New Delhi, Oct 3 (UNI) When he stumbled upon the idea of going round the world solo and that too on a bike, people just asked him to drop the plan like a hot brick.
But Bhardwaj Dayala, a 37-year-old braveheart from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, preferred to ignore their rather unsolicited advice and showed a rare audacity to accomplish his mission by riding on his Hero Honda Karizma.
The tour, which was flagged off by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy, began in April 2006.
After riding through Indonesia, he flew yesterday to Dhaka, the last destination before entering India. In between, Dayala travelled through five continents -- Asia, Europe, Africa, North America and Australia.
The mission took him to the dizzying heights of mountains and across the scorching West Asia and he also zipped through American freeways and trudged through places where there are no ways.
By accomplishing this awesome and incredible feat, Dayala has become the first Indian to do so.
''Imagine one man doing all this alone, and being an Indian it was twice more difficult to get the visas and permission from authorities in various countries,'' he said.
Being a diehard optimist and propelled by his motto ''Dare to Dream and Care to Achieve'', Dayala endured all odds, succeeded and survived. He is now all set to return home triumphantly after riding across five continents and logging more than 50,000 km over one a half years.
''This is for the first time in the history of India that one has ever done a gruelling world tour on a motorcycle. It is also a testimony to the strength of an Indian motorcycle,'' he said.
Dayala, who had an impulsive urge for globe-trotting in an unsual manner, said he was not supported by any Indian coroprate house or an industrialist in his mission. There was also no sponsorship for the event.
''Everyone declined sponsorship, saying the tour was too ambitious and dangerous and no Indian bike was fit for the arduous task. However, I took it positively, realising their need for guaranteed returns for their investment. To be the first is always the most difficult.'' Bhardwaj said he is a common man with uncommon ideas. ''It is this factor which has enabled me to visit the farthest corners of the world. The experience is extremely satisying,'' he said.
His celebration ride in India will be through Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and back to Vizag.