Condé Nast Traveller: Queen on the road: she drove from Delhi to London

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“I was driving alone through a lonely stretch in Uzbekistan when an SUV came up and forced me to the side. Five drunk men got off and walked up to my door. They demanded I pay them $1,000. I barely had any money on me and tried to reason with them, but none of them would back down. Swallowing my fear, I got out of the car and told them I was broke, and it was up to them to decide what to do with me.”

For 35-year-old mother of two Nidhi Tewari, travel and adventure have always gone hand-in-hand. But nothing could prepare her for what she encountered on her first transcontinental trip—a journey that began in New Delhi and took her across China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic and France, before finally ending in the United Kingdom.

“It’s as if everything in my life was building up to this road trip,” Nidhi explains, while nodding to her drive to Ladakh in 2014, when she survived a night all alone in the cold at Bara-lacha Pass where her car broke down. “That’s when I realised I had bigger fish to fry and the idea of an epic transcontinental drive came about.”

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