3500-km Indian leg of Rickshaw Run flagged off in Shillong

The 3,500-km Indian leg of Rickshaw Run – Mongol Rally, held from Shillong (Meghalaya) to Jaisalmer (Rajasthan) in India. 160 adventurists rode on auto-rickshaw, onomatopoeically called Tuk-Tuks, from around the world to raise funds for clean drinking water. The race comprises of 67 teams, including 30 women Tuk-Tukians.

Former Meghalaya Home Minister Robert Garnett Lyngdoh flagged off the Race from Shillong on September 9, 2012. The race is organised by UK-based group “The Adventurists.” It’s an initiative, by the not-for-profit social enterprise, Frank Water, to provide sustainable, affordable, clean drinking water for communities around the world, including India. The current batch of adventurists has already raised over 50,000 Pounds for official charities in India.

160 Rickshaw Runners hailing from Canada, Norway, Egypt, Spain, Singapore, Bahrain, New Zealand and Hong Kong took part in the grand Mongol Rally.

Photos by: Candace Rardon

As the teams burst forth into the Shillong Club – creating what Rickshaw Run to Guwahati, Assam


The 1,500-meter descent out of Shillong guaranteed that the Rickshaw Run would get off to a rocky start. But this year UK team, Travels with a Tuk Tuk, took it to another level when they crashed and rolled their rickshaw after 45 minutes on the road.

The travellers in Cheeky Camels style wearing South Indian attires


Team Zissou – UK


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