From sky-diving above Agra, travelling in a submarine off Mumbai, taking an Army tank in Gwalior to trotting on horseback with the Presidential bodyguards, the Queen’s Baton will use every mode of transport possible during its 100-day journey across India beginning June 25.
The baton will cross into India from Pakistan via the Wagah border, where it will be received by Olympic champions Abhinav Bindra, Sushil Kumar and Vijender Singh. For the next 100 days, travelling from Punjab, it will be go to all four corners of India — from Nathula Pass and Tawang in the far east to Leh in the north, Jaisalmer in the West and even the islands of Lakshdweep and Andaman and Nicobar — before finally entering Delhi on September 20.
The planning for the event started two years in advance. A team from the Organising Committee has already visited the entire route twice. “We have divided India into four sectors and have a dedicated team for each. From February 8 our teams moved on the entire route which the baton will take. They repeated the trip from May 3,” said Queen’s Baton Relay additional director general Lt Gen Raj Kadyan. The baton will travel in India in a convoy of 26 vehicles with 88 core crew members.
In Chhattishgarh and Andhra Pradesh, because of Naxalite activity, the states have asked the OC not to take the baton by road. The baton will now stop by only in the capitals, Raipur and Hyderabad respectively.
A long relay340Total number of days240Days in international leg of relay1,90,000 km Total distance travelled20,000 kmDistance in India
Bharat DarshanKASHMIR:The baton will go to Jammu, Srinagar, Kargil and Leh. It will be at the Kargil Army base only for a few hours and talks are on to allow the baton to take a shikhara rideGanga:The baton will take a boat from Allahabad to VaranasiINDEPENDENCE DAY: The baton will celebrate Independence day in HyderabadKERALA: The baton will celebrate OnamTAMIL NADU: The baton with visits the famous temples of Madurai and RameshwaramAGRA: An Air Force sky-diver will jump off a plane with the batonMUMBAI: The baton will take a submarine, a first in the history of the Commonwealth GamesGWALIOR: The baton will board an Indian Army tankSOUTH: The baton will mount an elephantJAIPUR: The baton will take a camel rideDELHI: The baton will gallop with the Presidential Guards.The hi-tech baton* Soil from different parts of India has been used to make the outer covering of the baton* The Queen’s message has been engraved on to an 18 carat gold leaf symbolising the Indian patras. This message will be read during the opening ceremony.* The baton has the ability to capture image and sounds* It is fitted with GPS which has accuracy of 10 metres* It has LEDs which can emit the colour of the flag of the country it is travelling to