On February 6, nine participants from the BCIM countries set off from Kunming to successfully complete the first trial run of the entire course. The route is as follows - Kolkata – Jessore – Dhaka – Sylhet – Silchar – Imphal – Ka Lay – Mandalay – Ruili – Tengchong – Erhai Lake – Dali – Kunming.
The ceremonial flag-down will take place at Kunming, China on March 5, 2013. The chief minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, will flag off the BCIM Car Rally from the Salt Lake stadium. The dignitaries will be driving 20 cars – 10 from the Tata Motors’ stable and 10 made by the Hawtai Motor Group, China.