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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.
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 (or similar) for one night in Delhi, Dibrugarh Club House (or similar) for one night in Dibrugarh, cottage tents (or similar) for one night in Pasighat, camp for one night in Roing, Lodge Golden Pagoda (or similar) for one night in Tengapani, lodge for two nights in Mon, Hotel Metsuben (or similar) for one night in Mokochung, Hotel Heritage (or similar) for two nights in Kohima, Hotel Landmark (or similar) for one night in Haflong, Hotel CTC Orchid (or similar) for one night in Jowai, Hotel Cherra Resort (or similar) for two nights in Cherappunjee, and Hotel Ginger (or similar) for one night in Guwahati.
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.
You will arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). There will be a meet and greet and you will be transferred to the hotel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In time, transfer to the airport to board the flight to Delhi and your connecting flight for your onward destination.
This tour will take place in Delhi, Dibrugarh, Pasighat, Roing, Tengapani, Mon, Mokochung, Kohima, Haflong, Jowai, Cherappunjee, and Guwahati. The tour will start and end in Delhi.
During this tour, you will be provided with 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, and 14 dinners.
Indira Gandhi International Airport
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.
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