“Don’t go out alone after it gets dark,” “Being a girl how can you travel alone?,” “It’s too dangerous out there. “ Yes, we as girls often hear this precautionary advice from our family, friends and neighbours.
When it comes to travelling alone in India, we hear that it is not safe for a woman out there in the roads and we seldom think twice before embarking on our dream journey of traversing the world alone. Well, this is not the same for Jyothi Rangala.
With a goal to enter the Guinness Book of World Records by cycling 30,000 kms across India and to spread across the message that the roads in India are safe for women, this young Telegu woman started her solo cycling expedition on January 2017.
Jyoti, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, reached Bokajan town of Karbi Anglong district in Assam on September 12th, 2019. She spent the night at the guest house of Vidyasagar Senior Secondary School.
Speaking to Time8 on September 13th, 2019, Jyoti said, “I started cycling expedition in the year 2017 but due to certain health conditions, I took a break for more than a year in New Delhi. On January 2019, I started my journey and till now, I have covered 17 states. and covered 13.5 kms as part of my expedition.” She finds Assam “most welcoming, clean and green”.
She added, “I was advised not to visit Karbi Anglong district as it not safe. But when I reached this place, I discovered a complete contradicting image. People here are welcoming; the place is clean and green. I appeal to all the woman out there to come out and explore the world,” Jyoti added.
Jyoti also mentioned that she plans to cover the Northeastern states and currently is on her way to Guwahati. She is riding cashless and when she is on the road, she takes shelter at homes of locales.