Gaurav Siddharth, a biker from Lucknow is in Guinness Book of World Record For Longest Journey on a Motorcycle in a Single Country. He covered a distance of 115093.941 km (71,708 miles) across 29 States, 7 UT's and 424 cities. The earlier record is set by Danell Lynn of USA for 78214.118 km. As per the rules, he could not take the route twice and could not halt for more than 3 days at a place. Themed as Swadeshi , Gaurav used all Swadeshi goods like GPS, motorcycle, riding gear, watch, camera, mobile phone and live tracker.
Gaurav started his journey on September 17, 2015 on his orange Hero Impulse bike which he fondly calls as Bawri and ended it on April 27, 2017. He scaled the highest motorable pass – Khardung La in the initial phase of his journey. He had to often sleep under the skies and on empty stomach. The reality he has seen on his journey to remote parts of the country him to become an IAS officer. Meeting new people, exploring new places and getting new experiences on travel has been an enriching journey for him.
During the course of his travel, he has met many dignitaries, including Sri Ravi Shankar, Baba Ramdev, Mr Narayan Murthy, PM Modi's mother Heeraben Modi, Dr Kiran Bedi, Shri Anna Hazare, Mr. Sourav Ganguly, Irom Sharmila, and Dr. Prakash and Vikas Amte.
He is a psychology graduate and has earlier cycled from Kashmir to Kanyakumari on his Hero Kross bicycle in 2015, covering a distance of 4750 kms in 42 days. He got support from his parents and says that most times, what children are capable of is hidden and covered by shackles of probability, hesitation, lack of confidence etc. Set them loose and encourage kids in whatever they like to do, keeping a few constraints.
Throttle Team congratulates him for this awesome feat!!