British citizen Bharulata Kamble and her two children drove 65k to hoist Tiranga at four extreme corners of India to raise TB and cancer awareness


Surat: Bharulata Patel-Kamble, a cancer survivor and well-known British citizen from Navsari, has embarked on a 65,000-kilometer drive with her two children under the ‘Mission Bharat’ project to raise awareness about cancer and tuberculosis by hoisting the Indian National Flag—Tiranga–at four extreme corners of India.

Bharulata Kamble and her children are the first Indians to raise the national flag, the Tiranga, at both the northernmost point of India, Siachen, and the westernmost point. What the three of them have accomplished is something that should make every Indian extremely proud. They also went to India’s most northern village, Thang, and hoisted Tiranga at the Thang Line of Control (LOC).

When Bharulata Patel-Kamble, a famous automobile explorer, set off from her hometown of Navsari on her India Yatra, she first made it to Surat, where she resides. The primary objective of this journey is to honour freedom fighters while also bringing attention to the fight against cancer and tuberculosis. Assimilating the concept of “unity in variety,” the children on this trip will get a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural diversity that makes up our great nation. If they succeed, they’ll be the first mother-and-child driving combo to ever accomplish such a monumental task.

Mission Bharat includes her two boys, Priyam, 16, and Aarush, 14. Through her British-born children, Bharulata hopes to unite people of Indian descent all over the world and show them incredible India, with its many and varied cultures, rich heritage, long and storied history, and enduring sense of unity in diversity that characterises their dearly loved mother country. Her mission is to encourage and unite young people of Indian descent all around the world with their spiritual and cultural home in India.

Reaching Siachen was a mission, and it took them many days to reach there by crossing several major mountains. The trio departed from Chandigarh via Manali. They took the Atal tunnel instead of the Rohtang pass. As soon as one crosses the Atal tunnel landscape changes to extremely less vegetation that ultimately reduces to only barren mountains.

Their first stop was at Tandi at an altitude of nearly 10,000 ft. The Trio stayed at Tandi for two nights to acclimatize before embarking on a major jump of an altitude, as after Tandi major challenge was to start as they were to cross the notorious Baralacha La pass at an altitude of nearly 16,000 ft. Trio’s second stop after Tandi was Sarchu at an altitude of nearly 15,000 ft. They gave themselves two days to acclimatize at each location. The Trio then crossed Lachalung La pass at an altitude of nearly 16,000 ft, finally crossing Taglang La pass at 17,500 ft before descending towards Leh at an altitude of approximately 12,000 ft.

The Trio spent three days at Leh to relax before crossing the Khardung La pass, the highest motorable road in the world. Khardung La Pass is the highest motorable road in the world and has an elevation of 18,379 ft (5602 m). Bharulata had developed a fever by the time the team reached Leh, but she pushed all the boundaries to achieve her goal. This is because, if the trio would have taken a longer break then all passes would have closed for the winter, meaning no entry into the Siachen Mountains and no exit from the area by the roads. Bharulata pushed herself and took round-the-clock Paracetamol to complete the journey.

The family is presently on its way to Arunachala Pradesh, the easternmost part of India. The team intended to pay their respects to the freedom fighters along the way. Bharulata, a cancer survivor, and her two children will be traveling across the country for six months as part of an initiative called “The Team of Mum and Two Kids” (an acronym for “The Mission of Mum and Two Kids”) to raise awareness about cancer and tuberculosis.