Taking place from 16 February to 5 March, cars and crew will travel more than 1300 miles through beautiful Rajasthan and the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat on the Maharajah Marathon.
Once again, the design of the route is the work of Clerk of the Course, Kim Bannister, and the event begins in Delhi. After time to acclimatise and explore the city, participants start the Marathon with a relaxed 170-mile run to Mandawa, ending the first day with a night in the stunning and historic fort dating from 1755.
This sets the tone for what promises to be a truly luxurious, 19-day event that will see entrants enjoy some amazing experiences and the finest food and hospitality. Alongside the great driving roads and gentle competition, there are visits to palaces, temples, tiger reserves, and national parks. It is a truly exclusive adventure.
After heading to Bikaner and then Jaisalmer, driving through the Thar Desert, Day 5 sees the Marathon on its way to Jodhpur where a rest day awaits and the opportunity to explore historic sites including the fine Mehrangarh Fort. Udaipur is next, and by the end of February the cars and crew will have arrived in Jaipur – the breath-taking The Pink City – where there is time for rest and exploration. Highlights include a visit to the Amber Palace, plus the chance to ride on an elephant for those feeling adventurous.
The final leg of the journey comprises around 140 miles from Ranthambore to Agra. A visit to the stunning Taj Mahal is followed by a gala dinner and awards, bringing this thrilling adventure to a close. Crews return to Delhi by express train, ready for their journey home, while the experienced team ensure vehicles arrive safely at their destination.
Suitable for both novices and experts alike, the Maharajah Marathon is all about savouring the sights and sounds of this amazing country. It is no surprise that the event boasts some terrific entries.
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