The Hornbill Festival Motorcycle tour (10D/09N)
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Activity Level Moderate
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**This package is for residents of India**
The Hornbill Festival is one of the biggest cultural extravaganzas in the region and is a week-long event held every year from Dec 1-10 in Nagaland. The objective of the event is to revive, protect, and promote the richness of the Naga traditions. During the event, the Naga tribes come together for a week-long celebration of their cultural and traditional plight, their age-old traditions, and come closer to knowing each other.
The Festival is named after the Indian Hornbill, the large and colorful forest bird which is displayed in folklore in most of the state’s tribes. During the festival, you can get up close and personal with 17 major tribes of Nagaland. The main events of the festival take place at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama. It is located below the lofty spurs of the towering Mount Japfü and about 12 km from Kohima city. It begins at 9 am each day.
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.
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 kilometers for this adventure ~ 1,300
Driving Days – 7
Road Conditions – Mix of tarmac, broken tarmac and dirt roads
**All tariffs are on a per-person basis**
- Stay for all dates on twin sharing basis
- Breakfast on all days
- Entry tickets for Hornbill festival for 2 days
- Mechanic charges
- Driver and backup car charges including fuel for a backup car
- Services of the tour leader
- Inner line permits and road tolls
- Your flights/trains to and from Guwahati
- Cost of renting motorcycles, fuel
- Lunch and dinner, unless specified in the Includes
- Single room accommodations
- Alcohol, cigarettes and personal items
- Anything not mentioned in the includes list
- Early check-in or late checkout at the hotels
- Entry fee at monuments
- Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like change in flight and train schedule; cancellation of flights/trains, political disturbances, natural phenomena, etc.
- Any charge arising due to breakdown of motorcycle, accidents, and replacement of parts
- Camera charges, videography fee at Hornbill festival, drone usage charges
Arrive in Guwahati
The first day of the tour is for you to reach Guwahati and check in to your hotels. We will collect your motorcycles and check them for any 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 and the rest of the group.
Guwahati to Umrangso
Our first destination is a lakeside camping spot on the way to Kohima. Umrangso is an upcoming tourist destination that is centered around the lake. We reach our campsite in the evening and retire for the day.
Umrangso to Kohima
Another long day as we cover 250 kms in 10 hours! The roads are winding and get ready to ride the dirt trails. Enjoy the scenes as we cross Umrangso, Lumding, and Dimapur on the way to Kohima.
Stay in Kohima
We are off to Kisama village for the famed Hornbill festival!! Nothing beats the combination of stunning landscapes, foot-tapping music, vibrant people, and yummy food. The whole day is spent in enjoying the festival.
Stay in Kohima
And we are off to the festival once more. If partying is not on your mind then we can head to the famous Dzouku valley.
Kohima to Haflong
Time to leave the part behind and explore an offbeat destination in Assam. Haflong is a town and headquarters of Dima Hasao district in the state of Assam in India. It is the only hill station in Assam!
Haflong to Shillong
Long day ahead as we cross from Assam into Meghalaya. We ride the twisties as we travel through Umrangso and Jowait and spend some time in the Krang Shuri waterfalls.
Stay in Shillong
Today, we ride to the land of waterfalls – Cherrapunjee. We cover a few waterfalls, viewpoints and then take a long trip to explore the crystal-clear waters of Dawki and the stunning Krang Suri falls in Jowai.
Shillong to Guwahati
After breakfast, we depart for Guwahati and on the way, we stop at Umiam Lake. The lake serves as a major tourist attraction for the state of Meghalaya. It is also a popular destination for water sport and adventure facilities. Tourists visit this spot for kayaking, water cycling, scooting, and boating. We reach Guwahati post lunch and then proceed to return the motorcycles in the evening.
Depart from Guwahati
This is the last day of the tour. All motorcycles will need to be returned and post check out, you can head to Guwahati airport/station.
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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
You can get your own bike and for that, there is a reduced tariff. If you rent, 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.
All 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.
Yes, we recommend you carry at least 2 liters water per person every day.
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.
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. The tariff is the same as the rider.
Ideally, your pillion 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.