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Travel number: 74
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The Northeast Adventure Tour in Meghalaya and Assam

14 days Bicycle Tours / MTB, Himalaya Trekking, Multi Active Cultural Tours

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Number of participants: from 2 people

Requirements: 5 von 10

It is an active journey with bike tours and hiking. A certain basic fitness level and fun of exercise is therefore required. However, the distances to be covered on a daily basis are moderate.

This varied adventure tour consists of bike tours and hikes in the “cloud state” Meghalaya , as well as a visit to the Kaziranga National Park with safaris to spot rhinos and elephants and a stay on a tea plantation.

Meghalaya is not only one of the wettest areas in the world during the monsoon season, but also the only state in India with a matriarchal lineage.

The state is divided into three mountain ranges (Khasi, Jaintia and the Garo mountains). The main languages in Meghalaya are Khasi, Pnar, and Garo with English as the official language of the state. This trip will take you to the most interesting places in the Khasi and Jainta mountains. Here we come across ancient tribes, cross the famous “living bridges” and marvel at the world’s largest monoliths. We experience all this in the form of bike tours and hikes.

Then we go to   the Brahmaputra valley for safaris in Kaziranga National Park. In addition to water buffaloes, elephants and dolphins, there is also the highest density of rhinos!

Finally, we will live on a tea plantation farm in the middle of the green tea.

Day 1 Guwahati – Shillong

You will be picked up from Guwahati Airport and it goes directly to Shillong the capital of Meghalaya, 120 km away. Shillong was the capital of the Assam area, founded by the British until 1972.

Today, it is simply a modern Indian city that could still retain a little of the British colonial charm.

Activity: Transfer 120 km/ 3 hours

Day 2 Shillong – Mawphlang

Today we start on our bikes with a tour in the Mawphlang forest. This forest is considered sacred by the Khasi. The Khasi are the native people of the region.

Today we will be housed on a farm near the sacred forest.

Activity: Bicycle 45 km/3-4 hours

Day 3 Mawphlang – Cherrapunjee

Cherrapunjee, the wettest place on earth, is located at the southernmost tip of the eastern Khasi mountains. This is where the Indian mountains end and the plains of Bangladesh begin. Today we will have a spectacular bike tour through Khasi villages and deep wooded valleys on winding roads. We will spend the night in the small village of Laitkynsew, which is located just behind Cherrapunjee on the last hills of the chain and offers a beautiful view of the lush plains of Bangladesh. We stay in a resort.

Activity: Bicycle 65 km/5-6 hours

Day 4 Cherrapunjee Hike to the “Living Root Bridges”

This day hike leads us from bottom of the valley to the village of Nongriat. The living root bridges are unique in this area, nowhere else in the world you can find them.

The Khasis use the growth behavior of the roots of the Ficus Elastica to cross raging rivers. These trees are endemic to the region and grow mainly between rocks on water.

Some of these bridges are more than 500 years old. We walk over the bridges from village to village. The numerous water holes invite you to enjoy pleasant baths. Today we stay in a small guesthouse near the bridges.

Activity: Hike 4 km/3 hours

Day 5 Cherrapunjee – Hike to Sohra

From the valley we hike a narrow path in the dense forest up to Sohra. Today we will overcome 1200 meters of altitude! Arriving at the top, our vehicle will take us back to our accommodation from the previous day.

Activity: Hike 7 km/4-6 hours

Day 6 Cherrapunjee – Mawlynnong

Mawlynnong, a small village with 90 houses, is called “Asia’s cleanest village”. Here people live from the cultivation of betel nuts and brooms. The grass is bundled and then sold throughout the country as a bans.

The bike tour itself takes us on small roads through valleys and forests. We will stay in a small inn above a river.

Activity: Bicycle 80 km/6-8 hours

Day 7 Mawlynnong

Today we use the day to explore the surroundings and experience life in a real traditional Khasi village. We explore waterfalls, natural swimming pools, fish and other tree bridges. We will stay in the same accommodation as the day before.

Activity: Bicycle or hiking at your choice

Day 8 Mawlynnong – Jowai

We leave the village and cycle along the border and the fertile plain of Bangladesh on the right and the mountains of India on the left. The route has countless waterfalls and rivers that flow into neighboring Bangladesh. We reach the nearest district and the administrative center of the Jainta Mountains, Jowai.

Activity: Bicycle 70 km/6-8 hours + 25 km transfer

Day 9 Jowai – Shillong

Our last day on the bike takes us to Nartiang. The village of Nartiang is known for its summer palace of the Jainta king, whose capital was Jaintapur.

The palace is located on a hill about 2 km above the market of Nartiang. Everywhere in the Khasi and Jainta mountains there are the fascinating monoliths (large blocks of rock). The largest collection is located north of the Nartiang market. The greatest of them was built by Lieutenant U Mar Phalyngki to underscore his victory in a fight. The monoliths were built by the various tribes between the 16th and 19th centuries.

Our bike tour ends here and after we have explored the Monolhiten and we continue by car to Shillong and we close our travel loop.

Activity: Bicycle 25 km/ 2-3 hours (optioanl also longer possible), transfer to Shillong

Day 10 Shillong – Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage And has a very high density of tigers, as well as the highest number of unicorn rhinos. There is also the Asian water buffalo, the Asian elephant, the Ganges River dolphin, the Golden Jackal and many more.

It is a long drive to the national park in Assam. But due to good road conditions, we will reach our destination 250 km away in about 6 hours. In the evening we take a jeep safari.

Activity: Transfer 250 km/6 -7 hours, Jeep Safari

Day 11 Kaziranga National Park

We start the day early with a safari through the park on the back of an elephant – so we can get particularly close to the wild animals. The high grass in the morning fog on an elephant, surrounded by rare animals, will be a very special experience.

Later we continue with the Jeep.

Activity: Elephant Safari 1 x, Jeep Safari 2 x

Day 12 Kaziranga National Park – Sapoi Tea Plantations

After breakfast we will drive to the northern shore of the Brahmaputra. We cross the Kolia Bhumura Bridge and stop for a small boat trip to spot the Ganges Dolphin. Our destination is the Sapoi tea plantations, because more than anything, Assam is famous for its tea! We will live on the tea plantation.

Activity: Boat trip, transfer 100 km/ 4-5 hours

Day 13 Sapoi Tea Plantation

A relaxing day, during which we explore the tea plantations and get to know the daily work of the tea pickers. We also visit the tea factory. The 700-acre plantation has been owned by the Kanoi family for over 5 generations. We wander through the green plantations and hear the history of the teas!

Activity: Hike 7 km/ 4-6 hours

Day 14 Sapoi Tea Plantations- Guwahati

We leave the plantations early in the morning and drive directly to the airport in Guwahati, from where you will start your return journey.

Activity: Transfer 150 km/ 4-5 hours

included services:

  • all accommodations in a double room (clean, good middle class, adapted to people’s living conditions) 13 nights
  • Full board (13 x breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Refreshments and drinks during activities
  • Accompanying vehicle (Innova or Tempo Traveller)
  • English-speaking local guide (Noels certified)
  • Bicycles (Scott Aspect 660) with helmet and spare parts
  • All mentioned activities with entrance fees

non-included services:

  • international flight
  • Visa
  • unmentioned food and beverages
  • Tip if needed

Price:

from 2 participants: 2199 Euro per person ( 350 Euro single supplement)

from 4 participants: 1599 Euro per person ( 260 Euro single supplement)

from 6 participants: 1499 Euro per person ( 240 Euro single supplement)

from 8 participants: 1449 Euro per person (220 Euro single room supplement)

German-speaking travel companion can be booked for 600 euros per tour

We are located in a region of India that is still largely undeveloped for tourism. The main purpose of this trip is to get to know the culture of the ethnic peoples and to experience the nature of the states of Meghalaya and Assam.

A certain degree of openness, curiosity and willingness to compromise is recommended.