I have been talking about this travel with everybody. This is the question I get asked all the time. It may not be the exact question but in essence yes. The most generic question "why train why not flight?" Well I love trains and I want to travel in Himsagar Express. Its the longest train in India. It starts at Kanyakumari (sagar) and ends at Jammu (Him). I want to spend 3 days in train doing nothing but tasting different cuisine at 54 different stations.
Why riding back all the way? Why not beautiful Leh/Ladak? I completely agree that Leh/Ladak is beautiful. The ride is one of the most beautiful rides in world. I would surely do it one day. But the whole purpose of this ride was not to see the beautiful India (Even though we are riding through Rohtang Pass - Manali). It was to pass through India and get the feel what it means to be India. How different we are and how much of India we can absorb in 20+ days.
More than that you have two of your best friends to ride along. what more can you ask for? Its a great time to look back and laugh at ourselves, to debate and think about next 30 years :) Yes, its my way to celebrate my 30th birthday. And hence the name #3kfor30
I would love to hear from you, here or on twitter. I have dashboard page for this travel. You will get to know everything about this travel from there. BTW I would love to meet you or your friends on the way. Just ping me @thej on twitter.