The Himalaya Rally 2006 got underway on March 15 in Islamabad.
Eighteen vintage cars and 36 racers — from Korea, Germany, Britain, Switzerland, Italy and Australia — roared out of Islamabad, headed for the hills. The drivers will steer their ancient cars through the Himalayas from Islamabad to Kolkata
via numerous picturesque hill stations — Murree, Peshawar, Lahore, Amritsar, Dharamshala, Shimla, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Nainital, Pokhara, Kathmandu, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Murshidabad. Along the way they will stop at the best of hotels and take in local pageantry and wildlife.
A vintage car, taking part in the Himalaya Rally for Classic Cars, motors down the national highway near Kumharatti on Saturday.â€” Tribune photo by Roopinder Singh
In Shimla the participants would be staying at Wildflower hall hotel. Situated at 8,350 feet in the Himalayas, Wildflower Hall is a fairytale luxury resort set in 23 acres of virgin woods of pine and cedar. The former residence of Lord Kitchener, rebuilt to a new magnificence, Wildflower Hall recreates the grand style of the colonial era.