West Bengal Tea Seller Walks from Kolkata to Ladakh in 82 Days, Covered 30 km Every Day

    Milan who said it was his childhood dream to go to Ladakh and Khardongla on a bike but due to the financial crisis, he decided to go on foot.  (Credits: News18)

Milan who said it was his childhood dream to go to Ladakh and Khardongla on a bike but due to the financial crisis, he decided to go on foot. (Credits: News18)

Milan Magee from Senghor has become an example of the phrase “nothing is impossible”.

Rahi Haldar

There is no limit to your dreams. But people also need to want to make this dream come true. Someone wanted to go to Ladakh on a motorcycle. But due to the financial crisis, he was unable to buy a bike. So Ladakh started not by bicycle, but by foot. Milan Magee from Senghor has become an example of the phrase “nothing is impossible”. Many go to Ladakh on a motorbike. Anil Maggi, Milan’s father, cannot buy a motorcycle for his son. So Milan planned to go to Ladakh on foot. He started his journey from Howrah Bridge on February 22 and arrived at Khardungla Pass in Ladakh on May 15. When he arrived, he called home and told them that his dream had come true. Milan’s goal was to reach Ladakh in 100 days. Milan revealed that he walks 30 kilometers a day on foot. Several people and social organizations helped him on the way, providing him with three meals a day and a place to stay at night.

Milan was working in a factory in Rangang. He lost his job during the lockdown. Since then, he has been running a café in front of the police inspector’s office in Camarcondo in the Hooghly district. He used to help his father there from time to time and had dreamed of going to Ladakh. The day he left home, his parents thought he was going to work. Father Anil Maji said he did not know that his son was going to Ladakh. He added: “Milan once planned to go to Ladakh on a bike. But at that time he was not able to buy a bike. From then on, he began to prepare mentally for a walk.” Milan’s father is proud of the fact that the boy fulfilled his dream of traveling about two and a half thousand kilometers. Mother Shandi Magee said she is proud of her son. At first, many people said he was crazy and couldn’t even walk yet. But Milan did it successfully.

Milan felt proud when they raised the Indian flag over Khardongla. “I’m a bike lover. I thought I’d buy a bike, but it didn’t. I’m young so thought I’d see if I could walk. There’s also an element of adventure in it. From Howrah to Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Himachal to Ladakh, I walked 30 to 45 kilometers a day. I got a lot of love and help from people on my way. There was no shortage of food. I left the house with 2,100 rupees and bought some medicine and some winter clothes. At 18,000 feet, there is a lack of oxygen. The motorcyclists came from Kerala and had oxygen cylinders with them. I was very tired but didn’t need oxygen.” There he met Pradeep Singh from Bengal near the Darcha checkpoint. Pradeep went to Ladakh on a bike.

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