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Tri-Nation JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 6 Rally to be flagged off on Friday
Siliguri, February 22, 2018
India’s only Tri-Nation TSD (Time, Speed & Distance) rally, the J K Tyre Himalayan Drive 6, presented by Biswa Bangla, will be flagged-off from here on Friday.
The 1,650 kilometres long rally over five days will traverse through the Dooars and Darjeeling Hills in North Bengal, and various picturesque routes in Bhutan and Nepal.
Being held in association with West Bengal Tourism, this unique rally aims at promoting motorsports, showcasing the enormous tourism potential of North Bengal and the contiguous areas of Bhutan and Nepal, and boosting people-to-people connectivity and drive tourism between the three neighbouring countries.
The rally is distinct from other TSD rallies since it covers a wide variety of terrain, ranging from tarmac, river beds, dirt tracks, forest roads and mountainous roads. It will skirt steep slopes that will not only present a tough challenge to the participants but will also offer a lot of thrill to them as well as to spectators.
More than 100 participants, including top rallyists from the country, will take off from Silliguri on Friday morning and will journey through North Bengal’s lush forests that are home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, including the Royal Bengal Tiger, the one-horned rhino and the Asiatic elephant. It will go through picturesque tea gardens too before entering Nepal trough the Kakarbita border hitting the East West highway to the famous jungle paradise Chitwan in Nepal.
On Day 3, the participants will journey to the famous jungle roads on the fringes of the Chitwan Reserve Forest areas through the gravel and dirt tracks before coming back to Chitwan for a well deserved rest.
The rallyists drive back from Chitwan through the Dooars on Day 4 and after driving through the heart of Terai region in Nepal will enter India through the Kakarbita border en route to Murti in the Dooars for the night halt.
The participants spend the next day driving through the Dooars region going through serene terrain with its tea gardens, jungle tracks and river beds before entering the Bhutan at Phuntshoeling.
For the fifth and final leg, they will leave Phuntshoeling through amazing and adventurous hill tracks and climb up the hills to reach Darjeeling, the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’ where the rally finishes.
The gala prize distribution ceremony will take place in Darjeeling on February 28.
The fifth edition of the hugely successful Himalayan Drive Car Rally, which has become a landmark event in India’s motorsports calendar, saw more than 100 participants last year.
Biswa Bangla is the presenting sponsor while JK Tyres is the Title Sponsor and West Bengal Tourism with its “Experience Bengal” theme while Gorkhaland Territorial Administration and North Bengal Development Department are the Principal Sponsors along with Techno India Group, City Centre Silliguri, Club Montana Vista, Neotia Getwell Hospital and Bisleri who have joined in as associate sponsors. Radio Misty is the radio partner of the event.
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