Archana Timmaraju may be hearing and speech impaired but that hasn’t stopped her from being a travel junkie. The 33-year-old art teacher and biker who began her journey to Leh from Bangalore on April 29, 2018, is back in the city after completing an 8,300km bike ride. Her expedition covered several cities such as Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaisalmer, Amritsar, Srinagar, Kargil, Leh, Chandigarh, New Delhi, Nagpur, and Hyderabad. Archana’s sole aim behind this journey was to spread awareness about different forms of communication, and non-verbal language.

Born and raised in Hyderabad, Archana studied in St John’s School, Bengaluru, and later did her masters in metal sculpting from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. The 33-year-old who is currently employed as an art teacher at the Aditi Mallya International School in Bengaluru, was accompanied on her 30-day journey by her colleague, Daniel Sundaram. While Archana rode a Royal Enfield, Daniel was on a KTM bike.

“I started riding at 21 and haven’t looked back since. The aim of this tour — Journey to Inspire — was to motivate the hearing impaired and encourage more women to ride bikes,” Archana said.

Talking about the journey, Archana said, “I’m glad that I have successfully completed the expedition. There’s a sense of gratification. Though it was physically exhausting, it was a fulfilling experience”. “I got all the equipment and safety gear that I needed. But I knew it would be difficult for me to stay away from my family, so I was preparing for that”, she added.

As part of her mission to catalyse a change in society, Archana has co-founded a company called Silent Expedition for bikers with special emphasis on those with disabilities.