11 Days - 10 Nights
|Total Time||11 Days|
|Hotel Overnights||10 Nights|
|Total Distance||1200 kms|
|Riding Days||8 Days|
|Breakfast||10 Included breakfasts|
|Riding Season||October to March|
Maa Kamakhya Temple, Kaziranga National Park, Majuli Island, Nagaland, Naga Hills, Mokokchung, Kohima, Kkisama, Dimapur, Meghalaya, Shillong, Root Bridge near Mawlynnong village, Dawki
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Nature could not have been kinder to the states of Assam, Meghalaya, (Manipur - optional) & 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!
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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.
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. If you are keen, next morning you could do an optional elephant safari which starts at 6:30 AM - this will have to be booked before hand and there are no guarantees.
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. We would spend 2 nights and a full day on this unique River Island.
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.
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.
Riders! For the next two days ( this would be three days if combined with Hornbill Festival) 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.
In late morning, we ride back 80 kms today to Dimapur. This is a rough road under construction - and if it rains make take more time.
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.
Today, we will start early after breakfast. We have a long ride of 350 km on mostly good roads that we plan to complete in 9-10 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.
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.
The pristine, and unbelievably clean waters of Umngot River will fascinate you. We ride for another 3 hours to Dawki for a boat ride on this amazingly clean river. On the way back, we will see Elephanta Falls and stop over at ML05, a Rock & Bike Café.
You must dine at any one of the local eating places at Shillong.
This is the day we would ride in morning from Shillong to Guwahati. This is the end of ride, and we deposit our bikes. We bid farewell to North East, as you fly out in the afternoon or evening.
Ride with own Bike : INR 65000 + GST
Pillion Rider or Seat in Back Up SUV : INR 60,000 + GST
Add on Standard Royal Enfield 500 cc with Fuel : +INR 23,000 + GST
Add on for RE Himalayan with Fuel : +INR 28,000 + GST
Seat in a Chauffeur Driven SUV : INR 60,000 + GST
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:
Two Days all inclusive Brahamaputra River Luxury Cruise - Rs 60,000 per person twin share cabin