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Bhutan - The Thunder Dragon Bike Tour

` 39,000   per person

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Duration: 12 Days

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Witness the mystifying landscapes of Bhutan Himalayas as you ride along its magnificent roads. Feel the wind in your face as you immerse yourself in the magic of beautiful temples and intriguing traditions of the country! This bike trip proves to be a paradise for bikers with its breathtaking valleys, ridges and quaint villages. The chanting of monks and clinking of chimes in the monasteries will surely put you in a trance like state!

 

Travelling to Bhutan is like travelling back in time. The untouched natural environment and old-worldly way of life is so peaceful that it will leave one with memories of a lifetime. The peaceful surroundings make for a perfect backdrop for exploring this country at a relaxed pace in a 12 days’ period. Since this country is exceptionally rich in nature and culture, it’s only fair that we give it more than a mere glance.

 

Our tour starts from Bagdogra and we conclude in Siliguri, West Bengal. We take the route along Bhutan’s west-east highway which is as challenging as it is thrilling. We come by new passes every day which are over 3000 meters high. The entire road trip is dotted with winding roads that go up and down thousands of feet, keeping one interested, excited and on high adrenaline all the time.

 

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DETAILED ITINERARY


Day 01: Bagdogra - Phuntsholing (150 KMS | 4 Hours)
This is the day when we cross the border and enter the land of the Thunder Dragon – Bhutan. We ride through enchanting rivers and streams and cross lush tea plantations. We arrive at Phuentsholing city and stay there for the night.

 

Day: 02 Phuntsholing  to Paro (148 KMS | 5-6 Hours)
The next morning we will  have our breakfast and embark on the journey. But before we head out to the next destination, we will get our road permits and visas. Post that an uphill ride begins that takes us to the picturesque town of Paro. On the way we make a few stops at the Rinchending Monastery and Gedu University. We will arrive at the hotel and have our lunch. Evening can be spent exploring the city and visiting the National Museum or the river side. Overnight stay in Paro.

 

Day 03: Rest day at Paro
This day begins with a sumptuous breakfast followed by a 2.5 hour hike up to the Taktsang Dzong or Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It is undoubtedly one of the most majestic, mesmerizing and memorable places you will ever see. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava flew to this exact spot on the back of a tigress in the 8th century and meditated here for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days and 3 hours. He is also known as second Buddha for introducing Buddhism to Bhutan. A temple complex was built here in 1692 and is most popular for the thirteen tiger lair caves in which he meditated.

We return in the afternoon and go for Hot Stone Bath Therapy at a farm house and relax our tired muscles. Evening is spent exploring the city and the local bazaars. Overnight stay at Paro.

 

Day 04: Paro to Thimphu (65 KMS | 1.5 Hours)
We have our breakfast at the hotel and ride to the capital city of Bhutan – Thimphu. The evening is spent enjoying the beauty of this place and visiting popular places. Overnight stay at Thimphu.

 

Day 05: Rest day at Thimphu
Today we will explore Bhutan’s capital city, Thimphu. We will visit Tashichho Dzong, the throne and office of the King of Bhutan. Admire the amazing views of Dechencholing Palace from the castle. Spend the day at leisure exploring other must visit places in Bhutan like  Memorial Chorten and Kuensel Phodrang, where the biggest statue of Buddha in the world overlooks Thimphu. Stay overnight at Thimphu.

 

Day 06: Thimphu - Punakha - Phobjikha (145 KMS | 5-6 Hours)
This day begins early as we prepare to leave for our first pass in Bhutan – the Dochula at 10301 feet. The ride to Phobjikha is an easy one. We have our lunch on the way and then check in to the hotel for night stay. The ride up to this place is nothing short of breath-taking, with dense vegetation and blooming flowers keeping you company and snow-capped mountains looming in the background. We spend the evening exploring the town and observing the locals and their lifestyle. A visit to the Dzong, one of the most beautiful monasteries, would definitely be worthwhile. Overnight stay at Phobjikha.

 

Day 07: Phobjikha - Bumthang (180 KMS | 7-8 Hours)
Once again we state the day early and after breakfast ride to Trongsa. On our way we stop to visit the 18th century stupa called Chendebji Chorten, built by Lama Shida, modelled after the famous Swayambhunath Stupa of Nepal. Legend has it that an evil spirit took the form of a gigantic snake and to cover its remains this structure was erected. This is the one of the longest riding days of the trip, but the whole experience is soothing to the eyes as well as the soul. It is also on this day that we ride across two of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan – Pele La and Yotong La. Overnight stay at Bumthang.

 

Day 08: Rest day at Bumthang
We have our breakfast and head out to explore the town of Bumthang. There is a lot to see here, from the serene valleys to the dzongs and monasteries including the Jakar Dzong, Jambey Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest monasteries in the country and Kurje Lhakhanj which is considered to be one of the most sacred places as it is here that Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint.

We have our lunch and then head out to the very famous Red Panda Brewery and Swiss cheese factory. Overnight stay at Bumthang.

 

Day 09: Bumthang - Mongar (198 KMS | 7-8 Hours)
The entire day is spent riding to the town of Mongar. Overnight stay at Mongar.

 

Day 10: Mongar - Trashi Yangtse (136 KMS | 4 Hours)
On this day we ride out to the easternmost tip of Bhutan that borders Arunachal Pradesh. Overnight stay at Trashi Yangste.

 

Day 11: Trashi Yangste - Samdrup Jongkhar (200 KMS | 8-9 Hours)
We have our breakfast and leave for the beautiful town of Samdrup Jongkhar that borders Assam. In the course of a day the weather goes from cold to cool to warm to somewhat hot. Overnight stay at Samdurp Jongkhar.

 

Day 12: Samdurp Jongkhar - Siliguri (380 KMS | 10 Hours)
We leave early to get back to India today! and leave Bhutan with our hearts filled with memories unparalleled. We will ride through the Duars part of Assam and West Bengal to reach Siliguri. Overnight stay at Siliguri (at your cost).

 

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Package Details

Bhutan - The Thunder Dragon Bike Tour

Price (Per Person): ` 39,000
Duration: 12  Days
Cancellation Policy | Payment Policy

Departure Dates:
10th April 2017
( You will have to arrive a day prior to departure )

Note :
If Minimum group strength is not met , we have the right to cancel the departure. 
Should you wish to customise the trip as per your preferred date, separate charges will apply. 


Distance covered – 1200 kms
Start Point – New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
End Point – Siliguri, West Bengal
Cities covered – Paro, Phuntsholing, Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjika, Bhumthang, Gelephu.
Best Time to go: March, April, September, October
Duration – 11 Nights / 12 Days

*Stay, breakfast included*

Display price is based on minimum 10 Pax travelling together 

Group of 6 pax - 49000 per person 
Group of 8 PAx - 42000 per person 

OTHER INFORMATION
You can fly into Bagdogra from most Indian cities or alternatively take a train to New Jalpaiguri (both in West Bengal). You have a choice of joining our fixed departure or if you are in a group of 8 or more then we can customize the tour for your group.

If required, we would help arrange a reliable logistics services company like GATI KWE for the pick-up and drop of your motorbike from anywhere in India safely. Or if you need to rent a motorbike from us then the same can be arranged from one of our trusted vendors on request. If you want to courier your motorbike on your own, then we recommend shipping it to Bagdogra using GATI KWE. Same will take approximately 10-12 days.

You have a choice of riding solo or having a pillion rider. S/he has a choice to alternate between the motorbike and SUV, since we run mostly mixed tours (motorbikes and SUVs).

Inclusions:

Exclusions:

Inclusions:

1. All accommodation for 11 nights from Day 01 at Phuntsholing till Day 11 at Trashi Yangtse (twin/triple sharing basis) in comfortable hotels/ guest houses/ resorts in scenic and offbeat destinations
2. Daily Buffet breakfast
3. Inner line permits and wildlife fees for restricted areas for Indian nationals
4. Basic first aid kit and medicines
5. Services of certified guides/ instructors for high altitude trekking/ biking/ jeep safaris in the Himalayas
6. Services of Wilderness medicine institute certified guides/ instructors from NOLS, USA
7. Services of a Royal Enfield trained specialist mechanic for the full duration of the trip.

Bike Rentals:
If you wish to rent out bikes , we can assist you by connecting you with the right vendor .However , our responsibility will lie only in smooth operation of the tour . Bike rental charges along with security deposit has to be paid on spot at the start of the trip. Security deposit is fully refundable post completion of the tour unless damage is caused to the rented bike. 

Exclusions:

1. GST @ 9.0%
2. Any Air/ bus/ taxi/ jeep fare
3. Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone/ fax calls, mineral water, alcoholic beverages, entrance and camera fee at monuments/ museums, medical expenses, gratuities etc.
4. Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.
5. Any item, activity or facility other than clearly mentioned within the inclusions & itinerary above.
6. Cost of petrol & spare parts of any kind. Bike maintenance etc.
7. The cost of motorbike rental (if applicable)
8. Any entry fees, any tips, porter pony charges or any other expenses incurred by the porter/ participants during the sightseeing trips, other than as clearly mentioned within the sightseeing in inclusions and itinerary.
9. Any extra costs incurred due to extension/ change of the itinerary due to natural calamities, road blocks, and vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond our control.
 

Testimonials

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    We had a great tour of Bhutan!! Thanks to you and your team for it. Special thanks to the tour leader and his team for providing us great services through out the tour, the bikes were brand new as requested, accommodation was good, food was great! All our boys are very happy! I strongly recommend Adventure Nation to all your clients. Hope to do more tours with you in future!

    Prasad Chinnappa

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