Hi, I’m Rohit.
I am married with two young children and a few years back decided that I wanted to take advantage of my privileged position in the world and help those who struggle to live on less than $2 a day. These vulnerable people are deprived of life's basic necessities that we take for granted and struggle against simple things starting from lack of clean water, food, education to safety from domestic violence and exploitation from abhorrent practices such as human trafficking.
In 2016, I came up with the idea of an annual charity cycle ride called “The Most Exotic Challenge” that has, so far, raised £1 million pounds thanks to an incredible team of donors and riders. We have cycled in India, Cambodia Tanzania and Sri Lanka, cycling for charity and hence the name.
Due to the pandemic we had to delay our fifth and final ride that was meant to be across the foothills of India ending in Dharamshala, home of the Dalai Lama.
Sadly the needs of the most underprivileged suffering from poverty, domestic violence and the horror of child trafficking, have only been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic which has made their needs even more acute and desperate.
So after a few false starts due to recurring lockdowns, together with Bobby Ahluwalia, my co-founder of the ride, and with the support of the British Asian Trust, we decided to bring the ride home to the UK and rename it “Palaces on Wheels” as we cycle 250m across the UK, taking in various royal palaces, past and present!
So please support the about 30 incredible riders, who have given up four days of their incredibly busy lives, to raise funds to help empower women and protect them from domestic abuse, provide education to the most underprivileged children, fight child trafficking and support mental health across South Asia. The common theme with all these causes is education. By providing education and support in a safe and secure environment we can hopefully provide a long-lasting solution to lift the most vulnerable out of the spiral of poverty for generations to come.
I believe that charity needs to be fun and hence the idea of the ride is to attract people to join the cause! So wish us luck and follow us on Instagram @palacesonwheels2021 as well as via the social media hashtag #BATPoW