An Expedition from the hills of Darjeeling 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, frontier roads, sometimes on riverboats across unbridged rivers. Places the jeep can’t reach. We’ll meet and stay with tribal families at the Ziro Festival. Sections of road succumb to the jungle, on occasion the accommodation can be basic.
This is an Expedition ride through Northeast India…
A route that moves gently between from the mainstream to the remote. It climbs hill roads, and descends deep escarpments, from tea garden to tropical jungle. It’s a trip of discovery and by default comes adventure. Meet tribal people who praise the ‘sun and moon’. Go tribal and stay with their families. Beyond Ziro with its festival of tribal lifestyle, towns take on a ‘frontier feel’. Development is coming, slowly.
“Pasighat is a town with a ‘Frontier Feel’. …roads and government buildings, uncared for since the Britishers left. Early morning ride 30kms to the Brahmaputra, pebbly beach, up a steep narrow plank and loaded on board a Brahmaputra riverboat. Next stop Dibrugarh.”
On Expedition we ride without jeep or mechanic support and stick to a loosely planned route, explore smaller local roads and tracks and spend time with locals. South of the Brahmaputra we ride downstream and relax in the peace of the riverside 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.