GUWAHATI | December | 26 :
Gumball India 2021 Drive, a trans-endurance India drive competition was flagged off from Koteshwar, Gujarat, on Friday, December 24, 2021. Competitors are reaching Guwahati today afternoon after a nonstop 3,200-kilometer drive.
The trans-India endurance driving competition will end at Kaho, Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. December 28.
The twenty participating teams would have covered a tough 4,000 kilometers non-stop drive toisher.
Speaking on behalf of the organizer’s Incarnation sports, Sudev Barar, informed that this driving competition is the toughest and most challenging. Apart from the requirement of non-stop driving the teams will have to navigate through twenty secret checkpoints along the way.
These points are released to competitors only at the start and the teams have to
find the best route to cover all points before reaching the finish. The participants drove through historic sites and cities along the way like Lakhpat, Dholavira, Abu, Udaipur, Jhansi, Khajuraho, Chunar, Varanasi to reach Guwahati.
The event will culminate with the Indian flag hoisting at the border with China in Kaho village. The teams also include “specially-abled” drivers who not only take up this dare but have created a record of coming fastest in the last year’s event. The competition will have all-women teams competing. Drivers from Guwahati, Kolkata, Delhi, Jammu, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi are joining the event.
To encourage more inclusiveness the organizers, incarnation Sports, have tied up with Padm Deepa Malik Ji’s, NGO Wheeling Happiness to give free entry to two teams of specially-abled drivers.
Participants are drawn to the event from all corners of India. It is expected that in the future, once COVID restrictions are over, events even participants from abroad will take part in. The event uses contact-less system of timing and tracking system.
The team of Digvijay and Prashat, both physically handicapped, were the second team to reach Guwahati today afternoon while the first team to reach was Harman Kang And Manu Sharma from Delhi.
The teams will stay for a regroup halt at Dichang Resort Sonapur before continuing for mountainous territory on the eastern edge of Arunachal Pradesh.
The objective is to reach the finish point using the shortest route and not by going fast. All are monitored by the central tracking team, and there
is a penalty applied for exceeding speed limits.
The event is part of Aazadi Ka Mahaotsav (Celebration of India’s 75 years of Independence) under an initiative by Arunachal Pradesh Tourism to promote domestic
This is the second annual edition of Gumball India. Last year the event started from Kanyakumari.