Kashi Samaddar, 54, a Dubai-based businessman (born in Calcutta, India) has travelled to all 195 Independent states of the World plus Taiwan - setting the world record for the First person to visit all Independent States/ Countries plus Taiwan.
The Guinness world record for the Longest journey by tractor was set by Vasilii Hazkevich (Russia), who covered 21,199 km (13,172 miles) on an unmodified tractor, starting and finishing in Vladimir, Russia.
Guinness World Records also recognized the longest journey by car using alternative fuel: 3,8137 km (2,3697.19 miles), achieved by Rainer Zietlow, Florian Hilpert, Falk Gunold, Franz Janusiewicz (all Germany) with a Volkswagen Caddy EcoFuel using natural gas.
Kashi Samaddar (India) is the first person visited all 195 Independent states of the World plus Taiwan on 09th July, 2011 at South Sudan.
Previously, he was also the first person who visited all 194 Sovereign countries/Independent States on 27th May, 2008.
Kashi Samaddar holds the world record of traveling all 194 Sovereign countries on 27th May, 2008.
Recently one new country, South Sudan is added in the list, making total Independent States of the world to 195.
For Samaddar in his 50s, it all began way back in 2003 on October 28, when he was denied a visa from a southern African country because of his nationality. Feeling humiliated he made a promise to himself that he would travel to all the countries in the world as a mark of defiance.
Through travelling, Samaddar also hopes to bridge the gap between several cultures. "People are friendly in most parts of the world but they perceive Indians as troublemakers and therefore reject their visa," he says.
Because of the difficulties some nationalities have entering certain countries, back in Dubai, Kashi and some partners decided to set up the web site Travel, Tourism and Peace Global, www.ttpglobal.com, which provides travellers with up to date advice on exactly what they will need to be allowed access into different countries.