The Polo Forest

History

An ancient city established in the 10th century AD and curiously abandoned by the 15th century AD, Polo gets its name from pol (Rajasthani for ‘gate’), being a literal gateway between the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Shrouded in nearly a millennium of mystery, Polo is fabled to have been an ideal refuge for kings and crooks alike. Numerous cryptic temple ruins lie scattered all over the woods, making Polo a hotbed of intrigue and a fountain of adrenaline. Over 115 km of The Impossible Race, participants will get to explore various shades and faces of this enigmatic culture.

Geography

Deep in the heart of the Vijayanagar hills, at the foot of the Aravalli Range, Polo Forest is hidden away from history books and modern travelers. It is home to various species of snakes, panthers, leopards, hyenas, bears, mongoose and migratory birds. Built around a river, and flanked by mountains on the east and west, the forest is cut off from sunlight for most of the day and transforms into a sinister valley after dark. The Impossible Race couldn’t have asked for a more adventurous setting.

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