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Enchanting Tawang – North East India

Bike Tour Details

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 kilometres, this region has a halo effect on local as well as international motorcycle riders. Its remoteness, pristine wilderness and lack of mainstream motorcycling mentions is what draws riders to it.

Month of travel is crucial. October rides are to explore and experience the local Monpa Culture. Winter rides in January, throws up a frozen road challenge for the hard core adventure rider.

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 local team who know this region well, allowing us to serve you and organize our rides with 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 trips@redpandaadventures.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:

  • If cancellation is up to 60 days before the start of the trip, then 50% of the trip fee (after deducting taxes of 5%) will be refunded.
  • If cancellation is between 60 to 30 days before the start of the trip, then 30% of the trip fee (after deducting taxes) will be refunded.
  • If cancellation is within 30 days before the start of the trip, then there will be no refund.
  • Medical conditions and emergencies are exceptions and we will refund 100% of the paid amount (excluding taxes).
  • All refunds will made to the same Credit Card, bank account, or UPI that was used to make the payment. Refund processing will take between 5 to 8 working days after confirmation.

Departure & Return Location

Guwahati

Price Includes

  • Airport Pickup & Drop
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Motorcycle Rental Fee
  • Tour Guide
  • Fuel
  • All local transportation
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Airport Pickup & Drop
  • Local Permits
  • Motorcycle Insurance*(Please refer FAQs section)

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Tips
  • Room Service Fees
  • Alcohol
  • Additional Meals
  • Personal Insurance
  • Any Local Property Damages
Enchanting Tawang – North East India
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Tour Itinerary

Day

1
Arrive in Guwahati
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.
2
Guwahati to Tenzing Gaon
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.
3
Tenzing Gaon to Dirang
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 a historically 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, Mandala top and descend down in to the Dirang Valley. Weather at Mandala top is always unpredictable. So we must target crossing Mandala Top by about noon. We get to stay in resort overlooking the mountains, in Dirang.
4
Dirang to Tawang
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.
5
Tawang - Local Excursions
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.
6
Tawang - Bum La Pass - Tawang
Proper tarmac ends 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 test 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.
7
Tawang to Bomdila
Tawang to Bomdila is 171Km/5.5 hrs. This is a fantastic motorcycling road, full of twisties and spectacular scenery.
8
Bomdila to Shergaon
Bomdila to Shergaon is 59 Km/2 hrs. On this day’s ride will leave behind the cold snow-capped mountains and get in to temperate climate again. Shergaon is an ancient agricultural valley. People are generally very prosperous. Swami Vivekananda mission, runs a modern school in this valley.
9
Shergaon to Kaziranga National Park
Shergaon to Kaziranga is 263 kms/ 8Hrs. 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.
10
Kaziranga to Guwahati
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.
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Depart from Guwahati
Home bound with stories to tell. As you look out of the flight window, feel draw of enchanting Tawang.

Tour Review

Damian Martin

I can only highly recommend Red Panda Adventure. They took such good care of me and my family whilst we were touring from Chandigarh to Leh. Always accommodating, always caring - with wonderful places to explore and hotels to rest.

Abisht Iyengar

The best you can get on two wheels...

Jobo Kuruvilla

Friendly and experienced riders. If your’re looking for a premium motorcycle tour/experience and an adventure on two-wheels — hit up Red Panda Adventures. Their rides will help you “escape the ordinary”, and it is worth every penny!

Hetal Trivedi

I totally got more than I had expected on their Enchanting Tawang ride in Feb 2019. With the help of their knowledge of the area, they had selected some of the most exciting routes which resulted in an intoxicating mix of Fun, Pleasure, Thrills on each day of the ride! All that you want out of something that is labelled as an Adventure Ride. The choice of the RE Himalayan as the motorcycles could not have been better either, it just did everything that you expect! Do I recommend Red Panda rides to other riders? - Whole heartedly. Will I take another ride with Red Panda Adventures myself? - Sure. I certainly hope that Red Panda cooks up some more equally exciting rides in that fabulous part of the world, called the Seven Sister states of India (NorthEast India).

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Pradeep Warrier

We did a thrilling ride through Arunachal Pradesh with Red Panda Adventures in Feb'19 on their Enchanting Tawang package. The Enfield Himalayan bikes arranged for the tour were just perfect for the terrain. The ride was well organized by genuine enthusiasts that form the team at Red Panda. The experience itself was truly magical, eschewing the usual touristy stuff for offbeat trails of which great memories are made. Would I do another tour with Red Panda? Well, all the riders on this trip are planning another tour with Red Panda at the first opportunity, and that should answer the question . Highly recommended with a double thumbs up from me!

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