The Slow Boat Series

Time to drift one last time
Even though the Slow Boat Series was conceptualised before the 30 Rivers Project, it is really a subset of it. 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. For instance A SLOW BOAT DOWN THE GANGES spans both the Slow Boat Series as well as the 30 Rivers Project. 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.

A Slow Boat Down the Yamuna

India’s second holiest river, the Yamuna. Flowing down from the Yamunotri Glacier in the Himalayas, to finally merge with the Holy Ganges at Allahabad. A Slow Boat Down the Yamuna will take a canoe about 1,300 km, from the point where she enters the plains, to the Triveni Sangam.

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A Slow Boat Around the Persian Gulf

Hello, Salam, Marhaban. This is a sneak peek into the next edition of the Slow Boat series of paddles. After completing a paddle down two of India’s most famous and holiest rivers – the Ganges and the Yamuna – I now plan to paddle a slow boat down one of the most historic regions of the world – the Persian Gulf. This 3,000 km paddle will be down a piece of geography in our little blue planet is full of history, of valour, of conquest, of empires rising and then disintegrating. It is the history of the evolution of the modern world as we know it today.

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A Slow Boat Down the Brahmaputra

The Brahmaputra is nestled in the easternmost corner of the Indian subcontinent. The 1,600km expedition starts at the ancient and holy site of Parashuram Kund. The first part of the journey is on the Lohit river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra. Entering Assam, the Brahmaputra quietens down, after a turbulent journey covering many miles through China and Arunachal Pradesh. This journey follows the course of the river, alongside some breathtaking countryside, including the famous Kaziranga National Park, Majuli the world’s largest riverine island, paddling along with some river dolphins, and possibly interacting with tribes that continue to live their primitive hunter-gatherer lifestyle. The journey then enters Bangladesh at Dhubri, and paddles the Jamuna

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A Slow Boat Around Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, a tear drop shaped emerald isle located south of the Indian mainland, a destination for adventurers and holiday-seekers from around the world. Sri Lanka has some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, and a slow boat around this island nation hopes to witness and experience the famed Sri Lankan hospitality as it circumnavigates the country.

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Odyssea

Odyssea is the first of the Canoe Stories that will be out in the open sea. Actually, three seas – the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. I will paddle my canoe, hugging the entire coastline of India, starting from Koteshwar, Gujarat to finish in Kolkata, West Bengal. This 10,000 odd kilometre journey will take me across 11 States and Union Territories, providing me with the opportunity of interacting with changing people, food, cultures, music, etc. Over about six months, camping on a new beach every evening, interacting with the locals and imbibing the diverse cultures, will be of immense excitement, enjoyment and learning.

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A Slow Boat Down the Yamuna

India’s second holiest river, the Yamuna. Flowing down from the Yamunotri Glacier in the Himalayas, to finally merge with the Holy Ganges at Allahabad. A Slow Boat Down the Yamuna will take a canoe about 1,300 km, from the point where she enters the plains, to the Triveni Sangam.

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A Slow Boat Around the Persian Gulf

Hello, Salam, Marhaban. The next edition of the Slow Boat series of paddles follows the paddle down two of India’s most famous and holiest rivers – the Ganges and the Yamuna. The next plan is to paddle the slow boat down one of the most historic regions of the world – the Persian Gulf.

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A Slow Boat Down the Brahmaputra

The Brahmaputra is one the mightiest rivers in the world and is the only “male” river in India. The slow boat will start the journey on the Lohit River from Parshuram Kund, in one of India’s eastern-most towns 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.

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A Slow Boat Around Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is often referred to as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. It is a small tear drop shaped island located in the south of the Indian mainland and was one of the first countries where Buddhism was spread outside India. Sri Lanka has some of the most beautiful and gorgeous beaches in the world and a slow boat will circumnavigate the country, touch as many beaches as possible, meet some of the most delightful people in the world, enjoy the delicacies and imbibe the wonderful people and cultures of this wonderful country.

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Odyssea

India boasts of the longest peninsula among all the countries of the world. Almost 8,000 km in length, the slow boat will experience the unique diversity that India has to offer in terms of people, culture, language, food, music, dance, the arts, etc. The journey will hopefully allow the paddler to experience many of the wonders as it goes from the western end at Gujarat, traverse the southern tip at Kanyakumari, paddle up the eastern coast to end the four to fine month journey in Calcutta.

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