Northeast Trip 2018: Time for the next long getaway from the monotony of daily grind. This time it’s not a drive, but a ride. Yes, an exciting bike ride to the northeast. And we will be riding past four picturesque states, in our northeast India bike ride. The beauty of a bike ride is that it lets you feel more one with nature. There is nothing between you and the sweet smelling mountain air. So this is how it goes.
I, and my travel partner, will be boarding a flight to Guwahati from Kochi, on 17th September, 2018. We have allowed ourselves two days’ time to relax, or you could say, acclimatize with the northeast air. So there is this comfortable looking homestay, ‘V Stay’ that will accommodate us for two days. And on 19th of September, the journey begins – Northeast Trip 2018.
Our plan is to cover the states of Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, and Assam, in course of this northeast ride. ‘Awe Rides’ in Guwahati are providing us with two bikes, Royal Enfield Classic 500, and Royal Enfield Classic 350. Starting from Guwahati, we ride for 26 days, and at the end of it, we will be having a total of 2000 kms behind us. Isn’t that very thought thrilling?
Now about the places that we explore. In Meghalaya, our destinations are Shillong, Cherrapunji, and Dawki. I have been to all these places on my way to Hornbill Festival, a year back. Serenity of Shillong is tempting for any traveler. Cherrapunji is a name that must be etched in our memory from school days, as the wettest place on earth. Dawki, with its crystal clear lake, is too magical. The beauty beckons me again, and I am back, on a northeast India road trip.
In Manipur, we will set foot on the verdant hills of Tamenglong. Also in line are the capital city, Imphal, and the floating National Park of Keibul Lamjao, the only one of its kind in the world!
Moving to Nagaland, we have Dzukou, Kohima, and Dimapur in our list. Nagaland saw me as one of the visitors in the Hornbill Festival, 2017. Dzukou Valley, famous for the abundance of flowers is already haunting my dreams.
In Assam, we will be visiting Majuli, the world’s largest river island. We have also set aside time to see the king of Kaziranga National Park, one-horned rhinos. Finally, our northeast India trip will culminate with the marvelous places of Guwahati.
This was the rough sketch of my plan for the coming month. It would be no exaggeration to say that the excitement is giving me sleepless nights. See you soon with more details of the ride.