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The Eastern Arch- Motorcycle Tour through the Northeast States of India

15 days Motorcycle Tours

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Number of participants: from 2 people

Requirements: 6 von 10

Good motorcycling skills are required. Some rivers have to be crossed and it goes over jeep tracks and sometimes poorly developed roads. Every day, 3-6 hours or more are spent on the motorcycle.

This tour takes us through four of the northeastern most states of India (Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Assam and Meghalaya).  We drive through the dense jungles of Nagaland, over dried-up riverbeds of the State of Arunachal Pradesh, through the green hilly tea plantations of Assam and to the wettest area in the world in Meghalaya!

The Northeastern states have one of the highest densities of different cultures and languages in  whole of India. During the tour we will drive through the areas of the Galo, Adi, Idu, Khamti, Konyak, Ao, Lotha, Angami, Karbi, Dimasa, Jaintia and Khasi tribes – just to name a few! Every day leads us through a new tribal territory and each people is very different from the previous one. Great landscapes, unique nature and lots of driving fun await us.

Day 1 Dibrugarh

Dibrugarh is one of the largest cities in eastern India and is known for its surrounding green tea plantations. After you are picked up from the airport and taken to the hotel, we will brief you for the upcoming tour.

Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 2 Dibrugarh – Pasighat

We start the day with a one-hour ferry ride. Afterwards, we go all the way to Pasighat on wide highways. Today is a little shorter ride on good roads and with perfect conditions to acclimatize and become familiar with the motorcycle and the road conditions.

Distance: 170 km – 5 hours

Overnight: Deluxe Tent

Day 3 Pasighat – Roing

Today we reach the watershed of the Brahmaputra with its tributaries (Siang, Dibang, Lohit), all of which connect slightly west of here. The first half of the route through the villages of Adi and Idu Mishmi will take place on relatively good roads. During the second half of the tour, the driving skills are put to the test a little more due to small streams which have to be crossed. A challenging day can be expected with dry river beds, sections through mud and poorly developed roads. A real driving pleasure.

Distance: 110 km – 5 hours

Overnight stay: Inn

Day 4 Roing – Tengapani

The route passes through the areas of Tai Khampti, an ethnic group that immigrated to this fertile region from the mountainous areas a few years ago and which is known for its prosperity (due to a successful timber trade). Now the trade in wood has been banned and the people here live as farmers. Most of the route is on good roads. Except for a few river crossings you will have an easy day. This day will be very varied with a beautiful landscape.

Distance: 190 km – 5 to 6 hours

Overnight stay: Inn

Day 5 Tengapani – Deban

The small community of Deban is located on the banks of the Noa Dihing River on the edge of the Namdhapha Nature Reserve. Namdapha is one of the largest protected areas in Asia and has a great biodiversity. Today you will drive through the territories of the three Buddhist Theravada tribes Khamti, Singpho and Chakma. A short day on the motorcycles allows us more time to get in touch with people.

Distance: 100 km – 3 to 4 hours

Overnight stay: Camping

Day 7 Deban -Mon

The city of Mon is the central center of Konyak Nagas. The Konyaks are scattered across parts of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar. They are a war people known as “heavy fighters” and now work as a headfighter. Even today, the chief makes decisions for the Konyaks on both sides of the border. It will be a long day on the motorcycles over a plain, parallel to the Patkai mountain range. We will drive through the rural Arunachal with its rice fields and through the tea plantations of Assam to the forests of Nagaland.

Distance: 170 km – 8 – 10 hours

Overnight stay: Inn

Day 7 Mon – Mocoction

Today it goes deep into Nagaland. Mokochung is one of the most important centers in Nagaland. Today takes us through jeep paths through forest, as well as well-developed roads. On the rather muddy roads we will not encounter much oncoming traffic.

Distance: 160 km – 7 – 9 hours

Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 8 Mocoction-Kohima

A good day on the motorcycle: It goes to the famous city of Kohima via the Doyang Reservoir on village roads. This area is known for the annual migration of the Amur falcons, who eat a layer of fat here for 40 days in order to strengthen themselves for the onward flight to Africa.

Distance: 160 km – 6 to 8 hours

Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 9 Kohima

Leisure time is planned for today in Kohima. For those interested we organize a small tour through Kohima. There are the options of a day hike to the beautiful Dzuku Valley, a visit to the Naga Heritage village or a visit to the “Second World War Cemetery” and drive to the Khonoma village.

Kohima is the capital of Nagalnd. It was here that the advance of the Japanese and Indians in the battles of Kohima and Imphal was halted during World War II.

Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 10 Kohima – Haflong

We leave Nagaland and we go back to Assam. Our destination for today is Haflong, the only so-called “hill station” in Assam (mountain resorts used by the British to escape the heat in the summer months). It passes through Karbi Anglong and continues through the district of Dimo Hsao. We will pass settlements of the Karbi, Dimasa and Rengma tribes. The second half of the day will be on a well-developed four-lane road that will later connect India with South-East Asia.

Distance: 290 km – 8 to 10 hours

Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 11 Haflong – Jowai

Another beautiful motorcycle day! We start with a nice drive up to the Jaintia Plateau. On the way we cross the Umranso Reservoir with a spectacular view. The day ends in Jowai, the capital of the Jainta Mountains in Meghalaya.

Distance: 240kms – 8 to 10hrs

Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 12 Jowai – Cherappunjee

Cherappunjee is famous for the highest rainfall in the world. We will be travelling near the border to Bangladesh, on very good roads with little traffic. In a small Khasi village we will stop for a delicious meal. Cherappunjee has a lot to offer and is especially famous for its “living tree bridges” and deep caves.

Distance: 180 km – 6 – 8 hours

Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 13 Cherappunjee

Another rest day with the possibility of a hike to the living tree bridges. The people here have taken advantage of the properties of the strongly rooted Ficus Elastica trees to cross the many rivers. You can visit the caves and bathe in the countless waterholes.

Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 14 Cherappunjee – Guwahati

Our last day on the motorcycle takes us back down to the banks of the Brahmaputra, this time to Guwahati, the largest city in the North-East states. On the way we will also visit a sacred forest of the Khasi tribe near Mawphlang.

Distance: 200 km 6 – 8 hours

Overnight stay: Hotel

Day 15 Departure

You will be taken to the airport

included services:

  • All accommodations – 15 nights
  • All meals (15 x breakfast, 15 x lunch, 15 x dinner)
  • Refreshments and water
  • Tour guide (English, biker)
  • Mechanic
  • Spare parts, gasoline
  • 350cc Royal Enfield’s (Classic, Machismo, Thunderbird)
  • Accompanying vehicle
  • Entrance fees

non-included services:

  • Visa
  • international flight
  • Entry permit for foreigners (approx. 70 Euro)
  • unmentioned food and beverages

Best time to visit is from October to March


from 2 participants per person 2449 Euro

from 4 participants per person 2149 Euro

from 6 participants per person 1999 Euro

from 8 participants per person 1949 Euro

Single supplement: 400 Euro

499 Euro extra per tour in total with German-speaking escort

This tour takes us through regions that are still not very accessible for tourists. Flexibility and spontaneity are required. The accommodations may be a bit simple from time to time, but they are clean and well maintained.