Covers five continents on bike
It was a great experience, says Bharadwaj
His friends received him at Elamanchili
VISAKHAPATNAM: Thirty-seven year-old Bharadwaj Dayala returned to Visakhapatnam on Thursday evening to a grand reception after completing a world tour on a motorcycle all alone.
Bharadwaj started off from here in April last year and was officially flagged off by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy in Hyderabad a couple of days later.
He travelled more than 52,000 km. on his bike covering many countries in five continents, Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and Australia and re-entered India from Bangladesh on October 2. He reached Visakhapatnam after travelling along the golden quadrilateral touching all the four major metros and Hyderabad.
It was a great experience, said Bharadwaj and thanked his friends and well-wishers for supporting him in his endeavour. The huge cost involved in the tour was met by himself, his friends and well-wishers and he thanked them all for the help. It was also significant that he travelled the entire length of his tour on an Indian-made motorcycle.
Some dozens of his friends and members of BraveHearts, an adventure sports organisation to which he belongs, received Mr. Bharadwaj at Elamanchili as soon as he entered Visakhapatnam district and followed him into the city on their motorcycles and cars. From Gajuwaka, he was welcomed by small groups of friends and well wishers and the convoy reached Kalimata temple at Ramakrishna beach around 4.30 p.m. where a function was organised to mark Bharadwaj’s successful tour.
Vice-Chairman of Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority G. Venkatram Reddy, Deputy Mayor Dora Babu, former Chairman of AP Technologies Commission Koyya Prasada Reddy, District Sports Development Officer N. Surya Rao and others congratulated Mr. Bharadwaj for successfully completing a difficult tour and hoped this feat would inspire the youth.
Bharadwaj’s parents, friends Gopichand, Malladi Sharma, N. Nageswara Rao, K.V.V. Sarma and others were present.