Quiz on famous journeys

Joy Bhattacharjya | Updated on March 10, 2018 Published on August 04, 2017


On the August 5, 1620, the Mayflower departed from Southampton, England, in its first attempt to reach North America. This quiz remembers that epic voyage and other famous journeys.

Moving forward

1 The Mayflower was one of two ships that were set to colonise the New World, but the other sprung a leak and was abandoned. Name the other vessel.

2 The Pilgrims’ Way is a historical journey made by devotees to the shrine of Thomas Becket. Traditionally, which are the starting and ending points of the journey?

3 Why do we remember a journey undertaken between Durban and Pretoria on the June 7, 1893?

4 In French it was called Book of the Marvels of the World (Livre des Merveilles du Monde) or Description of the World (Devisement du Monde) and in Italian Il Milione (The Million) or Oriente Poliano. It was written down by a certain Rustichello da Pisa from accounts he had heard from a friend. Which book, describing whose journeys?

5 The Great Trigonometric Survey started in 1802 was an ambitious project by the British to map the entire subcontinent. While it was started by a certain Lambert, we all remember his successor thanks to a discovery on one of his surveys. Who was Lambert’s successor and what did he discover?

6 Easy one. Three of the traditional ‘char dham’ defined by Adi Shankaracharya were Dwarka in the west, Puri in the east and Rameswaram in the south. Which city was the ‘dham’ in the north?

7 What first got its name in 1932 thanks to a visit there by Frank Smythe, Eric Shipton and RL Holdsworth, who had lost their way while returning from an expedition to Mt Kamet?

8 The domestic Indigo flight 6E 266 takes you between two cities with airports named after pilots. Just name the cities, we will not quibble on the order.

9 Which award-winning 1951 film is about the epic journey of a small steam launch down the Ulanga river to try and sink a German gunboat during the World War I?

10 Fiction. Which famous traveller was born in Nottingham in 1661, and made the first of his many famous journeys on May 4, 1699, on board the ship Antelope?


1. The Speedwell, accounts indicate that the captain may have exaggerated the damage in order to avoid making the voyage

2. Winchester in Hampshire to Canterbury in Kent, as described by Geoffrey Chaucer

3. Mahatma Gandhi, then a young lawyer, was thrown out of a first-class compartment and then asked to leave the train at Pietermaritzburg station

4. The Travels of Marco Polo in Asia, Rustichello was a fellow prisoner in Genoa

5. George Everest, who mapped the highest mountain in the world

6. Badrinath. The Pandavas visited their own char dham — Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri

7. The Valley of Flowers, also the title of a book by Smythe. It is inside the Nanda Devi National Park

8. Hyderabad (Rajiv Gandhi International Airport) to Bhubaneswar (Biju Patnaik Airport)

9. The African Queen, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Bogart won his only Oscar for the film

10. Lemuel Gulliver from Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels

Joy Bhattacharjya is a quizmaster and Project Director, FIFA U-17 World Cup; Follow Joy on Twitter @joybhattacharj

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Published on August 04, 2017
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