If you prefer twisty roads to straight roads, this tour will really fit you. With an average of 10 curves per kilometer, in a quite empty road, you will be taken along small mountain roads in varying conditions. You will meet an extraordinary riding experience in Bhutan that will not easily bore you. Prepare to see the beautiful natural Bhutan landscape and the traditional Bhutan Kingdom. It is the one that should not be missed!
During this tour, you will be staying in double rooms or single rooms at these hotels or guest houses.
You will have an afternoon flight with Druk Airways to Paro. You will then be transferred to the hotel and enjoy your time to relax. The town itself is rather small, as most people live in the surrounding countryside, working the most fertile soil in the country. The road from the dzong to Paro is lined by very large chortens. The royal palace of Ugyen Pelri, built by Paro Penlop Tshering Panjor around 1930, is barely visible on the right. You'll be spending the night in the old Gangtey Palace, one of Bhutan´s finest Heritage Resorts, cozy and rustic, with the option to enjoy the traditional Bhutanese "Hot Stone Bath" and the scenic Paro town and dzong view from the bar and terrace.
Today you'll take a short motorcycle tour of the Paro Valley in western Bhutan to the imposing ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong fortress monastery. The day will also include time for sightseeing and shopping in the town of Paro, a settlement that was not established until 1985. As is so often seen in Bhutan, there is no village near the dzong. The houses along the main street are built in the traditional style and are painted with colorful patterns. The ground floors usually contain small shops typical of mountain villages that stock the essentials for the inhabitants. Alternatively, you can organize a memorable trek to the renowned Taktshang monastery (the "dragon's nest"), a Bhutanese national treasure with a stunning vista. (a 2-hour, 500-meter climb).
Today you’ll be doing a fantastic climb up to the Cheli La pass (3,990 meters) on your motorcycles. This is Bhutan´s highest road! You'll then take the new main road into Thimphu, Bhutan's capital city. Your accommodations for the night are in a rustic, cozy, and scenic local resort. A specialty dinner is lined up for you in the evening, followed by a little tour of the capital's pubs, if you're up into it.
This day will be a short sightseeing tour in the morning and time to change money and shop at 11:00 it's time for your next motorcycle ride through the mountains. Just out of Thimphu, the road begins a steep, twisty climb to the Dochu La pass at 3,450 meters. The top of the pass is visibly marked by a large Bhutanese chorten and prayer flags. The road downs from Dochu La into the Punakha Valley and on to Wangdi Phodrang goes on for some distance, descending 1,700 meters to the valley floor. In Punakha, you’ll visit the largest and mightiest dzong in Bhutan and spend the night at the Singye Lodge.
You’ll then climb back up the winding Pele La pass (3,300 meters). From there, you'll ride through the Black Mountains to the incomparable Phobjikha Valley, the winter habitat of Tibetan cranes and location of one of the largest fields of dwarf bamboo. You’ll have lunch at a local guest house and then there is time for a short hike through medieval villages and to the dzong. The long descent ends near the imposing Chendebi chorten, where you will stop for a tea, coffee, and a brief Photo shoot. After another hour of winding roads, you’ll catch your first glimpse of the dzong. 8 kilometers outside of Trongsa, the road takes a tight bend to the left around an outcrop and presents you with one of the most breathtaking vistas in Bhutan. Your dinner and overnight will be in the cozy Yangkhil Resort and the campfire is included.
After breakfast, you will visit Trongsa Dzong, a fortress built in 1648. It sprawls down a steep hillside. Like nearly all towns in Bhutan, Trongsa is dominated by a dzong that dwarfs the surrounding buildings. Then you will saddle the Bullets and cross the Yotong La pass (3,425 meters) on your way into the picturesque Bhumthang Valley. En route, you'll stop briefly to visit the Chumey Yathra weavers. (approximately 160 kilometers, 6 hours in the saddle!) You'll spend the night in the splendid Swiss Guest House Resort with an attached beer Brewery in Jakar.
From Bhumthang, we'll be heading east. Foreigners may be few and far between in western Bhutan, but virtually none make their way into the regions we'll be seeing today. On the way to Mongar (1,800 meters), we'll be crossing the Tumsi La, on of Bhutan's highest road passes. During the motorcycle ride, we can observe the changes in the beautiful surrounding vegetation as we climb through the various climate zones. But first, we'll visit Ura, a village that is not typical for Bhutan. The houses are all built very close to one another, all facing in the same direction. (approximately 140 kilometers). Overnight in the stylish Wangchuk Hotel in Mongar.
Today you’ll be going to cruise on your bikes to Tashigang via Drametsi. You'll cross the Korila pass (2,490 meters) and wind your way through refreshing evergreen forests in the Yadi Loops. From the hot Kanglung Chu valley, you'll ride up to the quiet little mountain town of Tashigang (approximately 150 kilometers). Your romantic hotel is built like a small fortress and has more atmosphere than actual creature comforts, but you'll hardly miss them considering the spectacular views. Your accommodation will be in Hotel Druk or Doethjung Resort.
Today you'll tackle the last leg of the Bhutan Motorcycle Tour, from Tashigang to Samdrup Jonghar. 30 kilometers into the day, you'll reach Bhutan's only university in Kanglung. Later, in Khaling, you'll visit weavers, practitioners of a craft that's very popular here in eastern Bhutan. For the rest of the ride, you'll once again experience Bhutan as a true paradise for bikers, with endless winding roads through the mountains. You'll enjoy the view during your picnic lunch, then slowly descend to Samdrup Jongkhar, a town on the border to the Indian state of Assam, at an altitude of only 200 meters. And that's the end of the bike tour. Dinner will be served at Hotel T.N.T., a basic place, but the best one in town.
Today you’ll return to India. The AC deluxe bus will take you 130 kilometers through the lush plains to the Assamese capital Guwahati on the Brahmaputra river. From there, you'll transfer straight to the airport for a short flight to Delhi in the afternoon and have our farewell dinner and last night of the tour at the Ashok Garden Resort.
You shall be flying independently from New Delhi to your home country or your next destination.
This motorcycle tour will visit and cover these locations in Bhutan. Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, Bhumthang, Mongar, Tashigang, Samdrup Jongkar, and New Delhi.
All breakfasts, lunches, and evening meals are included, except breakfasts and lunches on the flight traveling days.