Commander Pooja Rajput, who undertook a 2,000-km solo coastal ride on her Harley Davidson, says women should travel without any pre-conceived notions.
The Indian Navy officer, who counts long-distance riding and photography among her passions, also undertook the solo journey to guage the safety of travellers like her in India.
“Women need to take up travel in India without pre-conceived notions,” said Rajput, who traveled from Goa, to Mangalore, Coorg, Muzhappilangad, Ooty, Coonoor, Calicut, Moodabidri, and Karwar from April 8 to 15 this year.
Asked if she faced any difficulties, Rajput said: “Being a naval officer, the training which you get for becoming one solves most of the issues on the road.”
But was she worried about her safety? The officer said she was prepared.
“When you are a woman riding on a 1600 cc superbike, it attracts lots of attention and there are lots of curious people on the road who try to stop you, of whom you should be aware. They can create a situation like an accident…,” she said.
In one such incident, Rajput said, she overtook a bus, and the driver started honking and recklessly overtook her.