Ahmedabad, Oct 16 (UNI) Thirty seven-year-old Dayala Bharadwaj from Visakhapatnam, who has successfully completed a journey across the globe on his Indian motorcycle, said his life-long dream has been achieved.
Addressing mediapersons here, Mr Bharadwaj said, ''At the time of starting the global tour, everybody considered it to be impossible.'' Many companies, which he had approached for sponsorship, denied him financial support on the ground that the tour was too ambitious, dangerous and no Indian bike was fit for the task.
Finally, the tour was flagged off from Hyderabad by Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy on April 2, 2006, and Mr Bharadwaj travelled 50,000 kms encompassing five continents -- Asia, Africa, Europe, America and Australia -- with the financial support from his friends and well wishers.
The tour, he said, had cost him about Rs 50 lakh and the major chunk of expenditure was on transportation of his motorcycle.
''Riding across the world was easier than doing all the paperwork to travel abroad,'' Mr Bharadwaj commented saying it had taken him over two years of preparation.
One of the aims of the expedition was to emphasise the need to drive safely. ''I have driven across the world on an Indian bike. So it is not difficult to ride a bike across the world provided you dare to dream and care to achieve,'' he remarked.
He said he would prepare a report on ''Road Safety'' after all the spot experiences he has gained from across the world and submit it to the government.
On his journey back to the country, he crossed through Dhaka and entered the Indo-Bangla border on October 2, 2007. He is celebrating the successful conclusion of the world tour by undertaking a tour of major Indian cities. Bharadwaj has already covered Kolkata, New Delhi and Udaipur and reached Ahmedabad yesterday.