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You thought of an amazing Bhutan bike trip and that materialized into this brilliant journey that takes you to the land of the monks on thumping bikes. Also known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan is one of the most beautiful countries locked by land on all sides and nestled in the most adventurous region of the Himalayas. The country shares its border with Tibet, India, and Nepal, and you can see the cumulative effect of all these ethnicities in the people living in this amazing country. The country is the second least populated country in the continent of Asia, with its capital lying in the city of Thimphu, while the financial stronghold lies in the city of Phuentsholing.
And on a bike trip to Bhutan is one of the most amazing experiences that you can have while choosing to explore the brilliance and beauty of this country. As the sights pass you by of the green-clad hills and the snow-covered Himalayas, you will feel a rush like never before, willing to stop at every turn to frame some of the most perfect pictures in the Himalayas.
This bike trip to Bhutan starts with your arrival at the Bagdogra Airport, from where you will leave for Siliguri. This is the point where you will meet the bikes that will be your constant companion through the tour. Sit on these bikes and start the ride towards Phuentsholing, which lies all the way in Bhutan across the national Border. The next day you will continue the bike trip to reach the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. Enjoy in the markets here before you take a whole day in exploring the amazing sights of the city, like the BBS Tower, SAARC Building, India House, Handicraft School, Memorial Chorten and Simtokha Dzong.
The next ride that you will be taking will be to cross the Dochula Pass and enter the city of Punakha, which is famous for being the home to the Punakha Dzong and the confluence of Po Chu and Mo Chu Rivers. The ride continues as you meander your way to Trongsa, which is a beautiful town built on the ridge of a hill and overlooks one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan. After spending a day in this scenic place, you will leave to go back to Punakha, where you will spend time exploring the markets and lifestyle before you move on to the beautiful city of Paro.
Once in Paro, you will spend a day exploring the local sights and markets of this beautiful city, and the next day in covering the Dzongs and monasteries, which also includes the world-renowned Paro Taktsang Monastery, which is also known as The Tiger’s Nest. Built on the side of a cliff, it is one of the most famous sights in Bhutan and is associated deeply with the history of this country. The last leg of the Bhutan bike trip involves you riding to Phuentsholing, visiting more attractions like the crocodile breeding centre and Amo Chuu before you ride your bikes back to Siliguri to hand them over and bringing the experience to an end.
Activities: Bike Riding, Sightseeing.
Temperature Range: 10 to 25 degrees Celcius.
Difficulty Level: Moderate.
First Day of Riding, Bagdogra, Siliguri, Bike pick-up, Phuentsholing.
Set forth on your exciting journey by arriving at the city of Bagdogra. The second largest city in Bhutan will give you a warm welcome and a glimpse into all the excitement the trip has in store for you. You will then travel to Siliguri by means of a pre-arranged vehicle, where you will pick up your bike, your companion for the remainder of the trip. Your first ride will be to Phuentsholing, where you will halt overnight.
Permit, Thimphu, Local Market.
Your day begins early after a sumptuous breakfast! Get your permit processed before you head on a pleasant ride to Thimphu, a city that is at a distance of 155km.On arrival, check into your hotel and head out on an afternoon visit to the local market! The rest of the evening is for you to enjoy at your leisure.
BBS Tower, SAARC Building, India House, Handicraft School, Memorial Chorten, Simtokha Dzong.
Get set to explore the lively city of Thimphu riding your favourite bike! Take a day to visit the landmarks of Thimphu –which will give you an insight on the native life, history and culture. Visit the BBS tower known for its fascinating views of the Thimphu valley. The SAARC building, local handicrafts school and monasteries to take a look at the unique art forms and religious and political beliefs of the region. The Memorial Chorten and India House are other must-visits while in the city of Thimphu. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to enjoy; overnight stay in Thimpu.
Do Chula Pass, Punakha/Wangdue Phodrong, Punakha Dzong, melange of Po chu & Mo chu
Take leave of the capital city after an early breakfast and head towards Punakha/Wangdue Phodrong. Enroute you will pass through the Do Chula Pass that is at a staggering height of 10000ft! This is also regarded as an important spiritual destination on account of the Punakha Dzong that is located at its peak. Check into your hotel on arrival and treat your taste buds to a full meal! Post this, make a visit to the Punakha Dzong – the serenity of which will calm your senses. Also visit the confluence of the Po Chu and Mo Chu Rivers for a captivating sight! Overnight at Punakha/Wangdue Phodrong.
Trongsa, museums, Dzongs
Today you will depart and ride to Trongsa – a picturesque town located in Central Bhutan. The distance is about 145km and will need about 6 hours to travel. Situated at the very end of a ridge, this town overlooks a deep and gorgeous valley! With a history that dates back to the 16th century, you will find this town has come a long way without losing out on its natural beauty. There are museums (converted from a watchtower), palaces and Dzongs –each of which adds to the mystique and splendour of Trongsa. The evening is at leisure for you to explore and learn. Overnight at a hotel at Trongsa.
Today you will retrace your journey back to the town of Punakha. Relax and unwind after a long day of travel or set out to get a feel of the local lifestyle at Punakha. You are at leisure for the rest of the evening.
Paro, Paro Market.
Take your journey forward by riding up to Paro after a filling and nourishing breakfast! Paro is at a distance of approximately 60km and can be reached in less than 2 hours. On arrival, check into your hotel and head ou to explore Paro. One of the most beautiful towns of Bhutan, Paro is home to the only international airport of the country. In the afternoon, you can make a visit to the Paro Market and pick up a few mementos for your loved ones back home! Enjoy the evening at a pace comfortable to you; overnight stay at Paro.
Drugyel Dzong, Ta Dzong, Paro Dzong, Taksthang Monastery.
Today is your chance to explore the captivating town of Paro in all its glory and charm. Visit places of historical importance like the Drugyal Dzong and Ta Dzong – each of which has unique architecture and stories. The Drugyal Dzong was originally a fortress and Buddhist monstery but is now in a dilapidated condition. The Ta Dzong is the National Cultural Museum – an eye opener and absolute stunner. The Paro Dzong and the Taksthang Monastery are religious establishments – the former being the largest Buddhist monastery and the latter being a scared temple located on a cliffside of the Paro valley also called Tiger Nest view point! Marvels in architecture, you are sure to be left speechless at these visual delights! The evening is free for you to explore this land of unending mystery. Overnight at Paro.
You will begin your return journey today with a ride back to Phuentsholing – one that covers 150km in about 4 hours. Check into your hotel on arrival unwind for the rest of the evening. Alternatively you could set put to explore the town that has quite a few attractions. You could visit the border or the Chukha Hydrothermal Project. You could also go to the Amo Chuu, the Crocodile Breeding Centre if you love animals and wildlife! Overnight at Phuentsholing.
Rev up your bikes all the way back to Siliguri where you will hand them over. Depart for Bagdogra Airport, enriched by this experience of a love affair with Bhutan .
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