India in 97 days

June 10, 2023 12:00 am | Updated 05:44 am IST

Emil George has set a record for the fastest solo car expedition across the country

Travel bugEmil George in Ladakh.Special ArrangementSPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Travel bugEmil George in Ladakh.Special ArrangementSPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Automobile/travel enthusiast and digital content creator Emil George says he did do much research when he embarked on a road trip that covered 28 States and six Union Territories, covering mainland India.

“We landed in Tripura at night, little realising there was a night curfew in the State. We were suddenly surrounded by cops asking us why we were out so late. Apparently, robberies are common during the night. They made us spend the whole night at their camp till daybreak!” says Emil, who holds a record by the India Book of Records for the Fastest Solo Car Expedition across the mainland of India.

Discovering India

As part of his ‘Discover India’ trip, he traversed 19,426 kilometres in 97 days, setting out on September 20, 2022 and returning to Kochi on December 26, 2022 in his SUV, a Tata Harrier. He was awarded the certificate in late-April this year.

The intention of the drive was not a record, “it was only after a friend suggested that I apply for one, I realised I may have set a record!”

Driving through changing landscapes where temperatures soared and dipped are experiences he cherishes.

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