The Desert Dash 2009 was held from Sunday Nov 29,2009 to Wednesday Dec 2, 2009, covering approximately 1600 kms over its 4 day run across north Rajasthan.
The event had 37 participants comprising of successful entrepreneurs & professionals driving 17 cars including the Porsche Cayenne, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Nissan X-trail, Mercedes M Class, Volkswagen Touareg, Mitsubishi Montero, Pajero & Outlander, Ford Endeavour & Honda CRV. One of the teams drove all the way from Kolkata to participate.
The vehicle scrutiny and the drivers briefing were held at The Aman, New Delhi and were followed by the ceremonial flag-off from the same venue.
The event was divided into 4 legs spread over 4 days:
Leg 1 – Mount Shivalik Brewery Behror to Kuchaman Fort;
Leg 2 – Kuchaman Fort to Lallgarh Palace, Bikaner;
Leg 3 – Lallgarh Palace, Bikaner to Khimsar Dunes Village; &
Leg 4 – Khimsar Fort to Amanbagh, Alwar
Participants drove across the scenic countryside, over sand dunes and through the Sambhar salt lake bed. Road books with detailed navigational instructions and surprise time and passage controls engaged the crews all along the route. Penalties accumulated over 4 days determined the final ranking. Each day ended with a gala dinner and entertainment at the night halt venues including Kuchaman Fort, Lallgarh Palace, Khimsar Fort & Amanbagh.
The event concluded with a grand prize distribution and poolside rally ball at Amanbagh. There were special prizes from Swarovski for winners across various categories.
The Desert Dash 2009 Images