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India – Bhutan Cross Country Motorbike Expedition

Serene, calm and yet teeming with diversity and life, the ‘Kingdom Country’ of Bhutan is a traveler’s paradise. Where the chaos of India can immerse one, there Bhutan’s spirituality quietens. Where happiness is found upon searching elsewhere, in Bhutan this emotion is tangible. Considered one of the world’s top ten global hotspots, this country overlooking the snow-capped Himalayas is one of Vajranyana Buddhism’s last bastion, a sacred land sparsely populated by deeply spiritual people.

Motorbiking in Bhutan is an out of the world experience especially when our expedition takes travelers through some of the finest ancient fortresses and monasteries of the country as well as contemporary structures. There’s legend that permeates this mountain kingdom and stories that spark enduring interest waiting for their listeners.

INDIA – BHUTAN CROSS COUNTRY MOTORBIKE EXPEDITION 14 NIGHTS / 15 DAYS

Beginning from Phuentsholing, this trip comprises 12 Riding Days over approximately 1250 kms, and ends in Samdrup Jongkhar

Difficulty Level: Moderate   

Detailed Itinerary:-

Day 01: Arrive Bagdogra  

We begin the trip by gathering at Bagdogra hotel and in the late evening, discuss about our tour program. Overnight is spent in Bagdogra

Day 02: Bagdogra Phuentsholing (Approx 170 Kms / 04-05 hrs Drive)

Post breakfast is the drive to Phuentsholing. There is check-in at the hotel on arrival. After the check-in formality, visa will be obtained at the immigration office. In the evening is a joy ride in the town to get familiarized with the motorbike. Overnight is spent in Phuentsholing.

Day 03: Phuentsholing Paro. (Approx 165 Kms / 06 Hrs Ride)

The ride begins towards Bhutan’s N/W, from the foothills of Phuentsholing to Paro Valley(2280m). Our adventure begins today with the experience of Bhutan as a true paradise for bikers, complete with endless winding roads through its valleys. Overnight is spent in Paro.

Day 04: Hike to Tiger’s nest (Taktshang) in Paro.

After breakfast we till the monastery base parking and then our day hike starts here, for 4 to 5 hrs straight to and fro. Tiger’s nest (3000m) is one of Bhutan’s most recognizable culture icon perched 800m up a seemingly sheer cliff. It is believed in the 8th century, the great tantric master Guru Rimpoche (second Buddha) flew on the back of a tigress to the site where the monastery now stands. Overnight is spent in Paro.

Day 05: Paro Chele la Thimphu (Approx 180 Kms / 07–08 hrs Ride)

On our fifth day of riding, we will be doing an immensely fantastic climb up to the Chele La pass (3,990 m), which is the highest motorable pass in Bhutan. If the weather permits, we’ll enjoy the breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains. Then we descend down on the same road and head towards Thimphu, en route stopping at Tamchog Lhakhang (temple) and the famous iron bridge from the 16th century. Overnight stay is in Thimphu.

Day 06: Thimphu Sightseeing

  • Kuenselphodrang Nature Park– In the morning, we visit the park where the largest Buddha statue in the country is perched on the hillock, overlooking the magnificent Thimphu valley.
  • Bhutan Craft bazaar: Private stalls here have a variety of high quality products from places across the country such as wood carved national symbols, bags and western wears with touch of traditional designs, wooden and clay utensils, Bangchung, Dhapa, key hanger of jewelry boxes, bookmarks and handmade packing papers (Deysho) in different patterns and antique items. The stalls are distinctly rich in cultural significance and happy faces open to sharing. The craft bazaar also showcases the versatility of bamboo in home construction in the country.
  • Textile Academy: Weaving is woven into the culture and tradition of Bhutan. With the aim to preserve and promote living arts, the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan was instituted in May 2005 under the patronage of her Majesty Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck as an NGO and nonprofit. It’s a great place that showcases the art of traditional weaving and has a collection of old textiles rich in colors and designs. A real life demonstation can also be experienced. .
  • Mini Zoo: Bhutan’s national animal is the Takin & you’ll not have a glimpse of him anywhere else. An extremely rare species of the goat or cow family, the animal is found in herds of high altitudes (over 13,100ft).
  • Simply Bhutan- A living museum and photo studio, the project is aimed at engaging and empowering young entrepreneurs through preservation, promotion and showcasing of Bhutanese traditions and cultural diversity. The museum lets you experience the traditional Bhutanese way of life.
  • Bhutan Post Museum: A museum that narrates the story of Bhutan’s progress and development through the evolution of communications and postal system in the country. The journey is told through anecdotes, artifacts and the rich assortment of stamps the country has produced.

          Evening is a stroll around Thimphu city and overnight in Thimphu.

Day 07: Thimphu Punakha via Dochula Pass (Approx 75 Kms / 03–04 hrs Ride)

The ride begins with a steep climb towards Dochula pass (3,140m). On a clear day, a stop here allows you to enjoy the Mount Gangkar Phuensuem, the highest mountain in Bhutan amongst identically high mountains. The view is breathtaking and evokes a sense of serenity within, a great beginning to the arduous ride ahead. The beauty of the place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyel Chortens, 108 stupas built under the command and supervision by the eldest Queen, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. The descent takes a winding path with narrow roads, with view of monastic structures built precariously on cliffs and tops until the Wangdue and Punakha Valleys are reached. Overnight is spent in Punakha.

Day 08: Punakha Phobjikha valley (Approx 75 Kms/03-04 hrs Ride)

Before Heading out to Phobjikha, there is a visit to Punakha Dzong (Fortress) built in 1637 by Zhabdrung and located between the rivers of Mo (female) chu (river) and Pho (male) chu. This fortress served as a seat of the king and is the country’s old capital. The visit to Phobjikha Valley comes later. On the slopes of this valley is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km down from the monastery. On the valley floor is a winter habitat of black neck cranes and also large dwarf bamboo fields. Overnight is spent in Phobjikha.

Day 09: Phobjikha Bumthang. (Approx 185kms/06- 07 hrs Ride)

The ride to Bumthang (2750m) will see us climb narrow winding roads to Yotongla pass at 3425 mts, and descend to reach the Bumthang Valley. The beautiful valley is a popular destination owing to its vast spiritual structures with divine mythologies, traditional gifts and warm people. En route, we stop briefly to visit the Yathra Weaving Centre with overnight spent in Bumthang.

Day 10: Bumthang (Optional ride to tang valley)

Bumthang is a beautiful wide valley, with many places for sightseeing. A visit to Jambay Lhakhang is a must, one of the 108 monasteries built by King Songtsen Goenpo in the 8th century to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region.

The journey is broken by a delightful visit to the Swiss farm to taste cheese, savour apple brandy, locally brewed wine and the famous red panda Bear.

Later in the afternoon, there’s an optional ride to Tang valley, which is a beautiful and popular valley in Bumthang and a great place for riding. Overnight is spent in Bumthang.

Day 11: Bumthang Mongar (Approx 195 Kms / 07 – 08 Hrs ride)     

Starting the day early, we head to Mongar (1600m) surrounded by lush vegetation as we climb through different climate zones. After riding for 45km, comes the Ura village, one of the country’s most idealist villages. Thereafter comes the Thrumshingla Pass (second highest motorable pass in Bhutan) at 3750m above sea level. At Sengor Village, we stop for a brief lunch.

After lunch, we come across the most dangerous section of road called Namling Brak which provides a good photo-op and continue towards Mongar. (Capital City of Eastern Bhutan). Overnight in then spent in Mongar.

Day 12: Mongar Trashigang (Approx 115 Kms/03-04 Hrs ride)

In the morning we cruise for 17km on our bikes towards Kori La pass (2400m) and descent all the way to valley floor, approximately about 1200m and continue to Trashigang.

Trashigang spans the Eastern-most corners of the kingdom, skirting up to the edge of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, and is the country’s largest district. With an altitude ranging 600m to 4000m above sea level, the district also has Bhutan’s largest river, the Dangmechu. This junction of the East-West highway with road connections to Samdrup Jongkhar and then into Assam is also the principal marketplace for the semi-nomadic & uniquely dressed people of Merak and Sakteng. Overnight is spent in Trashigang.

Day 13: Trashigang Samdrup Jongkhar via Khaling & Deokhang. (Approx 180 kms/06 hrs ride)

As we descend towards foothills of the Eastern Himalayas of Bhutan Samdrup Jongkhar, we come across Sherubtse College (Peak of Knowledge), country’s first college built in late 1970s. The Highway was built by Dantak (Indian border-road organization) and is one of Eastern Bhutan’s most important road. Morning is an ascenion to Yongphu la (2190m) about 30km from the Eastern airfield.

After riding about 100km we come across the day’s most dangerous section of road, called Menlong Brak (or Cliff), an exhilarating ride nevertheless.

In the evening you can relax or stroll around the border town with a farewell dinner & overnight stay in Samdrup Jongkhar.

Day 14: Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati (Approx 110 Kms / 03 hrs drive by Exclusive Vehicle)

After breakfast, our representatives will assist you to exit the country properly. You will be driven to Guwahati, which is about 3 hours drive from Samdrup Jongkhar in the afternoon. Overnight is spent in Guwahati.

Day 15: Drop at Guwahati airport               

In the morning on the day of departure, is the transfer to Guwahati airport to catch the flight Delhi for international flights. If you wish to extend your stay in India, please write to us or call and we will plan your holiday forward. (Trip End)

Cost Proposal

Destination

Nights

Hotel/Resort

Meal Plan

Bagdogra

01

Orbit Hotel or similar

Half Board

Phuentsholing

01

Bhutan Residence or Similar

Half Board

Paro

02

Tashi Lhading or Similar

Half Board

Thimphu

02

Zhingkham Cottage or Similar

Half Board

Punakha

01

Hotel Damchen or Similar

Half Board

Phobjikha

01

Hotel Dewachen or Similar

Half Board

Bumthang

02

Swiss Guest House or Similar

Half Board

Mongar

01

Wangchuk Hotel or Similar

Half Board

Trashigang

01

Lingkhor Lodge or Similar

Half Board

Samdrup Jongkhar

01

Mountain Hotel or Similar

Half Board

Guwahati

01

Hotel Ginger or similar

Half Board

Description

(Cost based on minimum 04 Paying Pax)

Cost In USD (PP – Per Person)

Pilot (on twin sharing room basis)

USD 3700 PP

Pillion (on twin sharing room basis)

USD 3100 PP

Supplement

Single occupancy

USD 850 PP

Note: We haven’t included domestic flights (to Bagdogra & from Guwahati) ticket into the above cost

 

Fixed Departure Date

Serial Number

Arrival Date

Return Date

Departure 01

21st Oct 2018

04th Nov 2018

 

THE ABOVE TOUR COST INCLUDES:-

  • 14 Nights / 15 Days in above mentioned or similar hotels on twin sharing basis as per above program.

  • Daily buffet breakfast & dinner at mentioned places

  • Royal Enfield 500 CC motorcycle with gearshift on the left from ex Phuentsoling.  

  • Basic spare parts (Tyres-Tubes, Clutch & Accelerator wire, Engine oil, chain lock etc) are included

  • Road Caption with private motorbike

  • Indian tour co-coordinator

  • Transfer from Bagdogra to Phuenstsholing by exclusive vehicle

  • Transfer from Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati by exclusive vehicle

  • Departure transfer to Guwahati airport from hotel by exclusive vehicle

  • Assistance on departure transfer at Guwahati airport

  • Support vehicle to carry luggage and all essential during the expedition

  • Royal Enfield Mechanic for entire trip travelling in Support vehicle

  • Mineral water per day

  • First Aid kit containing adequate stock of the most frequently – needed medicine (if you have any medicine suggested by your physician then please carry at your end)

  • Bhutan visa fees and other related paper works  

  • All royalty fee & internal taxes

  • India Motorbike tours personal care and attention  

THE ABOVE TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:-

  • Air/train fare

  • Bike Damage charges

  • Fuel for bike

  • Entrance fee for cultural sites

  • White river rafting at Punakha

  • Any personal or travel Insurance

  • Any tips, gratuities, portage, laundry, telephone calls, Soft drinks  

  • Any other services aren’t committed above