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Discovering Bhutan 

Take out a week and come explore by bike the mysterious and mystical country that is Bhutan. Landlocked and until recently hidden from the world, Bhutan now welcomes visitors who want to enjoy spectacular Himalayan vistas, clear air and colorful Buddhist temples in the land of Gross National Happiness. Cycling in Bhutan is one of the most challenging yet rewarding experience one can have. Your journey will take you through high mountain passes, down steep ravines and valleys along the beautiful twisting and turn roads that lead u there. The thrill of biking under the shadows of the mighty Himalayan mountains is an adventure that beckons every biker. Along with your journey, you will be visiting many mythical temples, ancient towns and majestic Dzong that will take you to a different realm. In this tour, you are going to explore 4 western districts in Bhutan.and its easy cycling from on district to another. And all the cycling will be on road and all the roads are blacktopped. But there is road extension work in between Thimphu and Punakha. So the road conditions are not so good as of now but by end of 2016, the work will be completed. Traffic is not so high between most of the road, except between Paro and Thimphu, but here the road is a double lane. This 9-day tour encompasses the easier end of cycling in the Himalayas. Of course, our support vehicle is on hand at all times in case you need a lift up a hill

HIGHLIGHTS 

Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
 Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
 Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.
 Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
 Travel beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
 Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.

We understand that every traveler has different wants and requirements therefore this itinerary should serve as a guideline. If you would like to tailor it according to your/your groups specific needs then feel free to contact us 

Bhutan Cycling Tour

Day 1: Paro/Thimphu Arrive at any time, and transfer to Hotel.

Day 2 Explore Paro by Cycle
Paro sits at a height of 2200m, so we take it easy today with a short ride to adjust to the altitude, warm up the legs, get used to the bikes and see a little more of the beautiful Paro Valley. Visit a ruined dzong, stop by a remote farmer's house and take a stroll in town on this relaxing day out.

Day 3 Cycle to Thimphu
Riding: 55km
Today it's time to leave Paro and begin the ride across Bhutan to its capital city, Thimphu. This first point to point journey is the easiest; our Bhutanese friends describe this day as 'flat' as you will only be riding between 2100m and 2350m throughout the ride, although the road does undulate. There is no such thing as ‘flat’ roads! In the afternoon take a leisurely walk through the colorful Thimphu Market area and explore the forbidding yet elegant dzong.

Day 4 Cycle to Punakha
Riding: 65km

The first pass of the trip, Dochu La, sits at 3050m and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Eastern Himalaya on a clear day. After a long ride up to the pass, a downhill is due which will take you 40km all the way down to the intriguing 'fertility temple' meant to bless struggling couples with fertility. The final section winds along the valley to our overnight stop at Punakha which sits at a lowly altitude of 1350m.

Day 5 Explore Punakha by Bike, Transfer to Paro
Riding: 20 Km
We take a day to explore the beautifully situated dzong at Punakha, once the summer capital of Bhutan, pedaling down a back road that is largely unpaved and offers great views of the river and dzong. Before reaching the fortress, we cross an exhilarating suspension footbridge (the feeling depends on your perspective). This is the longest and highest suspension footbridge in the country, stretching over 200m above the turquoise waters of the Pho River. After a picnic by the tranquil riverside of Punakha, we drive the route back to Paro to recharge ahead of the hike to the Tiger’s Nest.

Day 6 Trek to the Tiger's Nest Monastery
This morning we hike up to one of Bhutan's most venerated places: the Tiger's Nest Monastery. The monastery is precariously perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro Valley floor. This site has been recognized as one of the most spiritual places in Bhutan and many eminent saints have meditated in this area. Soak up the energy of the place and amazing views as a reward for the trek.

Day 07 Paro Depart at any time. Airport transfer included.

What is included : 

Private guided tour
Visas for Bhutan
Airport transfers
Daily 3 meals (B/L/D)
Accommodation
A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
An experienced driver
A tour vehicle
Entry fees & road permits
Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
Mineral bottled water
Laundry service on a daily basis
Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip

What's Excluded
Flight into Bhutan (can be arranged with us)
Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
Expenditure of personal nature
Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
Tips for the guide and driver
Alcoholic drink

Special Offer :
Do you have a group of 10 or more? You may qualify for a special group rate. Allow us to make sure your group travels happy and confidently.

Payment & Cancellation Policy

Payment Terms

The approval of tourists VISA is contingent on the full payment of the tour
Flight ticket payment is subject to the Ticketing Time Limit issued by the airlines

Tour Cancellation and Refund Policy

30 to 15 days prior to arrival - 20% of the total tour cost will be levied as cancellation fee
14 to 7 days prior to arrival - 50% of the tour cost will be levied as cancellation fee
Less than a week prior to arrival - 100% cancellation charge will be levied as cancellation fee

Flight Ticket Cancellation and Refund Policy

Subject to the cancellation terms of the Airline

Rescheduling Tour Dates:

There are no charges for rescheduling your trip. However the minimum daily tariff, hotel rates, airline charges are subject to change depending on your new travelling dates.

DISCOVERING Bhutan 

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The Kingdom of Bhutan has been blessed with snow-capped Himalayan peaks, beautiful deep and broad valleys, lush orchards and paddy fields, busy markets, and pristine towns and villages. An exotic destination, Bhutan can best be explored through a motorbike ride. Although this landlocked country opened to the world in the 1970’s but still most of it still carries its old charm, which is its main highlight. Traverse through the landscape of this tiny scenic Tibetan Buddhist nation on your bike and unravel its hidden secrets. Riding the bike on roads with varying conditions and along the banks of rivers is not going to be boring at all.

Note: This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We customize holidays for your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we could customize a holiday to suit your need for an unforgettable Bhutan motor bike tour. 

HIGHLIGHTS 

Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.
Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests from western part to eastern Bhutan.

* In the unlikely case of any natural disaster or road closure for part(s) of this tour, an alternative route or changes in the route may apply. In such cases Bhutan Druk Adventure will not be responsible for any further costs related to these changes, and any additional costs will be the responsibility of the rider/passenger.

We understand that every traveler has different wants and requirements therefore this itinerary should serve as a guideline. If you would like to tailor it according to you/your groups specific needs then feel free to contact us 


ROYAL ENFIELD TOURS BHUTAN

Day 1: Arrival at Paro from Delhi/ Bangkok/ Kathmandu/Kolkata
Arrive at the Paro International Airport, meet our tour representative who helps you with an assisted transfer to your hotel. Once you complete the check-in formalities, if time permits, you can explore the town on your own. Later, you are introduced to your bike. Once you learn about all the driving rules here, you can ride your bike around the Paro Valley. The lovely Paro town is placed on the banks of Paro Chhu. This historic place is dotted with a number of sacred sites and historical buildings.
Overnight stay in Paro.

Day 2: Paro Sightseeing
On the 2nd day of the tour, post breakfast, get all set to visit the important tourist attraction of Paro. The first of the day is to the National Museum- a cultural museum founded in 1968, it houses wonderful specimens of Bhutanese art such as paintings, statues in bronze, handicrafts etc. there are over 3000 items here. It is followed a visit to the Paro Rinpung Dzong- a huge dzong that comprises of a Buddhist monastery and a fortress. It has a total of 14 chapels and shrines. Next in line is the Drukgyel Dzong- a Buddhist monastery and a fortress, now almost in ruins, it was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1649. This UNESCO World Heritage Site. While returning to the town, visit the very popular Tiger's Nest Temple, also known as Paro Taktsang and Taktsang Palphug Monastery. As this Buddhist sacred site is placed on a Cliffside, you need to hike up to the monastery. Back and forth time would be around 3 hours. Perched 3120 m above the sea level in Paro valley, this monastery has four main temples and various other dwellings. The views of the surrounding from the top are breathtaking.
Overnight stay in Paro.

Day 3: Paro – Thimphu via Haa Valley (210km)
The day starts early. Begin your journey to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu via Haa valley. This drive would mean taking a loop around the valley and reaching your destination. During this journey, treat your eyes to the superb natural views. Drive past the Chelila pass placed at an altitude of 4000 m. The Himalayan ranges seem closer and even more beautiful. Halt for lunch at Haa Valley. Later on, continue to Thimpu, crossing beautiful villages and enjoying lovely views. On arrival in Thimpu, check-in at the hotel. After check-in formalities, the day is at leisure. Indulge in a city tour including Trashi Chhoe Dzong, Changangkha Lhakhang, National Memorial Chorten and more.
Stay overnight.

Day 4: Thimphu – Punakha (77km)
Today, get onto your bike and start driving towards Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. While on the way to Punakha, you cross Dochula Pass, lying at an altitude of 3150 m above the sea level. If the day is clear, you are going to have an exciting views of the Eastern Himalayan range. After some time, start your descending drive to the Punakha Valley, at an altitude of 1350 m. This drive is going to comprise of a number of sharp turns but the views of the valleys and the mountains are going to be enchanting. After arrival in Punkha, check-in at the hotel. Relax for a while and later, embark on exploration tour of the legendary Punakha Dzong also known as Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong. One of the most magnificent structures, this palace was erected in 1637-38, by the 1st Zhabdrung Rinpoche, Ngawang Namgyal. It is the second largest and second oldest dzong of Bhutan. It lies on the confluence of Rivers Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu.
Stay overnight in Punakha.

Day 5: Punakha – Trongsa via Phobjikha Valley (168 km)
On the 5th day of the tour, you begin your journey towards Trongsa. This ride takes us through 2 major passes as well as Wangdue (1350 m) a small town. If you wish, you can halt at a number of attraction and later continue to Nobding from where a steep ascend to Pelela Pass (3300 m) starts. This is followed by a descending ride traversing through the pastureland of Sephu where you come across the heritage Chendebji Chorten. Stop here and relish your packed lunch and then continue your journey to Trongsa, perched at an altitude of 2350 m above the sea level. On the way to this lovely place that was earlier known as Tongsa, you drive past a number of sharp bends, lush forest cover and stunning waterfalls. During this ride, you get nice views of the southern Trongsa Valley and Trongsa Dzong. Upon arrival, check-in at a hotel. The day is now at leisure.
Stay overnight.

Day 6: Trongsa – Bumthang (68 km)
Start your day by visiting the magnificent Trongsa Dzong, Bhutan's largest fortress. Overlooking the valley of River Mangde, this dzong has a rich history that dates back to the 16th century. The complex has a number of structures. The fortress offers impressive views of the town. This place becomes the venue of Trongsa tsechu festival, held in the months of December or January. Later, continue your motorbike to the Bumthang Valley. This ride is short and simple. On the way, you traverse through lovely villages. You drive past Yutongla Pass (3400 m), before a descending trail to the enchanting Bhumthang starts. On reaching the Bumthang Valley, check-into a hotel. Later, you are free to explore the place on your own and get your hands on souvenirs to take back home.
Stay overnight in Bhumthang.

Day 7: Bumthang Sightseeing
The 7th day of the tour is for sightseeing in Bumthang including Jakar Dzong- also known as Jakar Yugyal Dzong, it is built on a ridge overlooking the town; Kurjey Lhakhang (Monastery) - carrying the remains of the first three Bhutanese rules, it also has a huge tree believed to planted by Padmasambhava and Tamshing Monastery- also known as Tamshing Lhundrup Choeling Monastery, it was erected by the Bhutanese saint and cultural hero- Pema Lingpa in the year 1501. Sightseeing is followed by lunch. Post lunch, you can either enjoy a ride to Mebar Tso or can simply ride through the Valley. Also known as the Burning Lake, it is known to have a connection with Guru Rinpoche, the Master of Tibetan Buddhism.
Overnight stay in Bumthang.

Day 8: Bumthang – Mongar (198kms)
The ride for Mongar begins with some wonderful and diverse terrain and till 3 hours, you are going to feel like you are looking at the Alps. Today you drive on the Thrumshingla Pass at an altitude of 3750 m. if the weather is clear have a look at the mighty Mt. Gangkhar Phuenseum, at an altitude of, it still remains the world's highest unclimbed mountain. As you drive past the pass, you officially enter into Eastern Bhutan. In a span of around 2 hours, the road's altitude descends down to 2800 m. from here there is going to be a change in vegetation and temperature. Cherish the lovely views. You are presently driving on the Highway 1 of Bhutan. As you come close to your destination Mongar, the air gets thicker and the vegetation, extremely fertile. After completing the check-in formalities, the day is spent at leisure and is for relaxing.
Overnight in Mongar.

Day 9: Mongar – Trashigang (92 km)
Day 9 begins early so that you enter Trashigang early and partake in sightseeing. Like day 8, today also you cross only one pass but with superb riding conditions. As you move out from Mongar, the road alleviates as you cross the power station and the Buddhist College at Kilikhar, after which is descends into lush blue pine and rhododendron forests. Along with admiring the lovely views, be careful as there a few sharp turns. Journey includes traversing through rhododendron and orchid forest. Today, you might take long to cover 92 km as there are a number of places where you are going to stop and click photographs. There are a number of eating joints and bars too, on the way. After finally reaching Trashigang, check-in at the hotel and you can explore this extensive town on your own. Also known as the 'Jewel of the East', this place is located on a scenic hillside. It is also the base destination for a number of popular treks.
Stay overnight.

Day 10: Trashigang – Day trip to Yangtse (54 km)
On the 10th day of the tour, get ready for the beautiful Yangtse region, placed the very eastern-most portion of Bhutan, it shares its borders with Arunachal Pradesh, an Indian state. This bike is interesting and filled with superb views as you traverse local villages and tiny settlements that lie along the road. Drive past along a splendid valley floor lying close to the river. On the way, you can explore popular attractions like the Gom Kora Monastery (Gomphu Kora) - one of the most revered monasteries in Bhutan, it is site where Gure Rinpoche has meditated and left his body impression on a rock and the Duksum village- a lovely place to savor tranquility and scenic beauty. As you arrive in Yangtse, complete the check-in formalities and get ready to visit its popular attraction the Chorten Kora Monastery. Constructed way back in the 14th century, this monastery is one of the most popular monasteries in Bhutan that is dedicated to popular saint Guru Rinpoche. Every year, it becomes the venue of the very popular Chorten Kora Festival or the circumbulation ceremony.
Overnight in Yangtse.

Day 11: Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar (180 km)
Day 11 is the last when you are going to explore the wonderful nation of Bhutan. Start your bike ride on superb meandering roads that are filled with verdant vegetation, and pine and fir jungles. En route, you can make a halt at the Sherubtse College, which is the only center for degree studies in Bhutan. Later, continue your drive, crossing Khaling, a small town and, the villages of Wamrong and Deothang. Finally, you arrive at the foothills of Samdrup Jongkhar. On reaching here you realize that you have traversed Bhutan from west to east on Highway 1. Complete the check-in. Samdrup Jongkhar is a scenic and serene town that shares its border with the Indian state of Assam. You are free to visit the popular attractions here such as Samdrup Jongkhar Dzong, The Dratshang, The Zangdopelri, Mithun Breeding Farm, Dewathang etc.

Day 12: Samdrup Jongkhar- Guwahati for Departure
On the last day, get an assisted transfer to the Guwahati airport to board a flight for your onward destination.

What is included : 

Private guided tour
Visas for Bhutan
Airport transfers
Daily 3 meals (B/L/D)
Accommodation
A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
An experienced driver
A tour vehicle
Entry fees & road permits
Government fee, royalty, taxes & surcharges
Mineral bottled water
Laundry service on a daily basis
Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip

Royal Enfield 350cc motorcycle rental for the duration of the tour.
Support and mechanical services.
Support van.
Official t-shirts.
Cost of any special permits for the entire route.

What's Excluded
Flight into Bhutan (can be arranged with us)
Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
Meals at 4-5 stars restaurants
Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
Expenditure of personal nature
Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
Tips for the guide and driver
Alcoholic drink

Special Offer :
Do you have a group of 10 or more? You may qualify for a special group rate. Allow us to make sure your group travels happy and confidently.

Payment & Cancellation Policy

Payment Terms

The approval of tourists VISA is contingent on the full payment of the tour
Flight ticket payment is subject to the Ticketing Time Limit issued by the airlines

Tour Cancellation and Refund Policy

30 to 15 days prior to arrival - 20% of the total tour cost will be levied as cancellation fee
14 to 7 days prior to arrival - 50% of the tour cost will be levied as cancellation fee
Less than a week prior to arrival - 100% cancellation charge will be levied as cancellation fee

Flight Ticket Cancellation and Refund Policy

Subject to the cancellation terms of the Airline

Rescheduling Tour Dates:

There are no charges for rescheduling your trip. However the minimum daily tariff, hotel rates, airline charges are subject to change depending on your new travelling dates.

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