Northeast Route Map
Tri-State Northeastern SUV Tour (20D/19N)
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Min Group Size Small Group
This tour combines the best of 3 northeastern states as we help you explore Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Meghalaya.
Assam is the gateway to the Northeast and the most populated city in the region is its capital city, Guwahati. The state is famous for its colorful festivals, simple yet delicious cuisine, the mighty Brahmaputra river, and vibrant culture. During this tour, we help you immerse in its rich heritage, experience some yummy food, and travel through the best terrains in the region.
Arunachal Pradesh is a land full of mystique and hardly explored by local tourists. Called the Land of the Dawn lit mountains, Arunachal Pradesh is a giant patch of green and white on the map. Most of Arunachal Pradesh’s terrain consists of deep valleys flanked by highland plateaus and ridges that rise to the peaks of the Great Himalayas.
In Sanskrit, Meghalaya means ‘the abode of the clouds’ and this makes it the wettest state in India. Cherrapunji and Mawsynram are among the wettest places on Earth; most of the rain falls between June and September, creating very impressive waterfalls and carving out some of Asia’s longest caves. This makes it a popular monsoon travel destination for those who love the rain.
Explore Shillong, the capital city that still boasts of a fine colonial heritage and is one of the most fashion-conscious cities in the country. Owing to the magnificent lakes all around the town, and the hills surrounding it, Shillong has often been called the Scotland of the East.
**All tariffs are per person**
Total miles for this adventure ~ 1,200
Driving Days – 12
Road Conditions – Mix of tarmac, broken tarmac, and dirt roads
SUV’s we provide
- Stay for all dates on twin sharing basis
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on all dates
- Daily tea, coffee, cold drinks, and packaged water
- Well-trained professional driver
- Services of English speaking guide
- Moto Overlanders trip leader
- Cost of SUV rental and fuel
- All transfers
- Permits, road tolls, and parking fees
- Goods & Services Tax for all services rendered
- Single room accommodation – $800 per person
- Children less than 7 years old – $1,000 per child
- Brahmaputra sunset cruise – $25 per person
- Brahmaputra dinner cruise – $50 per person
- Your flights, visa, etc
- Any additional meals
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Single room accommodations
- Alcohol, cigarettes and personal items
- Early check-in or late checkout at the hotels
- Camera/video fee, entry fee at monuments
- Safari charges at Kaziranga National Park
Arrive in Guwahati
The first day of the tour is for you to reach Guwahati and check in to your hotels. Today you will spend time with your tour leader who will answer any questions you might have and introduce you to the tour.
Stay in Guwahati
After a hearty breakfast, you will take a small trip around the city to get used to the traffic in India. It will be an interesting experience as you figure out the road rules, unsaid rules, and dynamics of our roads. After your driving experience, we have lunch and then you have the rest of the day to yourself. Or you can opt to go for a cruise on the river Brahmaputra.
Guwahati to Nameri National Park (145 miles, 5.5 hrs)
For our first destination, we head to Nameri National Park located 240 kms from Guwahati city. This is a stop-over destination on the way to Tawang. We arrive at our hotel post-lunch and after a short break, we spend some time next to the Jia Bhareli river.
Nameri to Dirang (95 miles, 6 hrs)
After an early breakfast, we depart from the forest crossing into Arunachal Pradesh. The 150 km trip will take 6 hours to complete as we cross small towns such as Tenga Valley and Bomdilla on the way. We reach our hotel in the late afternoon and in the evening we take a walk around Dirang or visit a monastery close-by.
Dirang to Tawang (85 miles, 6 hrs)
The Sela Pass, sitting at 14,000+ feet will need to be crossed today as we head towards Tawang. The pass is quite tricky and the slow drive will take us a couple of hours to complete. On the way, we get to see jaw-dropping sights of the snow-clad Himalayas and snack in army canteens. The stretch can be mostly off-road so get ready for a bumpy trip.
Stay in Tawang
Wake up early if you want to see the magnificent sunrise from Tawang! Day 7 is all about exploring the sights around the town – war memorials, monasteries, and local markets.
Stay in Tawang
Today’s tour will have us go on an off-road trip to a border village located close to China. Near the village is a beautiful high-altitude lake, which if not frozen, makes for a great picnic spot. We head back to Tawang in the evening and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Tawang to Dirang (85 miles, 6 hrs)
We head back to Dirang as a layover to our next destination in Kaziranga National Reserve. This is a rest day since the ride from Tawang to Dirang will take about 5-7 hours to complete.
Dirang to Kaziranga (145 miles, 7.5 hrs)
We leave the mountains behind and head into the flatlands of Assam, towards the national park. The day will be spent traveling as the journey time is about 7-8 hours.
Stay in Kaziranga
This day is all about jungle safaris – mornings and evenings. You can chose to do either one, or both depending on your preferences.
Stay in Kaziranga
Wake up early for another safari experience. You can choose from the Jeep safari, Elephant safari, or the boat safari excursions as you spend the day in the jungles of Kaziranga.
Kaziranga to Sivasagar (120 miles, 5 hrs)
Sivasagar is a historical destination and we take the time to visit 18th-century heritage buildings from the region’s past.
Stay in Sivasagar
We take the day to explore some interesting spots near Sivasagar, go out for a traditional Assamese meal, and if time permits experience the local arts and crafts.
Sivasagar to Dimapur (115 miles, 6 hrs)
Dimapur is the capital city of Nagaland. It is a very off-beat location that doesn’t see many tourist footfalls. Nagaland is famous for its colorful culture and unique cuisine. We reach Dimapur in the late afternoon and take a short walk around the city center.
Stay in Dimapur
Dimapur has some very exciting spots nearby and this day will be utilized to visit waterfalls, ancient ruins, local markets and art centers.
Dimapur to Shillong (220 miles, 9 hrs)
After breakfast, we start our trip to Meghalaya’s capital city, Shillong. The trip time is 8-9 hours, spread across 340 kms of winding roads.
Stay in Shillong
Head out after breakfast to explore nearby sights like waterfalls, golf courses, churches, and viewpoints located near the city. Experience traditional Khasi cuisine in local restaurants.
Stay in Shillong
Today, we drive to the land of waterfalls – Cherrapunjee. We cover a few waterfalls, viewpoints and then take a long drive to explore the crystal clear waters of Dawki and the stunning Krang Suri falls in Jowai.
Shillong to Guwahati (65 miles, 3.5 hrs)
The tour is almost over and time to head back to Guwahati. After breakfast in Shillong, we drive the twisties down to Umiam Lake and then head into Assam. If you have a flight to catch, we drop you to the airport. Else you can choose to relax or visit the city markets.
Depart from Guwahati
This is the last day of the tour. Post check out, we will escort you to the airport.
River near Zemithang
Jia Bhareli River
Arunachal Motorcycle Tour
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Every tour is personally delivered by both our trip leaders, who will be your tour guides and trip leaders respectively. Here is an intro to our team
Our partners have options of Toyota Innova, Mahindra XUV, Renault Dusters, Mahindra Marazzo.
We encourage our guests to experience the local cuisines of the destinations we travel to. In remote areas, we might not get options for eating different cuisines. We will ensure you get wholesome, tasty and hygienic food wherever we go. If you are from outside India, here’s a guide to get you going.
They are a mix of tarmac and gravel roads. For the most part, roads should be good. But due to heavy rainfall we really can predict how the road conditions will be during the time of our tour.
Well, we will provide you with bottled water throughout the tour.
We try to blend in homestays, hotels, and resorts in each destination to balance comfort with the local experiences. All your accommodations will be clean, hygienic, comfortable and safe.
While riding, we should have access to public toilets/hotel toilets. But there will instances where there are none and you will have to answer nature’s call in nature.
Different countries and companies have their own policies, but you should pick one that covers you for your entire period of travel. The policy should also cover you for riding motorcycles, unexpected curtailment of the holiday, medical expenses arising overseas, loss or damage to luggage & property and personal liability claims against the participant and emergency evacuation. We highly recommend this for foreign citizens.
We carry a basic first aid box with us and encourage you to carry your own medicines as well. In case of an emergency, we take you to the closest available medical center. We would also request you to share any pre-existing medical conditions and allergies, if any with us.