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Old 13th February 2021, 21:16   #1
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I am researching an overland journey; in 1958 three British women drove a 109 Land-Rover from England to India (and return), a distance of 12,000 miles. They met with Nehru, who granted them permission to go beyond the inner line to Eastern Zanskar, where they travelled on foot for 300 miles. Team member Antonia Deacock published a book "No Purdah in Padam" which documents their expedition. Attached is a photo from the book, and a brief account of the journey, as published in April 16, 1960 Birmingham Daily Post (England). Do any forum members have any information or photos of this journey?
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Old 14th February 2021, 16:12   #2
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https://www.facebook.com/kiki.mathawan

You may like to contact Mr Mathawan, link given above. He may have some information about this trip.
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I read a full and complete story on them sometime back. Including how they got Nehrus permission to enter Ladakh. It was very very exhaustive. Let me try and see if i can find it. I dont remember where i read ot unfortunately. Their husbands served with the British empire in India.

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https://www.himalayanclub.org/hj/22/...he-inner-line/



https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...22109611544904

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An amazing journey these women undertook, the world was so simple then. The story brought back memories of Ovaltine, we used to have as a kid though never really relished it. My neighbour here was in Punjab Police and had spent some time in Lahaul in late1950's, he narrated a story to me about him driving then PM in Lahaul as he was the only trained driver in the area there.
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PGA and Red Liner, Thank you very much for the information. PGA, I read that Nehru had just returned from a visit from Lahaul when he met with the ladies from the Women's Overland Himalayan Expedition. One of the travelers, Antonia Deacock, documented their their adventures in a book "No Purdah in Padam" (we have ordered a copy, but it has not yet arrived. Thank you for your interest, we will continue our research. I will post a few photos here (including some unrelated ones of Nehru in a Land-Rover). I can post more news clippings and photos.Women's Himalayan Expedition in 1958-bhp-4.jpg

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