Bhutan, Shangri La, the Land of the Peaceful Thunder Dragon, is the best-kept secret in the travel industry. Due to its relative isolation, the country was not known to the outside world until 1960 and western visitors rarely visited the country. Even today, few people know of the beauty of Bhutan. The few who do visit this magical place find an ancient Buddhist culture thriving in a landscape of incredible natural beauty.
The mountains are magnificent, the countryside green, the pure air is unpolluted and the architecture striking. Our motor cycling tours show you an intimate insight into Bhutan's Buddhist culture and way of life.
The mountainous roads are well maintained throughout Bhutan, they reach heights of 4000m and offer the most romantic sights of the Himalayan ranges. The rides are through various types of vegetation ranging from sub tropical to alpine. The roads are in beautiful valleys passing through many villages of terraced rice fields and Fairytale Rivers.
Day 01Day 1. Arrival at Paro from Delhi, Bangkok, Kathmandu or Kolkata.Our Guide will receive you at Paro. You can start to explore the Paro town depending on your flight arrival time. Your motorcycle will be at the hotel and you can also start to have a round on the bikes around Paro valley. If you are coming from Australia, the best connection would be to fly in to Paro from Bangkok as there are daily flights. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02Day 2. Paro – Local Excursions. After breakfast we’ll first visit the National Museum and Paro Ringpung Dzong before continuing to Drugyal Dzong, 16kms away where we’ll visit the ruins of the Dzong. On the way back to the town we’ll see the famous Tigers Nest’s Temple on the granite cliff. You can hike to this monastery today which takes about 3 hrs back and forth from the view point. This is a magical monastery that clings on a granite cliff 600m above the valley floor. Overnight at Hotel
Day 03Day 3 Paro – Thimphu via Haa valley (210km) We begin early today as we will take a loop around the Haa valley to reach Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan. This is also a good day to get used to the traffic conditions, the road is very scenic and very less traffic. You might see about 10 vehicles on this entire day short of 65km reaching the capital. You reach heights of 4000m at the Chelila pass with great views of the Himalayan range. Have lunch at Haa valley and proceed to Thimphu through many villages and panoramic views. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04Day 4. Thimphu – Punakha (77kms) If we didn’t complete sightseeing yesterday, we’ll aim for an early breakfast so we can do some more before leaving for Punakha the old winter capital of Bhutan. En route we’ll cross the Dochula Pass at an altitude of 3150mts. On a clear day the whole range of Eastern Himalayas can be seen from here, so fingers crossed! We then descend down to the Punakha Valley at an altitude of 1350mts. The road has lots of sharp bends, but lots of breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys. If we get to Punakha early enough we’ll visit the glorious Punakha Dzong, also known as the “the Palace of Great Bliss”. Overnight at Hotel
Day 05Day 5. Punakha – Phobjikha valley. (78km) After breakfast drive to Gangtey Phobjika is a glacial valley (3,000 m) on the western slopes of the Black Mountains, a designatedconservation area bordering the Black Mountain National Park where large flocks of black-neckedcranes come to winter. It is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the Country, and described as "the most beautiful spot in the most beautiful country in the Himalayas". The valley boasts two beautiful meandering rivers, Nakay Chhu (Chhu Naap-black water) and Gay Chhu (Chhu Karp-white water). According to a local legend, the two rivers actually represent a snake and a boar. The two animals once raced each other with an agreement that if the snake (Nakay Chhu) won, Phobjikha valley would be able to grow rice, but if the boar won, then rice could never be cultivated in the area. The snake lost since it had to meander all the way during its journey. Rice cannot be cultivated in the valley even today. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06DAY 06: DRIVE BACK TO Thimphu. (155 Km). After an early breakfast drive back to Paro. Visit the KyichuLhakhang; an important Himalayan Buddhist Temple. It is one of Bhutan’s oldest religious sites built in the seventh century. This temple is one of 108 built by Tibetan emperor SongtsenGampo to subdue a demoness who prevented the spread of Buddhism. Temples were built across the Himalayas to pin her body down. KyichuLhakhang pins down her left foot and Jamba Lhakhang in Bumthang her left knee. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07Day 7 : Departures:
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