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Meghalaya Cycling Trip

A chance of cycling through the gentle slopes of Meghalaya, soaking in its natural splendour - root bridges, waterfalls, and riverside camping in Dawki

Snapshot

  •   Dates: 12 Nov – 18 Nov
  •   Region: Assam
  •   Duration: 7 days
  •   Activity: Food
  •   Grade: Easy
  •   Price: Rs.40, epidemic 500/-
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Assam –  at the very heart of North East India, dentist holds many secrets for the seasoned traveler. The land of tea and one-horned rhinos is also home to about 13 different communities, remedy each with their own histories, cultural heritage and traditions.

This cultural diversity brings an interesting mix to Assamese cuisine, which draws influences from neighboring hill tribes and those residing in the Brahmaputra valley. The cuisine is a heady mix of fermentation and preservation,along with fresh ingredients, cooked in various styles like steaming, roasting and frying.

Rice, consumed in umpteen number of ways, is pretty much a staple and the primary ingredient in their cuisine. Fish, is a close second, playing a very significant role in many of their traditions. Throughout our trip we will be relishing various preparations of fish and rice, along with other delicacies like duck and smoked pork.

This trip will be led by acclaimed North East food curator  Gitika Saikia, who will share her expertise on Assamese cuisine. Through the trip she will provide in depth knowledge about the cuisine and its history.

  • Relish cuisine of four different tribes of Assam [delicacies like duck and smoked pork]
  • Harvest paddy in the fields and Pluck fresh vegetables from the kitchen garden
  • Try your hands to cook a few dishes on a Souka[wood fire] with Gitika at her village home
  • Taste local brew made of rice
  • Jeep and Elephant safari in Kaziranga National Park
  • Rafting on the popular JiaBhorali river at Nameri, bordering Arunachal Pradesh

Day 1: Dibrugarh

Pick-up from Dibrugarh airport and check into your hotel. In the evening go for a walk on the bank of the Brahmaputra River. O/n in Dibrugarh Club House or similar

Day 2: Excursion to Nam Phake

Drive to Nam Phake village on the banks of the BuriDihingriver. The village is  home to the Tai Phake community  which originally came down from Northern Thailand via Myanmar sometime in the 16th century.  They still maintain their distinctive culture and language, along with their food habits.

Start with a visit to the village monastery of theTheruvada sect of Buddhism.  From there continuewalking around this serene village, interacting with the friendly locals. We visit one of the local houses where we have a traditional meal prepared with different kinds of vegetables and foraged greens, infused with local herbs. The vegetables are served with a ball ofricethat is wrapped in a leaf and steamed, locally called Tupula Bhat. They are also known for the unique preparation of fish and pork that tastes as good as it looks- a true feast for the senses.

By evening drive back to Dibrugarh. O/n stay in  Dibrugarh Club House or similar

Day 3: Dibrugarh to Kaziranga                                                                    Drive time: 5.5 hours

Drive down to Kaziranga, on the way visit the ruins of the Ahom kingdom in Sibsagar. In the afternoon have a traditional Assamese thali..

A typical Assamese thali begins with khar, which is alkaline in nature and prepared by filtering water through the ashes of a banana tree. Khar is accompanied by  two kinds of Dal and fresh vegetables. A side dish called aloopitika– a mash of potatoes with raw onions, chilly and mustard is also a staple. For meat we will be relishing duck meat which is considered a delicacy in Assamese cuisine. One of the most important items in their cuisine is fish ideally prepared in a sour gray called Maas’orTenga. We end the  meal with a kheer which is a dessert made of brown rice .

In the evening walk around a nearby tea estate .O/n at Wild Grass Resort  or similar

Day 4: Kaziranga

Early in the morning go for a safari on Elephant back to get up close with  the world’s great one-horned Rhinos at the Kaziranga National Park. After breakfast, drive to Panbarivillag to  soak in the culture and food of the Mishing tribe. Mainly residing on the banks of the Brahmaputra, the members of this  are experts at farming and fishing, though the womenfolk are equally skilled in weaving. Walk around the village understanding the unique culture and agricultural practices of this friendly community.

Food and drink are an integral part of theMishing tribe’s culture and they probablymake the best rice beer in Assam. They will demonstrate how they extract rice beer from cooked rice giving us an opportunity to taste this smooth milky brew. Fish forms a big part of the diet, which will be evident during our meal. Besides various preparations of fish, we will have foraged vegetables and locally prepared chicken as well.

In the afternoon we go for a jeep safari in the Western range of the park, where you will see lots of herbivores like the Rhino, Swamp Deer, Hog Deer, Water Buffalo and Wild Boar. O/n at Wild Grass Rresort  or similar

Day 5: Kaziranga– Rajgarh -Nameri

Start early in the morning for our drive to Rajgarh , a small village inhabited by the Bodo tribe. Over here we will have an opportunity to experience the rural Assamese way of life by participating in farming activities and cooking with the locals.

After a cup of tea with traditional rice cakes called Pitha , we set out to get our hands dirty. We  get busy in the fields, plucking the greens and vegetables for lunch and learning how to harvest paddy.

Now begins the fun part when we learn to make a traditional side dish called TilBilahi Chutney (Sesame and Tomatoes Chutney)  along with preparations of the freshly plucked vegetables. Our lavish lunch spread will consist of TekeliPitha [Rice cake], Tribal Style chicken preparation, barbeque pork on skewers, freshly plucked vegetables and adifferent type of alkali, locally called Khar.

By late evening drive to Nameri . O/n at Nameri Eco camp.

Day 6: Nameri

Nameri National Park is located on the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. Most parts of Nameri are covered bymoist evergreen deciduous forests with over 600 species of plants to be found in the area. The park is noted for its vibrant bird life which numbers more than 400 species.

In the morning relax around the campsite and go for a walk in the nearby forest. In the second half go rafting on the tranquil waters of the JiaBhorali riverNavigate through the spectacular landscapein the company of water birds like the Ibisbill, Egrets, Herons and Teals. O/n at Nameri Eco camp or similar

Day 7: Nameri to Guwahati                                                         208 kms; Drive time: 5 hours

Drop to Guwahati airport

Cost per person: Rs.36,000/-

Included

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in homestays, hotels and tents
  • All meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Giant cycles provided by our partner
  • A Tempo traveler and a pickup truck to transport people and cycles for the duration of the trip.
  • A professional cycle guide , knowledgeable about the area

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Guwahati
  • Entry fees and camera fees at any of the parks, museums or places of sightseeing
  • Extra beds at any hotels
  • Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport.
  • Soft drink charges, table drinks, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer and liquor charges.
  • Any other item not mentioned in “Cost Includes” section above.
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  •   Dates:
  •   Region: Arunachal Pradesh
  •   Duration: 10 days
  •   Activity: Adventure
  •   Grade: Moderate
  •   Price: On Re
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Arunachal Pradesh is an adventure that is every explorer’s dream! Remote valleys covered in lush green forests that can be only reached on foot, rehabilitation snow-capped mountains glistening under the sun, shop gushing rivers carving deep gorges. Arunachal’s rugged beauty is sure to charm you like no other.

The region west of the Kameng River, which includes Bomdila and Tawang, is popularly referred to as West Arunachal. This part of Arunachal is mainly dominated by the Monpas, a benevolent Buddhist tribe, residing in one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes.

From trekking through dense temperate forests and admiring glorious views of Gorichen peak, the highest mountain in Arunachal, to exchanging stories with the local villagers, over hot cups of tea and laughter- there are endless discoveries of the mystic mountains and its forests, culture and life to be made on this trip.

All in all this trip is an ideal mix of adventure and culture set in the most scenic landscapes of the Eastern Himalayas.

  • Trek in the remote and pristine landscapes of Arunachal Pradesh
  • Learn about the culture of the Monpa tribe
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Arunachal’ highest mountains
  • Visit one of the largest Buddhist monastery in the world
  • Drive to some beautiful glacial lakes

Day 1: Guwahati to Bhalukpong                      223 kms; Drive time: 6 hours
Pickup from Guwahati airport and drive to Bhalukpong. O/n at Prahsanti Tourist Cottages

Day 2: Bhalukpong to Dirang                           199 kms; Drive time: 5 hours
From Bhalukpong our road winds up the Kameng river, passing through thick forests and open valleys till your reach Dirang . On the way we visit the Tipi Orchid Centre. O/n at Hotel Pemaling or similar

Day 3: Dirang – Thembang – Lagam             7 kms;  Trek: 6 hours
After an early breakfast commence our one hour scenic drive to the historic village of Thembang.  Walk around this Monpa village learning about its rich history and association with the Tibetan kings of yore.

From here starts our 6 hour trek to the village of Lagam. Initially the route descends down to Semnak village, from where a steep climb through virgin temperate forests gets you to Lagam village. O/n in tents

Day 4: Lagam to Chander                                  12 kms; Trek: 6 hours
In the morning walk through the village and interact with the villagers to get a glimpse of their life.  Post breakfast continue climbing through mixed temperate forests teeming with a variety of flora & fauna. The forest would be teeming with birds, giving us an opportunity to see avian beauties like Grandla, Chestnut tailed Minla, Blue headed Rock Thrush, and Bullfinch. O/n in tents

Day 5: Chander to Sangti                                   14 kms; Trek: 6 hours
Weather permiting we will get some grand views of the Gorichen mountain from this camp. This majestic mountains is the highest one in Arunachal.

Our last day’s walk will take us through an open landscape of fields and small hillocks which we will cross over to enter into the fabled Sangti Valley. This picture perfect valley seems like a place straight out of fairy tales. Its serenity accentuated by the lazy meandering of the Sangti river through the broad open valley, patched with golden paddy fields and slender pines. Typical stone houses built by the Monpas lend a very special charm to this place.
From here we drive back to Dirang. O/n at Hotel Pemaling or similar

Day 6: Dirang to Tawang                                   128 kms; Drive time: 6 hours
Commence the most scenic drive of your trip early in the morning. Our road keeps climbing up all the way till Sela pass offering some grand panoramas of the region. Take a brief halt at the 14,000 foot Sela pass, admiring the beautiful lake and its surroundings. On the way stop at Jung waterfalls. O/n at Dolma Khangsar Guesthouse or similar

Day 7: Tawang
The higher reaches of Tawang have many glacial lakes , some of which we will visit. Drive to PT Tso lake and Sangetsar lake also popularly referred to as Madhuri lake, en route we will also visit Nagula and several other small lakes .

In the afternoon visit the grand Tawang monastery . This monastery built in the 17th century by Merak Lama is one of the largest in the world. O/n at Dolma Khangsar Guesthouse or similar

Day 8: Tawang to Bomdila                               170 kms; Drive Time: 7.5 hours
Commence our return journey by driving back to Bomdila, on the way visit the War Memorial where we will learn about the 1962 war with China. .

In Bomdila we will stay at  Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Lling giving us an opportunity to interact with the monks. O/n at Doe-Gu-Khil guesthouse

Day 9: Bomdila to Nameri                                121 kms; Drive Time: 4 hours
Today we finally return back to the plains of Assam, bringing to an end a memorable trip. Unwind yourself in the lap of nature at Nameri National Park . O/n at Nameri Eco camp or similar

Day 10: Nameri to Guwahati                           224 kms; Drive time: 5.5 hours
Drop to Guwahati airport. Participants are suggested to book flights departing after 3 pm

 

Cost per person(for Indian nationals): Rs.39,000/-

Included

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in homestays, hotels and tents
  • All meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Giant cycles provided by our partner
  • A Tempo traveler and a pickup truck to transport people and cycles for the duration of the trip.
  • A professional cycle guide , knowledgeable about the area

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Guwahati
  • Entry fees and camera fees at any of the parks, museums or places of sightseeing
  • Extra beds at any hotels
  • Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport.
  • Soft drink charges, table drinks, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer and liquor charges.
  • Any other item not mentioned in “Cost Includes” section above.
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Snapshot

  •   Dates:
  •   Region: Arunachal Pradesh
  •   Duration: 10 days
  •   Activity: Adventure
  •   Grade: Moderate
  •   Price: On Re
Register Now!

Arunachal Pradesh is an adventure that is every explorer’s dream! Remote valleys covered in lush green forests that can be only reached on foot, rehabilitation snow-capped mountains glistening under the sun, shop gushing rivers carving deep gorges. Arunachal’s rugged beauty is sure to charm you like no other.

The region west of the Kameng River, which includes Bomdila and Tawang, is popularly referred to as West Arunachal. This part of Arunachal is mainly dominated by the Monpas, a benevolent Buddhist tribe, residing in one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes.

From trekking through dense temperate forests and admiring glorious views of Gorichen peak, the highest mountain in Arunachal, to exchanging stories with the local villagers, over hot cups of tea and laughter- there are endless discoveries of the mystic mountains and its forests, culture and life to be made on this trip.

All in all this trip is an ideal mix of adventure and culture set in the most scenic landscapes of the Eastern Himalayas.

  • Trek in the remote and pristine landscapes of Arunachal Pradesh
  • Learn about the culture of the Monpa tribe
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Arunachal’ highest mountains
  • Visit one of the largest Buddhist monastery in the world
  • Drive to some beautiful glacial lakes

Day 1: Guwahati to Bhalukpong                      223 kms; Drive time: 6 hours
Pickup from Guwahati airport and drive to Bhalukpong. O/n at Prahsanti Tourist Cottages

Day 2: Bhalukpong to Dirang                           199 kms; Drive time: 5 hours
From Bhalukpong our road winds up the Kameng river, passing through thick forests and open valleys till your reach Dirang . On the way we visit the Tipi Orchid Centre. O/n at Hotel Pemaling or similar

Day 3: Dirang – Thembang – Lagam             7 kms;  Trek: 6 hours
After an early breakfast commence our one hour scenic drive to the historic village of Thembang.  Walk around this Monpa village learning about its rich history and association with the Tibetan kings of yore.

From here starts our 6 hour trek to the village of Lagam. Initially the route descends down to Semnak village, from where a steep climb through virgin temperate forests gets you to Lagam village. O/n in tents

Day 4: Lagam to Chander                                  12 kms; Trek: 6 hours
In the morning walk through the village and interact with the villagers to get a glimpse of their life.  Post breakfast continue climbing through mixed temperate forests teeming with a variety of flora & fauna. The forest would be teeming with birds, giving us an opportunity to see avian beauties like Grandla, Chestnut tailed Minla, Blue headed Rock Thrush, and Bullfinch. O/n in tents

Day 5: Chander to Sangti                                   14 kms; Trek: 6 hours
Weather permiting we will get some grand views of the Gorichen mountain from this camp. This majestic mountains is the highest one in Arunachal.

Our last day’s walk will take us through an open landscape of fields and small hillocks which we will cross over to enter into the fabled Sangti Valley. This picture perfect valley seems like a place straight out of fairy tales. Its serenity accentuated by the lazy meandering of the Sangti river through the broad open valley, patched with golden paddy fields and slender pines. Typical stone houses built by the Monpas lend a very special charm to this place.
From here we drive back to Dirang. O/n at Hotel Pemaling or similar

Day 6: Dirang to Tawang                                   128 kms; Drive time: 6 hours
Commence the most scenic drive of your trip early in the morning. Our road keeps climbing up all the way till Sela pass offering some grand panoramas of the region. Take a brief halt at the 14,000 foot Sela pass, admiring the beautiful lake and its surroundings. On the way stop at Jung waterfalls. O/n at Dolma Khangsar Guesthouse or similar

Day 7: Tawang
The higher reaches of Tawang have many glacial lakes , some of which we will visit. Drive to PT Tso lake and Sangetsar lake also popularly referred to as Madhuri lake, en route we will also visit Nagula and several other small lakes .

In the afternoon visit the grand Tawang monastery . This monastery built in the 17th century by Merak Lama is one of the largest in the world. O/n at Dolma Khangsar Guesthouse or similar

Day 8: Tawang to Bomdila                               170 kms; Drive Time: 7.5 hours
Commence our return journey by driving back to Bomdila, on the way visit the War Memorial where we will learn about the 1962 war with China. .

In Bomdila we will stay at  Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Lling giving us an opportunity to interact with the monks. O/n at Doe-Gu-Khil guesthouse

Day 9: Bomdila to Nameri                                121 kms; Drive Time: 4 hours
Today we finally return back to the plains of Assam, bringing to an end a memorable trip. Unwind yourself in the lap of nature at Nameri National Park . O/n at Nameri Eco camp or similar

Day 10: Nameri to Guwahati                           224 kms; Drive time: 5.5 hours
Drop to Guwahati airport. Participants are suggested to book flights departing after 3 pm

 

Cost per person(for Indian nationals): Rs.39,000/-

Included

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in homestays, hotels and tents
  • All meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Giant cycles provided by our partner
  • A Tempo traveler and a pickup truck to transport people and cycles for the duration of the trip.
  • A professional cycle guide , knowledgeable about the area

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Guwahati
  • Entry fees and camera fees at any of the parks, museums or places of sightseeing
  • Extra beds at any hotels
  • Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport.
  • Soft drink charges, table drinks, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer and liquor charges.
  • Any other item not mentioned in “Cost Includes” section above.
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Snapshot

  •   Dates: 
  •   Region: Meghalaya
  •   Duration: 8 days
  •   Activity: Adventure
  •   Grade: Easy
  •   Price: On Req
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This thrilling trip gives you an opportunity to experience Meghalaya though various adventure activities like, abortion
Kayaking Caving and Trekking, while correlating the essence of their culture with the land.  We walk through the sacred forests of Mawphlang -learning from them the ancient wisdom of the Khasis, trek to the Double Decker root bridges to be awed by their beauty, jump boulders to navigate the canyon of the Dawki river and kayak up its waters.

In keeping the best for the last, we open up a whole new world by literally taking you underground, into the unexplored world of limestone caves. We navigate through the horizontal cave passages of the opulent Krem Mawmluh; laden with amazing natural formations like stalagmites, stalactites, cave curtains and candles.

All in all, an adrenaline packed trip, with the right balance of adventure and culture.

  • Explore a limestone cave
  • Trek to the Double Decker Root bridges in Cherrapunji
  • Kayaking on the Dawki river
  • Walk in a 200 year old sacred forest
  • Visit Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia
  • Camp at a scenic campsite near a river

Day 1: Guwahati to Shillong                                117 kms; Drive time: 4 hours
Pickup from Guwahati airport and drive to Shillong. O/n at Lachaumiere House or similar

Day 2: Shillong Sightseeing
Most part of the day will be spent exploring areas around Shillong. We start our day with a walk in the ancient forests of Mawphlang. The Khasi people of Meghalaya were once animists who believed in the spirits of the forest, maintaining a close relationship with them. In those days every village demarcated a large tract of forest for their sacred rituals, but today Mawphlang is one of the last few villages to maintain this heritage.   On our way back we take a brief halt at Shillong peak from where we get panoramic views of entire Shillong.

After lunch we proceed to watch ‘Siat Khnam’ , a local form of archery on which locals gamble. O/n stay at Lachaumiere House or similar

Day 3: Shillong – Mawlynnong – Dawki        90 kms; Drive time: 4 hours
After breakfast we drive to the picturesque village of Mawlynnong, acclaimed to be the cleanest one in all of Asia. Walk through this flower laden village, interacting with the locals to understand what motivates them to keep their village spick and span. Crank up the excitement with a walk to your first ever Root bridge in the neighboring village of Riwai.

After enjoying our local meal in Mawlynnong, continue to Dawki where we stay at a scenic campsite besidea river. O/n in tents

Day 4: Dawki             
Today is our first day of adventure activities. In the morning we head down the serene Umgot river for Kayaking over its waters. And if you break a sweat then jump into its emerald waters for a refreshing swim.

In the second half Zip line across the Umgot river . In the evening sit and chat around the warmth of a bon fire. O/n in tents

 Day 5: Dawki to Cherrapunji                              86 kms; Drive time: 4 hours
For those who want to take a dip in the waters can go for a swim and those who want to go for a round in the country boat, can explore the river . By afternoon drive to Cherrapunji . O/n at Sa-I-Mika Park or similar

Day 6: Caving – Krem Mawmluh
Today head out for an exciting excursion into the unknown world of caves. You will be exploring a cave named Krem Mawmluh. With a total length of over 7kms of cave passages, Krem Mawmluh is situated approximately half a kilometer west of Cherrapunji adjacent to the small hamlet of Mawmluh from which the cave takes its name. The cave’s 7kms contain of passages much of which are fine river passages of impressive proportions, calcite formations of various kinds, waist deep pools, few meters of belly crawl and few climbs.

From the road head you would trek for around 45 minutes to the mouth of the cave. Here you would change into caving gear -a wet suit, caving suit, helmet and headlamp. Under the supervision of an expert caver you would walk, crawl, squeeze and wade through water for 3 hours in the various cave passages. O/n at Sa-I-Mika Park or similar

Day 7: Trek to Double Decker Root bridges
Living Root Bridges are unique live bridges found only in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya.  The secondary roots of a species of Indian Rubber Tree Ficus Elastica- are trained over 20-25 years to form these living bridges to cross fast flowing rivers and streams. Some of these bio-engineering wonders are 53 feet, 70 feet, 100 feet  long. The Double Decker Root Bridge has two levels. They are very strong, can carry many people at a time and can, perhaps,last 500 years.

The trek passes through some verdant slopes, criss-crossed by streams. At some places the stream has made some natural pondswith emerald blue waters where you can take a dip. The trek is moderately difficult since one needs to descend 2500 feet into the valley and then climb up the same altitude again. O/n at Sa-I-Mika Park or similar

Day 8: Cherapunjee to Guwahati airport        165 kms; Drive time: 5.5 hours
Start early in the morning for our final drop to Guwahati airport. Participants are advised to book their flights departing after 2.30 pm.

 

Cost per person: Rs.33,000/-

Included

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in homestays, hotels and tents
  • All meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Giant cycles provided by our partner
  • A Tempo traveler and a pickup truck to transport people and cycles for the duration of the trip.
  • A professional cycle guide , knowledgeable about the area

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Guwahati
  • Entry fees and camera fees at any of the parks, museums or places of sightseeing
  • Extra beds at any hotels
  • Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport.
  • Soft drink charges, table drinks, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer and liquor charges.
  • Any other item not mentioned in “Cost Includes” section above.
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Snapshot

  •   Dates:
  •   Region: Arunachal Pradesh
  •   Duration: 10 days
  •   Activity: Adventure
  •   Grade: Moderate
  •   Price: On Re
Register Now!

Arunachal Pradesh is an adventure that is every explorer’s dream! Remote valleys covered in lush green forests that can be only reached on foot, rehabilitation snow-capped mountains glistening under the sun, shop gushing rivers carving deep gorges. Arunachal’s rugged beauty is sure to charm you like no other.

The region west of the Kameng River, which includes Bomdila and Tawang, is popularly referred to as West Arunachal. This part of Arunachal is mainly dominated by the Monpas, a benevolent Buddhist tribe, residing in one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes.

From trekking through dense temperate forests and admiring glorious views of Gorichen peak, the highest mountain in Arunachal, to exchanging stories with the local villagers, over hot cups of tea and laughter- there are endless discoveries of the mystic mountains and its forests, culture and life to be made on this trip.

All in all this trip is an ideal mix of adventure and culture set in the most scenic landscapes of the Eastern Himalayas.

  • Trek in the remote and pristine landscapes of Arunachal Pradesh
  • Learn about the culture of the Monpa tribe
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Arunachal’ highest mountains
  • Visit one of the largest Buddhist monastery in the world
  • Drive to some beautiful glacial lakes

Day 1: Guwahati to Bhalukpong                      223 kms; Drive time: 6 hours
Pickup from Guwahati airport and drive to Bhalukpong. O/n at Prahsanti Tourist Cottages

Day 2: Bhalukpong to Dirang                           199 kms; Drive time: 5 hours
From Bhalukpong our road winds up the Kameng river, passing through thick forests and open valleys till your reach Dirang . On the way we visit the Tipi Orchid Centre. O/n at Hotel Pemaling or similar

Day 3: Dirang – Thembang – Lagam             7 kms;  Trek: 6 hours
After an early breakfast commence our one hour scenic drive to the historic village of Thembang.  Walk around this Monpa village learning about its rich history and association with the Tibetan kings of yore.

From here starts our 6 hour trek to the village of Lagam. Initially the route descends down to Semnak village, from where a steep climb through virgin temperate forests gets you to Lagam village. O/n in tents

Day 4: Lagam to Chander                                  12 kms; Trek: 6 hours
In the morning walk through the village and interact with the villagers to get a glimpse of their life.  Post breakfast continue climbing through mixed temperate forests teeming with a variety of flora & fauna. The forest would be teeming with birds, giving us an opportunity to see avian beauties like Grandla, Chestnut tailed Minla, Blue headed Rock Thrush, and Bullfinch. O/n in tents

Day 5: Chander to Sangti                                   14 kms; Trek: 6 hours
Weather permiting we will get some grand views of the Gorichen mountain from this camp. This majestic mountains is the highest one in Arunachal.

Our last day’s walk will take us through an open landscape of fields and small hillocks which we will cross over to enter into the fabled Sangti Valley. This picture perfect valley seems like a place straight out of fairy tales. Its serenity accentuated by the lazy meandering of the Sangti river through the broad open valley, patched with golden paddy fields and slender pines. Typical stone houses built by the Monpas lend a very special charm to this place.
From here we drive back to Dirang. O/n at Hotel Pemaling or similar

Day 6: Dirang to Tawang                                   128 kms; Drive time: 6 hours
Commence the most scenic drive of your trip early in the morning. Our road keeps climbing up all the way till Sela pass offering some grand panoramas of the region. Take a brief halt at the 14,000 foot Sela pass, admiring the beautiful lake and its surroundings. On the way stop at Jung waterfalls. O/n at Dolma Khangsar Guesthouse or similar

Day 7: Tawang
The higher reaches of Tawang have many glacial lakes , some of which we will visit. Drive to PT Tso lake and Sangetsar lake also popularly referred to as Madhuri lake, en route we will also visit Nagula and several other small lakes .

In the afternoon visit the grand Tawang monastery . This monastery built in the 17th century by Merak Lama is one of the largest in the world. O/n at Dolma Khangsar Guesthouse or similar

Day 8: Tawang to Bomdila                               170 kms; Drive Time: 7.5 hours
Commence our return journey by driving back to Bomdila, on the way visit the War Memorial where we will learn about the 1962 war with China. .

In Bomdila we will stay at  Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Lling giving us an opportunity to interact with the monks. O/n at Doe-Gu-Khil guesthouse

Day 9: Bomdila to Nameri                                121 kms; Drive Time: 4 hours
Today we finally return back to the plains of Assam, bringing to an end a memorable trip. Unwind yourself in the lap of nature at Nameri National Park . O/n at Nameri Eco camp or similar

Day 10: Nameri to Guwahati                           224 kms; Drive time: 5.5 hours
Drop to Guwahati airport. Participants are suggested to book flights departing after 3 pm

 

Cost per person(for Indian nationals): Rs.39,000/-

Included

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in homestays, hotels and tents
  • All meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Giant cycles provided by our partner
  • A Tempo traveler and a pickup truck to transport people and cycles for the duration of the trip.
  • A professional cycle guide , knowledgeable about the area

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Guwahati
  • Entry fees and camera fees at any of the parks, museums or places of sightseeing
  • Extra beds at any hotels
  • Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport.
  • Soft drink charges, table drinks, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer and liquor charges.
  • Any other item not mentioned in “Cost Includes” section above.
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  •   Dates: 
  •   Region: Meghalaya
  •   Duration: 8 days
  •   Activity: Adventure
  •   Grade: Easy
  •   Price: On Req
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This thrilling trip gives you an opportunity to experience Meghalaya though various adventure activities like, abortion
Kayaking Caving and Trekking, while correlating the essence of their culture with the land.  We walk through the sacred forests of Mawphlang -learning from them the ancient wisdom of the Khasis, trek to the Double Decker root bridges to be awed by their beauty, jump boulders to navigate the canyon of the Dawki river and kayak up its waters.

In keeping the best for the last, we open up a whole new world by literally taking you underground, into the unexplored world of limestone caves. We navigate through the horizontal cave passages of the opulent Krem Mawmluh; laden with amazing natural formations like stalagmites, stalactites, cave curtains and candles.

All in all, an adrenaline packed trip, with the right balance of adventure and culture.

  • Explore a limestone cave
  • Trek to the Double Decker Root bridges in Cherrapunji
  • Kayaking on the Dawki river
  • Walk in a 200 year old sacred forest
  • Visit Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia
  • Camp at a scenic campsite near a river

Day 1: Guwahati to Shillong                                117 kms; Drive time: 4 hours
Pickup from Guwahati airport and drive to Shillong. O/n at Lachaumiere House or similar

Day 2: Shillong Sightseeing
Most part of the day will be spent exploring areas around Shillong. We start our day with a walk in the ancient forests of Mawphlang. The Khasi people of Meghalaya were once animists who believed in the spirits of the forest, maintaining a close relationship with them. In those days every village demarcated a large tract of forest for their sacred rituals, but today Mawphlang is one of the last few villages to maintain this heritage.   On our way back we take a brief halt at Shillong peak from where we get panoramic views of entire Shillong.

After lunch we proceed to watch ‘Siat Khnam’ , a local form of archery on which locals gamble. O/n stay at Lachaumiere House or similar

Day 3: Shillong – Mawlynnong – Dawki        90 kms; Drive time: 4 hours
After breakfast we drive to the picturesque village of Mawlynnong, acclaimed to be the cleanest one in all of Asia. Walk through this flower laden village, interacting with the locals to understand what motivates them to keep their village spick and span. Crank up the excitement with a walk to your first ever Root bridge in the neighboring village of Riwai.

After enjoying our local meal in Mawlynnong, continue to Dawki where we stay at a scenic campsite besidea river. O/n in tents

Day 4: Dawki             
Today is our first day of adventure activities. In the morning we head down the serene Umgot river for Kayaking over its waters. And if you break a sweat then jump into its emerald waters for a refreshing swim.

In the second half Zip line across the Umgot river . In the evening sit and chat around the warmth of a bon fire. O/n in tents

 Day 5: Dawki to Cherrapunji                              86 kms; Drive time: 4 hours
For those who want to take a dip in the waters can go for a swim and those who want to go for a round in the country boat, can explore the river . By afternoon drive to Cherrapunji . O/n at Sa-I-Mika Park or similar

Day 6: Caving – Krem Mawmluh
Today head out for an exciting excursion into the unknown world of caves. You will be exploring a cave named Krem Mawmluh. With a total length of over 7kms of cave passages, Krem Mawmluh is situated approximately half a kilometer west of Cherrapunji adjacent to the small hamlet of Mawmluh from which the cave takes its name. The cave’s 7kms contain of passages much of which are fine river passages of impressive proportions, calcite formations of various kinds, waist deep pools, few meters of belly crawl and few climbs.

From the road head you would trek for around 45 minutes to the mouth of the cave. Here you would change into caving gear -a wet suit, caving suit, helmet and headlamp. Under the supervision of an expert caver you would walk, crawl, squeeze and wade through water for 3 hours in the various cave passages. O/n at Sa-I-Mika Park or similar

Day 7: Trek to Double Decker Root bridges
Living Root Bridges are unique live bridges found only in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya.  The secondary roots of a species of Indian Rubber Tree Ficus Elastica- are trained over 20-25 years to form these living bridges to cross fast flowing rivers and streams. Some of these bio-engineering wonders are 53 feet, 70 feet, 100 feet  long. The Double Decker Root Bridge has two levels. They are very strong, can carry many people at a time and can, perhaps,last 500 years.

The trek passes through some verdant slopes, criss-crossed by streams. At some places the stream has made some natural pondswith emerald blue waters where you can take a dip. The trek is moderately difficult since one needs to descend 2500 feet into the valley and then climb up the same altitude again. O/n at Sa-I-Mika Park or similar

Day 8: Cherapunjee to Guwahati airport        165 kms; Drive time: 5.5 hours
Start early in the morning for our final drop to Guwahati airport. Participants are advised to book their flights departing after 2.30 pm.

 

Cost per person: Rs.33,000/-

Included

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in homestays, hotels and tents
  • All meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Giant cycles provided by our partner
  • A Tempo traveler and a pickup truck to transport people and cycles for the duration of the trip.
  • A professional cycle guide , knowledgeable about the area

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Guwahati
  • Entry fees and camera fees at any of the parks, museums or places of sightseeing
  • Extra beds at any hotels
  • Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport.
  • Soft drink charges, table drinks, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer and liquor charges.
  • Any other item not mentioned in “Cost Includes” section above.
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  •   Dates:
  •   Region: Arunachal Pradesh
  •   Duration: 10 days
  •   Activity: Biking
  •   Grade: Moderate
  •   Price: On Request
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Dense virgin forests, cardiologist
spectacular snow capped mountains, find
gushing rivers cutting deep gorges; few other places in the world come close to the raw, rugged beauty of Arunachal Pradesh.

Riding through this section of Arunachal Pradesh is definitely a must do. Its untouched landscape and tribal people with their traditional ways of living, will open you up to how humans have used nature to survive in the harshest of condition of eons. This journey will take you through dense temperate forests, besides gushing rivers ,over high passes and stunning glacial lakes.

Our West Arunachal Biking Tour is definitely off the beaten track; the roads will challenge you as a rider, the landscapes mesmerize you, the people’s way of life and hospitality will make you question everything you thought you knew about India.

  • 1200 kilometer ride through pristine landscapes
  • Cross over Sela Pass at 14,000 feet
  • Ride to some stunning glacial lakes
  • Camp out in a spectacular location
  • Rafting on Jia Bhorali river
  • Interact with local communities and learn about their culture

Day 1: Guwahati
Arrive at Guwahati by mid day and check into our hotel. Collect your bike and familiarize yourself with it. In the evening, gather for a briefing and introductory session. Early dinner and sleep for an early departure next day. O/n at Hotel Ginger or similar

Day 2 : Guwahati to Nameri                           223 kms kms; 5 hours
After breakfast, we ride to Nameri National Park, at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. Majority of the ride is over paved, four lane highway passing through Assamese countryside. Ride through undulating tea plantations and past rice paddy fields.

In the afternoon go rafting on the serene waters of the Jia Bhorali river. O/n at Nameri Eco Camp or similar.

Day 3: Nameri to Dirang                                  164 kms; 6 hours
A half hour ride from Nameri gets us to Bhalukpong, the entry point into West Arunachal. Finish entry permit formalities and begin ascending.  The road gently starts winding up as we follow the Kameng river,  through thick sub- tropical forests. The area is under heavy army control and we shall pass many army camps and regiments.  O/n at Hotel Pemaling or similar

Day 4: Dirang to Tawang                                 170 kms; 6.5 hours
Commence the most scenic drive of your trip early in the morning. The road keeps climbing up all the way till Sela pass, offering some grand panoramas of the region. Take a brief halt at the 14,000 foot Sela pass, admiring the beautiful lake and its surroundings. On the way stop at Jung waterfalls. O/n at  Zax Star or similar

Day 5: Tawang
In the morning visit the world’s largest Buddisht monastery . For those who like to walk we can do a 1 hour hike to the Nunnery attached to the Tawang monastery. In the second half visit the War Memorial . O/n at  Zax Star or similar

Day 6: Tawang to Zemithang                         134 kms; 5 hours
The higher reaches of Tawang are dotted with many glacial lakes, some of which we will visit today. Drive to P.T.Tso lake and Sangetsar lake, form where we drive further to T Gompa. From here we take a little know road to reach the scenic valley of Zemithang , on the tri junction of Arunachal, Bhutan and China. Overnight stay will be in tents at a campsite. A bonfire to keep warm and stars to light up the night. O/n in tents

Day 7: Zemithang
Zemithang valley is the home of Monpa tribe who are Buddhists . The valley is dotted with a number of Monpa villages with traditional houses. We will go for a walk to some of the villages and further for a trek in the forest.  O/n in tents

Day 8: Zemithang to Dirang                           207 kms; 8 hours
After breakfast ride back to Dirang, via Sela Pass  . O/n at Hotel Pemaling

Day 9: Dirang to Nameri                                  164 kms; 5.5 hours
Continue our descent down to the plains of Assam. Unwind and relax at our serene camp, besides the Jia Bhorali river. O/n at Nameri Eco camp

Day 10: Nameri to Guwahati                          223 kms; 5 hours
We ride to our bike drop off point and disperse as we wish. A drop off to the airport or a hotel (booked at extra cost) .

Cost per rider ( for Indian nationals):
Cost per pillion ( for Indian nationals):

Included

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in homestays, hotels and tents
  • All meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Giant cycles provided by our partner
  • A Tempo traveler and a pickup truck to transport people and cycles for the duration of the trip.
  • A professional cycle guide , knowledgeable about the area

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Guwahati
  • Entry fees and camera fees at any of the parks, museums or places of sightseeing
  • Extra beds at any hotels
  • Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport.
  • Soft drink charges, table drinks, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer and liquor charges.
  • Any other item not mentioned in “Cost Includes” section above.
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  •   Dates: 05 Mar – 11 Mar
  •   Region: Meghalaya
  •   Duration: 7 days
  •   Activity: Cycling
  •   Grade: Moderate
  •   Price: Rs.36, rx 500/-
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A land of incessant rainfall and thunderous waterfalls, web Meghalaya stands true to its Sanskrit meaning ‘The Abode of Clouds’.

The low hills, hepatitis with spectacular views, cool climate, and serpentine roads make it an ideal biking destination.

Our trip commences from the capital city of Shillong set amongst undulating pine-covered hills. Bustling markets, lively music gigs, and open gardens characterise this city, which still maintains much of its British Era charm. We ride to Sohra, more popularly known as Cherrapunjee, perhaps the wettest place on earth. We experience the beautiful waterfalls, surreal blue pools and the outwardly root bridges on our hike to Nongriat. From Sohra, we ride on towards Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia. We proceed to spend a night on the beach by the river Dawki, with crystal clear waters. We wake up to a brilliant sunrise at the camp site, and trace our way back towards Shillong, where our journey ends.

  • Cycle through scenic undulating terrain of Meghalaya
  • Trek to Double Decker Root Bridges in Cherrapunji
  • Stay in Mawlynnong , the cleanest village in Asia
  • Camp on the banks of crystal clear Dawki River

Day 1: Drive Guwahati to Shillong (115 Km/5 hours)
Arrive at Guwahati airport latest by 2:30 pm, and drive to Shillong. O/N at Lachaumiere House or similar.

Day 2: Drive Shillong to Air Force Museum (10 Km) / Cycle to Sohra (40 Km/3 hours)
The first day of the ride, we avoid the steep slopes from Shillong city to the Air Force base. We start riding from near the Air Force museum. The terrain is gentle and undulating from here, and we pass by terraced hills. We cross Umtyngar, continuing on the road to the right. We go across a bridge at Duwang Sing Syiem view point. Here we stop for some refreshments. Then we cycle with beautiful table top mountains on our left, and then onward to a plateau, before the final climb to Sohra.
O/N in Sa-I-Mika Park.

Day 3: Cycle from Sohra to Tyrna (20 Km/1.5 hours). Trek from Tyrna to Nongriat (4 – 5 hours)
We cycle downhill towards our destination – the double decker root bridges in Nongriat. En route, numerous waterfalls dotting the wooded hills are a sight to behold. We end our ride at Tyrna village, and then descend more than 2000 steps into the valley.

The trek passes through verdant slopes, criss-crossed by streams. At some places the stream has made some natural ponds, containing emerald blue water where you can take a dip. We cross a couple of long metal hanging bridges, to finally reach our destination.

Living Root Bridges are unique live bridges found only in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. The secondary roots of a species of Indian Rubber Tree FicusElastica- are nurtured over 20-25 years to form these living bridges to cross fast flowing rivers and streams. Some of these bio-engineering wonders are 53 feet, 70 feet, 100 feet long. The Double Decker Root Bridge has two levels. They are very strong, can carry many people at a time and perhaps can last 500 years. O/N in Sa-I-Mika Park.

Day 4: Cycle from Sohra to Mawlynnong (80 Km/4 hours)
Today we retrace our path to Umtyngar. From Umtyngar, we move towards Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia. Familiar rolling hills accompany us on both sides. In the evening we walk around this picturesque village and climb up a machan from where we can enjoy the setting sun over the plains of Bangladesh. O/N in community cottages in Mawlynnong.

Day 5: Cycle from Mawlynnong to Shnongpdeng near Dawki (40 Km/3 hours)
In the morning ride to the neighbouring village of Riwai to walk to a beautiful root bridge. From here continue our descent to Dawki . We cross Dawki River, and Dawki, where we get a clear view of Bangladesh plains. Moving onward, we cycle to Shnongpdeng, where we are to camp on the banks of Umngot River. We are ferried in boats to our campsite. The last few kilometres on the road are quite rough, but the place is worth the trouble with clear, turquoise water and pristine surroundings. We spend the evening relaxing by the river side, with camp fire at night. O/N in tents.

Day 6: Cycle from Dawki to Shillong (90 Km/6 – 7 hours)
We start early towards Shillong. This is the longest day, but also our last in such beautiful hills, so we enjoy it as long as we can, going at our own pace. If time permits we can visit Police Bazar. O/N at Lachaumiere House or similar.
Day 7: Shillong to Guwahati (115 Km/4 hours)
Drop to Guwahati airport, to board an afternoon flight.

Note: Sometimes, in case of heavy or incessant rain, camping might not be possible, and cycling may have to be curtailed. Participants’ safety and comfort will be paramount. These decisions will be taken on the spot, and in consultation with the members. Organizers decision will be final.

Cost per rider ( for Indian nationals): Rs.36,500/-

Included

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in homestays, hotels and tents
  • All meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Giant cycles provided by our partner
  • A Tempo traveler and a pickup truck to transport people and cycles for the duration of the trip.
  • A professional cycle guide , knowledgeable about the area

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Guwahati
  • Entry fees and camera fees at any of the parks, museums or places of sightseeing
  • Extra beds at any hotels
  • Excess stay & meals due to bad weather conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of flights or any other form of transport.
  • Soft drink charges, table drinks, laundry, cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer and liquor charges.
  • Any other item not mentioned in “Cost Includes” section above.
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