The North East region of India has always been one of the most elusive in terms of motorcycle adventure rides. Comprising of ‘The Seven Sister States’ of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura, there is so much on offer here for adventure motorcyclists like us.
Covering an area of 255,511 square kilometers, this region has a halo effect on local as well as international motorcycle riders. It’s remoteness, wilderness and lack of mainstream motorcycling mentions is what draws riders to it.
At Red Panda Adventures, we have chalked out a whole bunch of rides in this part of India for riders of all skill levels and aspirations. We have something for the most hardcore adventure seeker who wants to fall off the grid completely or for those who want to explore the region and experience its cultural and heritage offerings.
Red Panda Adventures is one of the few established and well-known motorcycle tour operators in this region, catering to local as well as international riders. We have a very local team and know this region well, allowing us to serve you and organize our rides with the utmost care and planning.
Pricing is based on twin sharing basis (2 riders, 1 room). For single occupancy (1 rider, 1 room), please email us on email@example.com
Booking confirmation: 50% of the total trip fee is to be paid as advance to reserve the place in the trip. This payment has to be made at least 90 days before the start of the trip.
Balance payment: The balance 50% has to be paid 60 days before start of the trip.
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Riding in the North East is a lot of fun and promises adventure around every bend. Formed over millions of years, the Himalayas and it’s foothills command and deserve respect. We try our best to inform our clients of all the possible challenges they might face and also of all the key highlights and attractions along the way. However, the ultimate responsibility of safety lies with the riders.
This trip is not ideal for someone who has just started riding. The terrain, culture and remoteness may get a bit overwhelming at times, but stay with it to get your adrenalin fix.
We want you to soak in all the wonders this ride has to offer. So the schedule allows for many stops along the way for photographs and chit chat. There are a multitude of ‘chai’ stops along the way but we aim to start and finish the ride each day while the sun is up.
The accommodation and food we provide is best one can get in these remote tribal villages. We do expect our clients to set their expectations accordingly. Luxury in this part of the world is relative to the terrain and needs a bit of adjusting.
Meet and greet with all riders at the airport and shuttle to the hotel. Introduction to the motorcycle and ride briefing. Short cultural presentation. Welcome kit distribution.
Guwahati to Tenzing Gaon is a 230 kms / 8 hrs ride. We start the ride early, so that we get on to the highways before Guwahati wakes up. After riding for about 2 hours, we will stop at small village named Bordolguri (roughly means village of big drums) for breakfast in a typical local “Dhaba”. Then ride for about 2 hours thru traditional Bodo villages, to reach Balemu. This is where the plains abruptly give way to mountains and we enter Arunachal.
We will be constantly ascending for the next 4 hours thru good winding roads. The scenery constantly changing. These temperate evergreen forests are hosts to many exotic birds. We recommend riding at a pace slow enough to soak in the smells & sights of these forests. If lucky get a chance to spot some exotic birds and animals too.
Tenzing Gaon is small village that was set up in the early 1970s, to resettle Tibetans who were forced to abandon their homeland and become refugees India. They are very harmoniously integrated in to local society. This is also where the Gyuto Monastery and Tantric University was initially set up.
Our stay will be in very rustic but very welcoming homestays.
Tenzing Gaon to Dirang is 130kms/6 hours ride. We start early to be able to spend as much time en-route. Roads will largely be good and the scenery keeps getting better. Vegetation changes from tropical to Alpine.
At Morshing village, we will take an off road track to climb up to one of the historically most important Gompa. This Gompa’s location is identified as the birth place of “Drowa Sangmo”, The second queen of King Kala Wangpo (7th Century). She is credited with having brought dharma (Buddhism) amongst warring people.
From here we head off to Phudung, Madala top and descend down in to the Dirang Valley. Weather at Madala top is always unpredictable. So we must target crossing Mandala Top by about noon.
We get to stay in the newest and grandest resort in Dirang.
Dirang to Tawang is 135Km/ 6 hours. Breath taking views while crossing Sela pass at 13700 ft from sea level. Snow covered peak all around, lakes and river flowing alongside. This is a national highway, but due to the difficult shifting terrain, we will encounter broken/graded tracks punctuated with proper sealed roads. Being alert and taking it slow is the only way to enjoy the journey thru these mountains, to Enchanted Tawang.
This is a well-earned rest day. Soak in the unique culture, local flavours and attractions (Tawang war memorial, Tawang monastery, Nuranang waterfalls 100 meters in height), while the body gets used to the altitude and cold.
Proper tarmac end at 8kms from Tawang. From here on the rough boulder strewn track (which is more to show the way than to act as a road) will once again tesat the endurance of man and machine. Be prepared to fight sub zero temperatures. The reward of getting to Bum La (Pass) (16,500Ft) is beyond words and can only be experienced. This is the old trade road between India and China. Sangestar lake which was created by falling rocks and trees in an earthquake, will remind us of the transience in life.
Tawang to Sangti is 160km/5 hrs. We will stray away from the national highway and ride a scenic challenging detour. Ride ends in the ancient agricultural Sangti Valley.
Sangti to Bhalukpong is 190 Km/5 hrs. We will once again take an interesting detour away from the National High Way. Bhalukpong is where we get back to the lush Jungles on the plains of the Brahmaputra Valley.
Bhalukpong to Kaziranga is 100 kms/ 3Hrs. Kaziranga National Park, with 430sq km / 170sq mi area, is home to 2/3 of the world’s great one horned rhinoceros. It also is a world heritage site. An evening safari into the park on 4×4 jeeps/Elephant back.
Kaziranga to Guwahati is 200kms/5 hrs. This is largely a sedate ride, with a lot of time to introspect and realize the Zen in you. Check in to a modern hotel. Clean up to return to urban life.
Home bound with stories to tell. As you look out of the flight window, feel draw of enchanting Tawang.