16 August 2018 – If a person dedicated his time for something, there is nothing impossible as it was once said by Napoleon Bonaparte. Making records on various topic and taking the crown is many people’s passion since long and in a bid to visit the most number of UNESCO world heritage sites in less than 12 hours using public transport had been registered to a father son duo of India who lives in Abu Dhabi UAE.
The father-son duo visited seven different heritage sites in India and traveled nearly 300km in exactly 11 hours, 33 minutes and 18 seconds recently. The spots covered were the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Keoladeo National Park, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Qutub Minar.
The Guinness World Record title of ‘most UNESCO world heritage site visits in 12 hours by public transport’ was bagged by the India-based Expeditions and Transcend Adventures firm. A total of 22 people were part of the record-breaking feat. The previous record was held by a duo in the Netherlands and was completed in 24 hours.
The record feat
- Guiness World Record title: Most UNESCO world heritage site visits in 12 hours by public transport
- Time taken: 11 hours, 33 minutes and 18 seconds
- Distance covered: 300km
- Sites visited: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Keoladeo National Park, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Qutub Minar.
- Transport means: Electric rickshaws, autos, cabs, public buses, trains and Metro
Mohammed Thahir, a 36-year-old IT professional in Abu Dhabi, wanted to partake in the world record feat with his five-year-old son, Mohammed Aayan, to teach him about perseverance and about the culture of their home country, India.
“I was exhausted due to the hot and humid climate and so was Aayan to an extent, but liquid intake at regular intervals helped overcome it,” Thahir said. “Aayan surprised all of us by walking alone in the last stretch of 2.5km to reach the final destination (Qutub Minar).”
In order to achieve the record, the participants were required to reach the sites by public transportation means – a move which was designed to promote sustainable mobility.
“The journey was completed using electric rickshaws, autos, cabs, public buses, trains and Metro, and also with brisk walk and running,” Thahir said. “Public transportation is the best way to know more about the country during travel.”
He said dehydration was the biggest challenge they faced while trying to set the world record. However, they remained optimistic and resilient as they moved forward to the next heritage site.
The only time they rested was when they waited for a train or bus to arrive, which also gave them time to eat. “The waiting time for our transport means at each location gave us minimal breaks and we just relaxed during our train journey to Delhi from Bharatapur, where we had our breakfast. We couldn’t sleep at all,” he said.
Thahir believes this experience was an educational one for his son, as he was able to learn about important heritage sites in India. “It’s very important for future generations to know about the culture sights as we are losing that with today’s fast world moving to digital. My son also learned more about public transport.”
Thahir said that his son received a warm send-off as he left and a warmer welcome back when he returned.
“It was very heartwarming to see that young students from Ryan International Group of Schools welcomed Aayan’s return with great cheers. They celebrated the occasion on the spot itself,” he said.
We congratulate both the father and son and wish their other adventures to be recognized in the future too. If they have been visited Kathmandu and tried this same event, they could have covered more UNESCO heritage sites in that 12 hours at Kathmandu valley holds more sites for the same purposes.
It could be a challenging and inspiring news for the people of Nepal where they organize such events to promote their ambitious tourist promotion plan as announced visit Nepal year 2020.
Source: Khaleej Times