Northeast Route Map
Offbeat Northeast Motorcycle Tour (17D/16N)
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Tough
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This tour combines the best of 2 northeastern states as we help you explore Assam 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 ride 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. Cherrapunjee 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.
Total miles for this adventure ~ 850
Riding Days – 10
Road Conditions – Mix of tarmac, broken tarmac and dirt roads
Motorcycles we provide
- Bajaj Dominar 400
- KTM Duke 250
- KTM Duke 390
- Royal Enfield Classic 350
- Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350
- Royal Enfield Himalayan 411
**All tariffs are on a per-person basis**
- Stay for all dates on twin sharing basis
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on all dates
- Daily tea, coffee, cold drinks, and packaged water
- Moto Overlanders ride leader
- On tour mechanic
- Chase vehicle with a trained driver
- Services of an English speaking guide
- Cost of motorcycle rental and fuel with some spares
- All transfers
- Permits, road tolls, and parking fees
- Goods & Services Tax for all services rendered
- Transportation of 2 soft bags per person in the chase vehicle
- Single room accommodation – $800
- Pillion tariff – $4,600
- Your flights, visa, etc
- Any additional meals
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Modifications made to motorcycles
- Single room accommodations
- Alcohol, cigarettes, and personal items
- Early check-in or late checkout at the hotels
- Camera/video fee, entry fee at monuments
- Charges arising due to breakdown of motorcycle, accidents, & replacement of parts
Arrive in Guwahati
The first day of the tour is for you to reach Guwahati and check in to your hotels. If you have sufficient time left, we will collect your motorcycles and check them for any defects or modifications to be done. 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 ride 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 riding experience, we have lunch and then you have the rest of the day to yourself. You can choose to rest, work on your motorcycle, ride around the city, or go shopping. But we recommend you to rest as much as possible.
Guwahati to Sivasagar (225 miles, 8.5 hrs)
Sivasagar, formerly known as Rangpur, was the capital of the Ahom Kingdom from 1699 to 1788. The Ahoms ruled Assam for six centuries until their kingdom fell to the Burmese in 1819 and their ruling class was all but wiped out. We arrive in the city in the late afternoon and take the day to explore the local markets.
Stay in Sivasagar
Sivasagar is a historical destination and we take the time to visit 18th-century heritage buildings from the region’s past.
- Day 5 Sivasagar to Aalo (190 miles, 8 hrs)
- Day 6 Aalo to Mechuka (120 miles, 6 hrs)
Stay in Mechuka
We spend the day exploring the town, riding around the rural settings and taking some time to relax as well.
Mechuka to Aalo (120 miles, 6 hrs)
We break our journey from Mechuka to Sivasagr in Aalo. The day will be spent riding around the small village.
Aalo to Sivasagar (190 kms, 8 hrs)
We are back to Sivasagar and in the evening we check into our hotels and head out for a traditional dinner.
Sivasagar to Kohima (160 miles, 9 hrs)
Kohima is the capital city of the state of Nagaland and we will spend two nights exploring the sites around this beautiful city. We depart from Sivasagar after breakfast and by lunch, we check into our hotels in Kohima.
Stay in Kohima
The plan for the day includes visiting places like the World War II Memorial, Reconciliation Church, State Museum, Kisama Heritage Village and a couple of small villages in the region.
Kohima to Umrangso (150 miles, 9.5 hrs)
It’s a long ride – about 9 hours – as we cross from Nagaland into the state of Assam. We reach our hotel in the evening and head out for a stroll in the local market or by the lakeside.
Umrangso to Cherrapunji (110 miles, 6.5 hrs)
Cherrapunji is one of the wettest places of Earth and blessed with numerous stunning waterfalls. From Umrangso, we ride across varied landscapes and reach Cherrapunji in the evening.
Stay in Cherrapunji
We take the day to cover all the waterfalls in Cherrapunji, try some local cuisine and spend time with the locals.
Cherrapunji to Shillong (35 miles, 2 hrs)
It’s a really short ride as we reach Shillong in 2 hours from Cherrapunji. On the way, we cover some more interesting spots and then later in the city, we head to Ward’s Lake, Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians and Police Bazaar.
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 ride the twisties down to Umiam Lake and then head into Assam. On reaching Guwahati, we return the motorcycles. 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. All motorcycles will need to be returned and post check out, we will escort you to the airport.
Landscape in Meghalaya
Local fishing in Assam
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Every tour is personally delivered by both our trip leaders, who will be your tour guides and trip leaders respectively. Along with this, if required you will be accompanied by a mechanic and a driver. Here is an intro to our team
The choice is entirely yours. Once you contact us we can provide you with a list of motorcycles from brands such as Royal Enfield, Bajaj, KTM, BMW, Hero, Honda etc. Pricing will depend on the motorcycle you select.
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.
Both states have flatlands and mountainous terrain, so most roads are a bit narrow with no dividers. The road condition will be a mixture of tarmac, dirt roads and rocky roads due to the weather conditions and altitude. But you will love riding through the state as its ever changing landscape is stunning, with plenty of sights to see.
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.
No, we have back-up vehicles on all our tours that will carry your luggage for you. But you should carry your valuables like a passport, cash, camera, and other important equipment with you all the time. If you like, we can provide you with some
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.
Yes, you can, and for pillion riders, we have a reduced tariff.
Ideally, you should be riding with you on your motorcycle. But occasionally, they can travel in the back-up vehicle. Back-up vehicles are primarily for support staff and to carry your luggage, motorcycle spares, and tools. Each back-up vehicle acts as a support vehicle and will always tail the group maintaining a certain time distance.
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.