Beautiful Bhutan – The Last Shangri-La [2023]

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Starts: 11/03/2023
  • Ends: 11/14/2021
  • Price: $4,000
  • Deposit Amount: $1,000

Bhutan is a treasure trove of Buddhist arts and warm hospitality. In Bhutan, you will also find the curviest and most zigzagging roads of any Himalayan country. This women’s motorcycle tour offers stunning landscapes, virgin tropical forests, and lofty mountain peaks that kiss the sky. Exploring Bhutan on a motorcycle is by far the best way to experience this beautiful country. We cross Bhutan on the lesser travelled backcountry roads of Bhutan, riding Royal Enfield motorcycles and visiting the most stunning of the Himalayan cultural gems.

Day 1

Arrival in Delhi

A local tour guide will meet and greet you at the airport IGIA (Indira Gandhi International Airport). From here, you’ll be transferred by private bus or taxi to your hotel in New Delhi to rest and refresh.

 

Day 2

Bagdogra to Darjeeling
(2042m, 66km, 2-3hrs)

This morning you’ll be transferred back to the airport for an early flight to Bagdogra, from where you’ll be driven to Darjeeling. The rest of your day is free to explore this wonderful Himalayan gem. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel.

 

Day 3

Darjeeling
(2042m)

Today starts before dawn with a drive up to Tiger Hill, to see Everest, Kanchenjunga, and some other famous peaks lit up by the sun’s first golden rays. The Himalayan Mountaineering Museum and some genuine Darjeeling tea plantations and factories are guaranteed to keep you thoroughly entertained for the rest of the day. Dinner and an overnight stay at a hotel.

 

Day 4

Darjeeling -Bagdogra to Phuentsholing
(109m, 193km, 8hrs)

A private bus will take us to Phuentsholing, our point of entry into Bhutan. This town functions primarily as a Bhutanese / Indian business center. The architecture is modern and like all of Bhutan, it offers a clean, pleasant and safe environment in which to go about our business. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel.

 

Day 5

Phuntsholing to Paro
(2300m, 148km, 5hrs)

On completing the formalities or entering Bhutan, we ride uphill to Paro. En route, we pass the beautiful Gedu University, Rinchending Monastery, and some small villages. Once in Paro, we will visit Dzongs (Fortresses) and temples. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.

 

Day 6

Paro to Thimphu
(2320m, 65km, 1.5hrs) Chele La (pass at 3988m)

We greet the day with a trek up to Tigers’ Nest Monastery which is a 4hr round trek or you can choose to ride up Chele La pass during this time. Later in the day, we ride through the splendid scenery to Thimphu, where we will head out to the best view point in Thimphu Valley, Kuenselphodrang (the Buddha point). Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel.

 

Day 7

Thimphu to Pobjikha via Punakha
(2900m, 168km, 6hrs) over Dochula (pass at 3140m)

Today we will start our sightseeing early viewing the Giant Buddha Dordenma (statue) and the Painting School, before heading out to Phobjikha Valley. Our ride to Phobjikha will cross the Dochu La (pass at 3140m). After lunch at Punakha, we’ll visit the Punakha Dzong (Fortress) and ride to Pobjikha via Bajo town. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel.

 

Day 8

Pobjikha to Bumthang via Trongsa
(2600m, 180km, 7hrs)

After an early breakfast, we will leave for Bumthang valley and stop off at Trongsa Dzong (Fortress) and Ta Dzong (Museum) en route. Later in the day in Bumthang, we’ll visit Jakar Dzong (Fortress) and enjoy an evening stroll. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel.

 

Day 9

Bumthang to Mongar
(1600m, 192km, 6-7hrs) over Sertangla (pass at 3950m) and Trumshingla (pass at 3750m)

We start the day with crossing 2 high passes in succession, with a magnificent National Park between them. Cedar trees, overhanging cliffs and on clear days, a view of Bhutans’ highest peak, Gangkar Phuensum, take us to Eastern Bhutan. Then we begin our descent, past –and sometimes across–waterfalls and streams until we reach rice terraces and tropical fruit farms. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel.

 

Day 10

Mongar to Trashigang via Rangjung
(3773m,91km,3-4hrs)

Trashigang Dzong (Fortress) will be our first major stop of the day, then we’ll ride on to Rangjung monastery. At last we’ll ride back to Trashigang for a bit of free time and a stroll around town. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 11

Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar – Guwahati
(50m/230km/8-9hrs)

Once again we depart early, this time to cross back into India via Samdrup Jongkhar in the southeast of Bhutan. This town is one of the main gateways to India and borders the Indian state of Assam. En route, we’ll immerse ourselves in the beautiful weavings and colors at the Khaling Handloom center. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 12

Guwahati to Delhi

Private transport will take you back to Guwahati airport for your flight to Delhi and on towards home.

THIS TOUR IS ALL PAVED

When: November 3-14, 2023

Where: Bhutan (Eastern Himalayas)

Duration: 12 Days 10 Nights (7 Riding Days)

Motorcycle: Royal Enfield 500cc ”Bullet”

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Accomications: Hotels and Guest Houses

Highlights

  • Sunrise at Tiger Hill, visiting the spectacular Tiger’s Nest monastery – Bhutan’s most iconic site, exploring ancient fortresses and temples all across Bhutan, visiting The Temple of the ‘Divine Mad Man’ – Chime Lhakhang, and riding oodles and oodles of hairpin curves.

2021 Cost

Per Rider US$ 4,000

Per Pillion US$ 3,600

Tour Includes:

  • Bhutan visa fees, all ground transfers in India, airport to airport, in-country flights
  • 500cc Motorcycle and fuel for the entire trip
  • Accommodations on twin sharing basis (two per room) at local hotels
  • English speaking tour guides
  • Bottled water throughout the tour
  • Support vehicle
  • Tour Mechanic with all necessary spare parts
  • Monument entrance fees (monuments mentioned in the itinerary) during the entire trip

Tour Excludes:

  • Flights to start of your
  • Any medical or travel insurance coverage
  • Personal items and souvinirs
  • Telephone calls and internet charges
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Any items not mentioned in the included section

 

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