10 Days The Land of Thunder Dragon Motorcycle Tour India and Bhutan

Adventurous India and Bhutan Motorcycle Tour

When you book this motorcycle tour you have a chance to an explore the unseen and hidden places in and around Bhutan which is tucked away across high mountains and glimpses of natural beauty. Ride across mountains and valleys to witness its unbearable beauty while driving a Royal Enfield motorbike. Get back your sense of adventure and live the life to the fullest venturing in exotic places. Bhutan motorcycle tour gives you an unforgettable lifetime experience!

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike
  • Mileage: 850 kilometers / 528 miles
  • Daily rides: 90 - 171 kilometers / 56 - 106 miles
  • Meals: daily breakfast and dinner

Highlights

  • Start and end in Phuentsoling
  • Venturing through Punakha Valley
  • Exploring Thimphu, Phobjikha, and Paro
  • Guidance of professional road captain
  • Royal Enfield motorbike rental
  • 9 nights accommodation

Styles


7 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Accommodations are at Orbit Hotel when in Bagdogra, Lakhi Hotel when in Phuentsoling, Namgay Heritage when in Thimphu, Hotel Dewachen when in Phobjikha, Meto Puensum when in Punakha, and Khangkhu Resort when in Paro. If the designated hotel cannot be booked during the tour, you will be accommodated at another accommodation with similar quality.

Program

Day 1: Arrive Bagdogra Airport (IXB) or NJP Railway station

Upon arrival gathering at Bagdogra hotel, the tour itinerary will be discussed with all participants. Overnight stay will be arranged at the hotel.

Day 2: Bagdogra - Phuentsholing

After breakfast, have a 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, a joy ride will be arranged in the town to familiarize yourself with the motorbike. Spend an overnight in Phuentsholing.

Day 3: Phuentsholing - Thimphu, 171 kilometers / 106 miles

Duration: six hours of riding

Your 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. Spend an overnight in Thimphu.

Day 4: Thimphu - Phobjikha (Gangtey) valley, 131 kilometers / 81 miles

Duration: five hours of riding

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

On the way, you visit Royal Botanical Park to see species of Rhododendron, Primula, Orchidaceous, and much more such plants. In the afternoon, you continue your ride to Phobjikha valley and visit Gangtey monastery, followed the black-necked crane observation center. Phobjikha valley is the most beautiful valley in the country, occupied by endangers cranes. Spend an overnight at Phobjikha.

Day 5: Phobjikha - Punakha, 90 kilometers / 56 miles

Duration: four hours of riding

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 that was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung. The site is located in between two rivers of Pho (male) Chu (river) and Mo (Female) Chu (river). In the evening, roam around and relax in Punakha valley and then spend a night in Punakha.

Day 6: 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-minute 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 you there.

Day 7: Punakha - Paro, 130 kilometers / 81 miles

Duration: five hours of riding

Post breakfast, you take the ride to Paro, a scenic valley 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, you stop at Tamchog Lhakhang (temple) and the famous iron bridge from the 16th century.

In the afternoon, there is a visit to Druk Choeding temple located in the main town of Paro, which was built by Ngawang Chogyel in 1525. In the evening, there is plenty of time to stroll down in the Paro market in which your overnight will be spent.

Day 8: Paro (Hike to Taktsang Monastery)

After breakfast, the ride is tracked to the base of your hike route. The hike will last for five hours to and from Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) from the mountain base. Tiger’s nest is Bhutan’s most recognizable culture icon perched 800 meters 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. Spend an overnight in Paro.

Day 9: Paro - Phuentsholing, 165 kilometers / 103 miles

Duration: six hours of riding

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 with each other. Spend an overnight at Phuentsholing.

Day 10: Phuentsholing - Bagdogra airport (IXB)

Post breakfast, there is a farewell to the team and proceeding to Bagdogra airport to catch the flight for the journey onwards. The trip is concluded.

Skill level

Intermediate

  • can ride for three to four hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

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

Bhutan is known as the land of the thunder dragon, its name 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. Bhutan's emphasis has always been on gross national happiness, and they are constantly ranked top in the 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.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

River rafting

White river rafting is a great experience. The Mo Chu (female river) is much easier than the Pho Chu (male river), with plenty of class one and two 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 seven kilometers down is Strainers Paradise and overnight is spent in Punakha.

What's included

  • Royal Enfield 500 cc motorcycle with the gearshift on the left from Phuentsholing
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Road captain
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner at places of stay
  • Support vehicle to carry luggage and all essential during the entire trip
  • Royal Enfield Mechanic for entire trip traveling in the support vehicle
  • Transfer from Bagdogra to Phuentsholing and vice versa by an exclusive vehicle
  • Basic spare parts (tires-tubes, clutch and accelerator wire, engine oil, chain lock, etc)
  • Bhutan visa fees and other related paper works
  • First aid kit containing an adequate stock of the most frequently needed medicine
  • GoPro action camera for video / snap shoot (carrying by the road captain)
  • All royalty fee
  • India motorbike tours personal care and attention

What's not included

  • Air / train transfers
  • Bike damage charges
  • Monuments entrance and any guide
  • GST (5%)
  • Fuel for motorbike
  • Travel insurance
  • Still and video camera fees
  • River rafting
  • Other expenses of personal nature like tips, gratuities, portage, laundry, telephone calls, and table drinks
  • Other meals
  • Other services

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

Start: Wednesday April 17, 2019
End: Friday April 26, 2019

Tour information

Foreign national tourists traveling in a group of two persons or less shall be subject to 340 USD per person surcharge for eight nights in addition to the package rates.

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