Assam Cycling Tour

assam cycling 3

6 days

From ₹36,000 pp dbl. occ.


Overview

Think Assam and the two things that come to your mind are rhinos and tea estates. And for good reason too. Assam after all is one of the last remaining refuge of the one-horned rhinoceros and is the single largest tea-growing region in the world. However, our Assam cycling tour takes you also to hidden nooks and crannies of this fabulous land that has been bountifully blessed with the triple gifts of nature, culture, and cuisine. From the unique cultural geography of Majuli, the largest river island in the world to walking the trail of critically endangered animals such as the Hoolock Gibbon and the Bengal Slow Loris, this is a trip on which each day is an exciting new adventure.

Start

Dibrugarh | 08:00hrs

Finish

Guwahati | 17:00hrs

Lodging

boutique

Level

easy

Avg. dist.

50km or 30mi

Suitable for

Age: 13+

Highlights

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varied terrain

Ride through a varied terrain comprising of rainforests, tea plantations, and Himalayan foothills.

Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

DayPlaceHotelMealsDistanceActivity
DAY 1DibrugarhD70kms/ 43.5 milescycling
DAY 2MajuliB,D70kms/ 43.5 milescycling
DAY 3JorhatB,D50kms/ 31 milescycling
DAY 4JorhatB,D20kms/ 12.5 milescycling
DAY 5KazirangaB,D60kms/37 milescycling
DAY 6GuwahatiB

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Dibrugarh

We begin the day’s cycling with a visit to Namphake village on the outskirts of Dibrugarh. This village is one of a kind as it is home to the Tai Phake people, a tiny community of only about 5000 in India most of whom are settled in this village. The Tai Phake migrated from Myanmar and Thailand in the 17th & 18th centuries and practice Buddhism. The town has a beautiful Buddhist monastery. As we bike along the languidly meandering Dihing river, we get to witness a curious geographical feature formed by the river’s meandering curves – oxbow lakes. Oxbow lakes are horseshoe-shaped lakes formed by the meandering path of rivers with a wetland at their center. The Dihing river forms a beautiful oxbow lake at Sasoni Merbil, an ecotourism spot that is a birder’s paradise. The terrain remains flat for the most part.

Meals: D
Cycling Distance: 70kms/ 43.5 miles

Day 2: Majuli

Today is a day of experiencing wonders, natural and man-made, that can only be described in superlatives. We ride out due south-west towards Majuli, the largest river island in the world. We get there by crossing the Bogibeel bridge, the longest rail-cum-road bridge in India. The Brahmaputra – the 9th largest river in the world by discharge – shall be our constant companion from here on. The Brahmaputra is the only river in India that is regarded as male and as we cross its mighty sweep, we get to appreciate why. The Majuli island is approachable only by boat and we ride in one to explore the island’s unique geography and culture. Life in Majuli is laid back, as is expected of a place cut off from the rest of the world by a powerful and ferocious river. A unique feature of Majuli’s cultural life is the presence of Vaishnavite monasteries that bind the society together with their distinctive rituals and customs. Stay tonight is at La Maison de Ananda – literally, the house of happiness. A charming bamboo cottage built on stilts in the local style, this simple yet delightful property lives up to its name.

Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 70kms/ 43.5 miles

Day 3: Jorhat

We head south this day towards the city of Jorhat. Once again, we cross the mighty Brahmaputra and feel overwhelmed by its sheer presence. Jorhat is an important cultural and urban center in Assam. We stay tonight at the Thengal Manor, a heritage property built in 1929 by an affluent Assamese planter family. The property is situated 15kms from the city of Jorhat in the midst of verdant tea gardens. Since tea plantations are the lifeline of Assam, and tea planters the region’s aristocracy, the Thengal Manor offers you a glimpse into what it is like to live the planter’s life. With its colonial architecture, antique wooden décor, charming fireplaces, and sprawling gardens, the Thengal Manor is sure to make you feel like an aristocrat yourself.

Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 50kms/ 31 miles

Day 4: Jorhat

Today we ride out to the Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, a verdant forest of canopied evergreen trees that is home to two critically endangered animals - the Hoolock Gibbon and the Bengal Slow Loris. The Hoolock Gibbon is the only species of ape found in India and is concentrated mostly in Assam. It is considered one of the most endangered primates with only 5000 individuals surviving in the world. The Bengal Slow Loris is another threatened species found in this forest, though being nocturnal, it is hard to spot. In addition, the sanctuary is home to various other threatened animals such as the Assamese macaque, tigers, and wild elephants. With its beautiful Hollong and Nahar trees forming dense canopies, the sanctuary is a tropical paradise. We take a motorized Safari inside the sanctuary.

Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 20kms/ 12.5 miles

Day 5: Kaziranga

Today we head out in a westerly direction, riding parallel to the Brahmaputra, towards Kaziranga. Kaziranga is famous the world over as the home of the one-horned rhinoceros. It is a reputation well-earned. With 2413 rhinos, Kaziranga is home to two-thirds of the world’s one-horned rhino population. It is also home to the densest tiger population of any protected area in the world, besides hosting wild elephants, wild buffaloes, and the Gangetic dolphin. Of the 35 mammal species found in Kaziranga, 15 are on the IUCN red list of threatened animals. A vast expanse of marshland, elephant grass, and tropical rainforests crisscrossed by 4 rivers and populated with some of the most fascinating beasts on earth, Kaziranga is everything you ever imagined a wildlife safari to be. Today’s ride takes us through numerous tea plantations and beautiful Assamese villages.

Meals: B,D
Cycling Distance: 60kms/37 miles

Day 6: Guwahati

We begin the day with an early morning safari into Kaziranga. Late morning, we proceed onwards to Guwahati that is connected by rail and air to all major Indian cities.

Meals: B

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Essential Info

Inclusions

LODGING

All hotels as mentioned in the tour details (subject to availability). All options are personally reviewed.

shuttle

A Van support that follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.

refreshments

Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.

trip leader

Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.

meals

Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.

entrance

Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.

Exclusions

Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.

bike

Immaculately maintianed bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.

meals

Some meals may not be included. Please check your itinerary.

Beverages

Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.

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