North East India : Hornbill Ride

13 Days - 13 Nights 

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Start/End   Guwahati
Total Time   13 Days
Rest Days   4
Dinners   12 Dinners
Hotel Overnights   12 Nights
Total Distance   1200 kms
Riding Days   9 Days
Breakfast   12 Included breakfasts
Daily Mileage   200-300
Riding Season   October to March

Maa Kamakhya Temple, Kaziranga National Park, Majuli Island, Nagalan, Naga Hills, Mokokchung, Kohima, Kkisama, Lok Tak lake, Manipur hills, Dimapur, Chumukedima Village, Meghalaya, Shillong, Root Bridge near Mawlynnong village, Dawki


Handpicked mid - range hotels or jungle lodges on twin sharing basis

Nature could not have been kinder to the states of Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur & Nagaland; the exquisitely picturesque landscapes, the vibrantly colourful sunrise and sunset, lush and verdant flora, this is a land that represents unimaginable beauty, moulded perfectly for a breathtaking experience. For an adventure motorcycle expedition, you could not have found a more unique geography than the North East India. And, you would see why!

hornbill festival
loktak lake imphal manipur
an elephant safari in kaziranga national park
culture of tribal indian north east
indian rhinos in kaziranga
Start - Guwahati
Finish - Guwahati

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Day 1 : Guwahati

You should plan to arrive at Guwahati by late afternoon. We will receive and transfer you from the airport/railway station to your hotel where you will be accorded a traditional Ahomi welcome.

Later in the afternoon, we recommend a darshan (auspicious visit) of the Maa Kamakhya Temple. Kamakhya Dhaam is dedicated to the Mother Goddess Kamakhya and is considered most sacred and oldest of the 51 Shakti Peethas on earth. In the evening, the Tour leader will brief you on the ride. You will also familiarise with the bikes that would be your partner for next 2 weeks or so.

You will then enjoy a fine dining experience with traditional Ahomi cuisine.

Day 2 : Kaziranga

After breakfast, we will line up for a photograph with our bikes. This is the traditional Viktorianz way of commencing the ride every morning. A quick brief for the day’s ride and wheels roll. We will ride out of Guwahati to Kaziranga along the scenic Asian Highway-1. This nearly 200 km ride will take us 4 hrs of saddle time. A quick lunch at the resort and we will be off to a Jeep Safari.

Kaziranga National Park, a world heritage site, is home to nearly two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned Rhinoceros. The park has the highest density of tigers among the protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. Though sighting of tigers are difficult because of the tall grasses that provide excellent camouflage, their presence can be felt everywhere by way of pug marks, kills and territorial markings. You will also see large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo and swamp deer.

After resting at the resort, in the evening you will be entertained by tribal dances and music by a cultural troupe. An early dinner is advised, since the next morning your elephant safari shall start at 6:30 AM.

Day 3 : Majuli Island

After tea and cookies, we are off to the park, where our elephant safari awaits us. We will proceed for an hour and half astride these gentle giants into the wild grass for up close sightings of the rhinos. The view of the park, the river at sunrise is ethereal. Also, this safari provides excellent opportunities for out-of-the world wild life photography, so keep your cameras, lenses and gear handy.

We get back for a piping hot breakfast. We then load up and line up for the short ride of 3 hours to Jorhat. A quick lunch at the Hotel and we set out for Majuli.

With all of its 452 sq km, Majuli Island is the world’s largest fresh water island. Amidst the mighty Brahmaputra River’s ochre sandbanks, Majuli is hauntingly scenic and beautiful with a tapestry of green rice fields and purple meadows of hyacinth blossoms.

The island is home to nearly 100 species of birds and also people of neo-Vaishnavite philosophy. Viktorianz advises you to get here as soon as possible. Surveys indicate that at current levels of erosion the island will cease to exist within the next two decades.

Day 4 : Mukokchung

After breakfast, today we ride into Nagaland. The five hour ride of 135 km to Mokochung will be over majestic high mountains of the Naga Hills, through deep gorges and lush green valleys. We will cross twisting streams and see the exotic flora of this beautiful land.

Nagaland is inhabited by 16 major tribes, each distinct in character from the other in terms of customs, language and dress.

Mokokchung is an important cultural centre and is home to the Ao tribe, and is particularly noted for its unique tradition of celebrating Christmas and New Year in the main town square. You will love riding along the village roads that have been cleaned and decorated for Christmas.

Day 5, 6 and 7 : Kohima

Riders! For the next three days be prepared to be enthralled by an explosion of culture, dance, music, art, cuisine and so much more.

We ride today to Kohima for the Hornbill festival. We aim to cover the 150 km in 5 hrs. We will stop for lunch enoute.

You will learn during your time at the festival about this land of folklore passed down the generations through word of mouth.

We will spend most of each day at The Heritage Complex at Kisama which is a cluster of sixteen houses of each tribe called ""Morung or Youth Dormitory"". Each tribe is distinguished by the colourful and intricately designed costumes, jewellery and beads that they adorn.

The traditional ceremonial attire of each tribe is an awe inspiring sight to behold; the multi-coloured spears and dao (machetes) decorated with dyed goat’s hair, the headgear made of finely woven bamboo interlaced with orchid stems, adorned with boar's teeth and hornbill's feathers, elephant tusk armlets.

There is a bewildering variety of food; smoked or grilled to perfection, pork, chicken, beef, fish, leafy vegetable stews and sauces and currries. For the adventurous, there are insects and worms as also dog meat! All of it served with delicious sticky rice. The odd place also serves north Indian dishes, albeit a very limited choice. Every night, there is an ongoing Rock Festival at the nearby IG Stadium. Top bands from Nagaland and the rest of India perform.

Day 8 : Loktak

After 3 days of partying, it is time to dust your riding gear. We will ride today to Lok Tak Lake. Sengar on the banks of the lake is a hard 7 hours away, all 145 km on a rough mountain road. However, the scenic beauty of the Manipur hills and the Imphal bowl will soothe you.

Unwind after the hard day’s ride with drinks while overlooking the Lok Tak lake. There will be nearly a thousand lights on the lake. These are put up by fishermen to lure fih into their nets.

Dinner will be traditional Manipuri cuisine with leafy vegetables, aromatic herbs, morok (their fiery chilli), fermented fish, eerumba, Ngeri and sticky rice.

Day 9 : Dimapur

We ride back 160 kms today to Dimapur. Be prepared for a long ride of nearly 9 hours of saddle time on rough roads. Again, you will be enthralled by the hills and valleys.

Lunch will be at Kohima as we intend to reach Dimapur before dark.

Dimapur was the ancient capital of the Kachchari Kingdom. The ruins of the anicient city are worth a visit to the discerning architecture enthusiast. A visit to the Chumukedima Village and the Diezephe Craft village are also recommended.

Day 10 : Shillong

Today, we will start early after breakfast. We have a long ride of 300 km on mostly good roads that we plan to complete in 8 hrs of saddle time.

It is now the Meghalaya’s turn to enchant you with its hills and valleys.

We will enter Shillong, the Scotland of the East before dark.

The city has a good night life with delightful eating places and rock bars and cafes. Explore and enjoy.

Day 11 : Shillong

We ride early today to see the Living Root Bridge near Mawlynnong village. Renowned for being declared the cleanest village in Asia, Mawlynnong is located near the Bangladesh border, around three hours from Shillong. On the way back, we will see Elephanta Falls and stop over at ML05, a Rock and Bike Café.

You must dine at any one of the eating places at Shillong.

Day 12 : Shillong

Today, the pristine, and unbelievably clean waters of Umngot River will fascinate you. We ride early in the morning for 3 hours to Dawki for a boat ride on this amazingly clean river. The pictures will speak thousands of words. The boats on the emerald green water appears if floating in air.

After a quick, simple yet delicious lunch, we will ride to Srompeng to see a river beach. There are opportunities to kayak and even snorkelling. We leave this fascinating place so as to ride back to Shillong.

Day 13 : Guwahati

This is the day we would ride to Guwahati. You have an evening to explore the local markets or see Kamakhya temple. This is the end of ride. Say farewell as you fly out either this evening or tomorrow morning. The night stay at Guwahati is catered. 

  • Reception and airport transfers to Guwahati hotels
  • Bike hire as per choice and availability for ride duration
  • Minor maintenance of bike and car. (Punctures, oil/coolant top up etc)
  • Guided tour as per itinerary
  • Tourist place tickets for - National Parks, Safari, Festival etc
  • Bed and breakfast ( Handpicked mid - range hotels or jungle lodges on twin sharing basis for 13 nights / 14 days )
  • Fuel for the ride for average consumption (only for bikes from Viktorianz)
  • Inner line permits for entry to Nagaland
  • Snacking, mineral water and tea on the ride
  • Third party insurance of bikes
  • Personal insurances of riders (Must do)
  • Air travel to or from Guwahati
  • Alcoholic drinks, tips, souvenirs etc
  • Repair of damages to the bike will have to paid by rider
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • 5% GST
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
Cancellation Policy

All cancellations are valid only when communicated in writing. Any changes due to inevitable weather or flight delays, etc., will be charged additionally, as those prices are not included in the current quote. Since these bookings are done in advance, the providers lose potential business with cancellations. The cancellation charges are as follows:

  • More than 30 days prior to departure: 25% of the total tour cost.
  • 15-29 days prior to departure: 50% of the total tour cost.
  • 07-14 days prior to departure: 70% of the total tour cost.
  • 00-06 days prior to departure: 100% of the total tour cost.
Dates & Availability
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01 Dec 2018
09 Dec 2018
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