North East Itinerary Advice Needed Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya -- No Tawang

#1 Jan 16th, 2015, 11:09
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Hi Fellow travellers,

I've 8-9 days vacation at the End of Feb (probabily 20Feb - 5 MAr).
I've planned a Motorcycle trip to Lake of No Return and then to Various areas of North Eastern states. I'll be transporting my bike to Dibrugarh on Train.
Can some please Advice if the Itinerary is Okay considering the Road conditions. Please advice if the Inner Line Permit can be taken from Delhi itself for all the visitng states ?

https://www.google.co.in/maps/dir/Ti...26.1445169!3e0


1. Friday - Departure from Delhi at around 13:00 Dibrugarh Rajdhani
2. Sunday- 3.30 Arrival at Tinsukia
Worst case Arrival due to Train delay 9.00 AM
3. Sunday: To Lake of No return, Stay wherever we find on the way to Jorhat before Night.
Staying place help needed here. Which city/town we can make it after Lake of return.
4. Monday: Continuous Riding Till Kohima Via Dimapur and Jorhat.
Is there better scenic route to Kohima? Wanted to go via Tuensang town But I think that would take two extra days to reach Kohima.



Itinerary 1

5. Tuesday and wednesday: Continuous driving towards Imphal then to Aizwal. From what is searched on the net it looks the road from Imphal to Aizwal via Churachandpur is in pretty Bad shape.
6. Thusday: Buffer day
7. Friday: Aizwal Rest
8. Sat,Sun: Towards Shillong
9. Monday: Cherrapunji/mawsynram after that towards Guwahati. I suppose I can only cover either mawsynram or Cheraapunji, please suggest which one is better.
10. Tuesday: Guwahati to Delhi
11. Wed: Delhi




Itinerary 2

5. Tuesday,Wed: Kohima and Dzuko Valley and then to Imphal
6. Thusday: Buffer day
7. Friday,Sat: Towards Shillong via Silchar. Sat night halt at Shillong
8. Sunday: Cherrapunji/mawsynram after that towards Guwahati.
9. Monday: Guwahati to Delhi
10. Tuesday: Delhi
#2 Jan 17th, 2015, 12:48
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Kapil,

Your itinerary seems a little too hectic to cover in 9days. I can help you with the Meghalaya leg. So is your trip just a motorcycle trip or do you have interest to visit places as well.
#3 Jan 17th, 2015, 13:54
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Thanks Karikor for replying.
Yes, My trip is mostly motorcycle Trip that is why it looks hectic. I guess Mizoram will be too hectic. So Itinerary 2 seems the viable option. I've few questions for the Meghalaya stretch.
I'll ride from Imphal to Shillong. Google shows two routes one via Silchar (looks mountainous) and other via Kohima,Dimapur and Howraghat (seems in better condition).
I don't like back tracing the same route so I'll prefer via Silchar which is ~500 Km. How are the road condition on this route? Can we do it in 2 days (12-13 hours driving). How safe is the route and Meghalaya in general on a Bike?
#4 Jan 17th, 2015, 14:58
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Kapil,

The distance between Shillong and Silchar is about 250km. The road is relatively good except for parts in Assam and a small stretch in Meghalaya. Since it is dry season, I don't think you will have any issues. I recently travelled upto Khliehriat which is 100km from Shillong and the roads were in tip top shape. You will be able to cover this stretch in 2- 2.5 hours. The Shillong-Silchar road is a very busy highway as it is the main link that connects the mainland with that part of Assam, Mizoram and Tripura. All essential commodities to these places, are transported via this road. So there are chances of being caught up in traffic. So it may take you 7-10 hours from Silchar to Shillong, depending on your luck. Along the way, you will pass through East Jaintia hills district, famous for its 500+ caves, some being as long as 32km; and West Jaintia Hills District, before entering Shillong in East Khasi Hills District. Before entering Shillong, you may want to check out a few places along the way.
Just keep in mind that the average speed you will travel in hilly roads will be around 30km per hour.
As for Imphal to Silchar, I think it is around 300km, however, I do not know the condition of the roads in that stretch.

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#5 Jan 17th, 2015, 21:48
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Thanks Karikor, I'll definitely consider the Caves on my way. Guys, Please help me on the other stretch as well. The route to Kohima via Tuensang and Imphal to Silchar.

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