June 10, 2017, we leave Tashkent, Uzbekistan and head towards Dushanbe, Tajikistan!
Over the next few days we experienced hospitality of a different level as we stayed on the road… In a foreign land like these countries in Central Asia, we from India, more commonly called Hindustan, are welcomed with open arms.. Assalamualaikum has been the choicest greeting ever since we landed on this side of our borders.. The greeting is very well accepted and reciprocated… Mithun Chakraborty and the Bollywood Khans have tremendous impact on these countries and have made us heroes among the locals, more so riding a bike like the Dominar 400 that is completely different from the other mostly common adventure bikes! While there are many hardships in a journey like this, the interaction with the locals, the proactive help and hospitality is something that will stay forever!
The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India was continuously in touch with us and monitored our ride and even the Consulate Staff were eager to have us over at each of the countries along our route!
Indian Embassy in Tajikistan was waiting for us and the Indian Ambassador, HE Mr. Somnath Ghosh, the Indian Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan who has been keenly following us on this Odyssey flagged us off on June 12, 2017…This has been THE moment for us all.