We flew down to Guwahati and collected our ILPs from the airport itself. The Arunachal tourism people at the Guwahati airport were very friendly and arranged our permits within 30 minutes. There are different tourist circuits available for permit. We took the Tawang circuit that costed 450Rs
We came out of the airport and were trying to contact “Awerides”, a bike rental company we found on google who were not responding to our calls. Still figuring out the next step, we spot a restaurant outside the airport and decide to have lunch until we get a response from awerides. While having lunch, a few students walked into the restaurant and were conversing in Telugu. I walked up to them
and randomly asked if they knew any bike rental places for which they had no idea about, but upon requesting one guy contacted his senior who did not answer his calls. We couldn’t waste more time and decided to visit the awerides office directly, which was in the heart of the city and 20 kms from the airport. While on the roads of Guwahati, we got to see the mighty Brahmaputra river flowing through the city, and plenty of beautiful girls; to be honest every girl was a headturner.
On our way to awerides office, I get a call from the college student whose senior had called back and gave details about “Life on wheels”. We had this as our backup and continued to awerides office. Their pathetic customer service and expensive rental prices forced us to leave the place and head to Life on Wheels, a bike rental company owned by a passionate biker, Niraj Surana. We were overwhelmed by his response and willingness to help. As ours was a plan without a plan, we did not have any bike-gear. He warned us about bad roads, sub-zero temperatures, and suggested to take the gear as well. We took a Royal Enfield Classic 350 which had carriers attached and set off on our journey after receiving a few more valuable tips from Niraj.
We started our journey at 5:30 PM, which is very late as the sun sets by 4:30-5, and drove non-stop for 4 hours until we reached Tezpur, 180kms from Guwahati. We drove cautiously as we did not have prior experience of riding a bullet and took an extra hour to cover that distance. With great difficulty we found one open motel and rested our backs for the night.
We planned to start off early by 7, but carrying the tiredness from the previous day, we could not get up on time. We woke up around 8, freshened up by 9, had breakfast by 10, and started by 11. Don’t judge us, we were late only by 4 hours.