KATHMANDU, Nepal — For Gaurav and Gunjan Juyal, winning Ford India's Discover Smart Drive (DSD 2) made them feel on top of the world. And they weren't exaggerating.
After an incredible journey in the Figo across India, the winning pair was taken to Nepal, where they drove the zippy car around the streets of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan before they were flown by helicopter to Mt. Everest Base Camp at Syrangboche – 5,545 metres above sea level.
Flagged off from four cities – Jammu, Lucknow, Mumbai and Chennai – with the four legs travelling the North- to West, North to East, West to South and South to East corridors respectively, the drive's Indian leg finished at Kolkata last week.
From deciphering clues and visiting famous landmarks to undertaking challenges like piling up coconuts and visiting narrow shopping lanes in the Figo, the four pairs of contestants were tested on the level of creativity and engagement.
In Kathmandu, the winners had to cross the stone-paved floors of the famed Pashupatinath Temple barefoot. "It's freezing cold and every step is a hurdle, but we are enjoying every step of the adventure," said an excited Gaurav.
“We had the best time of our life in the last one week and wish to thank Ford for such a memorable opportunity. Having been adventure enthusiasts, we were really looking forward to the trip of a lifetime and the opportunity to get a close look of Mt. Everest. . Of course, driving the Figo through every stage of DSD 2 was equally challenging!"
N. Raja , vice president, Sales, Ford India, who flagged up the Kathmandu leg of DSD 2 from the GO Ford dealership, said the event was an amazing adventure for all involved, particularly with it finishing in spectacular Nepal.
"We'd like to also thank our customers in Nepal for making the car so successful in their country too," he said.
“Figo has been a game changer for Ford and has driven sales growth not just in India but also in export markets. It is heartening to see that today Figo is not only loved in India but desired beyond Indian borders with its footprint across more than 30 international markets. We thank our customers for their confidence in the product,’’ concluded Raja.
Gaurav and Gunjan seek Lord Hanuman's blessings during their drive in Kathmandu.
N. Raja, VP, Sales, Ford India, right, hands over the Figo key to the winning team.
Celebrating after reaching the Mt. Everest Base Camp, 5,545 metres above sea level.
Gaurav and Gunjan feel on top of the world after reaching the Mt. Everest Base Camp.
What a view! Gaurav and Gunjan at Base Camp in Nepal.