It is right to say that, ‘the biggest passion is to chase one’s dreams’ and that is exactly what this young boy from Lucknow did. Gaurav Siddharth, a psychology graduate from Lucknow University set his foot in front and followed his passion. Two years back on September 17, 2015, he set forth on one of the most rigorous and challenging solo Motorcycle journey of 1,20,000 Kms within India, which sums up for almost three times the whole of Earth’s circumference. He went on along with the message of ‘SWADESHI’ across the 29 states.
Gaurav continuously rode for 1 year and 8 months and certified his attempt as the longest motorcycle journey in a single country. The journey was not easy however he did start it off with the agenda of popularising ‘SWADESI’. “The ride was flagged off by Swami Ramdev to champion the cause of ‘swadeshi’ and the mission further strengthened with blessings from PM Narendra Modi’s mother Heeraben in Gujarat, who also motivated me to keep moving towards the goal,” said Gaurav.
Gaurav also said that “The entire journey was self-financed despite several offers from corporates as well as Infosys’s founder Narayan Murthy. This was to keep in tune with the idea of active exploration without any commercial goals and learning to survive within limited means”.
Previously, an American biker Danell Lynn who rode 78,000 km across the US, held this record.
“Many dignitaries met me and extended guidance and all possible help – viz Anna Hazare in Ralegan Sidhdhi (Maharashtra), Sri Sri Ravishankar in Bengaluru (Karnataka), Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), Mata Amritanandmayi in Kollam (Kerala), PT Usha in Kozhikode (Kerala), Kiran Bedi in Gurgaon (Haryana), Sourav Ganguly in Kolkata (West Bengal), Anandiben Patel in Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Shivraj Singh Chauhan in Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Raghuram Rajan in Mumbai (Maharashtra) and others,” he said.
Throughout the journey period of around two years, Gaurav rode an India-made bike – Hero Impulse bike (UP32 GM 3367 – named Bawri 2.0) with all accessories, riding gear, GPS, camera, navigation apps, helmet etc.
He promoted and spread awareness on several issues while being on the ride including the petrol dispensing and pump frauds, facilities available to a consumer in a petrol pump, safety while being on the highway, use of digital lockers for those who forget to take their licenses and documents. He got his name officially entered in the Guinness Book of World Records on February 25, 2018, making India proud.