With three Limca Book records created with tractor expeditions in North India,Jaibir Singh Virk has a fourth one planned involving taking his tractor into international terrain. Virk,a farmer and advocate,plans on kicking-off his tri-nation trip across India,Nepal and Bhutan by mid-October.
If it goes as expected,this would be the longest expedition on a tractor. However,as there are three nations and a vehicle involved I need to get permissions and also collect sponsorships, said the 33-year-old.
Virk,a travel enthusiast,prefers the tractor not only for its less explored potential as an adventure accessory but also for his early involvement with the vehicle.
While Jaibir plans to take the trip with his self-founded Fox Adventure Club members,his first record journey was undertaken alone.
In 2008,he set out on a tractor from Patiala to the 18,380 feet high Khardung La Pass on the worlds highest motorable road. On his 18-day journey covering 3175 kms,Virk passed through 12 high altitude passes,making his way into the Limca Book creating the Solo Expedition on Tractor on Trans-Himalayan region record.
Later,he created a record for the Longest expedition in Himalayan region with his friend and fellow adventurer Amit Chaudhary,covering 3623 km in 14 days.
This year,he earned his third Limca book record by covering 273 km in a tractor on reverse gear in a time frame of 14 hours and 45 minutes,which is the longest such journey ever made non-stop.
I have been in a lot of life threatening situations,adventure is a dangerous interest anyway,but that is what keeps me going. I want to pump the trend of travelling in India. Foreigners come and explore our country,then why should we sit back, said Virk.
Currently,Virk is awaiting his convocation for a PhD in Record Breaking and Making from World Records University in Hamilton.