Posted by HNP Team

The number of motorcycling enthusiasts in India continues to grow, with motorcyclists riding across the length and breadth of the country through the year. For those riders who crave to roam the places still untouched by waves of tourists, the northeastern states of India offer much solace with some of the most beautiful riding routes to offer. Here are Team HNP’s picks of 5 must-do rides in the Northeast – 


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1. Siliguri - Gangtok 

This 3-hour ride from Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal to the capital of Sikkim is a breathtaking journey passing through numerous tea estates and the Mahananda wildlife sanctuary. Gangtok being the tourism and commercial hub of Sikkim has a lot to offer passing motorcyclists. However, most importantly the ride serves as the first leg for many exciting routes. Riders can head eastward to the Tsomgo lake, also known as Changu lake, famous for its scenic views and Yak rides. Tsomgo is located at a distance of only 50km from Gangtok and is situated at an elevation of 12,310m. The route is slightly challenging but highly rewarding for those who make it. Another 15kms of riding will take you right upto the beautiful Nathula pass on the Indo-China border.


2. Guwahati - Cherrapunji 

This ride from the state of Assam to the dense forests of Meghalaya is not as exciting up until Shillong due to the high volume of traffic passing through this route. However, a halt at Shillong before continuing the ride can revive any rider’s soul. While the vibrant city of Shillong has ample variety of food and entertainment to offer, it also has a number of sightseeing spots such as Shillong peak, Spread Eagle falls, Bishop’s falls, Wards lake etc. The route ahead to Cherrapunji has spectacular views to offer and moderately low traffic. Cherrapunji is quite a delight with its breathtaking sights and delicious food. One must visit the Nohkalikai falls, Mawsmai caves and the Seven Sisters Falls.


3. Tezpur - Tawang

The ride from Tezpur to Tawang is quite arduous and challenging and hence not every biker’s cup of tea. However, if you are up for it, this route offers true freedom as very few tourists and travel agencies venture this side. The lush green forests of Assam mingle with those of Arunachal Pradesh as you cross the Bhalukpong check post. A number of monasteries can be found along the route giving a glimpse into Buddhist culture in the foothills of snow-capped mountains. Nicknamed ‘the hidden paradise’, Tawang stands true to its name. The scenic views at Tawang will keep you spellbound and unable to stop clicking photographs! It’s advisable to head to Tawang during summer months as the weather then is moderate and pleasant weather, whole it’s difficult to access during the monsoon and winter months. 


 4. Itanagar - Ziro valley

Ziro is a quaint, old town 4-hours away from the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. The route is lined with Bamboo and Pine trees and is beautifully surrounded by paddy fields. Located 2000m above sea level, the Ziro valley offers multiple sights for bird watching and hiking. Those riding to Ziro in September should definitely attend the Ziro music festival. And must also visit the Talley Valley wildlife reserve, Ziro Puto, Kile Pakho etc. Ziro is also home to the famous Apatani tribe of India. The picturesque town has found its place on the tentative list for UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. 


5. Assam - Thailand 

We saved the most epic road trip the northeast has to offer for the last! The route recently opened by the Government of India passes through the Indian states of Assam, Meghalaya and Manipur before crossing to Myanmar and eventually up to Thailand. The spectacular route passes through numerous mountains and valleys and is a magical journey to embark on. One needs to have a valid International drivers license if they wish to ride along the entire route along with other necessary documents and paperwork. Thankfully both Myanmar and Thailand offer visas on arrival reducing the amount of paperwork to be done prior to the ride. The countries of Myanmar and Thailand offer exotic views and mouth-watering cuisines, along with numerous Pagodas and shrines to connect with one’s spiritual self. The Trilateral highway ride is surely one that is bound to change one’s perspective of life and rejuvenate the soul.


So what are you waiting for? Get that bike ready and plan your next ride to the northeast soon. And remember, no matter where you ride, don’t forget to gear up appropriately!

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