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On ‎07‎-‎12‎-‎2017 at 4:08 PM, Pralay said:

Thought of sharing this..! at times he slept in his rickshaw, while we prefer to be very particular about the stay (view, balcony etc.). Hats off to this guy!!

Kolkata to ladakh in a rickshaw!! This is truly unreal.. unbelievable!! 

 

 

True Inspiration! @Pralay Planned any road trip this year end / month end :D?

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