Bhutan Bike Trip

Bhutan Bike Trip

Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.

Destination



Departure

Bagdogra



Departure Time & Date

, 01 January, 1970 (Thursday)



Return Time & Date

, 01 January, 1970 (Thursday)



  1. Day 1: SILILGURI TO PHUENTSHOLING

    Report Siliguri to start our journey to Bhutan, The sprawling city of Siliguri which is the strategically placed to open up to international border as well as North East of India. We will allot the bikes to the group and we will start our ride to Phuentsholing, border city of Bhutan. The drive along the National Highway 31 from Siliguri to Sevoke through Dooars is a paradise. Combination of thick forests and numerous tea plantations spread over acres of land absorbs us in the lap of nature. Finally after an endless crater driving, we reach Jaigaon and cross the gate to enter Phuentsholing. It is a different world with a refreshing change from the chaos of normal Indian Bazaar to quiet and orderly kingdom. Evening is for selfexplore of the place. After the dinner, there will be a group orientation session followed by the briefing of the ride. The session will include the introduction of bikers, tips about the ride by the road, captains and also about the culture of Bhutan along with the road and climatic conditions

  2. Day 2: PHUENTSHOLING TO THIMPU

    It’s a day we ride after your breakfasts. You’ll embark on the journey - through the misty and winding roads. It could rain through some or more part of your ride. That adds to the mystical and nature filled destination you are now entering. On the way we’ll make a few stops at local tea houses and Dantak canteen. There are a few places your permits will be stamped. Once closer to Thimphu you slow down and ride into the capital city. All going well and weather on our side and not too bad, we should be in our hotel by late afternoon. There are no traffic lights in Bhutan and hence some circuitous routes to your hotel would be evident. Thimpu is also a place to obtain permits for your journey into central and eastern Bhutan in days to come

  3. Day 3: THIMPU LOCAL

    In the morning, we visit Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), nunnery temple, mini zoo to see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Today, we also visit other landmarks of Thimphu including the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum, the majestic Tashichho Dzong and the traditional paper factory. However, some of the landmarks are closed in the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Therefore, if we are in Thimphu during the weekends, we explore the Weekend Market instead. Overnight in Thimphu

  4. Day 4: THIMPU TO PUNAKHA

    On a good day you get the best of Bhutan himalayan views from here. It’s then a nice ride all the way to Punakha Dzong - the most photogenic Dzong in Bhutan. Before reaching Punakha we would take an interesting detour to the Temple of the Mad Lama - Chimi Lakhang - and listen to the story of flying phalluses. You then ride some nice village roads to reach the Punakha Dzong and hotel - time permitting we would see the Dzong this evening. Or else would postpone to next morning

  5. Day 5: PUNAKHA TO PHOBJIKHA TO PUNAKHA

    Phobjikha is a peaceful and calm place known for the migratory black neck cranes whose loud voices echo the valley along with the breeze. The valley is one of the few well preserved glacial valleys. Your eyes are blessed with the scenic beauty of the valley comprising of mountains, trees, animals and shrubs. It stands at an altitude of about 3000 m above sea level on the western end of the Black Mountain range in Bhutan. Overnight at Punakha

  6. Day 6: PUNAKHA TO PARO

    After breakfast, we drive to Paro via Dochu La pass. There, we visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery. With elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works, the Druk Wangyal Monastery is the only one of its kind in the country. After the tour of the monastery, we continue our drive with a stop in Thimphu for lunch. Overnight in Paro

  7. Day 7: PARO LOCAL

    After breakfast, we hike for 4 -5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor and return back to Paro for an overnight stay

  8. Day 8: PARO TO SILIGURI

    You will begin your return journey today with a ride back to Phuentsholing – one that covers 150km in about 4 hours. Check into your hotel on arrival; unwind for the rest of the evening. Alternatively you could set put to explore the town that has quite a few attractions. You could visit the border or the Chukha Hydrothermal Project. You could also go to the Amo Chuu, the Crocodile Breeding Centre if you love animals and wildlife! Rev up your bikes all the way back to Siliguri where you will hand them over. Overnight at Siliguri

  9. Day 9: DEPARTURE

    After the Breakfast, you are free to explore local by your own and depart for Bagdogra Airport, enriched by this experience of a love affair with Bhutan.

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Important Notes

About, Bhutan

Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.

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