14 Days
Duration
NE India
Tour Through
8/10
Toughness
Dec
Tour Months

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
Included   Motorcycle, Fuel, Hotels, Main Meals, Domestic Transfers, Guide
Excluded  Visas, Travel Insurance, Excess Luggage Fees, Catch-Up Costs

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 Highlights

Tribal villages – Hornbill Festival

Jungle life – Local Markets

Tribal Cusine – Local Produce

Historic/Locations

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

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Day 1 : Guwahati

Arrive in Guwahati.
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Day 2 : Khaziranga

Ride to and safari in Khaziranga National Park.
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Day 3 : Dimapur

It’s a dusty place. And the ride above to Kohima is tough.
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Day 4 : Kohima

Capital of Nagaland. It’s a interesting town, domintated by the palace-like National Police Headquarters.
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Day 5 : Kohima War Cemetary .

Visit the Kohima War Cemetary and explore the city.
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Day 6 : Hornbill Festival Take I

Ride to Hornbill Festival. Immerse ourselves in the Hornbill Festival activities and displays.
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Day 7 : Hornbill Festival Take II

Ride to Hornbill Festival. Immerse ourselves in the Hornbill Festival activities and displays. Naga fast food is serious.
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Day 8 : Imphal Manipur

Not always the safest route to ride in the northeast. But Imphal has a rich and dramatic history that’s both enlightening and interesting.
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Day 9 : Hillside Sinzawl

This is a remote place, and will probably present a tough ride.
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Day 10 : Silchar Coming...

Arrive in Silchar, cold beer, food and a relatively decent bed.
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Day 11 : Cherrapungee

Cherrapungee, oasis and respite after a long tour.
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Day 12 : Cherrapungee

Probably the wettest place on earth. Explore jungle life amongst the Kasi jungle tribals.
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Day 13 : Guwahati

Pass the coal trucks and chaos at the chowk. It’s the last day of your tour.
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Day 14 : Guwahati and home

We’ll send you off to the airport. Fly home with our best wishes. Thank you for riding with Freespirit.

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.
Motorcycle clothing.
Single Accommodation supplement for each tour day is £70.

Tour Reviews

2017-11-19

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