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Assam & Arunachal Pradesh: The Brahmaputra explorer | CYCLE TOUR

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Cycling the physical heart of Northeastern India

This tour takes you cycling along the length of the Brahmaputra River, across parts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. This is the physical heart of Northeast India, a verdant region fed by a network of mighty rivers coming down from the mountains on three sides. As the tour progresses you will interact and observe diverse cultures. Starting from Guwahati at the heart of the Brahmaputra Valley you will come across the settled and relatively more sophisticated people of the plains including the Assamese, Bodo and Mishing in particular. You will also come across smaller groups including the Tea tribes of the region. As you make your way east you will cover territories of the Animist tribes and then the Theravada Buddhist tribes of eastern Arunachal Pradesh.

Enroute you will ride across and visit wildlife parks, cross rivers on ferries, experience life in the largest river island of the world, learn the process and life of tea, meet a plethora of ethinic, lingual and religiously diverse groups that call this region their home. In comparison to the hills around this region is more settled, with rich written history and traditions. In fact some of the only written scripts of the entire northeastern region can be found here.

The Tour is flexible and will be designed around the duration you have in hand.

ROUTE TOPOLOGY

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OVERVIEW
> Level: Moderate to Strenuous
> Total Days: 7 to 15
> Max. Cycling distance: Upto 650 Km
> Avg. Cycling Distance: 65 Km
> Terrain: 90% Plains
> Altitude variation: 50 to 800 mts

> Best Time: October to March
> Airport in: Guwahati (Assam)
> Airport out: Dibrugarh (Assam)
HIGHLIGHTS
> Explore the Brahmaputra Valley
> Ride along some of India's greatest Wildlife Parks
> Ride across the largest River Island of the world
> Meet the Vaishnavite, Animist and the Theravada tribes of eastern India
> A window into over 12 distinct ethinic groups
> See some of the greatest Himalayan Rivers
> Indulge in a plethora of cuisines
INCLUSIONS
> All accommodation
> All Meals
> Refreshment and water throughout
> SUV backup throughout
> Guide on cycle
> Multi- geared cycles (Scott Aspect 660 / Trek 3700D) with helmets
> FA Kit
> Tools and spares
> Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
> All permits
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS ON THIS TOUR
 > Accommodation: Tea bungalows, Safari Lodges, Eco Cottages & Camping
 > Meals: As much as possibly we try cover all the local cuisines
 > Refreshments & Water: High energy snacks and Water during activities 

* Our Itineraries are quite unique hence we prefer not to put it up on the site. Please write in to us for the detailed itinerary and cost.

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Bikes

Scott 660 Aspect MTB / Trek 3700 - Fork 80mm travel, Front Derailleur Shimano FD-TX50 / 34.9mm, Rear Derailleur Shimano Tourney RD-TX35 21 Speed (Upgraded), Shifters Shimano ST-EF 41 L / 7R EZ-ire plus (Upgraded), Brakeset Tektro SCM-02 mech. Disc 160F/160Rmm Rotor, Front Tyre 6 26×2.1 / 30TPI, Rear Tyre 6 26×2.1 / 30TPI, Weight 13.6 kg / 29.98 lbs

Terrain & Road Conditions

The terrain on this route is generally flat. Except for a few odd days the roads are generally excellent. This is probably one of the easiest routes to cycle in the Northeastern region, with beautiful views, interesting tribes and excellent road conditions.

Backup

Sturdy SUV’s or Mini-coaches and sturdier drivers will accompany you on every trip. These vehicles are along right from your airport pick up to your drop back to the airport.

Permits

Entry into Arunachal Pradesh requires Indian nationals to aquire a Inner Line Permit (ILP) whereas foreign nationals require Restricted Area Permits (RAP), both of which have a certain fees applicable.

Weather Pattern

Post monsoon months of September- October and pre monsoon months of March-April are very pleasant with blue skies and a fair days. Peak winters are from November to February with the mercury coming down below 15 C in the nights, where as the days are quite pleasant.

Safety

We have a very experienced team which is also local. This reflects in the overall safety of our tours. Rest assured your guides know where extra attention is required and when. All our routes are well known to us, we know where the nearest medical facilities are, we know whom to contact if in case of an emergency, we know all the alternate routes in case of road blockages. We have CASEVAC protocols in place to streamline the process in case of emergencies. You can rest easy knowing that in the outdoors in general and this region in particular you are in safe hands with us.

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