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17 Day Eastern Arch Guided Motorcycle Tour

WelcomHotel Dwarka, India

Vast India Motorcycle Tour

This tour will take you through some of India’s easternmost states namely Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Assam, and Meghalaya. A rider’s delight, the route includes the densely forested tracts of Nagaland, the riverbed areas of eastern Arunachal, the tea growing regions of Assam, the and wettest places on Earth in Meghalaya, and more. Incidentally, the region has one of the highest densities of ethnicities and languages in the whole of India. The ride itself will take you through varying terrain, road conditions, and vegetation.

Key information

  • Terrain: 60% asphalt and 40% off road
  • Bike: rental (Royal Enfield 500cc motorcycles)
  • Daily rides: 110 to 290 kilometers / 68 to 180 miles
  • Meals: 17 breakfasts, 15 lunches, and 15 dinners

Highlights

  • Explore East India
  • Starts and ends in Delhi
  • Bike through rivers and valleys
  • Visiting local villages and tribal areas
  • Royal Enfield 500cc motorbikes
  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


11 riding days
Group size: 4-15 participants
Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
11:00
Check-out Time:
00:00

During this tour, you will be staying at various accommodations across India. Rooms will be available on a twin sharing basis but you can opt for a single supplement.

You will be staying at the luxe WelcomHotel Dwarka for nights one and 16.

Make Dibrugarh Club House your home for night two.

Accommodations will be available in cottage tents in Pasighat for night three.

Have fun with your Roing camping experience on night four.

Get some good rest at the Golden Pagoda in Tengapani on night five.

Relax in a lodge on Mon on nights six and seven.

Have a well-earned rest at Hotel Metsuben in Mokochung on night eight.

You will be sleeping at The Heritage hotel in Kohima on nights nine and 10.

The Landmark Hotel in Haflong will be yours to explore on night 11.

Stay at the comfy CTC Orchid in Jowai on night 12.

Enjoy your time at Cherra Resort in Cherrapunjee on nights 13 and 14.

Have a cozy stay at Ginger Guwahati on night 15.

Program

During the tour, you will ride through territories of tribes such as the Galo, Adi, Idu, Khamti, Konyak, Ao, Lotha, Angami, Karbi, Dimasa, Jaintia, and Khasi to name a few. In fact, every single day will take you through territories of different tribes, each tribe totally different from the previous. The destination for the ride is Guwahati which is the capital of Assam and the largest city among the seven states.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive day

You will arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). There will be a meet and greet and you will be transferred to the hotel.

Day 2: Delhi - Dibrugarh flight

Dibrugarh is one of the largest towns in Eastern India generally known for the lush tea estates that are in abundance in the region. In the evening, Brahmand Tour 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: Dibrugarh - Pasighat (160 kilometers / 99 miles - 5 to 6 hours)

You will start the day with a ferry ride crossing the Brahmaputra which should take about an hour. Following that, you will be on wide highways all the way to Pasighat. Day three will be fairly short and you will be on generally excellent roads with perfect conditions to acclimatize and familiarize yourself with the motorbikes and road conditions.

Day 4: Pasighat - Roing (110 kilometers / 68 miles - 5 hours)

On day four, you will enter the watershed area of the Brahmaputra River with the main tributaries Siang, Dibang, and Lohit coming together a little west from there. The first half will be on generally well-paved roads through Adi and Idu Mishmi villages with small sections which are under construction. The second section of the day will be spent navigating the Dibang and the other smaller rivers that come down from the Dibang Valley with a couple of large water crossings.

You will end the day in Roing. One can expect a rough day of riding through the river sections with a fair amount of dry riverbeds, water fordings, mud sections, and unpaved tracks. You will stay overnight at camp.

Day 5: Roing - Tenga Pani (190 kilometers / 118 miles - 5 to 6 hours)

The Tai Khamti people who are settled in the region are late entrants to the northeast. Migrating from the mountainous valleys of the Irrawaddy, they settled there on the rich plains of the Lohit River. Mostly a farming community, the area once had the distinction of having the richest villages in India due to the logging and plywood trade.

Most of the day will be on good tarred roads except for a few river crossings. The latter half of the day will be spent along the beautiful Lohit River valley. Overall, the day's ride will be very scenic and varied.

Day 6: Tenga Pani - Mon (250 kilometers / 155 miles - 8 to 9 hours)

The township of Mon is the central town for the Konyak Nagas. The Konyaks spread across that part of Nagaland and parts of Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar. They are a martial race known as fierce warriors who, in the bygone days used to be headhunters. Even to the present, the chief decides for the Konyaks across both sides of the border.

It will be a fairly long day with most of it spent in the plains parallel to the Patkai range. You will be riding through rural Arunachal Pradesh, rice paddies, and the tea estates of Assam and into the forested tracts of Nagaland.

Day 7: Mon

You will use that day to explore the Konyak areas. You will have a couple of village visits planned. You will first head to the Myanmar border to the Longwa village. Longwa is one of the larger Konyak villages situated on a spur on the Myanmar border, half the village is on the Indian side whereas the other half on the Myanmar side. Following that, you will visit the local markets.

Day 8: Mon - Mokokchung (160 kilometers / 155 miles - 8 to 9 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 wild country with deep muddy roads. You will most likely see no other traffic on that road.

Day 9: Mokokchung - Kohima (160 kilometers / 155 miles - 6 hours)

In modern history, Kohima has been famously known as the turning point in the Asia Pacific theater of World War II. It is often referred to as the "Stalingrad of the East" where the Japanese war machinery finally met its match and hence started its decline. The "Battle of Kohima" and specifically the "Battle of the Tennis Court" are examples of famous battles fought in the theater.

A good day of riding again, Brahmand Tour will take you to Kohima via the Doyang reservoir on village tracks. The area has become famous for the annual migration of the Amur Falcons which rest there for 40 days fattening up for their further flight to Africa.

Day 10: Kohima

It will be a free day in Kohima. Brahmand Tour will organize a small tour of places of interest in Kohima for those who want to. Options include a day hike in the picturesque Dzukou Valley, visits to the Naga Heritage Village, World War II cemetery, and Khonoma Village.

Day 11: Kohima - Haflong (290 kilometers / 180 miles - 8 to 9 hours)

Leaving Nagaland, you will head back to Assam on day 11. The destination for the day is Haflong, popularly known as the only hill station of Assam. The day's ride will take you through Karbi Anglong and then into the Dima Hsao District. It will be the longest day of riding during the entire tour.

The second half of the day will be on newly built four lane highways which will someday connect India with Southeast Asia. En-route you will come across settlements of Karbi, Dimasa, and Rengma among other tribes.

Day 12: Haflong - Jowai (240 kilometers / 149 miles - 8 to 9 hours)

It will be another beautiful day of riding. You will start with a good initial climb up to the Jaintia plateau. En-route, you will cross the Umrangso reservoir with phenomenal views all around. You will end the day in Jowai which is the district headquarters of the Jaintia Hill districts of Meghalaya.

Day 13: Jowai - Cherrapunjee (180 kilometers / 112 miles - 7 to 8 hours)

The destination for the day is 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 14: Cherrapunjee

Another rest day, you may take an optional hike to the living root bridges. The region, other than being the wettest place on earth during the monsoons, is also home to the living root bridges. Over centuries, the Khasi folk of the region have been entwining the roots of the Ficus elastica trees to build bridges across the fast flowing streams that are found all over. Other options are visits to the Mawsmai Cave and the border town of Shella in the Indo-Bangla border.

Day 15: Cherappunjee - Guwahati (200 kilometers / 124 miles - 7 to 8 hours)

The last day of riding will take you down to the banks of the Brahmaputra River yet again, but to Guwahati, the largest city among the seven states. En-route, you will visit a sacred grove in Mawphlang. The forest and others like it are considered sacred to the Khasi, the indigenous tribe of the region, preserved for generations with traditional religious sanction.

Day 16: Guwahati - Delhi flight

In time, you will transfer to the airport to board the flight to Delhi. On arrival, you will transfer to the hotel.

Day 17: Departure day

In time, you will transfer to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to board a flight back home.

Skill level

Advanced

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

Included excursions

  • Trip to a grove in Mawphlang
  • Village visit to Longwa and Konyak areas

Location

This tour will take place in Delhi, Dibrugarh, Pasighat, Roing, Tenga Pani, Mon, Mokokchung, Kohima, Haflong, Jowai, Cherrapunjee, and Guwahati. The tour will start and end in Delhi.

Food

During this tour, you will be provided with 17 breakfasts, 15 lunches, and 15 dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Dzukou Valley day hike
  • Hike to living root bridges
  • Kohima tour
  • Trip to Mawsmai Cave and the town of Shella
  • World War II, Naga Heritage, and Khonoma Village visit

What's included

  • 16 nights accommodation
  • 1 Royal Enfield motorcycle 500 cc per rider and as per the above itinerary
  • 1 motorbike mechanic for the entire tour
  • Services of a co-coordinator for the entire tour
  • 17 breakfast, 15 lunches, and 15 dinners
  • Transfers from and to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
  • All arrival and departure transfers by exclusive vehicle
  • 1 backup pick-up during the ride to carry luggage and basic spare parts
  • Basic spares for the motorcycles (any damage or change of spares are payable as extra directly)
  • Comprehensive first aid kit
  • 1 mineral water bottle each day per person
  • Inner line permits
  • Presently applicable taxes

What's not included

  • Any airfare
  • Fuel for the bike
  • Riding gears
  • Any other meals than mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any personal or travel Insurance.
  • Any tips, gratuities, and portage
  • Any laundry, telephone call, and soft drink bills
  • Any other expenses of personal nature
  • Any item not specified under What is Included

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfers from and to the airport are 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

Saturday November 21, 2020
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