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Royal Enfield Motorcycle Tour in Bhutan

Bhutan, the kingdom in the sky, Druk yul, ‘the land of the Thunder Dragon”, was first opened to tourists in 1974 in a very regulated manner. Today, this mountain kingdom is perhaps the world’s most exclusive destination in the heart of the Himalaya. You will start the tour from West Bengal riding through Sikkim and entering Bhutan from Phuntsholing riding the valleys, climb the passes through virgin jungle and forest, past the ancient Dzong Forts of the capital Thimphu, and on into the heart of the Kingdom at Bhumthang. Experience the ride of the lifetime and discover the unspoiled beauty of Bhutan!

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (500cc Royal Enfield Electric Start)
  • Terrain: off-road
  • Mileage: 1,500 kilometers / 935 miles
  • Daily rides: 70 - 210 kilometers / 44 - 130 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: good crash helmet, goggles, waterproof bike boots shin and ankle protection, protective trousers, protective jackets, protective gloves, windproof and waterproof trousers and jacket, scarf or bandana to keep dust out of your nose and mouth, warm fleece
  • Meals: Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners


  • Starts and ends in Delhi / Kolkata
  • Ride through forests, valleys, and mountains
  • 500cc Royal Enfield Electric Start motorcycle rental
  • Visits to various Bhutan's cultural and historical sites
  • English speaking road captain / guide, support vehicle, and spare parts
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 13 nights' accommodation


11 riding days
Airport transfer included: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport
Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport
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During the tour, you will stay at three-star or four-star hotels.



Day 1: Arrive in Delhi / Kolkata

Ladakh Moto Tours will meet you at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU) and transfer you to your hotel. Because fellow group members may be arriving on different flights, you will wait to meet the fellow group members on the next day at the breakfast table and the staff at the dinner table.

Day 2: Delhi / Kolkata - Bagdogra - Phuentsholing (820 meters / 2700 feet) (170 kilometers / 5 - 6 hours)

Today, you will rise early to board your flight to Bagdogra, West Bengal, and then the drive to Phuentsholing. You will drive through the tea plantations and small villages to Bhutan border. Visa formalities are fast at the border. You will meet the tour staff waiting with the motorcycles and have a briefing to cover safety precautions, touring style, road conditions, and check personal equipment, with time to select your bike and become familiar with starting procedures, control layouts, and bike handling.

Day 3: Phuentsholing - Paro (2250 meters / 7430 feet) (185 kilometers / 115 miles / 5 - 6 hours)

Post breakfast, you will start early allowing you good enough time to view the mountain scenery and distant waterfalls. Today, you will climb your first pass, Chapch-La. Descending to the beautiful Wangshu River Valley through dense forest, you will meet the confluence of the Paro River, where you will cross the bridge and head up the secluded river valley road, past the only international airport in the country, to the iconic Taktsang Monastery, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched high on the side of the cliff.

Day 4: At Paro

Post breakfast, you will visit the Taktsang Monastery, Drukgyel Dzong, National Museum, Watch Tower and a ride up to the highest motorable pass in Bhutan, Chele La (3988 meters / 13160 feet).

Day 5: Paro - Thimphu (2350 meters / 7755 feet) (70 kilometers /44 miles / 1 - 2 hours)

Today, you will start late as today’s drive is only two hours. You will explore the capital city by visiting the Tashichhodzong, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Memorial Chortens, and the Textile Museum. You should not miss Thimpu’s nightlife!

Day 6: Thimphu - Dochu La (3100 meters / 10230 feet) - Wangdue Phodrang (1350 meters / 4455 feet) (70 kilometers / 44 miles / 1 - 2 hours)

Post breakfast, you will climb out of Thimphu to the Dochu La pass at 3100 meters. There are prayer flags everywhere on the summit and if it is a clear day, you can have a 360-degree beautiful, panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range and the giant peaks of Lunana. The road then descends over 1700 meters in 26 kilometers as you pass your first temperate forest, then semi-tropical with orange, banana, and bamboo. You will visit the Punakha Dzong and after having lunch in a Bhutanese Restaurant, you will further drive to the busy town of Wangdue Phodrang. You will visit the Mighty Dzong fortress built on the rocks above the town.

Day 7: Wangdue Phodrang - Pele La (3300 meters / 10890 feet) - Gangtey / Phobjikha - Trongsa (150 kilometers / 93 miles / 6 - 7 hours)

Post breakfast, you will start your ride towards east across the length of Bhutan on the only road across the kingdom. You will visit Gangtey Gompa in Phobjikha Valley, one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan. The road flattens for 12 kilometers then begins the climb over Black Mountain and your next pass, Pele-La at 3300 meters where we can see yaks grazing and views of the Chomolhari Range in Western Bhutan. Another 1500-meter descent takes you to Nakay Chu bridge through forest and dwarf bamboo. The road is carved out of the side of the cliff above the Mangde Chu River and there is forest for as far as the eye can see with the famous Trongsa Dzong visible 12 kilometers away.

Day 8: Trongsa - Bumthang (2600 meters / 8580 feet) (75 kilometers / 47 miles / 2 - 3 hours)

Post breakfast, you will visit the Trongsa Dzong, the largest in the country and further riding over the last smaller pass to Jakar and to your destination, the beautiful Bumthang Valley.

Day 9: Bumthang - Mongar (1700 meters / 5610 feet) (210 kilometers / 130 miles / 6 - 7 hours)

Today, is the longest riding day of the tour, and one of the most spectacular, as you “ride the high ridges” from Bumthang Valley to Mongar. Where most visitors to Bhutan rarely even make it as far as Bumthang Valley, you will intrepid explorers thump on past over the high passes to the very centre of the kingdom. Enjoy vast forests for as far as the eye can see in every direction, mixed with extraordinary views of the high Himalayan snow-capped peaks.

Day 10: Mongar - Trashigang (1150 meters / 3800 feet) (100 kilometers / 62 miles / 3 hours)

Post breakfast, you will visit the Mongar Dzong before heading the short distance ride to Trashigang through dense forest to the jewel of eastern Bhutan, Trashigang. The road become less maintained and the people are also tribal. Most of the traffic is by horse and on trails.

Day 11: Trashigang - Samdrup Jonghkar (190 kilometers / 118 miles / 6 - 7 hours)

Today is your last day ride in Bhutan which takes you back down through the many climate zones, reflected in the dramatic changes in flora and fauna, becoming again almost sub-tropical. The gateway to eastern Bhutan town of Samdrup Jongkhar is as busy as all border towns can be, but little quiet. Good mix of Indian and Bhutanese cultures is a unique thing to see.

Day 12: Samdrup Jonghkar - Gauwahati (110 kilometers / 68 miles / 3 - 4 hours)

After finishing the border formalities, you will get back into India. The ride takes you through densely populated villages on flat steamy plains with bamboo groves. You will see the big change, busy traffic of India compared to any traffic in Bhutan as you head for the capital of Assam, Guwahati. The land of the mighty Brahmaputra River which runs through Guwahati - from the high plateau of Tibet and goes down to Bangladesh and out into the Bay of Bengal.

Day 13: Gauwahati - Delhi / Kolkata

You will fly out of Gauwahati to Delhi or Kolkata as per your flight schedule.

Day 14: Delhi / Kolkata

Transfer to the airport to board the flight back home.


The Kingdom of Bhutan is a destination known to few, distant from the western world both geographically and in culture. Nestled in the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan is sandwiched between Tibet and India. For the touring enthusiasts, this tiny land offers the qualities you all seek when travelling on two wheels: a diversity of stunning scenery, an inviting population, political tranquility, and exotic culture found within a small geographical package, quality riding that stimulates the senses at every mile, and the sense that this is a unique experience. Bhutan’s cautious limitation of tourism and outside influence has paid off. The statistics are impressive: 72% of the country is forested, over 770 species of birds, over 165 species of mammals, and an astonishing 5,500 species of plants. So few places on Earth offer such unspoiled beauty. The flora and fauna are remarkably pristine.


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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

What's included

  • 500cc Royal Enfield Electric Start
  • English speaking road captain / tour guide
  • Spare parts for the bikes
  • Mechanic
  • Fuel and oil
  • Support vehicle for luggage
  • Toyota Innova / Mahindra Xylo / Scorpio / small bus
  • First aid equipment
  • Internal flights
  • Inner Line Permit
  • Oxygen in the unlikely event of serious altitude sickness
  • Bhutan visa fees
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Fixed camp

What's not included

  • Any part broken while riding (will be payable extra)
  • Expense of personal nature (laundry, telephone calls, tips, mineral water, beverages, etc.)
  • Expense arises due to unforeseen circumstances like roadblock, landslide, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Personal insurance
  • Sleeping bags
  • Helmets or any riding gear

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) or Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ladakh Moto Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport Airport transfer included: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International 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 30 days before arrival.
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