In September 2017, I drove to Kathmandu from Bengaluru and back with two friends. It was an eye-opening trip—when it came to the degree of disconnect in awareness, both cultural and infrastructural.

We put a dashcam and recorded almost the entirety of over 5,500km. Looking over these images, we found obstacles including cows, horses and trucks coming straight at us (no surprises there) that show how complicated navigating even the national highway network can get.

AUTHOR

Sajjad Anwar

Sajjad is a cartographer and programmer. He leads products and strategy at Development Seed to make open data and tools more accessible to governments and institutions. Previously, he helped build the foundation of Mapbox's data team in Bengaluru, and is actively involved in open data movements in India.

View Full Profile

Sign up to our India edition to read this story instantly

To sign up, you’ll create an account that will give you access to a new free story published once a week and archive of 214+ previously published free stories from our India edition. You’ll also receive one email every morning from us introducing the day’s story.

If you’ve already signed up, just enter your email below or login using Facebook or Google.