THE DZONG KINGDOM - BHUTAN

A country known to be as the Happiest one in Asia, for a reason. The landmark ‘Punakha Dzong’ known to be as the ‘palace of happiness or bliss’ justifies the above mentioned statement. 

Yes, this is actually a very peaceful region, and apart from the nature, the people of Bhutan are another main reason for making to such a beautiful country.

Bagdogra, India

Origin

Bagdogra, India
October-November,
March

Tour Months

October-November, March
Rough, Off-Road,Challenging

Terrain

Rough, Off-Road,Challenging
10 Days

No. of Days

10 Days
Cold, Dry

Weather

Cold, Dry
1300 Kms / 1128 Kms

Total Distance / Riding Distance

1300 Kms / 1128 Kms

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The country’s landscape ranges from lush subtropical plains in the south to the sub- alpine Himalayan mountains in the north, where there are peaks in excess of 7,000 metres . The land consists mostly of steep and high mountains crisscrossed by a network of swift rivers, which form deep valleys before draining into the Indian plains. Elevation rises from 200 m in the southern foothills to more than 7,000 m . Bhumthang and other such spots in Bhutan will give you a jaw dropping views of the mighty Himalayas, and this is one such place which you should definitely consider ticking off from your list. 

So why don’t you have a look at the detailed itinerary of the tour, and let us know when you’re going to be onboard with us for this.

TOUR ITINERARY

  • Day 1

    Arrival at Bagdogra Airport

    On the very first day after your arrival at Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal, India you’ll be greeted by a Himalaya Rides crew member at the airport and from there we will drive till ‘Phuntsholing’, BHUTAN. Some of the basic paper work and formalities will be completed before we start the tour on two wheels. The dinner and overnight stay will be arranged in a hotel at Phuntsholing Town.

  • Day 2

    Phuntsholing to Paro (Altitude 2,300 m, 148Kms, 5Hours)

    The tour will begin with our first ride till Paro, we ride uphill to Paro. En route, we pass the beautiful Gedu University, Rinchending Monastery and some villages. After reaching the destination, we will visit Dzongs and Temples of Paro. We will arrange the dinner and overnight stat at a hotel in Paro.

  • Day 3

    Paro to Thimphu (Altitude 2,600 m, 70Kms, 2 hours)

    Today we’ll be doing a fantastic climb up to the Cheli La pass (3,990 m) on our motorcycles. This is Bhutan´s highest road ! We’ll then take the new main road into Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city. (2,400 m, approx. 50,000 inhabitants) Our accommodations for the night are in a rustic and cosy , scenic located local Resort. A speciality dinner is lined up for us in the evening, followed by a little tour of the capital’s pubs, if you’re up to it

  • Day 4

    Thimpu to Punaka (Altitude 1,600 m, 170Kms, 6 hours )

    A short sightseeing tour in the morning and time to change money and shop – at 11:00 am it’s time for our next motorcycle ride through the mountains. Just out of Thimphu, the road begins a steep, twisty ride 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). Via Dochu La (3,140 m) to Wangdue Tzong, then Punaka. 

  • Day 5

    Punaka to Trongsa (Altitude 2,180 m, 180Kms, 7 hours)

    We’ll then ride back up 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. We´l have lunch at a local guest house and then there is time for a short hike through medieval villages and to the dzong.The long descent ends near the imposing Chendebi chorten, where we stop for a tea, coffee and a brief Photo shoot. After another hour of winding our way through the mountains on our bikes, we’ll catch our first glimpse of the dzong. Eight kilometers outside of Trongsa, the road takes a tight bend to the left around an outcrop and presents us with one of the most breathtaking vistas in Bhutan. We will be having a warm hot dinner with a bonfire night at our hotel.

  • Day 6

    Trongsa to Bhumthang (Altitude 2,580 m, 80Kms, 3 hours)

    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. Than we saddle the Bullets and we’ll cross the Yotong La pass (3,425 m) on our way into the picturesque Bhumthang Valley. En route, we’ll stop briefly to visit the Chumey Yathra weavers.

  • Day 7

    Bhumthang to Mongar (Altitude 2,200 m, 180Kms, 6 hours)

    From Bhumthang, we’ll be heading east. Foreigners 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 Mongar (1,800 m), we’ll be crossing the Tumsi La, on of Bhutan’s highest road passes. During the motorcycle ride, we can observe the changes in the beautiful surrounding vegetation as we climb through the various climate zones. But first, we’ll visit Ura, a village that is not typical for Bhutan. The houses are all built very close to one another, all facing in the same direction. (approx. 140 km).

  • Day 8

    Mongar to Trashigang (Altitude 2,300 m, 80Kms, 3 hours)

    Today we’re going to cruise on our bikes to Trashigang 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 (approx. 150 km). We will be serving a hot and warm dinner at your hotel in Trashigang for the night.

  • Day 9

    Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar (Altitude 600m, 220Kms, 7 Hours)

    Today we’ll tackle the last leg of the Bhutan Motorcycle Tour, from Tashigang to Samdrup Jonghar. 30 km into the day, we’ll reach Bhutan’s only university in Kanglung. Later, in Khaling, we’ll visit weavers, practitioners of a craft that’s very popular here in eastern Bhutan.For the rest of the ride, we’ll once again experience Bhutan as a true paradise for bikers, with endless winding roads through the mountains. We’ll enjoy the view during our picnic lunch, then slowly descend to Samdrup Jongkhar, a town on the border to the Indian state of Assam, at an altitude of only 200 meters.

    This will be our last day on motorcycles for the tour, and we will make sure to arrange a farewell at the hotels and make this tour memorable for you.

  • Day 10

    Transfer to Guwahati - Flight to New Delhi

    On thevery last day of our tour,  we will return to India. One of our Crew member will assist you and you’ll be transferred by a private vehicle to Guhwati through the lush plains to the Assamese capital Guwahati on the Brahmaputra river. From there, we’ll transfer straight to the airport for a short flight to Delhi where after reaching you can have a time to relax and freshen up.

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