ASEAN-India Car Rally – A curtain raiser

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31 Mahindra XUV 5OOs, 8000 kilometres, 22 days, 9 countries… ASEAN countries and India are gearing up for an adrenaline-filled experience as the 2nd edition of the ASEAN-India Car Rally is all set to kick-off on 26 November 2012. On the occasion of the 20th commemorative year of India-ASEAN relations, the rally will be flagged off from Yogyakarta, Indonesia and wind its way through 8 of the 10 ASEAN countries before finally ending in New Delhi, India.

Senior Union government officials and representatives from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Auto Car India have already chalked out the possible road routes for the rally. The convoy will traverse through ASEAN countries Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar and then enter India from Moreh in Imphal.

The rally will pass through Guwahati on December 17, when economic ministers of ASEAN countries will meet in the principal business city in northeastern India. The flag down of the rally in Guwahati and the rally entering Moreh in Manipur, on the border with Myanmar, is part of India's move to increase connectivity with the northeast.

The rally will, after traversing 8,000 km, end in Delhi on Dec 20 to mark the commemorative event being held in New Delhi Dec 20−21 to mark the 20th anniversary of India's relationship with the bloc and the 10th anniversary of ASEAN−India summit−level partnership.

Along the route, at stops, cultural and business events are planned to showcase trading opportunities.

Clint Thomas will be covering the rally from Singapore to Guwahati and we'll have complete coverage throughout the event. Watch this space and follow @Clint__Thomas for live updates.