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12 Day Paro Guided Motorcycle Tour in Bhutan

Paro, Bhutan

Adventurous Bhutan Motorcycle Tour

Bhutan, until recently, has been one of the best-kept secrets of the world. So give it a go and unravel its beauty as you explore the country in this motorcycle tour. Discover the identity of Bhutan stemming out of the ancient but rich culture and traditions that remain a top draw for tourists. Open up an avenue of adventure as you ride through roads and visit sites that tell stories of legends, royalty, and history that give a colorful perspective to your trip. The people are fun-loving and friendly, so you will surely take with you great memories and that exciting feeling of adrenaline you will have with you from the beginning to the end of your tour.

Key information

  • Bike: rental (Royal Enfield 500cc)
  • Mileage: 1,127 kilometers / 700 miles
  • Daily rides: 65 to 235 kilometers / 40 to 146 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: good crash helmet, goggles, waterproof bike boots shin and ankle protection, protective trousers, protective jacket, protective gloves, windproof and waterproof trousers and jacket, scarf / bandana, warm fleece
  • Meals: all meals included

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Paro
  • Thrilling high altitude riding
  • Hike to the iconic Tiger's Nest
  • Fun Bumthang sightseeing tour
  • Exquisite Bhutan landscapes
  • Royal Enfield 500cc motors
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Services of a tour guide

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11 riding days
Airport transfer included: Paro Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be staying at various accommodations across Bhutan. Three-star hotels or resorts rated by the Tourism Council of Bhutan will be provided for you in single rooms.

The first night of the tour will be spent in Paro.

Get some good rest in Thimphu for night two.

Relax in your Phobjikha accommodations for night three.

Nights four and five will be spent in Bumthang.

Have a well-earned rest in Trongsa for the sixth night.

Cozy accommodations await you in Gelephu for night seven.

Get some shut-eye in Punakha for night eight.

You will return to Thimphu on the ninth night of the tour.

For night 10, you will be staying, again, in Paro.

For the last night of the tour, accommodations will be available in Taktsang. There, you can prepare for the next day’s departure.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Paro

Arrive at Paro Airport (PBH) and you will drive off to the hotel in Paro where you will stay overnight at an altitude of 2,280 meters. There will be familiarization session with the local crew and the guests. You will also take on a road familiarization short bike trip to the north of Paro Valley to understand the roadways and conditions of the region for about 30 kilometers.

Day 2: Paro - Haa - Thimphu (130 kilometers / 81 miles)

In five to six hours, you will ride from Paro, passing Haa, and finally arriving at Thimphu. The highest road elevation will be 3,989 meters above sea level. You will have a sleepover in Thimphu at an altitude of 2,280 meters above sea level.

Day 3: Thimphu - Phobjikha (135 kilometers / 84 miles)

You will be traveling from five to six hours on your way to Phobjikha. The highest road elevation will be at 3,050 and 3,350 meters above sea level. The sleepover in Phobjikha will be at an altitude of 2,650 meters above sea level.

Day 4: Phobjikha - Bumthang (160 kilometers / 99 miles)

You will travel from Phobjikha to Bumthang via Trongsa in eight to nine hours with the highest road elevation being 3,425 meters above sea level. There, you will stay overnight at an altitude of 2,600 meters above sea level.

Day 5: Bumthang

On day five, you will take a break from riding and halt for a sightseeing tour or spending the day at rest.

Day 6: Bumthang - Trongsa (137 kilometers / 85 miles)

On day six, you will ride to Trongsa via Ura Valley for six to seven hours. The highest road elevation will be at 3,425 meters above sea level. You will stay in Trongsa, at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea Level.

Day 7: Trongsa - Gelephu (235 kilometers / 146 miles)

You will go biking on your way to Gelehu for 11 to 12 hours. There will be no high road elevation as you will be dropping down to southern foothills of Bhutan. You will stay overnight at an altitude of 290 meters above sea level.

Day 8: Gelephu - Punakha (184 kilometers / 114 miles)

You will travel from Gelephu to Punakha via Damphu for seven to eight hours. The highest road elevation will be at 1,505 meters above sea level. Your night will be spent at an altitude of 1,300 meters above sea level.

Day 9: Punakha - Thimphu City (78 kilometers / 48 miles)

It will be a short ride in two to three hours and the highest road elevation at 3,050 meters. In Thimphu, you will sleep at an altitude of 2,280 meters above sea level.

Day 10: Thimphu City - Paro (65 kilometers / 40 miles)

Again, you will tackle a short distance at an hour and a half. There will be no high road elevation. However, you will stay overnight at an altitude of 2,280 meters above sea level.

Day 11: Paro halt for day and hike to Tiger’s Nest

No trip to Bhutan is complete without hiking up the Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest. Taktsang is the most recognized cultural icon perched high up at an altitude of 3,000 meters on a cliff. The hike will take approximately four to five hours, to and fro.

Day 12: Departure day

You will depart for Paro Airport (PBH) for your onward journey.

Included excursions

  • Hike to Tiger's Nest
  • Sightseeing tour in Bumthang

Location

This tour will take place in Paro, Thimphu, Phobjikha, Bumthang, Trongsa, Gelephu, Punakha, and Taktsang in Bhutan.

Paro

Paro lies at an altitude of 2,280 meters and is the only entry point via air to Bhutan. The scenic valley of Paro is one of the most fertile areas in Bhutan and is sometimes referred to as the rice bowl of Bhutan. The district is home to many sacred monasteries and has numerous tourist attractions. Owing to those attributes, Paro receives the most number of tourists to Bhutan.

Thimpu

Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, is the largest and most populated city. It is located at an elevation of 2,320 meters and is the center of the Royal Government of Bhutan. It is the only capital after Pyongyang in North Korea without a traffic light.

Bumthang

Bumthang is blessed with several sacred monasteries spread across the region and is aptly referred to as the spiritual heartland of Bhutan. Located in central Bhutan, between an altitude of 2,600 to 4,000 meters, it is rather cold in Bumthang. Bumthang is famous for the production of honey, yathra or woolen products, beer, and cheese. The district, which is a famous tourist destination, has been connected with a domestic airstrip, making it lot easier to get there.

Trongsa

Trongsa is a significant place from where the unification of Bhutan was initiated. It was one of the power strongholds from where the first King of Bhutan rose to power. At present, the crown prince has to hold the post of Trongsa Penlop, or governor, before he can sit on the iron throne. One can get a glimpse of the black mountain range, the second mountain range after the Himalayas in Bhutan.

Gelephu

Gelephu is a sub-district that comes under the jurisdiction of Sarpang Dzongkhag. It is the commercial hub for southern Bhutan and is the third road entry point to Bhutan. Construction of a domestic airstrip which could act as a cargo airstrip is currently underway. There is another proposal of setting up an industrial estate in the region due to its proximity to the Indian market.

Punakha

Punakha lies at an altitude of 1,300 meters and enjoys a temperate climate with relatively warm summers. The lush valleys and the weather make it an ideal camping site and the two rivers, Pho or male, and Chhu and Mo or female, make Punakha an ideal kayaking and river rafting destination. It served the headquarters of the central monk body and the national government until 1961. In the present day, it is the winter residence of the monk body.

Food

During this tour, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided daily as well as one liter of bottled mineral water.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Visa fee
  • Government royalty and related papers works
  • Royal Enfield 500cc motorcycle
  • Motorcycle fuel
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Services of a local motorcycle tour guide licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan
  • Transfers from and to Paro Airport (PBH)
  • Support pick-up truck
  • Museum and monuments entrance fees
  • 1 liter of bottled water
  • Knight adventures tours’ personal care and attention

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Riding gear

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Paro Airport (PBH). Transfers from and to the airport are included. Knight Adventure Tours will pick you up from the airport. The country has, so far, only one airport that caters to the needs of visitors coming in through flight. However, an international airport is under construction in Gelephu that will eventually provide passengers with a choice of their entry to Bhutan.

Bhutan’s only international airport in Paro is located at a height of 7,300 feet above sea level, surrounded by mountains and hills as high as 16,000 feet. Druk Air is the national air operating with two A319s. It flies to destinations that include Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bodh Gaya, Dacca, Kathmandu, and Guwahati in Assam. Plans are also underway to invite other private airlines.

The flight between Paro and Kathmandu is one of the most exciting ones as the aircraft passes over four of the five highest mountains in the world. In fine weather, as you soar higher up, you can enjoy the spectacular display of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kangchenjunga at their best. There is one national airline and one Nepal airline called Buddha Air that flies to Bhutan.

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% 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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