The Eastern Arc

14 to 17 days

This motorcycle & Overland tour of Northeast India takes you across Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.

Tour Highlights

  • In the shadows of the high Eastern Himalayas.

  • Explore the sub-alpine belt of rural Sikkim.

  • Some of the most important monasteries of the state.

  • Tea Plantations, River Valleys, Remote Villages

  • Unsurpassed views of the Mighty Kanchenjunga massif.

  • Hotels, homestays, off the grid farms and Lodges

This particular ride takes us through the backroads of some of India’s easternmost states namely Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Assam and Meghalaya. A rider’s delight, this route includes the dense forested hills of Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh, the tea oil rich regions of Assam and the wettest places on Earth at Meghalaya. Incidentally this region has one of the highest densities of ethnicities and languages in the whole of India.

During the tour we ride through territories of tribes such as the Nyshi, Apatani, Tagin, Galo, Adi, Idu Mishmi, Digaru Mishmi, Miju Mishmi, Singpho, Khamti, Konyak, Ao, Lotha, Angami, Karbi, Dimasa, Jaintia and Khasi to name a few. Infact every single day takes us through territories of different tribes, each tribe totally different from the previous. You will ride across swathes of lush tea plantations, some of the oldest oil fields on earth, some of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries of the sub-continent, the largest river island on earth, quaint and remote villages, orange orchards, unending forests, view some of the tallest waterfalls and visit some of the deepest caves of Asia among others. The loop starts and ends at Guwahati, which is the capital of Assam and the largest city among the seven states. The ride itself takes us through varying terrain, road conditions and vegetation, every single day bringing totally new and unique settings.

  • Level

  • Total Days
    14 to 17

  • Riding Distance
    Upto 2500 Km

  • Terrain
    60 % Hilly

  • Altitude variation
    50 to 2000 mts

  • Best Time
    October to March

  • Airport in
    Guwahati (Assam)

  • Airport out
    Guwahati (Assam)

  • All accommodation on twin share

  • All Meals

  • Refreshment and water throughout

  • Pickup backup throughout for luggage

  • Guide on bike

  • Royal Enfield 350, 500 & Himalayan motorcycles / SUVs

  • FA Kit

  • Mechanic with tools and spares

  • Activities as mentioned in itinerary

  • All Permits

  • Meals
    As much as possibly we try cover all the local cuisines

  • Accommodation
    Hotels, Cottages, farmsteads & Camping

  • Refreshments
    High energy snacks and Water during activities

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  • Bikes

    Royal Enfield 350cc, 500cc and Himalayan Models.

  • 4 Wheelers

    We facilitate the vehicle rentals from third party vendors.

  • Terrain & Road Conditions

    The route has a wide mix of terrain and road conditions. Typically the roads of Assam and Meghalaya are in the best condition in relation to the entire northeastern region, whereas Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have some of the worst. However put together it makes for an excellent and interactive route.

  • Backup

    A Sturdy Pickup truck and sturdier driver will accompany you on every trip. Your luggage, the Mechanic as well as all the spares and tools follow in this vehicle.

  • Permits

    Indian nationals require a Inner Line Permit (ILP) whereas foreign nationals require Restricted Area Permits (RAP), both of which have a certain fees applicable.

  • Weather Pattern

    Post monsoon months of September- October and pre monsoon months of March-April are very pleasant with blue skies and a fair days. Peak winters are from November to February with the mercury coming down below 18 C, in the evenings, however the days are still favourable for cycling.

  • Safety

    We have a very experienced team which is also local. This reflects in the overall safety of our tours. Rest assured your guides know where extra attention is required and when. All our routes are well known to us, we know where the nearest medical facilities are, we know whom to contact if in case of an emergency, we know all the alternate routes in case of road blockages. We have CASEVAC protocols in place to streamline the process in case of emergencies. You can rest easy knowing that in the outdoors in general and this region in particular you are in safe hands with us.

* Our Itineraries are quite unique hence we prefer not to put it up on the site. Please write in to us for the detailed itinerary and cost.

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