This 8-Day Arunachal Biking Itinerary Is the Answer to the Choking Hill Stations of North India


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If you are a travel enthusiast, you must have been dreaming of biking away to some gorgeous Himalayan destinations this season. However, north Indian hill stations are already choked with traffic and places like Manali, Shimla, Nainital and Rishikesh are struggling with traffic jams. People are returning without enjoying their vacation. The hipsters and the bikers have already populated summer destinations like Ladakh and Spiti, and to be frank, there is no novelty left in visiting these heavily toured places.

If you are a biker seeking adrenaline rush, off-beat location and hipster stuff in a Himalayan background, Arunachal Pradesh is the answer to your wanderlust. The vastly unexplored state has a huge biking potential, and provides some magnificent views of plains, grasslands and mountains. Here is the perfect 7-day biking itinerary for Arunachal:

Day 1

Arrive at Tezpur

Take a flight or train to Tezpur in Assam. Once in Tezpur, you can rent a bike and set forth on your journey.

Tezpur to Ziro

The distance between Tezpur and Ziro is 260 km, and takes seven hours by bike. This circuit goes through the flood plains of Brahmaputra in Assam to the grasslands in Arunachal. You can reach Ziro by the evening and then chill.

Ziro (C) Kall

Photo of Tezpur, Assam, India by Kanj Saurav
Day 2

Ziro to Aalo

Enjoy the views of Ziro in the morning, and then set forth on your journey ahead to Aalo. The 320 km long route sees lush green hills and dense evergreen vegetation. You can take breaks mid-way and reach Aalo (aka Along) by the evening.

Aalo | (C) Ankur Mazumdar

Photo of Ziro by Kanj Saurav

Siyom river, Aalo (C) Ankur Mazumdar

Photo of Ziro by Kanj Saurav
Day 3

Aalo to Mechuka

From plains, grasslands and hills to the mountains. Mechuka is at a distance of 190 km from Aalo. Along with the views of snow-clad peaks, you can also see exotic tribal engaged in their daily action. You may have to get down off your bike to walk on some hanging bridges here.

Mechuka | (C) lostwithpurpose

Photo of Aalo by Kanj Saurav

Mechuka (C)

Photo of Aalo by Kanj Saurav
Day 4

Mechuka to Basar

Return from Mechuka, and head towards Basar. Enjoy riding along the Siyom river through banana and orange orchards.

Basar | (C) Prakriti Varshney

Photo of Mechuka Village by Kanj Saurav
Day 5

Basar to Majuli

Head towards the largest riverine island in the world – Majuli. The 210 km long drive will constitute of multiple ferries on kilometres wide Brahmaputra, and a bridge which looks like this and you can run your bike on it too.

Fair Weather Bamboo bridge (C) Kanj Saurav

Photo of Basar, Telangana, India by Kanj Saurav
Day 6

Majuli to Bomdila

The 350 km long drive will challenge your driving skills. But in the end you will find yourself at one of the most celebrated passes in the country. You can choose to stay at the monastery at Bomdila.

Bomdila (C) Pikuchuu

Photo of Majuli, Assam by Kanj Saurav

Bomdila (C) Kishor Dhawlakotti

Photo of Majuli, Assam by Kanj Saurav
Day 7

Bomdila to Tawang

Bikers swear by its name. Tawang is the ultimate biking destination. After a pleasant morning stroll in Bomdila, gear up to take the 170 km journey to Tawang Monastery.

Madhuri Lake, Tawang (C) Passportsized

Photo of Bomdila by Kanj Saurav
Day 8

Tawang to Tezpur

The 325 km long journey will bring you back to Tawang from where you can take a flight back to your hometown.

This is the route map of the journey:

Photo of Tawang by Kanj Saurav

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