Bhutan Motor Cycle and Bicycle Tour
This tour allows time for visiting the highlights of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa and Bumthang. You can choose from easy to adventurous trails, and will be backed up by professional support staff at all times. We will co-ordinate your entire trip including arranging Quality Mountain bicycles for your riding pleasure unless you choose to bring your own bike.
No. of nights:12
Places to visit: Paro Thimphu Punakha Trongsa and Bumthang
- Government Royalty of US $ 65 per night per person
- sightseeing within Bhutan as per the itinerary
- Accommodations in best 3 star hotels on twin sharing basis
- All meals (breakfast, lunch &dinner)
- Full time English speaking guide
- entrance fees and permits
- All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
- One time visa processing fee of US$ 40 per person
- Flight tickets
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone, internet
- Soft drinks and alcohol
- Mineral water in hotels and restaurants
- Travel insurance
- Shopping and entertainment
- Gratuities to guide, driver, etc.
- Luxury star hotels and resorts available at an additional cost
- Specialized guides (Foreign language,photography, Bird watching, Buddhism, flora and fauna) available at an additional cost.
“Itinerary can be customized based on your interest & time”
DAY 1: Arrival in Paro
Our representative will meet you at Paro airport and transfer to your hotel. After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the National Museum. This museum houses many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Afterwards walk to the beautiful cantilever wooden bridge still in use. Overnight, at a hotel in Paro.
DAY 2: Paro-Thimphu (Cycling)
After breakfast guest will begin a full day’s ride to Thimphu. The average gradient of the road is excellent for cycling, as there are few steep climbs or descents. Enjoy riding beside rivers and through a mixture of rice fields, coniferous forests and hills dotted with chortens and monasteries. After enjoying a picnic lunch at a wayside spot, continue riding via a narrow gorge through to the widening valley at Namseling. Finally, the quaint suburbs of Thimphu begin to appear and you will see the impressive Semtokha Dzong, built in 1627. The ‘Bridge of Prophecy’ decorated with many prayer flags welcomes you to downtown Thimphu where you will continue down the main street to your hotel. Overnight, at a hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 3: Thimphu
Visit Memorial Chorten .This temple was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of modernization. The Royal Queen Mother completed it as a memorial stupa for the third King who passed away in the year 1972. Other highlights include the 12th Century Changangkha Temple, Drubthob monastery housing the Zilukha nunnery, the School for Arts and Crafts where the students are taught to master the 13 types of Bhutanese art, the National Library housing a collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. If time permits, you may also visit the Takin Mini Zoo and Tashichhodzong. Overnight, at a hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 04: Thimphu – Punakha (Cycling)
The road to Punakha begins with a 22km ride and a height gain of 670m up to Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters). The hillsides are covered in a luxuriant temperate forest of abundant rhododendron and magnolia and several species of deer and monkeys make their home in this forest. Stop for lunch at Dochu La.The downhill ride from the Dochu La into the Punakha valley will leave you speechless as you glide through lush forest spread over a distance of 50 kilometres.
After refreshing in the hotel in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. It is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu and is the winter residence of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu in winter. Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. Overnight, at a hotel in Punakha.
DAY 5: Punakha – Trongsa
Enjoy exploring the bustling market town of Wangduephodrang before visiting Wangduephodrang Dzong. Built in 1639 the strategically located Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. Drive over the Pele La pass (3,420m) on the Black Mountain range, which divide western and central Bhutan. White langur monkeys can often be spotted in the moss-draped forests in this area. Further on, in silent isolation surrounded by great forested hills is beautiful Chendibji Chorten built in the 18th Century to commemorate the subjugation of a local demon. It is built in a style unusual for Bhutan, with painted eyes facing the four directions. The Trongsa Dzong can be viewed across a deep canyon to signal your approach to the town around a curving road. Overnight, at a hotel in Trongsa.
DAY 06: Trongsa – Bumthang (Cycling)
After breakfast visit Trongsa Dzong, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Trongsa has the largest Dzong in Bhutan and its foundations were laid in the 16th Century. There are now 22 temples in the complex. Afters light refreshments begin the drive to Bumthang, one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the spiritual heartland of the kingdom. The road climbs rapidly up a series of hairpin turns out of Trongsa. After passing through cultivated fields and forested hillsides you will reach the Yutung La Pass (3400m). From here ride down through a dense, beautiful coniferous forest to a wide, cultivated valley known as Chummey valley before continuing on in the soft afternoon light to the town of Jakar. Overnight at your lodge in Jakar, Bumthang.
DAY 07: Bumthang
Morning, visit Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom where Bhutan’s patron saint Guru Rimpoche meditated and 7th century Jambay Lhakhang. It dates back to the origins of Buddhism in Bhutan and is one of the Kingdoms oldest temples.
After lunch, visit Jakar Dzong and Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pemalingpa and containing interesting and ancient Buddhist wall paintings. Afterwards enjoy exploring the village of Jakar, Bumthang’s main township. Overnight at a hotel in Jakar, Bumthang.
DAY 08: Bumhang – Ura – Bumthang (Cycling)
Cycle to the Ura Valley, approx 69 kms from Jakar. The ride begins with a height gain of 900m over almost 40 km to the Shertang La pass. The Ura Valley, on the far side, is the highest of the Bumthang Valleys. Extensive pastures line the road and just before the pass there is a panoramic view of the mountains of Lunana. Descend from the pass on long looping roads through pastureland and fields to Ura village. Enjoy some sightseeing in Ura Valley before driving back to Bumthang. Overnight at a hotel in Jakar, Bumthang.
DAY 09: Bumtahng – Punakha
Drive back to Punakha, stopping at Trongsa for lunch. There will be opportunities to ride along various stretches of road if desired. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Punakha.
DAY 10: Punakha – Thimphu (Cycling)
Enjoy a leisurely ride to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten situated on a beautiful hillock. Take a picnic lunch on a picturesque riverside before riding back to Punakha. Afterwards, drive for Thimphu. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 11: Thimphu – Paro
After breakfast you can either begin riding back to Paro, or elect to drive there later to allow time to stroll around Thimphu. If it’s the weekend, you can walk through the market to see the variety of food of Bhutan, including basket upon basket of fiery chillies, fresh cheese and a variety of fresh greens. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. On arrival in Paro, check into your hotel. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Paro.
DAY 12: Paro
After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a cliff 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments before returning to Paro for lunch.In the afternoon drive or ride the relatively flat road to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate a victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Overnight, stay at a hotel in Paro.
DAY 13: Departure
After early breakfast drive to Paro for flight to onward destination.