Name : Badri Narayan Baldawa
Age : 72
Current profession : Business
Mr. Baldawa has been an adventure-thrill seeker throughout his life. Even at the age of 72, he is fit and can drive for 20 hours a day, play squash and trek long distances!
At 42, in 1987, he drove from Oslo through the broken roads of Nordkap with his wife, to experience Norway’s Midnight Sun. In 1988, he drove his family from Mumbai to the top of Badrinath temple in Uttarakhand. This was 5,500+ km of bad roads but they managed.
In 2004, he and his wife performed the Mt. Kailash parikrama (at ages 60 & 51 respectively). In 2005, they travelled and trekked through South America – a trip that also included staying in the dense Amazon forest. They also visited Antarctica.
In 2008, inspired by Mr. Peter Hillary – a world famous New Zealand based mountaineer, philanthropist and writer, Mr. Baldawa did the Mt. Everest Base Camp trek, which is considered to be one of the world’s most demanding and deathly treks to undertake.
In 2009, he and his wife were the first Indians to land at 90° North and float on a sheet of ice. They were on the only nuclear-powered vessel capable of navigating to this place at the time. At 90 degrees - North, they also challenged them self to participate in the ‘polar plunge’.
At the age of 65, Mr. Baldawa organized and led a group of 90 pilgrims to Kailash-Mansarovar for a charitable purpose. Considered extremely difficult and life-threatening, it also is a journey many dream to accomplish at least once in their lifetime.
In 2015, he self-drove over 8 days through Iceland’s rough and risky terrains, with his wife and his granddaughter aged 7 years old at the time. This included some glacier walking as well as traveling in a snowmobile.
On March 23rd, 2017 he embarked on a road trip with his wife and granddaughter (9 years old at the time). He drove them himself. They completed this journey after 72 days, crossing 19 countries and covering 22, 200 km, before reaching London.
When it comes to his fitness routine, he practices yoga every morning. He drinks a glass of milk with a few soaked almonds with breakfast. Lunch and dinner are all home cooked meals as well.
His life is an inspiration to anyone who wants to travel and explore the world. “Day Dreaming is a must!” he says. He is a strong advocate of always believing in oneself. Find what works for your body to remain physically fit. You can achieve anything if you believe in yourself and want it badly enough.