We’ll ride into north east of India’s most remote places, our goal, the Nagaland Hornbill Festival in the hilly capital Kohima.
Departing Guwahati in late November, conditions permitting the Expedition rides about 1,200kms over two and half weeks.
Riding 500cc Royal Enfield Classics with expedition luggage, we experience tribal life in villages sometimes staying with locals. We ride through Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland (possibly Manipur), night stops are largely comfortable.
Tour Start & Finish at Guwahati, Assam, India
Tour Duration 14 days
Tour Month Dec
See Terms for complete list of Includes and Excludes.
Meeting our riders in Guwahati, Assam’s commercial heart, well connected with all major Indian cities, the tour begins with the dramatic ride from busy city to cool hill station. We break for a drink above a beautiful lake. Ahead lie a broad spectrum of challenges, at times our route will call for skill and stamina, and always on the look out for highway hazards.
Across the plains of Assam to the steamy jungles of Meghalaya. Tea gardens, rice paddies, huge rivers and (probably) the wettest place on earth. Riding unsupported for flexibility, often on minor, border roads.
Road conditions vary, from the sweetest to the dustiest. Sections blocked by ageing bridges or militant activity, can be re-routed. Riding sections of the famous Asian Highway One, we reach Imphal the capital city of an old kingdom, swept away with the birth of modern India.
Uncovering the path of war in 1944, we visit the old royal palace and the Commonwealth war graves; in Kohima too.
The Festival itself is a celebration of everything tribal, of Nagaland’s heritage, modern choirs and classic vehicle clubs, horticultural exhibitions and displays of dance.
We explore more of Nagaland’s town and villages, Wokha and Mokochung and downstream at the river to relax in the peace in the woods in the Kaziranga National Park before riding on to Assam’s capital Guwahati. It’s our last night stop before waving you off from Guwahati’s well connected airport, onwards home.
Tribal villages – Hornbill Festival
Jungle life – Local Markets
Tribal Cusine – Local Produce
Kangla Palace – War Cemetaries
Tree-root Bridges – Kings & Morungs
Mountain highways – Hill stations
Conditions & Nature
Jungle Camps – Hilltop Hotels
Mithun – Elephants
Rhinos – Tea Gardens
Culture & Customs
Animist – Donyo Polo
Adoni – Nishi
Apatani – Christians
Day 1 : Guwahati
Day 2 : Khaziranga
Day 3 : Dimapur
Day 4 : Kohima
Day 5 : Kohima War Cemetary .
Day 6 : Hornbill Festival Take I
Day 7 : Hornbill Festival Take II
Day 8 : Imphal Manipur
Day 9 : Hillside Sinzawl
Day 10 : Silchar Coming...
Day 11 : Cherrapungee
Day 12 : Cherrapungee
Day 13 : Guwahati
Day 14 : Guwahati and home
Tour Prices Include…
Motorcycle including fuel, oil, maintenance & spares.
A Jeep as a support vehicle with driver.
Royal Enfield mechanic and spares where required.
Road Captain/Tour Guide.
All domestic transfers.
All hotel accommodation for the Tour dates (unless otherwise arranged).
All meals whilst at a hotel / lodge / camp. Typically Breakfast and Dinner.
Restricted Area Permits, where required.
Road Book notes and area maps, with en-route contact details.
First-Aid Boxes are carried in the support vehicle and with the Tour Guide.
Expedition Luggage: 2 Panniers, Tank Bags (by request) and 1 Holdall for accumulated stuff*.
*Luggage can be carried in the support vehicle.
Tour Prices Do Not Include…
International Flights / Excess baggage charges.
International Airport departure taxes, airline fuel surcharges.
Visa (Passports must be valid for at least 6 months.)
Personal Travel Insurance.
Lunch. Lunch is usually a “Road Experience” and is either paid for by yourself or a ‘group kitty’.
Entrance fees to national parks, monuments and sites of historic interest.
Hotel bar and snack bills, bottled drinking water.
Vaccinations and medicine.
Laundry service, tips, room service, porters, telephone and fax calls.
Single Accommodation supplement for each tour day is £70.