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Motorbike Expedition – 09 Nights / 10 Days

Situated in the Eastern Himalayas, covering an area of 47,000 square kms, it is inhabited by a small population around the capital of Thimpu, and comprises inhabitants reflecting the ethnicities of the three neighbouring countries – Tibet, India and Nepal.

Bhutan, known as the land of the ‘Thunder Dragon’ is a name that resonates in the undulating roads, nestled by land on all sides and screaming adventure with every mile. Bhutan welcomed modernity only in 1962, and as a result of this still showcases a landscape that is pristine and untouched. Tourism is one of the country’s mainstay and yet is done in a way that doesn’t compromise the kingdom’s traditional culture and beauty. Their emphasis has always been on ‘gross national happiness’, and they are constantly ranked top on this world index.

Ancient in culture, scenic in beauty, simplicity in its people and a profoundness of peace, Bhutan sandwiched between India and China is an untouched oasis of culture and history. A brilliant journey through its soul is best experienced on a saddle, riding through its rough terrain.

Riding Start: From Phuentsholing

Riding End: To Phuentsholing

Total Riding Days: 07 Days

Total Riding Km: Approx. 850 Kms

Difficulty Level: Moderate

On Nov 11th,  2018, arrival is at Bagdogra Airport or NJP Railway station. Upon gathering at Bagdogra hotel, the tour itinerary will be discussed with all participants. Overnight stay will be arranged at the hotel.

Day 1: Bagdogra – Phuentsholing (Approx 165 Kms / 04-05 Hrs Drive) .   

After breakfast, is the drive to Phuentsholing. On arrival there will be check-in at the hotel. After the check-in formality, visas will be arranged at the immigration office. In the evening will be arranged a joy ride in the town to familiarise yourself with the motorbike. Overnight will be spent in Phuentsholing

Day2: Phuentsholing   Thimphu  (Approx 171 Kms / 06 Hrs Ride)

Our motorbike ride starts with a trip towards Thimphu city. It is a descend to the capital city with easy biking on the roads of Bhutan. Overnight will be spent in Thimphu

Day 3: Thimphu   Phobjikha (Gangtey) Valley (Approx 131 Kms / 05 Hrs Ride)

Trip starts from Punakha in the morning. Leaving Thimphu, the road climbs steeply through the forest of pine, to cut through to Dochula pass (3,150m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountain ranges, especially in clear winter days. The beauty of the place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyel Chortens, a total of 108 stupas.

On the way, we visit Royal Botanical Park to see species of Rhododendron, Primula, Orchidaceous & more such plants.

In the afternoon, we continue our ride to Phobjikha valley and visit Gangtey Monastery, followed the Black Necked Crane Observation center. Phobjikha valley is the most beautiful valley in country, occupied by endanger cranes. Overnight is spent at Phobjikha

Day4: Phobjikha Punakha (Approx 90 Kms / 04 Hrs Ride)

The ride begins from Phobjikha to Punakha. Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan and is a beautiful warm valley.

Today is marked by a visit to Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful and famous Dzong in the country was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung. The site is located in between two rivers of Pho (Male) Chu (rider) and Mo (Female) Chu (river).

In the evening roam around and relax in Punakha valley, spending a night in Punakha.

Day 5: Punakha Sightseeing

Today is a short Hike to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of fertility). This temple was built in 1499 by Lam Drukpa Kuenley’s cousin. It’s about 25 minutes hike across red rice fields. Wooden phalluses are often found hanging in the four corners of the house and phalluses painted on walls of the house. It has interesting reasons, which will be explained by the guide when there.

Optional:

White river rafting is a great experience. The Mo Chhu (female River) is much easier than the Pho Chu (Male River), with plenty of class I and II falls. This is currently the most popular rafting place in Bhutan.

Since it is not too difficult, a beautiful half-day raft trip can begin from Yebisa, the river that meanders through an open valley. About 7 kilometers down is Strainers Paradise and overnight is spent in Punakha.

Day 6: Punakha   Paro (Approx 130 Kms / 05 Hrs Ride)

Post breakfast we take the ride to Paro, a scenic valley is which is considered the largest and greenest valleys of Bhutan. Surrounded by the fertile rice fields and Pa Chu (Paro River), on the way to Thimphu, we stop at Tamchog Lhakhang (temple) and the famous iron bridge from the 16th century.

Afternoon is a visit to Druk Choeding temple located in the main town of Paro, which was built by Ngawang Chogyel in 1525. Evening there is plenty of time to stroll down in the Paro market which overnight spent there.

Day 7: Paro (Hike to Taktsang Monastery) 

After breakfast the ride is tracked till the base of our hike route. The hike will last for 5 hrs, to and from Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) from the mountain base.

Tiger’s nest is Bhutan’s most recognizable culture icon perched 800m up a seemingly sheer cliff. It is believed that in the 8th century, the great tantric master Guru Rimpoche (2nd Buddha) flew on the back of a tigress to the site where the monastery now stands. Overnight is spent in Paro.

Day 8: Paro   Phuentsholing (Approx 165 Kms / 06 hrs ride)

The ride now turns back down towards Phuntsholing on the national highway. Enjoy the medium bends down towards warmer weather. At Phuentsholing, the motorbike ride is terminated. After freshening up, there is time to stroll down in the market for souvenirs. Evening time is for farewell and to exchange cherished moments to each other. Overnight is spent at Phuentsholing.

Day 9: Phuentsholing Bagdogra airport Drop

Post breakfast is farewell to the team and proceeding to Bagdogra airport to catch the flight for the journey onwards. (Trip Conclude)

COST PROPOSAL

Destination

Nights

Meal Plan

Standard Hotel

Deluxe Hotels

Bagdogra

01

Breakfast + Dinner

Orbit Hotel or Similar

Orbit Hotel or Similar

Phuentsholing

01

Breakfast + Dinner

Bhutan Residence or Similar

Lakhi Hotel or Similar

Thimphu

01

Breakfast + Dinner

Hotel Khumsum or Similar

Namgay Heritage or Similar

Phobjikha

01

Breakfast + Dinner

Farmhouse Stay or Similar

Hotel Dewachen or Similar

Punakha

02

Breakfast + Dinner

Damchen Resort or Similar

Meto Puensum or Similar

Paro

02

Breakfast + Dinner

Hotel Khumsum or Similar

Khangkhu Resort or Similar

Phuentsholing

01

Breakfast + Dinner

Bhutan Residence or Similar

Lakhi Hotel or Similar

PRICE FOR INDIAN NATIONAL (Cost based on minimum 06 Paying Pax)

Description

Standard Hotel

Deluxe Hotel

02 Friends or Couple (Sharing 01 Motorcycle)

INR 34000 Per Person

INR 42000 Per Person

Solo Rider

INR 44000 Per Person

INR 51000 Per Person

Single Room Supplement

INR 8000 Per Room

INR 11000 Per Room

PRICE FOR FOREIGN NATIONAL

Description

Deluxe Hotel

Pillion (Twin sharing Motorbike + Room) 

USD 2300 Per Person

Pilot (Exclusive Motorbike + Twin sharing Room)

USD 2800 Per Person

Single Room Supplement

USD 700 Per Person

Note:

Foreign national tourists travelling in a group of two (2) persons or less shall be subject to USD 240/person surcharge for 8 nights, in addition to the package rates

THE ABOVE TOUR COST INCLUDES:-

  • 09 Nights / 10 Days in above mentioned or similar hotels on twin sharing basis as per above program.
  • Daily buffet breakfast & dinner at places of stay.
  • Road Captain.
  • Transfer from Bagdogra to Phuentsholing & vice versa by exclusive vehicle.
  • Royal Enfield 500CC motorcycle with gearshift on the left from ex Phuentsholing. 
  • Basic spare parts (Tyres-Tubes, Clutch & Accelerator wire, Engine oil, chain lock etc) are included
  • Support vehicle to carry luggage and all essential during the entire trip.
  • Royal Enfield Mechanic for entire trip travelling in Support vehicle.
  • GoPro action camera for video/snap shoot (carrying by our road captain)
  • 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
  • India Motorbike tours personal care and attention

THE ABOVE TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:-

  • Air/train fare & Transfers
  • GST (5%) 
  • Bike Damage charges
  • Fuel for Motorbike
  • Travel insurance
  • Still & Video Camera fee
  • River rafting.
  • Monuments Entrance and any guide.
  • Any other expenses of personal nature like tips, gratuities, portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks
  • Any other meal than mentioned in itinerary
  • Any other services aren’t committed above.