The Bollywood actor along with her father Joel Koechlin, who is a well-known biker and photographer, is seen embarking on an odyssey across the northeastern states in her new travel Television show “Kalki’s Great Escape” that premiered on Fox Life on 17 September, 2016.
The 4,000 kilometres road trip that lasts 14 days covering Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh entails some breathtaking views of places and nostalgia riding on their respective Royal Enfield Himalayan Bike while exploring the cultures of the region.
“This road trip reminds me of those memories and nostalgia I’ve taken with dad since I was a child. It’s been ten years since we took a road trip together,” Kalki Koechlin shares with NatGeo Traveller.
Once we are on our bikes, riding with the sun on our backs, time falls away. Just like that, I am a young girl again, taking my father’s lead as we travel across a never-ending highway.
Together we explore the land and the innocent lifestyles of villages of the Northeast and gain an insight into their world, navigating treacherous turns of rough weather tackling icy or snowy conditions and high mountain passes, participating in impromptu football games, learning how to make the perfect momo, getting drunk on potent rice wine, singing, dancing, and enjoying the simple pleasures of life on the road.
The breathtaking landscape of the Northeast changes dramatically from lush villages in the plains of Assam to little hamlets in the mountains of Arunachal. Along the way, we stop by towns and villages meeting a variety of folk, from local fashion gurus to shy village girls.
Watch the unofficial Episode 1 of Kalki’s Great Escape (TV rip)