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India and Bhutan Motorcycle Tour

Bhutan, known as the kingdom country where happiness is more than a dream. Today it is one of the world’s top ten global hotspots, boasting rich and varied biodiversity. Bhutan is the last bastion of Vajrayana Buddhism which is the most sacred land with deeply spiritual people. The kingdom country is one of the least densely populated countries in the world, with 79 percent of 672,425 people living in rural areas. Motorbiking in Bhutan is a unique experience in which we take you to some of the finest ancient fortresses and monasteries of the country - the source of much of the myth and legend that permeates this mountain kingdom.

Key information

  • Terrain: 70% asphalt and 30% off-road
  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield 500CC)
  • Mileage: 1400 kilometers / 870 miles
  • Daily rides: 75 - 195 kilometers / 47 - 121 miles
  • Riding gear: Not included, please bring your own gear
  • Meals: 14 breakfasts, 14 dinners

Meet the guides

Rajesh
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Highlights

  • Starts in Bagdogra and ends in Guwahati
  • Visit temples, monasteries, museum, weaving center
  • Navigate your bike on winding roads through the valleys of Bhutan
  • Ride your bike on two highest motorable passes in Bhutan
  • Visit a local farm and taste their cheese, apple brandy
  • Enjoy a hike to "Tiger’s nest"
  • 14 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


13 riding days
Group size: Minimum of 4 participants
Airport transfer included: Bagdogra Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

During the tour, you will stay in various accommodations in India and Bhutan:

  • Bagdogra: Orbit Hotel or similar
  • Phuentsholing: Bhutan Residence or similar
  • Paro: Tashi Lhading or similar
  • Thimpu: Zhingkham Cottage or similar
  • Punakha: Hotel Damchen or similar
  • Phobjikha: Hotel Dewachen or similar
  • Bumthang: Swiss Guest House or similar
  • Mongar: Wangchuk Hotel or similar
  • Trashigang: Lingkhor Lodge or similar
  • Samdrup Jongkhar: Mountain Hotel or similar
  • Guwahati: Hotel Ginger or similar

Program

Day 1: Arrive in Bagdogra

Today you will gather at Bagdogra hotel and in late evening you will discuss the tour program. Overnight in Bagdogra.

Day 2: Bagdogra - Phuentsholing (approximately 170 kilometers / 106 miles, 4-5 hours)

After breakfast, drive to Phuentsholing. On arrival, you will check-in at the hotel. After the check-in formality, you will go to the immigration office for a visa. In the evening, take part in a joy ride in the town to get familiarize with your motorbike. Overnight in Phuentsholing.

Day 3: Phuentsholing - Paro (approximately 165 kilometers / 103 miles, 6 hours)

You will start by riding towards North-West of Bhutan from the foothill of Phuentsholing to Paro Valley (2280 meters). You start your adventure today and experience Bhutan as a true paradise for bikers with endless winding roads through the valleys of Bhutan. Overnight in Paro.

Day 4: Hike to Tiger’s nest (Taktshang) in Paro

After breakfast, you will drive until a monastery base parking and then your day hike starts here. You will be hiking for 4 to 5 hrs to and from. Tiger’s nest (3000 meters) is Bhutan’s most recognizable culture icon perched 800 meters up a seemingly sheer cliff. It is believed 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 in Paro.

Day 5: Paro - Chele la - Thimphu (approximately 180 kilometers / 112 miles, 7-8 hours)

On your fifth day of riding, you will be doing immensely fantastic climb up to the Chele La pass (3,990 meters), the highest motorable pass in Bhutan. If the weather permits, you’ll enjoy the breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains. Then will descend down towards Thimphu en route, you will stop at Tamchog Lhakhang (temple) and the famous iron bridge from the 16th century. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 6: Thimpu sightseeing

Today you will visit several places in Thimpu. You will visit Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, where the largest Buddha statue in the country is perched on the hillock, overlooking the magnificent Thimphu valley. Also Bhutan Craft bazaar, these private stalls had a variety of high-end 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, antique items and etc. The stalls have a distinctly rich outlook with fine tones of elegance, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. The craft bazaar is also an exemplary of how bamboo can be used to construct houses in the country. Then you will visit the Textile Academy. As weaving is an integral component of the cultural and tradition of Bhutan. With the aim to preserve and promote these living arts, the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan was instituted in May 2005 under the patronage of her Majesty Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck as a nongovernment, nonprofit organization. It’s a good place to see the art of traditional weaving and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in colors and designs. You will also see people weaving with intricate designs. Then go to the mini zoo. Here you can see Bhutan’s national animal, Takin. This is an extremely rare member of the goat or cow family, found in herds in the high altitudes over 13,100ft. You will also visit Simply Bhutan and Bhutan Post Museum. Then, enjoy an evening stroll around Thimphu city and overnight in Thimphu.

Day 7: Thimphu - Punakha via Dochula Pass (approximately 75 kilometers / 47 miles, 3-4 hours)

The ride will start with a steep climb up towards Dochula pass (3,140 meters). On a clear day, stopping here will allow 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 will take a winding path with narrow roads, with the view of monastic structures built precariously on cliffs and tops until you reach the Wangdue and Punakha Valleys. Overnight in Punakha.

Day 8: Punakha - Phobjikha Valley (approximately 75 kilometers / 47 miles, 3-4 hours)

Before heading out to Phobjikha, you will visit Punakha Dzong (Fortress) which is built in 1637 by Zhabdrung and is remarkably located between the rivers of Mo (female) chu (river) and Pho (male) chu. Until the time of the second king, it served as a seat of the king and is the country’s old capital.

Later after the visit, you will head towards to Phobjikha Valley. This valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, was established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few kilometers down from the monastery, on the valley floor is a winter habitat of Black-necked cranes and located one of the largest dwarf bamboo fields. Overnight in Phobjikha.

Day 9: Phobjikha - Bumthang (approximately 185 kilometers / 115 miles, 6-7 hours)

The ride to Bumthang (2750 meters) will see you ride up narrow winding roads to Yotongla pass at 3425 meters and take a descent until you reach the Bumthang Valley. The beautiful valley is a popular destination owing to its vast spiritual structures with divine mythologies, traditional products, and warm people. En route, you'll stop briefly to visit the Yathra Weaving Centre. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 10: Bumthang (optional ride to Tang Valley)

Bumthang is a beautiful wide valley and there are many places for sightseeing. You’ll also visit Jambay Lhakhang: It is one of the 108 monasteries built by King Songtsen Goenpo in the 8th century to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region in one day.

Visit Swiss farm and taste cheese, apple brandy and locally brewed wine and famous red panda bear. Later in the afternoon; take an optional ride to Tang Valley, which is one of the most popular and beautiful valleys in Bumthang and a great place for a ride. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 11: Bumthang - Mongar (approximately 195 kilometers / 121 miles, 7-8 hours)

You'll be starting early and heading to Mongar (1600 meters). Admire breathtaking surrounding vegetation as you climb through the various climate zones. After riding about 45 kilometers, comes the Ura village, one of the best examples of a village in the country. Later, you will come across Thrumshingla Pass (second highest motorable pass in Bhutan) 3750 meters above sea level.

Then, descend to Sengor Village. You'll stop here for lunch. After lunch, you will come across the most dangerous section of road called Namling Brak where you'll stop for a photo and continue towards Mongar, the capital city of Eastern Bhutan. Overnight in Mongar.

Day 12: Mongar - Trashigang (approximately 115 kilometers / 71 miles, 3-4 hours)

In the morning, you will cruise about 17 kilometers on your bikes towards Kori la pass (2400 meters) and descent all the way to the valley floor, approximately about 1200 meters, and continue to Trashigang.

Trashigang spans the easternmost corners of the kingdom, skirting up to the edge of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, and is the country’s largest district. The district has an altitude ranging from 600 meters to over 4000 meters above sea level and Bhutan’s largest river, the Dangmechu, flows through the district.

Today it is the junction of the east-west highway, with road connections to Samdrup Jongkhar and then into the Indian state of Assam. Trashigang town is also the principal market place for the semi-nomadic people of Merak and Sakteng, whose way of dress is very unique in Bhutan. Overnight in Trashigang.

Day 13: Trashigang - Samdrup Jongkhar via Khaling and Deokhang (approximately 180 kilometers / 112 miles, 6 hours)

Today you’ll descend towards Eastern Himalayan foothill of Bhutan Samdrup Jongkhar. This Highway was built by Dantak (Indian border-road organization) and it’s the most important road in Eastern Bhutan. In the morning, you'll ascend to Yongphu la (2190 meters) about 30 kilometers where the eastern airfield is located. On the way, you’ll come across Sherubtse College (Peak of Knowledge), country’s first college in the late 1970s.

After riding about 100 kilometers, you come across the day’s most dangerous section of road called Menlong brak ("brak" means cliff). In the evening, you can relax or stroll around the border town. Farewell dinner and overnight in Samdrup Jongkhar.

Day 14: Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati (approximately 110 kilometers / 68 miles, 3 hours drive by exclusive vehicle)

After breakfast, the tour representatives will assist you to exit the country properly. You will be driven to Guwahati, which is about three hours' drive from Samdrup Jongkhar. In the afternoon, you will reach Guwahati (India). Overnight in Guwahati.

Day 15: Guwahati - Delhi

In the morning, in time departure transfer to Guwahati airport to back Delhi or if you wish to extend your stay in India Brahmand Tour would happy to assist you for your extension holiday. The trip concludes here.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Included excursions

A part of the journey will involve sightseeing around Thimpu.

Kuenselphodrang Nature Park

This is the location where the largest Buddha statue in the country is perched on the hillock, overlooking the magnificent Thimphu valley.

Bhutan craft bazaar

The private stalls had a variety of high-end 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, antique items and etc.

The stalls have a distinctly rich outlook with fine tones of elegance and a warm and inviting atmosphere. The craft bazaar is also an example of how bamboo can be used to construct houses in the country.

Textile Academy

Weaving is an integral component of the culture and tradition of Bhutan. With the aim to preserve and promote these living arts, the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan was instituted in May 2005 under the patronage of Her Majesty Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck as a nongovernment, nonprofit organization.

It’s a good place to see the art of traditional weaving and has a good collection of old textiles which are rich in colors and designs. You will also see people weaving with intricate designs.

Mini Zoo

Here you can see Bhutan’s national animal, Takin. This is an extremely rare member of the goat or cow family, found in herds in the high altitudes over 13,100 feet.

Simply Bhutan, a living museum and photo studio

This project is aimed at engaging and empowering young entrepreneurs through preservation, promotion and showcasing of Bhutanese traditions and cultural diversity. In this living museum, you can get into a set of the traditional Bhutanese way of life.

Bhutan Post Museum

The museum tells 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.

Guides

Rajesh Thakur

Location

This tour will take you to various places in Bhutan and India. Starting in Bagdogra, India, you will next head for your destinations in Bhutan: Phuentsholing, Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjikha, Bumthang, Mongar, Trashigang, Samdrup Jongkhar, and back to India's region in Guwahati.

Food

Daily breakfast and dinner, as well as drinking water, will be provided.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

What's included

  • 14 nights accommodation in above mentioned or similar hotels
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner at mentioned places
  • Royal Enfield 500CC motorcycle from Phuentsoling to Samdrup Jongkhar
  • Basic spare parts (tyres-tubes, clutch and accelerator wire, engine oil, chain lock, etc) are included
  • Road captain / route expert
  • All airport transfers by private vehicle
  • Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati transfer via private vehicle
  • Assistance for all transfers
  • Support vehicle to carry luggage and all essential
  • Royal Enfield motorbike mechanic
  • Mineral water per day
  • First aid kit containing an 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
  • All royalty fee
  • India motorbike tours personal care and attention
  • All presently applicable taxes

What's not included

  • Air / train fare
  • Motorcycle damage
  • Fuel / gas for motorcycle
  • Entrance fee / monument guide
  • River rafting
  • Security deposit (500 USD) refundable
  • Any personal or travel insurance
  • Any tips, gratuities, portage, laundry, telephone calls, soft drinks
  • Any other services aren’t committed above

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bagdogra Airport (IXB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Brahmand Tour will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Bagdogra Airport Airport transfer included: Bagdogra Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

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

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This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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