They don't have mobile phones, baggages or vehicles. They travel on foot into the remotest rustic pockets of the world. They are single, dressed in black, devoted to change the world with their mission - they are the Yuva Jagriti International Jan Jagran Anterved Sewa Sansthan from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
Three out of the 20-member association, formed in 1990, started their World Pad Yatra on June 15, 1995, and since then these social crusaders have not stopped. Mahender Pratap, Jitender Pratap and Avadh Bihari Lal, all from Uttar Pradesh, have made a place in the Lima Book of Records, 2013 for taking the longest journey by foot in the world, which is 2,49,000 km. Last week they visited the Millennium City and stayed for two days while on way to Ahmedabad.
With the Pad-Yatra, they spread awareness on social evils such as dowry, prostitution, education, female infanticide, terrorism, corruption and others. Besides, they also spread message about environment conservation, saving electricity and religious tolerance. The trio aims at covering a distance of three lakh kilometers.
"We started from Kanyakumari in 1995 and have not stopped since then. We haven't met our families for the last 17 years," said 45-year-old, Avadh Bihari Lal.
They have travelled extensively all over the country and will complete their mission with their visit to Ahmedabad in Gujarat. "We came from Ajmer to Delhi and now we are in Gurgaon," said Jitender Pratap (29), the youngest who committed himself to the group at the age of 11.
"From Ahmadabad, we will go to Chennai and from there we will head to South Korea," said Mahender Pratap.
The trio has also visited Bangladesh, Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan and China on foot.
They wake up at 5am, perform yoga and live on water and chickpea. The group left for Ahmedabad on November 1.