This two-week Bhutan tour is designed such that you spend most of your time exploring the best the country has to offer. Apart from the riding, this tour includes a trek to the famous "Tiger's Nest" monastery and also a day of camping in a remote Bhutanese village.
¿Qué está incluido?
• Stay on twin-sharing(double-occupancy) basis
• Dinner and breakfast on all days
• All Bhutan permit fees
• Experienced English speaking road captain
• Support vehicle for carrying luggage and other essentials
• Mechanic throughout the tour
• All tolls / entry fees
• Royal Enfield 500cc motorcycle
• River Rafting
Cubierto de destinoThimphu
Day 1: Arrival in Siliguri
After your arrival at our designated hotel in Siliguri, we head out for a short ride so that you test the motorcycle you would be riding for the rest of the tour. While the mechanic makes final adjustments according to your riding style, the road captain briefs you about the entire ride.
Day 2: Siliguri to Phuntsholing
Today we kick-start the Bhutan tour on a smooth National Highway that passes through paddy and tea plantations. After 150 kms, it is Kuzuzampola Bhutan! While but a gate separates Bhutan from India, your senses will register the difference between the two countries instantly. We first halt at the immigration office to get permits sanctioned for the tour. Post the permit formalities, you are free to explore the town of Phuntsholing, its bustling markets and the local cuisine.
Day 3: Phuntsholing to Paro
As soon as we leave Phuntsholing, the serene mountains of Bhutan greet us. The ride will take us through mesmerizing landscapes, forested mountains and lush valleys. The architecture of buildings in Bhutan is striking and will immediately capture your attention. As we close in towards Paro, the roads become broader and straighter. The view of prayer flags and three pagodas at Chuzom where the Paro river meets the Thimphu river marks our entry into Paro valley. Our night stay is at a hotel in the ancient city of Paro.
Day 4: Trek to Tiger's Nest
An early breakfast at the hotel with a view of snow covered mountains will prep you for the trek to Taktsang Palphug Monastery, commonly known as Tiger's nest monastery. The monastery stands on the edge of a cliff and offers a beautiful view of Paro valley. A word of caution - The trek is over steep slopes and dusty paths paved in the forest concluding with 700 steps. While it can be strenuous for some, the view from the top is extremely rewarding. You can choose to walk or hire a pony (only till half-way). The trek will take approximately 5-6 hours in all.
Day 5: Paro to Thimphu Via Chele La
We grab an early breakfast and head to Chele La, the highest motorable pass of Bhutan at an elevation of 13000 ft. The ride early in the morning offers a splendid view of mountain ranges.
Post lunch, we leave for Thimphu via Chuzom where you will see the confluence of the Paro and Thimphu rivers. Thimphu being the capital of Bhutan offers a taste of city life in this nature-loving country. The overnight stay is at a hotel offering a beautiful view of the city.
Day 6: Thimphu - Local Sightseeing
While we get your permits extended today for the rest of the tour, you can take a drive through the city to Tashichho Dzong (dzong means castle), that apart from housing the throne and offices of the King, offers a beautiful views of Dechencholing Palace - the residence of the King of Bhutan - and the Wangchhu river. Other must visit places include Memorial Chorten and Kuensel Phodrang, where the biggest statue of Buddha in the world overlooks Thimphu.
Day 7: Thimphu to Punakha Via Dochu La
We leave early for Punakha with the standout of the day being Dochu la Pass. The pass is 10,171 ft high and has a concentration of 108 memorial Chortens. After a short break at the pass we ride down towards Punakha amidst lush green trees and pristine mountains.
The must visit place at Punakha is Punakha Dzong, one of the oldest dzongs in the country. After visiting Punakha Dzong, we retire for the day and enjoy dinner amidst sounds of the river adjoining the hotel.
Day 8: Punakha To Phobjikha
Today's ride comprises of cruising through patchy mountains with hairpin loops and curves. Just before Pele la pass, we turn towards Phobjikha valley. This breathtaking valley is marked by herds of yak that can be seen grazing the paddy fields. The valley is famous for being the winter home of black necked cranes that fly all the way from Tibet. The ride here after the mountain roads is a refreshing change and offers an indescribable experience.
Day 9: Phobjikha to Trongsa
The road towards Trongsa is initially flat and then it starts climbing towards Pele la Pass at a height of 12,210 ft. The descent is marked by muddy roads where reconstruction/ widening of roads is underway. Enroute Trongsa, Chendebji Chorten appears. The Chorten is one of the four unique Chortens in the world, with eyes looking out in all four different directions. Trongsa is a small town that acts as a transit point between the eastern and south-central zones of Bhutan. The major landmark is Trongsa Dzong, the largest monastic and administrative Dzong in Bhutan.
Day 10: Trongsa to Jakar, Bumthang
The ride to Bumthang is a steady climb as we cross two passes, with Yutong La being the first at an altitude of 11,155 ft. As we proceed downwards, the road is marked by beautiful conifer trees on either side. The landscape then breaks open into the beautiful Chumey valley where we halt for locally cooked lunch. The ride further ascends eastwards towards Jakar via Keke la Pass. The stay will be at a hotel in Chamkhar town overlooking the valley of Bumthang with a view of the Dzong.
Day 11: Jakar to Zemghang
We start early to retrace our ride back to Trongsa, from where we move towards the south-central region of Bhutan. The landscape keeps changing between dense forests to paddy fields to majestic mountain vistas, from waterfalls to rapid flow of streams under the bridges. After the initial rough road, the ride is on smooth tarmac for us to enjoy the passing nature.
Typical to the Ride of My Life way of touring, we have a cultural experience amidst all the adventure. We spend the night camping in a remote village in Zemghang, eat the local Bhutanese food and also party the way they do.
Day 12: Zemghang to Gelephu
The ride today marks our last day in Bhutan and before we bid goodbye to the beautiful country, it offers us a few more surprises. The ride takes us through occasional waterfalls, Chortens and prayer flags. The road indeed puts you in a trance; views here are captured better in the memory than on film. Our overnight stay for the day is at Gelephu on the Bhutan - India border.
Day 13: Gelephu to Siliguri
We start early today and after completing the immigration formalities at the border, enter back into India and say bye-bye to Bhutan. The journey to the plains is easy on the motorcycle but heavy on the heart... After riding through the lush green fields and Jaldhapara National Park in India, we reach our hotel in Siliguri and party.
Day 14: Depart from Siliguri
After a ride of a lifetime, it's time to head back home with sweet memories of Bhutan. You room will be paid for till noon on this day.
• Your travel to/from Siliguri
• Lunch on all days
• Fuel for the ride
• Snacks, beverages (bottled water, juice etc)
• Any spares you consume during the ride
• Refundable security deposit for the motorcycle: INR 10,000
• Optional single-occupancy add-on: INR 43,000
• Optional rental for helmet, knee guards and magnetic tank bag
• Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions section
Minimum Riders: 10 nos
Maximum Riders: 16 nos