amongst the tribal children of the Janwaar village in Madhya Pradesh has thrown up two natural talents Arun Adivasi (15 years) and Asha Gond (18 years) who are representing India at the World Skatepark World Championship in China — the first international skateboarding sighting before the game’s first official entry into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Angling as a sport may well be a little-known pastime in our country but has a rich global culture of significant historical value. Angler Fishing, or angling, is a method of recreational fishing by means of employing an “angle” or fishing hook, attached to a fishing line and rod. We had the unique opportunity to sit down with our nation’s very own Angler Man, Derek Dsouza- prominent fishing expert and the face of Indian angling on the global stage.
In the year 2012, Aanchal Thakur made headlines for scoring India a Bronze Medal in Alpine Skiing at the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup which was held in Turkey and was organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski. Since then, Aanchal has been taking on the world of Indian Alpine sports by storm. We got talking with the young athlete, as she got revealing about her long journey to the top, and of the trials and tribulations along the way.