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Image gallery: 2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya

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02 Nov 2016 18:20:19 IST

The Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya has always had a reputation for being one of the most gruelingrallies in the country, and the 2016 edition of eventwas no different. This year, the Raidattracted 153 participants and started from Manali instead of Shimla - its usual starting point. After the Raid was cut short due toSubhamoy Paul's tragic accident in Leg 3, Suresh Rana and Ashwin Naik were crowned the winners of the Xtreme 4x4 class, while Abdul Wahid Tanveer won the Xtreme Motoquad category.

Here's a look at the 2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya in images

Raid De Himalaya 2016 (4)2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya:Of the 153 participants that started, nineteams were from the Army

The first leg of the 2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya took participants from Manali to Kaza with - width=2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya: The first leg of the 2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya took participants from Manali to Kaza on very rough terrain

Raid De Himalaya 2016 (2)2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya: It was around 3 degree Celsius when SS1 started. But that didn't stop competitors from going flat out through the course

Raid De Himalaya 2016 (11)2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya: A few hours after the Leg 1 started, it began snowing quite heavily

Our Maruti Suzuki S-Cross made it through the extremely rough terrain en route to Kaza without any problems2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya: Our Maruti Suzuki S-Cross made it through the extremely rough terrain en route Kaza without any problems

Raid De Himalaya 2016 (9)2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya: By the end of Leg 1, Lhakpa Tsering had V Venu Rameshkumar took the lead in the Xtreme 4x4 class with a time of 1hr 26m 58s

Raid De Himalaya 2016 (6)2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya: The route of Leg 2 wasn't as challenging the Leg 1. However, the climb from 6,700ft to 12,400ft in one day can take quite a toll on participants

Raid De Himalaya 2016 (5)2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya: Even with the sun high up, the wind and altitude kept temperatures very low

Raid De Himalaya 2016 (7)2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya: The competitive stages in Leg 2 werea mix of broken tarmac and dirt roads

Raid De Himalaya 2016 (13)2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya: Suresh Rana and Ashwin Naik in the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara took a seven minute lead over Tsering after Leg 2

Abdul Wahid Tanveer meanwhile, had managed to extend his lead over R Nataraj to 3m 40s, in the Xtreme Motoquad class2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya: Abdul Wahid Tanveer meanwhile, had managed to extend his lead over R Nataraj to 3m 40s, in the Xtreme Motoquad class

Raid De Himalaya 2016 (16)2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya: Leg 3 took participants from Kaza to Sarchu the same they went in

Raid De Himalaya 2016 (10)2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya: The bright orange colour scheme of the Army teamscertainly stood apart from the crowd of whites Gypys

Raid De Himalaya 2016 (19)2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya: Splashing through water might look fun. But when temperatures are near 0 degree Celsius, they can be quite harsh on motorcyclists

Raid De Himalaya 2016 (11)2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya: Although the Xtreme category was truncated after Leg 3, the Adventure Trail continued as per schedule

Raid De Himalaya 2016 (2)2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya:Competing in the Adventure Trial is the easiest way to get participate in a rally. It's significantlycheaper than the Xtreme category considering the amount of vehicle modifications areminimal. This near-stock Grand Vitara is a perfect example of this

Raid De Himalaya 2016 (3)2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya:Narrow bridges that can carry just one vehicle at a time are scattered all over the Himalayas

Raid De Himalaya 2016 (17)2016 Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya: The Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya offers some of the most spectacular views in the country. The night skies were especially stunning with a clear view of the stars

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