The unforgettable experience of this motorbike expedition to Assam, Arunachal, Nagaland begins in Guwahati, from where you ride to Tezpur. The trip is well planned to get you adjusted to the regional weather conditions in the beginning, and rough riding on muddy sections and winding roads in the later part. Enjoy some of the best sights on this venture after arriving in the Dirang Valley. This is a popular stop for tourists, travelling between Guwahati and Tawang. The latter is also your next destination on this North East motor bike expedition. Only accessible through Sela Pass, this place is near the Indo-China border, and it features the second largest monastery in the world. On your visit to this monastery or gompa, witness the awe-inspiring murals on the walls of its dukhang or the assembly hall. Sangetsar Lake is another prominent attraction near the town of Tawang that you visit. From here, passing through Bomdila, reach Nameri. Staying in ecological tents here would be an amazing experience.
Now, a relatively easier ride on National Highway 52, followed by tough biking through the forests of Arunachal Pradesh, leads to Ziro. While on the way to Daporijo, you may get a chance to witness the culture and heritage of the tribal people of the region. Along, near the confluence of the Siyom and Sipu Rivers is the next destination on this motorbike expedition to North East. Take the adventure to the next level by engaging in river rafting in Pasighat, the oldest town in Arunachal Pradesh. The 120-km ride from Pasighat to Roing is one of the toughest sections of this journey as it will take you on unpaved tracks, mud sections and dry river beds. Spend the next day in Chowkham, and then move to Dibrugarh with a small stop in Digboi. The latter features the oldest operational oil refinery anywhere on earth. You may just get a glimpse of the one-horned rhinoceros when you take an elephant ride in Kaziranga National Park. In the last leg of this excursion, ride to Guwahati and disperse.
Day 01: Arrival in Guwahati
On arrival in Guwahati, meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. Utilise the time to run system checks on your bikes, and get briefed about the upcoming events of the motorbike expedition to Assam, Arunachal, Nagaland. Later, enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02: Guwahati to Tezpur (approx. 180 km)
Move out of Guwahati, and cross the Brahmaputra River via the Saraighat bridge on the way to Tezpur. Most of the journey is on smooth, well-paved highways, and this presents a good opportunity to get used to the weather of the region and the peculiarities of your bikes. On reaching Tezpur, transfer to your lodging for an overnight stay.
Day 03 Tezpur to Dirang Valley (approx. 195 km)
While biking from Tezpur to the Dirang Valley, stop at the Bhalukpong check gate. This is where you cross the state border and enter Arunachal Pradesh. Your official government permit, necessary to head deeper into the state, will be checked here, and the shops in the area are perfect to buy consumables. Upon resuming the trip, pass a few small towns, including Tenga and Bomdila while travelling towards the Dirang Valley. The latter is a mesmerising region, with forested mountains surrounding it and the Dirang River flowing through. On reaching here, transfer to your lodging for an overnight stay.
Day 04: Dirang Valley to Tawang (approx. 195 km)
The destination for today is Tawang town, which is located in the western part of Arunachal Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of almost 10000 feet, the famous hill station is quite close to the India-China and India-Bhutan borders. En route this town, cross Sela Pass, which is at an altitude of about 13700 feet connects Tawang to the rest of the country. From the pass, follow the descending road that contains numerous hairpin bends to a valley, and then start ascending. On reaching the destination, transfer to your lodging and enjoy an overnight stay.
Day 05: Tawang – Sangetsar Lake – Tawang Monastery – Tawang
This phase of the motorbike expedition to Assam, Arunachal, Nagaland takes you to the mesmerising Sangetsar Lake. Formed after a flash flood, which occurred in the year 1973, this waterbody has now become a major point of interest for tourists. On your way to the lake, pass several other waterbodies of the area. Also during the journey, reach the highest altitude you touch on this tour that is about 14500 feet. If there is time, a visit to Tawang Monastery may also be organised. Tawang gompa is the largest such site in India, and the second largest in the world. Post the visit, return to the lodging for an overnight stay.
Day 06: Tawang to Bomdila (approx. 240 km)
Travelling on the same route, through which you rode earlier, head towards Bomdila, located beyond the Dirang Valley. At an altitude of over 7000 feet, it is a small town, offering sights of spellbinding landscape and snow-capped mountain peaks of the Great Himalayan Range. On reaching Bomdila, transfer to your lodging and enjoy a rejuvenating sleep.
Day 07: Bomdila to Nameri (Approx. 125 km)
Riding down from Bomdila, enter the state of Assam, and reach the camping property in the vicinity of Nameri National Park. You can take a rejuvenating walk along the Kameng River or just rest in their ecological tents. Later, enjoy a relaxing sleep in your tents.
Day 08: Nameri to Ziro (approx. 300 km)
Driving for about 200 km on National Highway 52, end the easy part of biking, and then continue on the road through the forests of Arunachal Pradesh after entering it yet again. On reaching Ziro, transfer to your lodging and enjoy an overnight stay.
Day 09: Ziro to Daporijo (approx. 170 km)
This leg of the tour will entail a long, tough ride on narrow winding roads, so make sure that you have rested enough at night. Meandering through an even thicker forest than the previous day, continue towards Daporijo. Also during this road trip, pass the villages of the animist tribes of the state. On reaching Daporijo, move to your lodging for an overnight stay.
Day 10: Daporijo to Along (160 km)
The venture now transports you to Along, a small market town near the confluence of the Sipu and Siyom Rivers. It has also become a popular travel destination owing to some awe-inspiring views of the verdant hills that it offers. On reaching here, transfer to the lodging for an overnight stay.
Days 11: Along to Pasighat (approx. 95 km)
This is going to be a relatively shorter day of driving than others on the trip. Travel along the Brahmaputra River, and make your way to Pasighat, one of the oldest towns in Arunachal Pradesh. Situated in the East Siang district, it was established by the British in the year 1911. On reaching Pasighat, enjoy a relaxing overnight stay in the campsite on the banks of the stream.
Day 12: Pasighat to Roing (120 km)
In this section of the motorbike expedition to North East, leave Pasighat and head to Roing. Riding towards your destination, traverse the watershed area of the Brahmaputra River. Also, go past some villages, inhabited by the Adi and Idu Mishmi ethnic groups. Further ahead, cross the Dibang River and some other small streams that flow through this region. Dry river beds, fords, mud sections and unpaved tracks make the drive challenging and exciting. On reaching Roing, transfer to your lodging to enjoy a rejuvenating sleep.
Day 13: Roing to Dibrugarh (approx. 150 km)
During this stretch of the motorbike expedition to North East, drive to Dibrugarh. Popularly known as the Tea City of India, Dibrugarh is spread over an area of about 25.5 sq km and is one of the largest cities in Northeast India. While on the way to here, make a small stop in the town of Digboi. Established in 1901, the oldest operational oil refinery in the world is located here. On reaching Dibrugarh, transfer to your lodging and enjoy a rejuvenating sleep.
Days 14: Dibrugarh to Kaziranga (approx. 250 km)
In the morning, leave Dibrugarh and follow National Highway 37 towards Kaziranga National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most well-known wildlife hotspots of India. On arrival here, take an elephant ride to witness the various animals and floral species of the region. Complete the adventure with a Jeep ride, and if you are lucky, then you might just get a glimpse of the rare one-horned rhinoceros. The overnight stay for today and the following day is arranged in the Kaziranga National Park area itself.
Day 15: Kaziranga to Guwahati (approx. 190 km)
Continuing the North East motor bike expedition on National Highway 37 along the southern bank of the Brahmaputra River, move to Guwahati. This is where this amazing trip started, and this is where it is going to end. The ride is easy and on the 4-lane well-built roads, allowing the experience to culminate smoothly. On reaching Guwahati, disperse and move to your next destination.
Day 16: Departure from Guwahati
Duration: 15 Nights/ 16 Days
Riding days - 13 Days
Total Distance: 2500 KM
Places Covered: Guwahati, Tezpur, Dirang Valley, Tawang, Sangetsar Lake, Bomdila, Nameri, Ziro, Daporijo, Along, Pasighat, Roing, Dibrugarh, Kaziranga
Best Time to go: October to March
Bike rental charges - Rs. 24000