The Slow Boat Series and the 30 Rivers Project complement each other and are both about paddling my canoe down various water bodies. Essentially, the difference between the two is that the 30 Rivers Project is an attempt to paddle thirty of the world’s longest rivers, each over 2,000 km in length, while the Slow Boat Series paddles many of the other rivers and seas in India and around the world.
There are a host of rivers and seas that are a part of, or soon will be a part of the Slow Boat Series. Check the thumbnails below to see what is on the anvil in the future.
The Yamuna is India’s second holiest river after the Ganges. Flowing down from the Yamunotri Glacier in the Himalayas, flowing for about 1,500 km to finally merge with the Holy Ganges at Allahabad. A Slow Boat Down the Yamuna will paddle from the point where she enters the plains, at Paonta Sahib, to end at the Triveni Sangam at Prayagraj (Allahabad).
Sri Lanka the tear drop shaped island located south of the Indian mainland is one of the first countries where Buddhism spread outside India. A slow boat will circumnavigate the country, touch as many of the gorgeous beaches as possible, meet some of the most delightful people in the world, enjoy the delicacies and imbibe the wonderful people and cultures.
Brahmaputra, one the mightiest rivers in the world, is the only “male” river in India. A slow boat will start the journey on the Lohit River from Parshuram Kund at Tezu, paddle down to meet the Brahmaputra near Pasighat, pass Guwahati the capital of Assam, cross over into Bangladesh near Dhubri and end the journey at the edge of the Bay of Bengal.
Maldives. The Garland of Islands. 26 atolls comprising more than 1,000 individual islands, many uninhabited. Opening the doors to the first tourists in 1972, tourism today accounts for the majority of foreign exchange earnings. People from all over the world visit this wonderful country and a slow boat will circumnavigate this awesome piece of geography.
India boasts the longest peninsula among all the countries of the world. A slow boat will experience the diversity that is India in terms of people, culture, language, food, music, etc as it goes around the peninsula, from Gujarat to Calcutta. Taking about four months, this will arguably be one of the longest canoe journeys in the world, a certainly a first for India. Hail Incredible India!
Hello, Salam, Marhaban. The Persian Gulf is full of history right from ancient times. Some of the greatest, biggest and mightiest empires were in this piece of land. The Persian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Greeks and the Romans, Chinggiz Khan and the mongols, the rise and spread of Islam, and today the reservoir of most of the world’s oil. This will be one intense paddle.
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