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View from the handle bar - Bicycle Tour of North East India


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A Cycle trip in the north eastern Indian states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh

A Cycle trip in the north eastern Indian states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh

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  • 1. B ICYCL ING INDIA Viewsfromthe handle bar Assam/Arunachal Pradesh ( 17 Nights/ 18 Days) Dibrugarh-Roing-Pasighat-Along-Tirbin-Daporijo-Raga-Ziro-Lakhimpur-Majuli-Jorhat Join us on a cycle adventure from Dibrugarh to Jorhat taking in some of the most important historical and cultural sites in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Journey from the hustle and bustle of Dibrugarh Town through beautiful hills to the river island of Majuli. Thistour takesyou through the most intriguingpart of North East India. Thisride offersarich mix of diverse terrainsfrom tall mountains and deep valleys to backwater locations of Majuli. While you will ride through remote locations of Arunachal Pradesh, you will see the bucolic small villagesin Majuli where children run to greet you with a bigsmile. Thistrip will expose you to amyriad of landscapes, culturesand experiencesthat you will never forget. There are direct daily flights from New Delhi to Dibrugarh. 4WDAir conditioned SUV throughout. Accompanied by an English speakingJTI escort throughout thetour. Energy Bar, snacks, fruit drinks on all cycling days. Mealsasindicated B- Breakfast,L-Lunch and D- Dinner. Accommodation asindicated in thetour program.
  • 3. B ICYCL ING INDIA Highlightsof the Tour Escorted Small GroupJourney: led by an English speakingtour throughout host with local guides wherever necessary. Ziro: Interact with the local people of the Apatani Tribe Majuli:Visit the Monastries of the Vaishonovites sect and interact with monksand see their lifestyle. Daporijo: Visit the villagesof the Hill Miri tribesasyou cycle along the rugged village roads. Soak into the stunning and dramatically diverse topography of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Experience the indulgent warm hospitality of the ever-smiling Nyishis. ThisArunachal Pradesh bike tour isdesigned asa ‘cycle asyou please’ one! The cycling trail isperfect for those who like a blend of challenging portions to pedal, aswell aseasy fun rideswith enough downhill sectionsto whizzthrough. From the perspective of physical challenge, you will be up against an averagealtitude of 12000 feet, windy passes, sharp meandering turnsand virtually no roads at times, though at any given time, the backup van will be close at hand for those who want to be more indulgent. Thisjourney consistsof long distance travelingon hilly and mountainous eastern Himalayan roadsand hence for your comfort and safety we use some of the best available 4WDsportsutility air- conditioned vehicles.
  • 4. B ICYCL ING INDIA Day01: DIBRUGARH (108 m MSL) LD Arrive Dibrugarh. Meet and assist by JTI staff on arrival and transfer & check into Mancotta tea bungalow. Afternoon walk around the tea garden. Dinner and overnight. Day02: DIBRUGARH – ROING(162 km / 6 hrs)(2655m MSL) BLD Today we drive to Roing in Arunachal Pradesh. On the way cross river Lohit by ferry. On arrival check into aprivate guest house. Afternoon walk around the place. Dinner and overnight. Day03:ROING(2655 m MSL) BLD Day cycling around Roing visiting Idu Mishimi village.Idu Mishimi is the major tribe of thisarea. Dinner and overnight. Day04: ROING– PASIGHAT(100 km / 4 hrs+ river crossing) (152 m MSL) BLD Today after breakfast transfer to Pasighat. This day the road will be through villages, on river bed and with river crossings. On arrival check in to Hotel Anne. Dinner and overnight. Day05: PASIGHAT (152 m MSL) BLD Day at Pasighat cycling around villages. ‘Minyong’ is the major tribe of this region. After breakfast cycle to Ledum village, 32 km, through other smaller villages and paddy. Return to Pasighat by late afternoon. Dinner and overnight. Day06 : PASIGHAT– AALO(120 km) (681 m MSL) BLD Today isa long day for cycling. First 26 kmswill be with ascent with some small descents too. After the first part of 26 km you will be cycling upstream of river Siang flowing on your right. On the way you will be crossing few small settlements. Last 22 km will be easy ride beside a river. On arrival check into Hotel Toshi Palace. Dinner and overnight. Day at Aalo visiting Adi Gallong tribal villages. Adi Gallong is the major tribe of thisregion. Dinner and overnight.
  • 5. B ICYCL ING INDIA Day09: AALO – TIRBIN (76 kms) (472 m MSL) BLD After breakfast cycle to Tirbin. On arrival check into government guest house. Dinner and overnight. Day10: TIRBIN – DAPORIJO(85 kms) (600m MSL) BLD After breakfast cycle to Daporijo. On arrival check into Ligu village guest house. Dinner and overnight. Day11: DAPORIJO (600m MSL) BLD Whole day at Daporijo visiting Nyishi villages around. Nyishi is the major tribe of thisarea. Dinner and overnight. Day12:DAPORIJO– RAGA(85 kms) BLD After breakfast cycle to Raga. In the beginning you will be cycling through Nyishi area and around Raga you will come across another tribe called Hill Miri, considered to be a sub tribe of Nyishi tribe. On arrival check into government guest house. Dinner and overnight. Day13 :RAGA– ZIRO(74 kms) (1687 m MSL) BLD After breakfast drive and cycle to Ziro. On arrival check into Hotel Blue Pine. Dinner and overnight. Day14: ZIRO (1687 m MSL) BLD Whole day in Ziro visiting Apatani tribal villages, which is the major tribe of this area. Ziro is a very interesting place surrounded by hills with dotted with Apatani villages, the only tribe of Ziro and paddy. Traditionally Apatani ladiesused to tattoo their facesand wear nose plug but now you can see only some old ladies with tattoo and nose plug. Cycle around some of the villages on the plateau. The single-storey bamboo houses are supported on stilts but now generally roofed with corrugated steel. As you get away from the main centre wooden or thatched roofs become commoner. The style in Ziro is for very small buildingspacked closely together. Visit the district museum which is small but very interesting collection. Dinner and overnight.
  • 6. B ICYCL ING INDIA Day15 :ZIRO– LAKHIMPUR(130 kms) (87 m MSL) BLD After breakfast move to Lakhimpur in Assam. Road till the inter state border is on hills, windy through villages and forest. On arrival check into Hotel Maple Leaf. Dinner and overnight. Day16: LAKHIMPUR– MAJULI (180 kms/ 5 hrs) (76 m MSL) BLD After breakfast cycle to the ferry point, 22 km, to cross the might river to Majuli Island Majuli isthe biggest fresh water island in India. Thisplace is thebiggest seat for Vaishnavite monasteries too. On arrival check into traditionally built tribal huts. Afternoon leisurely around the village. Dinner and overnight. Day17: MAJULI BLD After breakfast visit village by cycle inhabited by Mishing tribe, interact with the people. Lunch. PM visit a monastery and learn about the life style of monks. Dinner and overnight.. Day18:MAJULI BLD After breakfast cycle to visit mask making families which is about 20 kms away. Today you will be cycling on road, sometime through village and paddy too. Return to your lodge by late afternoon. Dinner and overnight. Day19 :MAJULI – JORHAT(25 kms) BLD After breakfast transfer to ferry point to catch ferry to Jorhat. On reaching other side transfer to airport.
  • 7. Tour Price No. of Pax FIT/ GIT 2 paying pax $2144 per person What isIncluded? All transfersand sightseeingasper itinerary by 01 ACScorpio or similar. - Fuel and driversexpenses. - Villagevisits. - Entrance feesasper the itinerary. - All transfersthrough Ferry wherever required - 01 Englishspeakingescort throughout and - All accommodation in 01 doubleoccupancy with all meals(BLD) or as indicatedin the Tour Program - Govt. taxes. Cost Excludes Air/trainfare, Govt. ,Arunachal Pradesh Govt. RAPfee (USD50 per person). Cameracharges,Any servicesin Kolkata ,Cultural programme. Tips, drinks, beverages, laundry, insurance. Telephonecharge or any other services which isnot mentioned in the ‘includes’. HotelsUsed: MancottaChangBungalow, Dibrugarh VillageGuest House, Roing Hotel Anne , Pasighat Toshi Palace, Along Govt. Guest House,Tirbin LiguVillageGuest House,Daporijo Govt.Guest House,Raga Hotel Blue Pine,Ziro Hotel Maple Leaf,Lakimpur Mepu Okum MishingHuts,Majuli. EntryFormalities(ArunachalPradesh):Pleasenote that all foreign nationalsneed Restricted AreaPermit (RAP) to visit Arunachal Pradesh. The Government stipulatesthe number of touriststo minimum2 in a group to apply for RAP. The Govt. chargesUSD50 per person for a30 days permit. The followingdocumentsare required for the permit and weneed at least 10 - 15 workingdaysto processthe same after we receive these documents: 1) Photocopy of passport & Visa 2) 4 passport sizephotographs 3) Duly filledRAPapplicationform (provided by uson confirmationof the tour) Note: - Tour price quoted isasof now and valid for the given datesonly and issubject to change should there be any hikein the fuel and hotel rates. - We shall proceed with your bookingonce we have received confirmation from your end. And if roomsare unavailablein the original hotels, we shall provide equivalent/ alternativehotels.
  • 8. ITINERARYDISCLAIMER While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there isa certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, aswe never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regionswe visit, travel can beunpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances. TOURNOTES 1,This area is prone to roadblocks, landslides, overflowing nallahs etc . We will try and run the trip as per the schedule however under certain circumstances we may have to make changes in the itinerary, route or we may have to compromise on the campsite / hotels & adjust to these situations then & there. 2. The itinerary should be viewed as ideal & we may have to make some spot changes due various reasons. There are many uncertainties that we may have to deal with such as weather conditions, overall fitness of the group, breakdownsetc. Thismay causefew changesin theitinerary. 3. The distances & altitude mentioned in the above itinerary are to the best of our knowledge & information; marginal variancein theactual distances& altitudesispossible. 4. We can customize asimilar trip to suit your requirements. JUNGLETRAVELSINDIA :
  • 9. Health Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that sometimeswe are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leadersare prohibited from administeringany type of drugincluding headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Asia pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs as you get at home but they are usually produced locally so please bring the full drug name with you when trying to purchase a prescription drug. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings for trip specific information. Jungle Travels India reserves the right to exclude any traveler from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our group leader they are unable to complete the itinerarywithout unduerisk to themselvesand/or therest of thegroup. SpendingMoney Every traveler isdifferent and therefore spendingmoney requirementswill vary. Some travelersmay drink more than otherswhileother travelerslike topurchase moresouvenirsthan most. Pleaseconsider your own spending habitswhen it comesto allowingfor drinks, shoppingand tipping. EMERGENCYCONTACTS: +91-9435146434( Nirmalya Choudhury) +91-9678085360( RCRalte) Beingaresponsible tour operator isat theheart of what JungleTravels isall about. From thestart JTI hasbeen committedto offering low- impact toursthat benefit traveler and host alike. Whileour sustainable tourismpoliciesareconstantly evolving, our commitment to socially conscious, grassrootsstyletravel hasnever changed. We work with local communities, businessesand individualsto develop sustainable tourismopportunitiesthat help local economieswhileminimizing negativeenvironmental and cultural impacts. Wewould liketo give you acoupleof tipsto start you thinkingabout travelingsustainably. -Pleasebringrechargeablebatteries, abattery charger (and plug adapter if necessary). Batteriesare incredibly toxicand many places that we travel do not haveproper disposal facilities. Rechargeableare best but if thisisnot possible we recommend that you bringany used batteriesback homewith you for proper disposal. -Pleaseask before takingpictures. Just asyou would not like to havea stranger come up to you and takeapictureof you while sittingon your front porch either do the localsof the placesthat we visit. Asyou can imaginepicturesof their children are also not appreciated. Responsible Travel Keepingin Touch International phone connectionsdo not work in theseven statesof North East India. If someone wishesto contact you in an emergencywhile you areon one of our tripswe recommend that they contact your tour Escort or refer toour Emergency Contact. We recommend that family and friendsdon't tryto contact you through phoninghotelsen route, asour hotelsare subject to change, and our hotel receptionsoften don't haveEnglish speakingstaff. Email cafesmight not be availablein certain locationsthat we visit. The regions that we are visiting are typically cold during the Nov- Feb months. Temperaturescan drastically go down after sunset . It isadvice able tocarry warm clothingfor thenight and comfortablewear duringdaytime. Please carry light footwear for daytrips and always keep light woolens duringthistrips. Local Dress
  • 10. Health Cycle Hire a) All hired cycles remain the property of the Company and shall not be sold, hired or loaned out by the Client's) The Client acknowledges that the cycle hired isin good condition and undertakesto return the cycle and any accessoriesin that same condition, or to make a payment to the Company, immediately on demand, sufficient to return the cycle to that condition's) The Company shall not be liable for any damage or loss arising from the Clients use of the equipment. The Client shall indemnify the Company against any claim howsoever arising asa result of the Client’suse of the cycle during the period of hired) In the event that the cycle and/or any accessories are lost or stolen the Client shall indemnify the Company for the costsof replacing those items. Should the equipment subsequently be returned in a satisfactory condition these moneys will be repaid) The Client will ensure that the cycle isadequately secured when not in use and will immediately notify the Company or one of it’s representatives in the event of any theft, loss, breakdown or other occurrence relating to the cycle or associated accessories') All moneys due in relation to the hire of cycleswill be added to thetour cost and will be payable in accordance with theCompany’sbookingconditions. EMERGENCYCONTACTS: +91-9435146434( Nirmalya Choudhury) +91-9678085360( RCRalte) Tour Leader You must abide by the authority of your tour leaders. If they believe that your behavior presents any risk to the safety of the group you may be asked to leave the group. You will not be entitled to any refund. Valuables You are solely responsible for your valuables while you are on a holiday or course. You should not leave anythingof value unattended, asit istemptingtheft. You are solely responsible for the security of the bike you are using, including those clients riding rental bikes. You should not leave bikes unattended and should ensure that they are safely stored and locked to a fixed object for insurance purposes. Passport (with photocopies) Travel insurance(with photocopies) Airlinetickets(with photocopies) USDcash (small denominationspreferred) Credit or debit card (see personal spendingmoney) JungleTravel vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier Any entry visas, additional passport photosor vaccinationcertificates required Alarm clock Flashlight Sun hat, sunblock, sunglasses Insect repellent Small towel and swim wear Toiletries(biodegradable) Sturdy walkingshoes/sport sandals Moneybelt Shorts Longtrousers Hikingpants/trackpants Shirts/T-shirts Warm clothesfor Nov-Feb. Fleece, hat, gloves, windproof/waterproof jacket Waterproof clothesfor wet season May-Oct. Umbrellaor waterproof jacket. Cover for backpack or plasticbagsto keep clothesdry Clothesfor temples– longpantsor sarongs Sleep sheet for overnight train Cameraand film Reading/writingmaterial Binoculars Pocketknife First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, aspirin, band aids, anti-histamine, imodiumor similar tabletsfor mild casesof diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extraprescription drugsyou may betaking) Checklist
  • 11. CorporateOffice : Jungle TravelsIndia 3B, DirangArcade, G.N.B. Road, Chandmari Guwahati - 781003 Assam, India Tel : +91 92070 42330 / 31 +91 361 2667871 / 72 / 73 Fax: +91 361 2609446 CULTURETOURSI Jungle Travels India OFFICES: GUWAHATI IDELHI I KOLKATAI COCHIN