If you used to watch The Amazing Race on TV, you know that you wanted to be a part of something similar. It was the perfect game show for anyone who loves adventure, racing and travel combined. The Amazing Motor Rally, is one such event which is quite close to that reality show. Organized by KGH Foundation, Waterfront Resort and Rotary Club of Bagmati Kathmandu, this rally sees you completing tasks, following route maps and reaching destinations within time limits. The participant who can complete all the tasks the fastest, wins. This event combines fun and games along with spreading social messages about Cervical Cancer and road safety.
The Amazing Motor Rally is held annually with the 8th edition taking place this year. This time, the Amazing Motor Rally saw more participants than the previous years. The organisers who were expecting around 40 participants saw 47 cars participating for the two-day event from 12th to 13th February. The event began early morning on the 12th. The participants were to check-in at the Nepal Tourism Board at Pradarshani marg, where each team got their four-wheelers identified with rally numbers and other briefings regarding the event. Diwakar Rajkarnikar, Chartered President of Rotary Club of Bagmati Kathmandu and one of the core organisers addressed all the participants and gave a briefing regarding the event schedule. He also expressed his well-wishes and requested all drivers to drive carefully.
Then, each car was flagged off by Miss Nepal World 2020 Namrata Shrestha, Miss Nepal Earth Supriya Shrestha, Miss Nepal International Sandhya Sharma and Miss Nepal Supranational Shimal Kanaujiya.
On the first day, the participants had to reach Chitwan. After the flag-off, the vehicles moved to their first destination at Hamlet Restaurant in Dhading. The participants had to complete their first task there. And then they were off to the second destination at Siddhartha Resort in Chumlingtar for lunch and also to complete more tasks. After lunch, the participants had to stay at the resort for a minimum of 45 minutes. One of the awareness movements promoted by this event was regarding responsible driving. So all participatory vehicles were installed with a GPS device and their speed and location was being monitored on the GeoMate app.
As the theme of this event was “End Cervical Cancer”, the participants were also required to spread awareness by distributing pamphlets in various locations. All the tasks during the rally included games which tested the intellectual, creative and physical side of the participants. Some of the tasks included taking a picture with the cut-out of the “Mahanayak” Rajesh Hamal, recording a video of the participants singing a jingle, solving a crossword puzzle and dancing in front of a beautiful backdrop to promote tourism.
The end destination for Day-1 was at Royal Park Village at Chitwan, where interested participants could join a jeep safari at Chitwan National Park. The night was followed by a game of bingo, a barbeque and a Tharu traditional dance.
Day-2 seemed to begin with more excitement as the vehicles moved off in the morning from Chitwan to Pokhara. On the way, the participants were given a welcome and good wishes by the local Rotary Clubs. After that, they were on their way to the next destination, Motel Du Mugling Resort. There, the participants had new challenges to complete, such as completing a jigsaw puzzle, flipping the bottle and using chopsticks to transfer marshmallows.
It was a healthy competition as all participants could be seen encouraging each other to do their best. After getting lunch at the resort, the participants made their way to the next destination at the World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara.
Once all the tasks were completed, the final destination of the Rally was at Waterfront Resort where everyone was given a warm welcome and prepared for the final task of collecting coins under water.
The final task was followed by a gala dinner for all the participants and sponsors. Three winning teams were announced. The first winner was Deepak Manandhar, Car rally no. 16; first runner up went to Digvijay Adhikari with rally no. 9 and second runner up was awarded to Sher Bahadur Kunwar, rally no. 22.
The winner received a trophy and certificates, a round ticket to any Turkish Airlines destination, two Dulla The Factory Team shoes, one DBL stay at Himalayan Front Hotel and two gifts from Makuree.
The first runner-up received certificates and a trophy, one Dulla The Factory Team shoe, tickets for Nepal Airlines, one DBL stay at Waterfront Resort and Rs.2000/- worth of gifts from Accessories Nepal.
The second runner-up was awarded certificates, a trophy, one Dulla The Factory Team shoe and gifts from Mhekha worth Rs.2000/-
Prizes were also distributed for winners of each task and for titles such as Best Decorated Car and the only Woman Driver of the rally. While the winners were being announced, to everyone’s surprise, actor Rajesh Hamal made a special appearance thanks to Jyoti Life Insurance to distribute the prizes to the winners. All three of the main winners got a chance to enjoy breakfast with the Mahanayak at the Himalayanfront Hotel.
The event was sponsored by Jyoti Life Insurance, with hospitality partners, Himalayanfront Hotel, Maruni Sanctuary and Waterfront Resort. International Airlines Partner was Turkish Airlines. It was co-sponsored by Prabhu Insurance, with banking partner, Bank of Kathmandu and insurance partner, Shikhar Insurance. Beverage partner was Arna Beer and airlines partners were Nepal Airlines and Buddha Air. Smartphone partner Vivo. Exclusive Media Partner was Nagarik with Magazine Partner, Nepal Auto and Outreach Partner as OyeKTM! Event manager was 88 collective with technology partner, Geomate. With supporting partners as Accessories Nepal, Mhekha, Dulla The Factory Team, Makuree and Black Pepper Restaurant.
Speaking about the event for next year, Sunil Shakya, chairman of KGH Group said, “This event plays a big role in promoting domestic tourism while also creating awareness about cancer. Next year, we are expecting participation of 100 cars as this Rally gets better and better each year.”