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As Antoine Predock, an American architect based in Albuquerque, right puts it : “The connection to place, to the land, the wind, the sun, stars, the moon... it sounds romantic, but it's true - the visceral experience of motion, of moving through time on some amazing machine - a few cars touch on it, but not too many compared to motorcycles. I always felt that any motorcycle journey was special.” A great road is a great road, but if you’re riding a motorcycle, you’re looking for something special: twisties, vistas, turnouts, that perfect stretch of smooth tarmac, and biker-friendly stops that make getting there most of the fun.
Motorcycles and Music, how better can this get! This 8 days trip you will get to ride your motorcycles through some of the exotic locations in India’s north-east and listen live to some great music that will keep ringing in your soul for the rest of your life. This trip will combine two amazing different genre festivals in North East India – The annual cultural extravaganza in the Hornbill Festival at Kohima in Nagaland and the Shine – A – Light Music Festival at Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya. And speaking of the locations, simple in one word – breathtaking.
8 Days, 3 States , 2 massive festivals and 1 kickass ride ! This ride will start from Guwahati , taking you through the winding roads in Meghalaya on curvy roads to Cherrapunjee and then down to the plains of Kaziranga as you negotiate lofty bends on tarmac laces with tea-gardens. We will move up through some rough roads to Kohima and then back again. Adventure style camping and some leisure moments in Kaziranga , this expedition , small in size sure would give your travel nerves a nudge as soon as you look at the e-brochure.
Celebrated from 1st till 10th of December every year within the confines of a heritage village called Kisama, Hornbill Festival is an annual cultural extravaganza celebrated by the tribal people in the state of Nagaland. Named after the beautiful hornbill, a globally respected bird that shows up in the folklore of most of the state’s tribes. This Festival aims at sustaining, reviving, and protecting the richness of the Naga culture and heritage. This also gives visitors, an opportunity to get a ringside view of the enchanting land, its people and its culture which is done through cultural extravaganza worth experiencing. This will definitely make you feel right to be lost in the right direction.
Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage Site and Tiger reserve – is home to more than 80% of the world’s population of the Great One Horned Rhinoceros. Kaziranga is also the home to the highest density of tigers among protected areas in the world, and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. It has a significant population of Asian Elephant and Water Buffalos living here with a wide variety of flora and avifauna in a unique habitat of mainly grasslands close tangled and thorny rattan cane, Elephant grass and tall trees of evergreen forest and numerous water bodies. More than 400 species of birds both resident and migratory are found here. Let nature be your teacher.
Shine-A-Light Festival - It initiated with one purpose in mind – To Revive Rock N Roll with the sole intention to provide support to local musicians and bands. But lo behold!, Who can stop music from becoming what it is. This festival is three day of bliss to music lovers. The festival takes place at a 60 Acre venue in Sohra , Cherrapunjee . Apart from music, there are a lot of other activities like mountain cycling, trekking and cave exploring, among others, to enjoy the scenic beauty and the ambience of the surrounding silent hills. Festival goers also have the choice to camp right next to the venue. “We selected music that has soul and we wanted to keep it raw. Music should be what triggers emotion and that is how the bands and artists, were selected for the festival,”says Atanu Buragohain, a music lover and one of the organizers of the festival. Expect spectacular showmanship on the stage, impressive gigs and exciting adventure excursions.
Day 1 DEC 2nd 2016(FRI) I Guwahati – Cherrapunjee I Approx. Riding Distance & Hrs: 168 Kms / 4.15 hrs I D
This morning we will gather at a pre-designated place in G.S. Road, Near Taj Vivanta Hotel with our motorcycles for our usual safety & road condition briefing. We will start our ride from this point on the way fuelling our motorbikes. The road winds through green hills and crosses beautiful Umium lake. Along the way we will stop in Shillong before arriving at our tented accommodations in Sai Mika Park in Sohra, Cherrapunjee.
We will engage ourselves in the festivities of the Shine-A-Light Music Festival as vivid music bands enthrall us. After dinner we will retire into our tents for the night.
Day 02 Dec 3rd 2016(SAT) l Cherrapunjee I BD
After breakfast, we will ride up to Nongkriat village for a half day hike to the Living Root Bridges - these are bridges made by Khasis entwining the roots of living trees. On the way you will see three interesting villages and can stop to interact with the locals. Come back to the resort for a well deserved rest and again gear up for an engaging musical experience in the festival. Dinner and Overnight.
Day 03 Dec 4th 2016 ( SUN) I Cherrapunjee I BD
After breakfast we ride across the plateau to the village of Mawllnong, considered the cleanest village in Asia. This village is really a special place – the villagers have made it so clean and green, it is like a piece of paradise! Walks to the watch tower made entirely of bamboo, and take in the wonderful view. Visit the border market where goods are traded from Bangladesh. We return to Sai Mika Park for the concluding day of the Shine-A-Light Music Festival. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 04 Dec 5th 2016 (MON) I Cherapunjee – Kaziranga National Park I Approx. Riding Distance & Hrs: 298 Kms/ 7 hrs I BD
After an early breakfast, we will start our journey to Kaziranga National Park. The road goes through green rice fields, tea estates and forest. Venturing into Assam is always interesting on a motorcycle. Dry riverbeds are called as "bali chars" and small riverine islands as "chaporis". Crossroads are called "Charali", ali means road and char means four.
This is going to be a long riding day. On arrival we check into a jungle resort and rest for the day.
Day 05 Dec 6th 2016 (TUE) I Kaziranga National Park – Kohima I Approx. Riding Distance & Hrs: 288 Kms/ 6.45 mts I BD
Early morning after a good breakfast, we ride to Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland. Check into the tents in our camp sites near the festival ground. Later time permitting visit the Kisama Heritage Village where the Hornbill Festival takes place. Make good use of your time and get a glimpse of the festival ground. Return to your camps for overnight stay.
Day 06 Dec 7th 2016 (WED) l Kohima I BD
After an early breakfast, make your way to the festival ground. Make use of your full day at the festival exploring the various cultural performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, games and ceremonies. Visit the traditional Morungs Exhibition and the ethnic food stalls. This is a perfect picture of Nagaland with its 16 major tribes and numerous sub tribes in the region. Return to your campsites for your overnight stay.
Day 07 Dec 8th 2016 (THU) l Kohima I BD
Another day to experience this extravagant festival, you know most of the ground by now. However performances are different so you still have this day to explore more of the tribal culture throughout the day. Eat drink and make merry among the colorful Naga tribes in their traditional tribal costumes all around you.
Day 08 Dec 9th 2016 (WED) I Kohima - Guwahati I Approx. Riding Distance & Hrs: 382 Kms/ 7.45 mts I B
After an early breakfast ride to the Guwahati for your onward journey. We will ride on roads that pass through thick jungles of Karbi Anglong district in Assam as we approach the Asian Highway in Nagaon that would lead us to Guwahati.
INCLUSIONS: All accommodation & meals as mentioned in the itinerary, Jungle Safaris as indicated, Inner Line Permit to Nagaland, Back Up Vehicle, Accompanying Motorcycle Mechanic, English speaking Escort, Local Guides & Govt. Service Taxes
EXCLUSIONS: Motorcycle Rentals, Fuel for Motorcycle , Mechanic, Camera Fees, Air/Train Fares, Insurance, expenses of personal nature and anything not mentioned in the inclusions column.
MOTORCYCLE RENTAL DETAILS:
Royal Enfield Motorcycles 350/500 CC at 1500 INR per day. Fuel on your own
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