TVS Motor Company organised the Himalayan Highs Season 2 where 11 women reached the world's highest motorable road, Khardung-La on their TVS Scooty Zest 110. The Season 2 was led by Anam Hashim, who was the solo rider of the Himalayan Season 1, along with 10 riders across the country. The riders who took part in the Himalayan Highs Season 2 are - Megha Chakraborty, Kainoor Mistry, Roshni Somkuwar, Garima Kapoor, Ebronah Dorothy, Pallavi Fauzdar, Antara Pal, Trupti Sarmalkar, Surbhi Tiwari and Shruthi Naidu.
The TVS Scooty Zest 110 was the first automatic scooter to reach the highest motorable road and earned a place in the India Book of Records as being the first group of women to reach Khardung La. For the Season 2, around 5,000 participants took part in the event across the age group of 21-50 years. Over 2,000 entries were from women riders were from 29 states. The registrations concluded on 5th July where 11 participants were selected after being evaluated and shortlisted on the basis of psycho-graphics, physical fitness, mental strength and riding prowess.
The ride was flagged off on 11th August 2016 from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh. En-route, the riders had to pass through unpredictable weather conditions, difficult terrain and high altitude sickness. The event had been organised to witness the power of the scooter emerging in all road and weather conditions. The safety measures were taken care of by the two-wheeler maker, the riders were provided with helmets, track pants, jackets, gloves, elbow guard and knee guard. Besides this, an ambulance van was there in case of any injury or accident.
Anam Hashim said, “The ride was very challenging as there was a bridge which collapsed and has to ride through waist-high water on our TVS Scooty Zest 110. We have to pass through all terrain like off-roading, raining weather, scorching heat and cold weather.”
After concluding the Season 1 of the Himalayan Highs in 2015, the company received good response from the people on social media websites. Seeing this, the company decided to organise the Season 2, which was also a success. Other profiles of women riders who were selected for the ride included; Trupti Sarmalkar, 50 year old entrepreneur from Mumbai, Pallavi Fajdor, a 37 year old entrepreneur and healer from Delhi, a 25 year old wedding photographer from Bilaspur , Megha Chakraborty and Roshni Somkuwar, a 22 year old, B. Arch student from Nagpur.
Aniruddha Haldar, Vice President, Marketing (Scooter), TVS Motor Company, said, “The Season 2 of Himalayan Highs has been a grand success and we are elated that the initiative was recognised by the India Book of Records. The riders showed true grit and determination battling the weather and altitude, while they rode TVS Scooty Zest 110 to the record books. This month has been a month of highs for the Indian women across the globe and we are happy our riders have also earned glory. These 11 women riders are an example of the new age Indian women and an inspiration to those who want to pursue their dreams.”