28 Days
Duration
India
Tour Through
9/10
Toughness
Mar – Apr, Sep – Nov
Tour Months

Across the plains of Assam to the jungles of Meghalaya. Tea gardens, rice paddies, huge rivers and the wettest place on earth. Riding unsupported for flexibility, often on minor, frontier roads, sometimes on riverboats across unbridged rivers. Meet with tribal families in Ziro, occasionally the accommodation can be basic.


Tour Start & Finish at Guwahati, Assam, India
Tour Duration 22 days
Tour Months Mar to Apr, Sep to Nov
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.


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.

Sights to Behold
Huge Rivers – Wildlife – Hill Stations

Steamy Jungle – Tribal life – Village Kings

Challenges
Landslides – Mud roads – River crossings

Broken roads – River Steamboats

Night Stops
Government Rest Houses – Basic hotels

Simple guest houses

Culture & Customs
Animist – Catholic – Buddhist

Donyo Polo – Adoni – Nishi

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Day 1 : Guwahati

Arrive in Guwahati.
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Day 2 : Cherrapungee

Ride to Cherrapungee.
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Day 3 : Cherrapungee - Rest/Trek Day

Trek to discover living tree root bridges and taste Khasi tribal food.
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Day 4 : Shillong

Transit through Shillong for Texpur. Bhramaputra coming again!
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Day 5 : Tezpur

Government rest houses are usually in the best locations.
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Day 6 : Balukpong/Bomdila

We’ll explore the highway to BomdiLa, though it is often horribly impassible.
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Day 7 : Tawang

Tawang is a long way away. Crossing SeLa and later JaswantSinghGarhare both challenges. Often it can be snowing in September, though one of many ShangriLa’s.
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Day 8 : Seppa

Not always the safest route to ride in the northeast. But the other option is equally interesting.
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Day 9 : Itanagar

Dinner in Itanagar is a treat, one of the few treats ahead.
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Day 10 : Hapoli

Arrive at sunset in Hapoli. Perfect.
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Day 11 : Hapoli - Rest Day

A visit to the market is a must here. I visit the blacksmith and have him make me a dao, prefereably with a bamboo sheath.
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Day 12 : Daporijo

Daporijo is home to the Santanu Hotel. It has the atmosphere of a frontier town, chaotic and a little wild.
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Day 13 : Along

Pass the airfield ahead and you’re in Ziro. Here we meet village friends, Apatani people. Nightstop Along.
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Day 14 : Menchuka

Decision point at Tato. Turn back, left or head north.
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Day 15 : Along

Return to Along. refuel, refurbish, catch up.
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Day 16 : Pasighat

Leave early, it’s a long way through jungle. Pasighat has the feel of a forgotten town.  It’s the last stop before the far eastern border with China. Not many bridges across many rivers. AP.
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Day 17 : Dibrugarh - Short Day ride

Find the riverboat to Dibrugarh. It’s 30 or 40 kms ahead. Get there early.
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Day 18 : Mokukchung

Take care riding the gangplank to the shore! Then find the right hotel in Dibrugarh.
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Day 19 : Kohima NH61

Commonwealth War Graves. Brutal British history.
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Day 20 : Imphal

Manipur is very far away from most of us. Commonwealth War Graves. Brutal British history.
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Day 21 : Dimapur

Dust to Dimapur. Sanctuary.
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Day 22 : Guwahati

En route home. Your last night in Guwahati. Fly home tomorrow 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.

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