Bhopal photographer travels from Kashmir to Kanyakumari with message on mental health

Armed with good planning and preparations, Varun managed to overcome problems such as extreme cold and sweltering conditions in southern India.

Varun Namdev took about a month to complete the journey from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. He was raising awareness about the mental health issues people are facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns.

  • Last update:January 28, 2022, 5:40 PM HST

A 30-year-old photographer from Madhya Pradesh’s capital, Bhopal, cycled across the country i.e. Kashmir to Kanyakumari in a month with a mental health awareness message amid the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19. Varun Namdev returned to the city last week after completing the arduous 3,600km bicycle journey from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in about a month. A member of the ‘New Golfers Cycling Group’, Varun had started cycling to overcome lockdown-induced mental issues last year. He had started his bicycle trip titled “Pedal 4 Mental Health” from Katra town in Jammu and Kashmir on December 13 and finished the trip in Kanyakumari on January 13.

“In all, I cycled for 24 days. I set aside six days to fix my bike and recharge my body,” Varun said, adding that he cycled an average of 150 km on those days. India.

“I trained with short trips before the national trip and also did yoga, in addition to weight training before the trip started,” Varun said, adding that he had criss-crossed 12 states in the part of his trip. He said the post-lockdown stay-at-home has led to mental health issues in people, especially children. “Our group engages in a wide range of physical and outdoor activities to get lives back on track post-lockdown,” added the cyclist.

“I managed to talk to a lot of people during the trip and discussed the topic of the trip. In return, I was also inspired by those I met in many states who had embarked on similar journeys on foot, by bike or by running. Many of these people were undertaking long missions for social messages like ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’, girls’ education and many more,” Namdev said. Once the third wave of Covid-19 subsides, we will resume engaging the public with activities to counter mental health issues. related to the pandemic, he added.

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