Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-08-11 10:10 Bengaluru: It’s been nearly a month since 43-year-old R Chiranthana, an employee with Bangalore University, returned from his epic and unforgettable trip to the four corners of India on a bike, which makes him one of the select few to have done so. And he is justifiably proud of it. The herculean effort of covering 14,104-kms riding on the Golden Quadrilateral road network took him 32 days and cost just Rs40,000 (including fuel cost). The journey began on June 17 from Jnanabharathi campus. Riding solo on his Yamaha FZS, Chiranthana reached his first destination Goa the next day, and left for Mumbai amidst heavy rainfall. “I had decided to not miss deadlines at any cost,” Chiranthana said recollecting his journey on western India which he completed in seven days with minor bike problems. Then Chiranthana embarked on the most difficult part of the journey: the road towards the northern most tip of the country from New Delhi. “The difficulty over there was the terrain and the weather,” said Chiranthana. “I reached Delhi on 25th June, got my vehicle serviced and reached Jammu on June 27. The same day I arrived at Srinagar, where I purchased a few warm clothing and halted for the night. I halted wherever I could. It could be a bus shelter, a petrol pump or even a restaurant.” GUJRAT KHARDUNGLA After an arduous journey across Zojila Pass, Kargil, Leh, Khardung La Pass, Pangi valley, Keylong and Rohtang Pass, which the daredevil rider covered in just three days, Chiranthana reached Manali on July 1. “My most memorable experience was the ride through Manali, Kulu, Mandi and Swarghat before reaching Punjab border. The fog-filled road was so bad that I could not see the vehicle coming from opposite direction. If any damage happens to the vehicle, there is no garage or even a house for about 350 kms. Not even a petrol pump,” he said. The biker, who visited police stations wherever he halted to keep them informed on his journey, said he met many interesting people during his journey. “At the Punjab border, I stopped near a bar with hope to spend a night in the premises. The owner of the bar on seeing my bike with Karnataka registration enquired about me and played my host. He took me to his house, introduced me to his friends and served me typical Punjabi cuisine. It was a touching experience,” said Chiranthana. Ladakh Manali Tezu All India MAP Having covered UP and Bihar in just three days, Chirantana reached Alipurdaur near Guwahati on July 6. His journey towards North-East and Eastern India began from here. He reached Dibrugarh and Parasuramkund in Arunachal Pradesh and returned to Dibrugarh to head towards West Bengal. “This was the only place which I visited twice as there was no other alternative. I had decided not to take the same route which I had used once,” he said. His journey of the eastern states was completed in five days. During these five days, he visited Sunderbans, Kolkata, Puri, Cuttack, Konark, Visakhapatnam, and other major historical towns, cities and beaches. “I spent sufficient time in all the places so that I could make my journey interesting and meaningful,” he said. Chiranthana reached the southernmost tip of the country, Kanyakumari, on 17 July after covering Madurai and Chennai on July 16. His journey ended on July 20, as he returned to his starting point at BU campus after riding through Thiruvananthapuram, Erimeli, Dindigul, and Hosur. Chiranthana said he faced no difficulties on the road. “When compared to other riders, I would say I was lucky because the Sarchu- Manali road is a nightmare to any rider. I saw at least five bikes stranded in the stretch between Thandi and Killong,” he said. The entire journey took 32 days, 17 hours and fifty minutes, which will now be listed in the India book of records.