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MOST UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE VISITS IN 12 HOURS USING PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The Inspiration: In 2017, the attack on Swiss couple who were visiting Indian Heritage Sites in Fatehpur Sikri shocked all of us. This incident gave a spark that we should take up the task of proving that India is a safe place to travel, and public transport and conveniences are in fact available throughout the heritage sites. India has always been a highlight for cultural tourism which it posses. Most of the UNESCO sites in India showcase the cultural glory and historical significance.

Triumph Expeditions strongly believe in preserving the history in its true form and environment conservation and taking both to the future generation. At that the time, we came across a video made by Drew Goldberg of visiting UNESCO sites using public transport and achieving a Guinness. When we approached Guinness, they had about 150 sets of rules and regulations to follow which were very similar to our goals, yet difficult. After a very long hibernation period there came the approval to do the 7 UNESCO World Heritage Site Visits in 12 Hours. We wanted to prove that using public transport we can do it in a record-breaking time.

The Expedition was led by Triumph Expeditions in association with Transcend Adventures.

Triumph Expeditions is an Adventure Travel Establishment (Enterprise) that is unique in exploring the unexplored. Our motto is to showcase the adventure travel in its original form and discover the world that people seldom explore, not only to explore the outer world but also to explore oneself. We venture into the world of high-grade adventure activities to experience nature at its true form and to help people build a perspective that “Nature has a Soul and we will preserve it”. Triumphex

Transcend Adventures is an adventure company started by a group of mountaineers with 12 years of experience in climbing and mountaineering across various parts of the world. The company’s vision is not only to offer expeditions, teach climbing and mountaineering – but instead, aims to create stalwarts who carry forward the tradition of mountaineering. Till date, we have trained and guided 67 mountaineers to reach the highest point on the planet – Mt. Everest. Transcend Adventures holds the world record in guiding Ms. Malavath Purna, a 13-year-old tribal girl from Telangana in reaching the summit. Transadventures

Selecting the GWR participants was one of the most difficult task the Triumph Expedition undertook. There were several criteria to be met. Considering the Guinness Record criteria of using public transport, we had to select women and children to prove that women and children can travel safely and comfortably.

Teams were both from Triumph Expeditions (Coimbatore – Delhi) and Transcend Adventures (Hyderabad, Telangana). Members were selected on the basis of physical fitness and adventure experience. Kids too were taken into consideration based on their prior travel experience. Thus a team of 21 members was selected for the UNESCO12 Expedition.

Day Name Profession Age
1 Anirudh Rao Bachinepally UKG Student 5
2 Mohamed Aayan T UKG Student 5
3 Nandita Singh 3rd Grade Student 8
4 Eashwaran S I 3rd Grade Student 8
5 Karthikeyan S I 7th Grade Student 12
6 Raghavendra Balmur Asst. Manager – Transcend Adventures 26
7 Princy William Zumba Instructor 27
8 R.J.A. Steffan Ajay Project Officer – WWF India 27
9 Rahunath Reddy Unadi Founder – Third pole adventures 30
10 Usha Home Maker 30
11 Mahadhun Basha S Manager – Triumph Stocks 31
12 Mohamed Muthahir H MD – Coimbatore Gifts 31
13 Rashmitha Bachinepally Home Maker 31
14 Mohamed Thahir H Head of IT Admin, ACC, Abudhabi 36
15 Shekhar Babu Bachinepally Partner – Transcend Adventures 38
16 Indirani S MD – Sri Renuka Devi Packs 38
17 R Saravanan Facility Manager 39
18 Sureshkumar N Founder – Triumph Expeditions 39
19 Parmesh Kumar Partner – Transcend Adventures 42
20 Kumara Guruparan R Manager – Triumph Expeditions 42
21 Atul Dalal Senior Manager – Triumph Expeditions 44

 

The attempt on 8th July

It look us lot of time to finalize the route for the UNESCO event. As it was a team effort which comprises of women and children, we undertook a trial attempt on 6th of July.

On 8th of July, the team started its expedition at 05.20 AM from the Taj Mahal, Agra. We reached Agra Fort, Agra and from there we traveled to Fatehpur Sikhri. Using a local bus the team then traveled to Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur. At 09:25 AM we took the Jan Shatabdi train to New Delhi. At New Delhi, the first UNESCO site which we have visited was Humayun’s Tomb and then we traveled to Red Fort and finally finished our expedition at Qutub Minar.

It took us 11:33:18 to visit all the seven UNESCO world heritage sites with the distance of 274 km using only the public transport. The team finished the expedition by 4:53 PM at Qutub Minar. During the expedition, the team travelled in electric vehicle, metered taxi, government bus, auto rickshaws, train, metro train and walked for more than 5 km.

We had the guidelines to get two witness signatures at each UNESCO world heritage sites and then a consolidated witness at final UNESCO site. We were glad to find tourist guides and site in charges extending their support in accomplishing the mission, Mr. Anil Oraw, Regional director of Incredible India (Ministry of Tourism, India) consolidated and gave evidence in the successful completion of the mission.

We thank UNESCO in giving the status of the World Heritage Site to these monuments and our Government of India for maintaining these sites very well.

UNESCO SITE 1
TAJ MAHAL
Mr. Anil Oraw, Regional Director (North) India Tourism Delhi, Incredible India, oversaw and authorized the wittness of entire record attempt.;

Witnesses:
1) Mr. Jagjeevan, ASI Department, Govt of India, Agra.
2) Mr. Surendra Prasad, Assistant Director, Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India, Agra

UNESCO SITE 2
AGRA FORT
Mr. Anil Oraw, Regional Director (North) India Tourism Delhi, Incredible India, oversaw and authorized the wittness of entire record attempt.;

Witnesses:
1) Mr. Suresh Kumar, Govt of India, Agra Circle.
2) Mr. Harish Chandra, Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India, Agra

UNESCO SITE 3
FATEHPUR SIKRI
Mr. Anil Oraw, Regional Director (North) India Tourism Delhi, Incredible India, oversaw and authorized the wittness of entire record attempt.;

Witnesses:
1) Mr. Mueen Ahmed Khan, Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India, Uttar Pradesh
2) Mr. Muhammad Sattar, ASI, Govt of India, Agra Circle.

UNESCO SITE 4
KEOLADEO NATIONAL PARK
Mr. Anil Oraw, Regional Director (North) India Tourism Delhi, Incredible India, oversaw and authorized the wittness of entire record attempt.;

Witnesses:
1) Mr. Ajit Uchoi, IFS, Government of Rajasthan.
2) Mr. Premendra Singh, Forester, Keoladeo National Park, Government of Rajasthan.

UNESCO SITE 5
HUMAYUN TOMB
Mr. Anil Oraw, Regional Director (North) India Tourism Delhi, Incredible India, oversaw and authorized the wittness of entire record attempt.;

Witnesses:
1) Mr. Vijay Kumar, Govt of India, Ministry of Tourism.
2) Mr. Ravinder Kumar, Assistant Manager, Tourism, Delhi Tourism and Transportation.

UNESCO SITE 6
RED FORT

Witnesses:
1) Mr. Rajendra Singh, Govt of India, Ministry of Tourism.
2) Mr. Vijay Kumar, Regional Level Guide, Govt of India, Ministry of Tourism.

UNESCO SITE 7
QUTUB MINAR

Witnesses:
1) Mr. Jatin Chaudhary, Delhi Tourism & Transportation, Govt of India.
2) Mr. Sanjay Kumar Sinha, Regional Level Guide, Govt of India, Ministry of Tourism.

Mr. Anil Oraw, Regional Director (North) India Tourism Delhi, Incredible India, oversaw and authorized the witness of the entire record attempt.

UNESCO 12 Team - Press Conference with Delhi Deputy Chief Minister,
Mr. Manish Sisoda.
UNESCO 12 Team - Meeting with Delhi Deputy Chief Minister,
Mr. Manish Sisoda in Conference Room.
UNESCO 12 Team
UNESCO 12 Team - Met with Regional Head of Incredible India,
Government of India Tourism, Mr. Anil Oraw.
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