Raid de Himalaya is one of the premier Motorsports event in India, which starts form Shimla, Himachal Pradesh and concluded at Shrinagar (Jammu & Kashmir) after 8 days of action filled days in himalayas. This Photo Journey shares some of the wonderful photographs by Motorsports Photographer Varun Chadhary who has been covering many other Motorsports rallies in India. Let's check out and explore more about Raid De Himalaya action from 2012...
Varun has shared lot of wonderful Photo Journeys in past and one of the wonderful Motorsports Photographer in the country. The 14th Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya started from Shimla and after that rally/participants traversed a distance of 1800 kms over a span of six days. Raid de Himalaya 2012 was flagged off from Peter Hoff Hotel which is located in Chaura Maidan region of Shimla Town in Himachal Pradesh.
The 14th Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya was concluded at Leh. Suresh Rana and Parminder Thakur were adjudged the winners of the X-treme 4Wheel category and C.S. Santosh was declared as the winner of the Xtreme 2Wheel category
K. Prasad and M. Chandrashekhar were declared the winners in the Adventure 4Wheel category. In all, 17 teams in the X-treme 4Wheel category, 40 teams in the 4Wheel Adventure category and 20 bikers could reach the final leg that concluded at Leh.
Mahindra XUV500 at 14th Raid de Himalaya 2012 !!!
The Moto Xtreme category which is the toughest of the lot is open only to those 4-wheeler drivers who have prior rallying experience and who have competed in one of the earlier editions of the Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya. 50 teams participated in the Moto Xtreme 4-wheeler category in this year's event.
Mahindra XUV500 splashing out the water on Himalayan terrains during 14th Raid de Himalaya.
KTM Duke Motorbike riding through one of the roughest and tough terrains of Himalayas during 14th Raid De Himalaya 2012...
Maruti Jypsy crossing through snow covered hills under shining sun and blue sky on the top. A wonderful Click by Varun Chaudhary during 14th Raid De Himalayas 2012.
Varun is really keen in clicking biker photographs during these motorsports rallies which is quit opposite to many of the other photographers in this area.
Raid de Himalaya terrain includes - Darcha (3360 mts), Keylong (3440 mts), Leh (3524 mts), Kaza (3650 mts), Dhanka (3894 mts), Losar (4079 mts), Rumtse (4300 mts), Kunzum La (4551 mts), Komik (4587 mts), Pang (4600 mts) & Wari La (5313 mts).
The Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya usually invites participation in three categories: Moto Xtreme, Adventure Trial and Bike Xtreme categories. The participants are grouped in different categories depending upon their prior experience, endurance levels and expertise in handling the escalating difficulty levels.
Shiny RED Gypsy surrounded by snow covered hills and bright blue sky during 14th Raid de Himalayas 2012 !!!
On the final ceremony, Mayank Pareek, Chief Operating Officer, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki, said, 'It was a tough and perilous journey and the winners showed great acumen, stamina and dexterity. This year, we had undertaken a number of extra safety measures like putting in service a helicopter to ensure timely help to rallyists in case of emergencies.'
Raid de Himalaya is a test of a competitor's dexterity in handling rough roads, uncertain and extreme weather conditions and the strength and endurance of his vehicle.
More Photographs by Varun can be checked at - http://www.flickr.com/photos/38985126@N03/