One week into their road trip, Nidhi Tiwari, Soumya Goyal and Rashmi Koppar hit their first bump in the road in Manipur. They entered the state to discover that the roads had been blocked by local protests. A spirited man approached them, asking them questions. Once he learned that they were from Delhi, he invited them home for lunch. The women were wary, but they agreed.
Then, five other men joined them “By this point, we were worried. But as soon as we arrived at his house, his mother and sister greeted us with a warm hug. They cooked us a three-course Manipuri meal, and later, we all went for a picnic at a nearby lake,” recalls Goyal. The incident taught them an important travel lesson — to have faith in people.