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Bhutan is a country that is home to one of the oldest cultures and civilisations in the world, with a history can be traced to as far back as 2000BC. Making it a country that, is rich in heritage, customs and culture. However, this ancient land is also currently adapting itself to the modern ways of the world without giving up on its roots, which makes this country with an identity and character of its own.
This Bhutan bike trip will take you on a tour across several cities and towns – each that is enlightening, yet mystifying in its own ways. Witness stunning landscapes comprising of majestic mountains, exquisite architecture and unpopulated regions. Experience the spirit of Bhutan bike tour and rest assured, there is no better way to learn the ways of a country.
About the Departure with Details:
A bike trip along the magnificent routes of Bhutan will introduce you to a land of rich diversities. From food to culture to people, every element contributes in making this country a splendid one. Visit the cities of Thimphu and Bagdogra – the country’s largest cities and watch a civilization striving to keep pace with the emerging modernity.
The smaller towns of Paro, Trongsa and Punakha will guide you through a lifestyle rather different from your own. Stunning valley views, friendly people, strong religious bonds an exciting marketplaces it makes for a fulfilled and self-reliant environment. Treat your senses to aesthetics, colours and splendour in a form you have never witnessed before!
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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