Uttarakhand Tourism presents family-format car rallying


With The Second Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally which was flagged off from

Dehradun yesterday, the mountain state is aggressively promoting family

participation in TSD (Time-Speed-Distance) rallying, which is the sober

form of motorsport.

The Second Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally has been organized by

Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) in association with Himalayan

Motorsport, the premier Shimla-based motorsport club. Himalayan Motorsport

organizes the Raid De Himalaya, one of the top ten toughest rallies in the


Uttarakhand Secretary Tourism Mr Uma Kant Panwar said that the state has

chosen to combine motorsport with its entire adventure tourism portfolio

which includes skiing, white-water rafting, trekking, mountaineering and

wildlife photography. “With Himalayan Motorsport as our partner, the

rally is organized professionally, adhering to the top standards

internationally. At the same time, we are making it a family activity to

attract mid and high-end tourists,” said Mr Panwar.

The rally is open to any brand or model of automobile, and has a total of

35 teams. Mr Vijay Parmar, Rally Director for The Second Uttarakhand

Adventure Car Rally, said that in TSD rallying, competitors stick to

specified speed limits at all times, and go slow in thickly populated

areas. The rally moves with the normal traffic and does not cause any

traffic disruptions.

Mr Parmar said that a maximum of four persons are allowed in each vehicle.

Since the rally is being promoted in the family format, the competitor can

be accompanied by the spouse and children aged 16 or above.

Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Shri Dinesh Dhanai, who flagged off the rally

today, said tourism is the economic mainstay of the state, and the focus of

the rally is on getting tourists back to Uttarakhand after the devastating

floods in June 2013. Mr Dhanai said that the rally route has been designed

in such a way that it touches some of the favourite tourist destinations of

the state like the world-class ski resort at Auli and Ramnagar, which

flanks the Jim Corbett National Park.

The rally route goes via Dev Prayag, Karan Prayag, Rudra Prayag and Nand

Prayag and also Shivpuri, which draws huge domestic and foreign tourism for

white water rafting. The rally will end at Dehradun on Day Three.

Mr Panwar said that with the rally, the state is making a concerted effort

to showcase its excellent network of roads, and the picturesque holiday

destinations for families and youth alike.

Ms Rekha Mishra, who is competing in the rally along with her husband Mr

Sudhanshu Mishra, is among the few competitors this year who are enjoying

the activity as a family. Mr Uma Kant Panwar said that the high prize money

offered by Uttarakhand for the rally is a major incentive for all


“The rally offers Rs 5 lakh, Rs 3 lakh and Rs 2 lakh for the top three

teams respectively, and a special prize of Rs 1 lakh for the all-women’s

team which performs the best. Since TSD rallying involves great technical

finesse and is not a speed rally, we are very keen to promote it as an

inclusive family activity,” said Mr Panwar.

Uttarakhand Adventure Car Rally is being supported by Maruti Suzuki and JK

Tyres.  The rally route will cover approximately 1000 kilometers in the


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