Bhutan is a land of snowcapped mountains, deep, broad valleys with fertile rice paddies and orchards, tiny villages and bustling market towns. Yet the south is covered in jungle and more reminiscent of India than the Himalayas. Bhutan is a thoroughly exotic country that stimulates all of the senses. Anybody who visits this Himalayan heaven marvels at its untouched natural beauty and unique culture. Bhutan is sandwiched between India and China in the Eastern Himalayas at elevations ranging from 180 to 7,500 meters with and area of 47,000 square kilometers and a population of 650,000 inhabitants, of which around 50,000 live in the capital Thimpu. Bhutan is mainly Buddhist, as is evident from the many dzongs (monasteries), chortens (stupas) and prayer flags scattered all across the country. Bhutan opened to modern development only very recently and tourism is permitted only to the extent that it does not endanger the kingdom's traditional culture and society. Therefore only a few thousand visitors visit the mountain kingdom every year. In Bhutan, "gross national happiness" takes precedence over economic considerations.
Bhutan is a bikers paradise with beautiful roads, less traffic and breathtaking scenery. Straight roads hardly exist, as the country is mostly mountainous and with an average of 8-10 curves per kilometer. The roads are quite empty, and the capital city of Thimpu doesn't even have a traffic light. Our motorcycle tour of Bhutan takes us along small mountain roads in varying conditions, and the ride never gets boring – beautiful landscapes soon cure us of the urge to ride hard. We kick back and savor the pure joy of cruising on our bikes at a relaxed 30 to 70 km/hr. Our Bhutan bike tour is structured to allow enough time to get to experience the culture and savor the mountains and the countryside. We ride along high passes and valleys, visit and experience the culture of quaint mountain villages where time seems to have stopped long back. Last but not the least we ride through some of the least explored and picturesque landscape in the Himalayas.
Rs.49,500/- PER PERSON
This fare includes:
13 nights/14 days stay (on sharing basis) with breakfast.
Permits where applicable.
Bike packing and cargo charges from Bangalore to Siliguri and Guwahati to Bangalore
Flight charges from Bangalore to Siliguri and Guwahati to Bangalore (Riders who want to meet us at Siliguri and continue the ride can do so and flight charges will be adjusted. If the flight charges shoot up drastically for riders who sign up very late, we will be forced to collect the increase in fare from the rider).
This does not include:
Lunch, dinner and mineral water expenses.
Fuel for your bikes.
Everything else other than those mentioned in includes.
Carry some additional cash to meet any unforeseen situations. Indian currency is accepted all over Bhutan. Rs.500/- and Rs.1000/- denomination notes are NOT ACCEPTED.
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|Day||Date||Route & Distance||Description||Overnight|
Arrive in Siliguri. Collect and prepare Bikes, buy Provisions.
|2||2013-04-28||Siliguri - Phuntsholing (~170 KMs)|
Early morning we leave for Phuntsholing. The border clearly separates two very different peoples and cultures. Jaigaon ( on the Indian side of the border ) is bustling and loud, similar to many other West Bengal centers of commerce while Phuntsholing is uniquely more urban than other Bhutanese towns, having absorbed the neighboring culture, but distinctly far more quiet and orderly. Complete Bhutan entry formalities and Overnight stay at Phuntsholing.
|3||2013-04-29||Phuntsholing - Paro (~130 KMs)|
After breakfast we leave for Paro ( 2300 meters ). As you leave Phuntsholing and go towards Paro you can see the contrast in the culture and landscape. The roads are practically empty and the views just keep getting better. By afternoon we reach Paro. Lunch and rest. Evening a short bike tour to Drukgyel and to the Taktshang monastery viewpoint. Paro town itself is rather small, as most people live in the surrounding countryside, working the most fertile soil in the country. The road from the dzong to Paro is lined by very large chortens. Overnight at Paro.
|4||2013-04-30||Paro - Thimpu (~65 KMs)|
After an early breakfast we ride to Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan at an altitude of 2400 meters. We need to apply for route permits to go onto the interior areas. Explore Thimpu in the evening and Overnight at Thimpu.
|5||2013-05-01||Thimpu - Punakha Valley (~100 Kms)|
Just out of Thimpu, the road begins a steep, twisty climb to the Dochu La pass at 3,450 meters. The top of the pass is visibly marked by a large Bhutanese chorten and prayer flags. The road down from Dochu La into the Punakha Valley and on to Wangdi Phodrang goes on for some distance, descending 1,700 meters to the valley floor. In Punaka, we’ll visit the largest and mightiest dzong in Bhutan. Overnight at Punakha valley.
|6||2013-05-02||Punakha Valley - Trongsa (~140 KMs)|
Today we satrt by climbing the winding Pele La pass (3,300 m). From there we'll ride through the Black Mountains to the incomparable Phobjikha Valley – the winter habitat of Tibetan cranes and location of one of the largest fields of dwarf bamboo. Phobjikha Valley is considered the most beautiful valley in Bhutan with the most breathtaking views. Eight kilometers outside of Trongsa ( 2200 meters ), the road takes a tight bend to the left around an outcrop and presents us with one of the most breathtaking vistas in Bhutan. Overnight at Trongsa.
|7||2013-05-03||Trongsa - Bumthang (~90 KMs)|
After Breakfast we visit Trongsa dzong, a fortress built in 1648, sprawls down a steep hillside. Like nearly all towns in Bhutan, Trongsa is dominated by a dzong that dwarfs the surrounding buildings. We cross the Yotong La pass (3,425 m) on our way into the picturesque Bumthang Valley. Overnight at Bumthang Valley
|8||2013-05-04||Bumthang - Mongar (~180 KMs)|
From Bhumthang, we'll be heading east. Tourists may be few and far between in western Bhutan, but virtually none make their way into the regions we'll be seeing today. On the way to Tashigang via Mongar, we'll be crossing the Tumsi La, one of Bhutan's highest road passes. During the ride, we can observe the changes in the beautiful surrounding vegetation as we climb through the various climate zones. Overnight at Mongar.
|9||2013-05-05||Mongar - Trashigang (~120 KMs)|
Today we're going to cruise on our bikes to Tashigang via Drametsi. We'll cross the Korila pass (2,490 m) and wind our way through refreshing evergreen forests in the Yadi Loops. From the hot Kanglung Chu valley, we'll ride up to the quiet little mountain town of Trashigang. Overnight at Trashigang.
|10||2013-05-06||Trashigang - Samdrup Jongkhar (~160 Kms)|
Today we'll do our last leg of the Bhutan section, from Tashigang to Samdrup Jonghar. By afternoon arrive at Samdrup Jongkhar, a town on the border of Assam, at an altitude of only 200 meters. Overnight at Samdrup Jongkar.
|11||2013-05-07||Samdrup Jongkhar - Guwahati|
After breakfast we enter India and into the Brahmaputra Plains of Assam. By afternoon arrive in Guwahati. Overnight in Guwahati.
Day for packing bikes
Return to Bangalore