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12 Day The Hornbill Ride Guided Motorcycle Tour

Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Scenic Indian Motorcycle Tour

Join and enjoy this motorcycle tour to scenic destinations in India! This motorcycle tour is specially designed for those who want to see the beauty of India and experience a Hornbill day. On this tour, you will start and end in Guwahati, riding through several nice places ending each day at a comfortable accommodation. Furthermore, with tools provided and an experienced mechanic, this exciting motorcycle tour will be great and unforgettable. This is the best you can do in two weeks of riding / driving around Northeast of India, with the most famous Hornbill Festival in Kohima, Nagaland's lovely capital city!

Key information

  • Terrain: 80% tarmac, 20% offroad
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (Royal Enfield Classic 350 or 500 cc)
  • Mileage: 2,080 kilometers / 1,293 miles
  • Daily rides: 25 - 420 kilometers / 15 - 261 miles
  • Riding gear: not included
  • Meals: breakfasts and dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Guwahati
  • Ride through the 4,000-meter altitude Sela Pass reaching Tawang
  • Join in the festivities of the "Festival of the Festivals", The Hornbill Festival
  • Set off to Shillong passing the excellent highways of Assam and Meghalaya
  • Ride to the beautiful Kaziranga National Park for a chance to view wildlife
  • Trek to the world's only double deck living root bridges in Cherrapunjee
  • Ride to the China border at Bumla check post
  • 11 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


12 riding days
Group size: Minimum of 6 participants
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Accommodation

Your accommodations will be twin or triple sharing basis at comfortable hotels or resorts in scenic and offbeat destinations, not including your stays on the first and last night in Guwahati.

Program

Daily itinerary

Arrival day: Arrival in Guwahati, Assam

Arrive in Guwahati airport / railway station from home cities, drive to hotel, check in, rest, shower, etc. Then, test your machines for they will be your companion for the next two weeks!

  • Stay overnight in a hotel at Guwahati (booked by I Am Adventure, paid by you)

Day 1: Guwahati - Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh (290 kilometers / 181 miles)

Post an early breakfast, you head out on the open highway and then eventually start climbing the mountains towards Tawang. You break the ride for the day at Bomdila.

  • Stay overnight in a hotel at Bomdila

Day 2: Bomdila - Tawang (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

Today, you ride across the Se La at a staggering altitude of 4,000+ meters, reach Tawang and chill for the evening.

  • Stay overnight in a hotel at Tawang

Day 3: Tawang - Bumla check post - Tawang (100 kilometers / 63 miles)

Highlight of the day is riding to the China border at Bumla check post. You then come back to sleep at Tawang by evening.

  • Stay overnight in a hotel at Tawang

Day 4: Tawang - Bomdila (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

Ride down to Bomdila again, same way back.

  • Stay overnight in a hotel at Bomdila

Day 5: Bomdila - Kaziranga National Park (190 kilometers / 119 miles)

Ride to the beautiful Kaziranga National Park to spot the one horned rhinos in the evening safari!

  • Stay overnight in a camp at Kaziranga

Day 6: Kaziranga National Park - Kohima in Nagaland (270 kilometers / 168 miles)

Ride hard, ride long - today is a long day over some off roads which are called national highways in Nagaland. Relax in the hotel, take a stroll in the evening markets of Kohima.

  • Stay overnight in a hotel at Kohima

Day 7: Kohima (40 kilometers / 25 miles)

Full day at leisure at the famous, most beautiful Hornbill Festival at the heritage village of Kisama!

  • Stay overnight in a hotel at Kohima

Day 8: Kohima - Shillong in Meghalaya (420 kilometers / 261 miles)

Today is a long but easy day, as you ride on the excellent highways of Assam and Meghalaya. Shillong the capital city is also called the Scotland of the East.

  • Stay overnight in a hotel at Shillong

Day 9: Shillong - Cherrapunjee (60 kilometers / 38 miles)

Today, you ride to the second rainiest place in the world, you get to click a photo besides the board which claims that!

  • Stay overnight in a hotel at Cherrapunjee

Day 10: Cherrapunjee (25 kilometers / 16 miles)

Today is the day when you ride less, trek more, to get to the world's only double deck living root bridges and the stunningly beautiful rainbow falls.

  • Stay overnight in a hotel at Cherrapunjee

Day 11: Cherrapunjee - Mawlynnlong (150 kilometers / 94 miles)

Ride to the cleanest village of Asia, if they can do a lot to keep it clean, so can you!! On the way, you see the cleanest river of India too, the beautiful Dawki river on which you see boats literally floating! Highlight is also the India-Bangladesh border check post.

  • Stay overnight in a hotel at Mawlynnlong

Day 12: Mawlynnlong - Guwahati (175 kilometers / 109 miles)

End the ride at Guwahati, before you fly back home tomorrow. You may stay overnight in a hotel in Guwahati (booked by I Am Adventure, paid by you). Tomorrow, fly back home with lifetime memories of the magical Northeast of India!

Notes

If you have your own motorbike, then it is recommended to courier it to Guwahati (address will be provided) using the logistics services company (GATI KWE), they take about 12 - 15 days to ship to Guwahati from almost anywhere in India. I Am Adventure can help you in arranging a reliable logistics services company (GATI KWE) to pick up your motorbike from anywhere in India and delivering it to your doorstep safely.

If you want rent a motorbike from Guwahati, I Am Adventure will help you in arranging a good quality reliable motorbike from one of their trusted vendors.

You can either ride single or have your partner as pillion. You also have the choice to hop on / off between your motorbike and the SUV for added comfort.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

The motorbike tour will take you exploring the Northeast of India, by starting and ending in Guwahati. It will cover Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Meghalaya among others.

Food

During this tour, you will be served daily breakfast and dinner at gourmet eating joints on the way. You will also be able to enjoy chai or coffee and cookies twice a day on riding days (11 a.m. and 5 p.m.). Lunch is not included in the price, you will eat at dhabas along the road and pay directly there then.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Chai or coffee and cookies twice a day on riding days
  • Inner Line Permits and wildlife fees for restricted areas for Indian nationals
  • Basic first aid kit and medicines
  • Services of certified and experienced guides or instructors for high altitude trekking / biking / jeep safaris in the Himalayas
  • Services of Wilderness Medicine Institute certified guides / instructors from NOLS, USA
  • Services of a Royal Enfield trained specialist mechanic for the full duration of the trip
  • 5% GST

What's not included

  • Hotel stay in Guwahati, booked by I Am Adventure
  • Any air / bus / taxi / jeep fare
  • Lunch
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, internet, wifi, telephone/ fax calls, bed tea, mineral water, aerated/ alcoholic beverages, juices, entrance and camera fee at monuments / museums, medical expenses, gratuities, etc.
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
  • Any item, activity, or facility other than clearly mentioned within the inclusions and itinerary above
  • Cost of petrol and spare parts of any kind (engine oil, clutch wires, spark plugs, etc.)
  • Traffic fines, vehicle servicing and / or maintenance, etc.
  • Any entry fees, any tips, porter/ pony charges or any other expenses incurred by the participants during the sightseeing, rafting, paragliding trips, other than as clearly mentioned within the inclusions and itinerary
  • Any extra costs incurred due to extension/ change of the itinerary due to natural calamities, road blocks, vehicle breakdown, etc. - factors beyond I Am Adventure's control
  • Additional accommodation and / or food charges due to unforeseen delays in the journey

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (GAU). I Am Adventure does not provide airport transfer for this tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
12 days / 11 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Availability

Start: Friday November 27, 2020
End: Tuesday December 8, 2020

Availability

You may choose to go on the fixed departure date if you are an individual. However, if you are group of eight (8) or more friends, then I Am Adventure can do a customized tour for you as well, the dates for which can be at your convenience. Please note however that the Hornbill Festival takes place every year from December 1-10 only.

 

Tour information

You are advised to arrive on the “Arrival day” as per the itinerary. I Am Adventure requires a refundable bike rental deposit of 300 USD per bike.

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