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14 Day Hornbill Festival Guided Motorcycle Tour

Welcome Hotel Dwarka, Delhi, India

India Motorcycle Tour

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? Join this trip and experience a two-week motorcycle tour in Assam State, India. With the Hornbill Festival among the highlights, you'll have the opportunity to observe the local people and feel the festive vibe!

Key information

  • Terrain: 60% asphalt and 40% off-road
  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield Himalayan 411 cc or 500 cc)
  • Mileage: approximately 1,545 kilometers / 960 miles
  • Daily rides: 20 - 320 kilometers / 12 - 199 miles
  • Riding gear: not included, but recommended: helmet, riding gear, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm
  • Meals: daily breakfast, except when you're in Kaziranga (breakfast and dinner)

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Delhi
  • Ride through small Indian villages
  • Opportunity to observe Hornbill Festival
  • Use of Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle
  • Support vehicle with extra spare parts
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


12 riding days
Group size: Minimum of 4 participants
Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay in various accommodations.

  • Delhi: Welcome Hotel Dwarka (one night)
  • Guwahati: Krishanshree Portico (one night)
  • Cherrapunjee: The Crescent Hotel (two nights)
  • Kaziranga: Borgod Resort (two nights)
  • Kohima: Hotel Vivor (four nights)
  • Mokochung: Whispering Winds (one night)
  • Jorhat: The Manor (one night)
  • Guwahati: Krishanshree Portico (one night)

Please note that confirmation of above-mentioned hotels are subjected to availability otherwise alternate similar hotel will be considered for your tour.

Program

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi and city tour

Arrive in New Delhi International Airport by flight. Meet the representative at the exit gate and get transferred to a pre-booked hotel. After washing and changing, you will take for sightseeing of Delhi visiting guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th-century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi.

Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best-known mosque in India. Then drive pass through Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan.

In New Delhi, you will visit Raj Ghat, a memorial to the "father of the nation," Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further, you drive past India Gate, a memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in World War I and the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls.

President's House, the official residence of the President of India, was built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House and served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India.

You will also visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site and the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek, is the tallest (72 meters) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar and its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi - Guwahati

Arrive Guwahati by air. On your arrival, meet your guide at the airport and drive towards the hotel. On arrival, check into the hotel. En-route, visit the most important Hindu pilgrim site - Kamakhya Temple - a majestic temple of the state. This temple is located in the Nilachal Hills and one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pithas.

In the evening, you will take the opportunity to introduce you to your motorbikes and brief you regarding the latest local conditions and what can be expected in the coming days.

Day 3: Guwahati - Cherrapunjee (170 kilometers / 106 miles, 5 to 6 hours)

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and start your ride to Cherrapunji which has the distinction of receiving some of the highest rainfall ever recorded. You will ride close to the Bangladesh border on excellent roads with very little traffic.

You shall stop over at a small Khasi village en-route for a scrumptious traditional meal. Cherrapunji has much to offer including the natural root bridges and some of the deepest caves in India.

Day 4: Cherrapunjee to Mawlynnong (70 kilometers / 43 miles, 3 hours) to Dawki (35 kilometers / 22 miles, 1 hour) to Cherrapunjee (90 kilometers / 56 miles, 3 hours)

After breakfast, drive from Shillong to Mawlynnong Village. Mawlynnong Village, located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, also referred to as "God’s own garden," has won the acclaim of being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003.

The village offers picturesque natural beauty, a trek to the living root bridge at a neighboring village of Riwai. The village also offers a sight of natural balancing rock, a strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rock.

Day 5: Cherrapunjee - Kaziranga National Park (270 kilometers, 168 miles / 6 to 7 hours)

After an early breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive towards Kaziranga National park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the home of the world famous one-horned rhinos. On arrival, check into the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6: Kaziranga National Park

Enjoy an early morning safari. Afterward, return to the accommodation and have breakfast. In mid-morning get ready to explore a village inhabited by Mishing tribe and Kaziranga Orchid Center. In the afternoon, go for a jeep safari in the Western range of the park. Please note that all national parks in Assam are open for tourist from November 1 to April 30 every year as per forest department rules.

Day 7: Kaziranga National Park - Kohima (270 kilometers / 168 miles, 6 to 7 hours)

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and ride towards Kohima – the capital of Nagaland and the home of Angami Naga. On arrival, check into a hotel for overnight stay.

Day 8: Kohima

After breakfast, visit and photograph one of the most fascinating festivals of Nagaland, the Hornbill Festival, where the various tribes of Nagaland get together to showcase their customs and traditions. Spend entire day spent at Kisama village, the location of Hornbill Festival.

If time permits, visit Hornbill festival carnival (approximately 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.). Colorful stall adorned with sparkling lights, each one has something unique to offer (festival program as per schedule).

It was in the year 2000, the State Government of Nagaland desirous of promoting tourism embarked upon an ambitious project to exploit the cultural assets of Nagaland, through a weeklong festival to coincide with the celebrations of Nagaland Statehood Day on December 1. Thus the inception of the Nagaland Hornbill Festival is so named is collective reverence to the bird enshrined in the cultural to espouse the spirit of unity in diversity.

Today this festival has become one of the largest celebrations of the indigenous warrior of Nagaland, where thousands of tourists from different counties are being attracted. Even if tremendous modernity have entered into their lives, but the well preserved rich tradition, their unique heritage, and customs, legacy, are being displayed in this 10 days converge of culture, dance, and sporting bash.

Day 9: Kohima - day trip to Khonoma and Jakhama (20 kilometers / 12 miles, 1 hour)

Morning visit Hornbill festival ground. Later, ride your motorbike to visit Khonoma – the green village. Khonoma is an Angami-tribe warrior village that is known for its battles with the English and for its leading role in the Naga freedom struggle. In recent years Khonoma has become famous for its community-based conservation projects and eco-friendly tourism initiatives.

You will visit Jakhama Village to witness the multifaceted Naga way of life. Walk through in the village takes you through paddy fields and the riverbanks where you can watch the Angamis fish and farm in their traditional ways, as they have done for hundreds of generations.

As you weave through the village, you stop at local pigsties, fisheries, and even a snail farm. Also, see walls of houses riddled with bullet marks from World War II.

Later visit the World War Cemetery, constructed in memory of the officers and men who made supreme sacrifices during World War II. On each grave, there are beautiful epitaphs engraved in bronze. The famous inscription written on the War Memorial stone reads, "When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today." Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 10: Kohima - day trip to Touphema (40 kilometers / 25 miles, 2 hours)

In the morning, start riding to Touphema. This village built by the local community with the help of the Nagaland Tourism department.

Touphema village is a collection of small huts build in Naga design and decorated like a traditional Naga household, intending on giving the tourists the feel of living in a Naga tribal house. After visiting the village, ride back to Kohima for an overnight stay.

Day 11: Kohima - Mokokchung (150 kilometers / 93 miles, 6 to 7 hours)

Heading deeper into Nagaland, you will make for Mokokchung. The bustling township of Mokokchung is one of the major towns in Nagaland and is the nerve center of the Ao people. The day’s ride takes will take you on a combination of deep forested jeep tracks and double lane state roads.

A fair amount of the day's riding will be in a wild country with deep muddy roads. You will most likely see no other traffic on that road.

Day 12: Mokochung - Jorhat (110 kilometers / 68 miles, 4 hours)

Today, start riding to Jorhat, which is one of the major cities in Assam. On arrival, check-in to the hotel. Free time for leisure, relax, or personal activities. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Jorhat – Guwahati (320 kilometers / 199 miles, 7 hours)

Today is your last day of riding. You will head to Guwahati. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Guwahati - Delhi (by flight)

After breakfast, free time for personal activities and in time transfer to Guwahati airport to board the flight to Delhi to connect your International flight for your onward destination.

Note

The road conditions in the North East are not very good especially in remote areas in Assam, Meghalaya, and Nagaland. Even in the other areas, some maintenance work is likely at any time of the year.

Skill level(s) required for this tour:

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

The Nagaland tribes celebrate their festivals with taste and fervor. Over 60% of Nagaland's population lives off agriculture and so most of their festivals revolve around it. They consider their festival sacred and therefore participation in these festivals is obligatory for them. The Festival takes its name from the hornbill, the sacred and highly respected bird, which is celebrated in folklore in most of the tribes of the state.

Kamakhya Temple

On the second day of the tour, you will visit Kamakhya Temple. Temple gate opens for visitors by 8: 00 AM, closed again at 1:00 p.m. and reopens at 2:30 p.m. It closes for visitors by 5:00 p.m. for the day.

In order to the sanctum sanatorium, there is a general queue where one has to wait for five to six hours or more depending on the visitors. However, one can purchase the VIP tickets available for 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. (timing may change during the time of festivals) but on the same visitor may have to wait for two to three hours or more. Visitors are also not allowed to carry big bags, ladies handbags etc except for wallet and purse inside the temple premises.

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park, a world heritage site, is famous for the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros. The landscape of Kaziranga is of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, marshes, and shallow pools. It has been declared a national park in 1974.

Kaziranga National Park is one of the last areas in eastern India undisturbed by a human presence. It is inhabited by the world's largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as many mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers and bears, and thousands of birds. You will visit the national park on day five.

Kohima

This picturesque town of Kohima is the home of the brave and daring, yet simple and innocent, Naga tribes. Lapped in the eastern frontiers of the Himalayan mountain range, Kohima is marked by an unhurried pace of life, calm and serene environs and fresh, unpolluted air, which make a welcome change for a jaded city dweller. A typical Naga town, it depicts the exotic tribal culture of the northeast and offers a panoramic view of the neighboring hills. You will visit this town on day seven.

Food

You will be provided with daily breakfast, except for Kaziranga on half board basis.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 1 road captain on a separate bike during the ride
  • 1 Royal Enfield Himalayan (411 CC) or 500CC per rider and as per the tour program
  • Services of a coordinator for the entire tour
  • 1 backup vehicle during the ride to carry luggage and basic spare parts
  • Basic spare parts for the motorcycle (any damage or change of spares are payable as extra directly)
  • Comprehensive first aid kit
  • 1 mineral water bottle each day
  • Personal assistance by the tour representative on arrival and departure at the airport
  • 13 nights accommodation as per above mentioned or similar hotels
  • Daily buffet breakfast at the hotel except for Kaziranga on half board
  • Exclusive airport transfers by tempo traveler
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

What's not included

  • Any airfare
  • Fuel for the bike
  • Refundable security deposit (250 USD per rider)
  • Medical and insurance of any kind
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities
  • Personal nature expenses i.e. phone calls, laundry, soft / hard drinks, additional meals, tipping etc
  • Camera fee at any monument
  • India tourism visa
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Brahmand Tour will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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Start: Tuesday November 24, 2020
End: Monday December 7, 2020

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