Meenakshi Sai, an ardent traveller, drove from India to Russia in her Tata Hexa with her brother and six other crew members.
A 47-year-old Indian woman, named Meenakshi Sai, travelled from India to Russia in her Tata Hexa, nicknamed 'Dhanno', crossing through various countries like Nepal, China, and Tibet on the way. Meenakshi started her trip from Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) with her brother and six other crew members. She started her adventure journey with her team from Tamil Nadu to Nepal, and afterwards entering mainland China. From China, they continued their journey by crossing Vladivostok to St. Petersburg.
"[It was] amazing. One of the biggest moments of my life. When we reached the hotel I wept openly and hugged my team. We went up to the hotel bar and opened a bottle of champagne. Celebrated all night as we didn’t have to drive the next day!”
“I have travelled to 70 countries so far and everywhere we go, we usually rent cars and drive to see the country. My family and friends have always been very supportive and they were not too surprised when I announced this trip (to St. Petersburg).”
Meenakshi is the cousin sister of India’s first formula one racer- Narain Karthikeyan
Meenakshi said that it wasn’t her first-ever long-distance trip. She has also done a road road-trip from Coimbatore to London in just 72 days. After her recent Russia trip, she is now planning to cover all the main highways in the around the world. Meenakshi is the cousin sister of India’s first formula one racer- Narain Karthikeyan, and she’s driving cars since she’s 15-years old. Her family runs a business in the spinning industry. Moreover, she also owns a resort in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu.
After her recent Russia trip, she is now planning to cover all the main highways in the around the world
It took around three months to Meenakshi to do all the paperwork and to search for appropriate accommodation for her crew members. Tata has also helped Meenakshi a lot by providing her two Hexa SUVs for her expedition. Talking about Tata Hexa, the SUV derives power from a 2.2-litre, oil-burner, which puts out power and torque outputs of 148 bhp and 320 Nm. The engine comes coupled to a 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmission.