Bhutan Bike Expedition 2018

TT1738

 Bhutan

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Quick Facts:

  • Activities: Bike Riding, Sightseeing, Hiking
  • Duration: 8D/7N.
  • Temperature Range: 10 to 25 degrees Celcius.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate. 

Itinerary:

Day 01 – Siliguri to Phuentsholing: Early morning you will report to our representative's office for collecting your bikes and also for a briefing on the bikes and your tour. After the briefing along with your Mechanic you will drive towards Phuentsholing. Phuentsholing is a small and the first town that you will see in Bhutan that shares her boarder with the Jaigoan in India.  At Phuentsholing your Bhutan Tour Guide will receive you and will be transfered to Hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Mid Point or Similar in Phuentsholing. 

Day 02 – Phuentsholing to Thimphu: After your breakfast you will visit the immigration office with your guide for securing the route permit and to complete other immigration formalitites. Than you will head Thimphu (Thimphu is the most modern city in Bhutan with an abundance of restaurants, internet cafes, nightclubs, and shopping centers. Thimphu is also the only capital city in the world that does not use traffic lights. Instead, a few major intersections have policemen standing in elaborately decorated booths directing traffic with exaggerated hand motions.) It will take almost 6 hours to reach Thimphu. At late evening you can drive Tashichhodzong for the mesmerizing night view of the Tashichhodzong (Thimphu Fortress).

Overnight at Hotel Centennial or Similar in Thimphu.

Day 03 – Sightseeing of Thimphu: After breakfast visit the following places riding on your bike.

  • Takin Preserve, which houses the national animal the Takin that is only found in Bhutan. This is an extremely rare member of the goat family. Found in herds in the very high altitudes (13,125ft and over). They live on a diet of grass and bamboo. It can weigh as much as 550 pounds.
  • Changankha Lhakhang (temple): This temple situated atop a small hound overlooking the Thimphu valley was built in the 13th century by the illustrious Lam Phajo Dugom Zhigpo. The temple is considered the spiritual home of children born in the Chang valley.
  • Visit Largest Buddha Statue: Visit Buddha Dordenma Statue. It is a bronze statue gilded in gold. It is one of the largest Buddha Statue in the world, at a height of 51.5 metres (169 ft). The statue alone is being built at a cost of US$ 47 million by Aero sun Corporation of Nanjing, China, while the total cost of the Buddha Dordenma Project is well over US$ 100 million.
  • Visit National Library: Visit the National Library, established in 1967. Among the highly prized collections, there is a book reported to be the heaviest in the world, weighing 59 kilograms (130 lb), known as “Bhutan Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom”.
  • Visit Painting School.

“Zorig Chusum” means the Thirteen Crafts. To preserve our invaluable heritage and promote arts in Bhutan, the Royal Government initiated this institute in1971. Students are taught painting, calligraphy, embroidery, wood carving, sculpture, etc. They also learn to understand the traditional meaning and spiritual values enshrined in Buddhist art.

  • Visit Textile Museum.

With the opening of Textile Museum, under the patronage of His Majesty the Queen Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, Bhutanese textiles have reached new heights as one of the most visible traditional crafts and as a distinctly Bhutanese Art form. The textile museum has opened its exhibition on six major themes: warp pattern weaves, weft pattern weaves, role of textiles in religion, achievements in textile arts, textiles from indigenous fibres and the royal collection.

  • Craft Bazaar where craftsmen and artisans from across the country display and sell their handicrafts.
  • Bhutan Postal Museum (recently established)-The museum tells the story of Bhutan’s progress and development through the evolution of communications and postal system in the country. And also you can get personalized Bhutanese postage stamps with your photo on them. You can bring along your favorite photo to put on the stamps and put these stamps on your postcard to send to your family and friends
  • Centenary Farmers’ Market (open from Thu-Sun only): Most of the Thimphu’s population and many valley dwellers converge on the bustling weekend market, held by the side of Wangchu River.  A wide range of foodstuffs and local arts and crafts are sold at the market, which runs from Friday afternoon till Sunday evening.  A visit to the market provides great photo opportunities, as well as the chance to mingle with local people and perhaps buy souvenirs.
  • Leisure in the evening on your own. 

Overnight at Hotel Centennial or Similar in Thimphu.

Day 04 – Thimphu to Punakha-Wangdue: Distance: 71 km, Estimated travel time: 2 1/2 hrs

After breakfast, drive to Punakha via the Dochula pass. An hour's drive from Thimphu will take you to this pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day with a powerful binocular telescope. Visit the beautiful 108 Chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo for the security and well being of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. Also visit Druk Wangyal Temple which was built to honor His Majesty, the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The past and future appear to merge in the details of the temple that tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distance future.  

Drive onto Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body. Visit the Punakha Dzong, located on the island of the Pho-Chu (male) river and the Mo-Chu (female) river. Visit the Dho Jha Gha Lam Temple.

In the evening, walk through the Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to the Devine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where couples unable to concieve come here for blessing.

Overnight at Hotel Tashi Gatshel or Similar in Punakha/Wangdue.

Day 05 – A Day Excursion to Phobjikha/Gangtay Valley: (Elevation: 3,000m, Distance: 71km, Time: 2 hrs)

Today after breakfast you will go for a day excursion to Phobjikha Valley & visit the following places simultaneously.

  • Morning see the reconstruction of Wangdue Dzong: Wangdue Phodrang Dzong was founded by the Zhabdrung in 1639. It is situated on the hill with a commanding view of the valley. It is believed that the protective Deity, Yeshi Gampo told Zhabdrung Rimpoche that if he built a Dzong on the ridge he would be able to bring the whole country under his power. Your guide will the story of the reconstruction of the Dzong.
  • Visit Gangtey Goempa Monastery: Gangtey Goempa Monastery was built in the 17th Century. The construction of the Goempa was prophesied by Terton (Treasure revealer) Pema Lingpa.
  • Visit the Black-necked crane centre: A few kilometers past the Goempa, on the valley floor is the village of Phobjikha. This is the winter home of black necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass their winter in milder and lower climate.

Later towards evening drive back to Punakha and Leisure in the town if time permits.

Overnight at Hotel Tashi Gatshel or Similar in Punakha/Wangdue.

Day 06 – Punakha/Wangdue to Paro: After breakfast drive to Paro. The drive will take about 6hours. On the way back to Paro offers another chance to view the amazing Himalayan ranges. Stop along the way to take photos wherever you find the best spot for the photography. You can stop in the Dochula Pass for a short break. Then continue our journey to Paro. Upon reaching Paro visit the following places;

  • Visit National Museum: National Museum was built as a watch tower. Unlike the rectangular shape of the Dzongs, Ta Dzong is conical, more like that of a European castle. Since 1967 the Dzong was re-established as the National Museum and holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps.
  • Visit Paro Dzong: This is also known as the “fortress of the heap of jewels”. It was built during the time of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 after the small Hungrel fortress built by Lam Drung Drung was offered to Zhabdrung. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional cantilever bridge. 
  • Visit Farm HousBe: Later in the evening you can alos visit the Farm House at a distance from the main town to experience the rural life of Bhutan. You can also opt for the Hot Stone Bath in the farm house and a local dishes as your dinner. You can also test the local cusine called 'Ara' in the farm house. Be careful with the Ara, you might be drunk. Kick of the Ara is danger.....

Overnight at Taktshang Paradise or Similar in Paro.

Day 07 - Hike to Taktsang Monastery: After breakfast you will hike to the tiger’s nest.

  • Hike to the Tiger’s Nest : Today we will make a hike to Paro Taktshang Monastery, the most famous and scared monastery in Buddhism world. Taktshang means “Tiger Nest” named after Guru Rinpoche reportedly flew to this site riding on the back of a flying tigress late in the 9th century. We have to walk about 2hours up steep from the road end. You can also take horse ride if you are not able to walk. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. Paro Taktshang is one of the holiest places in the world.
  • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang: This is one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century to subdue the ogress that lay across the whole of the Himalayas.
  • Shopping (if desired) or leisure in the town at evening.

Overnight at Taktshang Paradise or similar in Paro.

Day 08 – Departure:   Distance - 320 km, Time - 9 hours.

After breakfast our guide will bid farewel for your drive to Siliguri with your mechanic. You might have to start early in the morning in order to reach Siliguri on time. We wish you a very safe and pleasant ride for your onward destinations.

TASHI DELEK & VISIT AGAIN!

  • Early Bird Price with 20% Off: Dual riders on one bike Rs. 39,999/- Rs. 31,999/- per person; Single rider on one bike Rs. 49,999/- Rs. 39,999/- per person.     
  • Starts Siliguri, West Bengal, India and ends in Paro Bhutan.
  • Mystic Land Tour in Bhutan - the world's first 100% Organic Nation & the world's first carbon-negative country. 
  • Biking in the Himalayas and the happiest nation in Asia.
  • Royal Enfield Motorcycle Rental.
  • Hike to the Taktsang Monastery in Paro - one of the holiest place in the world.
  • Various Sightseeing Tours in Phuentsholing, Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Wangdue & Phobjikha Valley.
  • Ride throughout the tours on well paved motor rodads.
  • 7 nights accommodation in 2 star hotels.
Stay Envisaged Stars Destination Nights
Hotel Mid Point
Phuentsholing 1
Bhuttan Centennial Tavern
Thimphu 2
Taktshang Paradise
Paro 2
Hotel Tashi Gatshel
Wangdue 2
Inclusions
  • Pick and Drop from Siliguri, India. 
  • Royal Enfield Motorcycle 350cc with one rider on a bike.
  • English Speaking Tour Guide, a motorcyclist by profession and passion.
  • Mechanic throughout the tour (Biking specialized).
  • Back up Car/ Luggage Car will be provided from Phuentsholing.
  • Only breadfast is provided. Other meals to be arranged by the guest himself. 
  • Accommodation in 2* Hotel on Twin/Double Sharing basis.
  • All Immigration Charges and Formalities.
Exclusions
  • Fuel for the biking expedition.
  • Any medical / travel insurance coverage & Personal expenses.
  • Entry and Museum Fees.
  • Any telephone calls /internet charges.
  • Any Tips to Guide, driver and mechanic.
  • International flights.
  • Alcohol drinks.
  • Any damage to the motorcycle must be covered by the rider in full.
  • Any itinerary extensions will subject to additional cost.
  • Bike Helmet.
  • Any items not mentioned in inclusion section.
Terms and Conditions
  • Tour Price: The price attached above is in terms of INR per person.
  • Minimum of 6 Person is required to avail the above price. 
  • A valid motorcycle license of your country of origin is mandatory for all riders.
  • Helmets are compulsory for both riders and pillions.
  • Clients are asked to bring along their own good quality crash helmets.
  • An indemnity form will have to be signed before the tour commences.
  • Proper riding gear encouraged at all times.
  • Waterproof riding gear is recommended along with goggles and masks.
  • Extra Security deposit (Cash Rs. 3000) that is refundable at the end of the tour to be made before the tour commences in case of damages to the motorcycle due to client's negligence. Money to be deposited at the time of taking bike from our representative in Siliguri and will be refunded at the time of returning the bike. 
  • VISA: Visa can be obtained at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 month validity. Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card in place of passport. Your passport / VIC needs to have at least 6 months’ validity calculated from the date on which you head Bhutan. Your Bhutan visa will be arranged by us and the actual visa is stamped into your passport on arrival at the immigration office.
Cancellation Policy

Once booked, the tour cancelled are subject to the following cancellation charges:

  • Earlier than 30 days before the start of the tour programme: 10% of the rates
  • Between 30 and 21 days before the start: 40% of the rates
  • Between 20 and 14 days before the start: 60% of the rates
  • Between 13 and 7 days before the start: 80% of the rates
  • Less than 7 days before the start or cancellation without notice: No refund will be made.

Note: Processing fee of 3% would be charged for the above mentioned cancellation policy. 

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Trail Overview

This Excluisve 8 Days Biking Expedition to Bhutan covers the most beautiful places of Western Bhutan and one of the highest passes in Bhutan. The ride will lead you towards the least and most travelled passes, the Chelala Pass and Dochula Pass respectively. This expedition will introduce you to a land of rich diversities. From food to culture to people, every element contributes in making this country a splendid one. An hour's drive from Thimphu will take you to the Dochula pass (3140 m) where one can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day with a powerful binocular telescope. Visit the beautiful 108 Chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo for the security and well being of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. Also visit Druk Wangyal Temple which was built to honor His Majesty, the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Don't forget you still have the Punakha Fortress, one of the best and holiest fortressess in Bhutan build in the midst of two rivers. Experience the spirit of Bhutan bike expedition and rest assured, there is no better way to explore the Land of Happiness.

Duration : 8 Days
Trail Type : Any Date
Location : Bhutan
Maximum number of people : 16
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