India's toughest 14th Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya was flagged off on Saturday in which participants will traverse a distance of 1,800 km over a span of six days.
The rally was flagged off by Sunila Dhar, DGM (marketing), Maruti Suzuki, which is the test of a competitor's skill in handling the rough roads, uncertain and extreme weather conditions and the strength and endurance of his vehicle.
The six-day competition would culminate in Leh on October 12.
As many as 150 teams with around 260 participants in the four-wheeler and two-wheeler categories will traverse the inhospitable terrains and hostile weather conditions of the Himalayas region to compete for the top prize.
The tough route this year goes through some of the highest motorable passes and human habitations that include Darcha (3,360 mts), Keylong (3,440 mts), Leh (3,524 mts), Kaza (3,650 mts), Dhanka (3,894 mts), Losar (4,079 mts), Rumtse (4,300 mts), Kunzum La (4,551 mts), Komik (4,587 mts), Pang (4,600 mts) and Wari La (5313 mts).
Speaking on the occasion, Maruti Suzuki COO (Marketing and Sales) Mayank Pareek, said, "Maruti Suzuki's association with motoring events like Raid-de-Himalaya represents the company's DNA of providing excitement to India's motoring enthusiasts."