Tour Date: 12 Nov to 24 Nov 2017
Rates Per Rider : 46500
Per Pillion ( Without bike) : 36000
SUV per person: 38000
Whenever it comes to hitting a mesmerizing and soul-satisfying vacation, The Land of Thunder Dragon always leads the choices. Ensure a perfect vacation with the Darjeeling Riders Group.
None needs to be introduced with the most peaceful and the greenest country in the world, BHUTAN. The location of the state itself justifies why it is the first choice for every traveler. Located in the Eastern Himalayas, the kingdom has open arms for all; validating the traditional Buddhist culture to embrace all. The tour to the Land of Thunder Dragons with the Darjeeling Riders Group incepts with a motorcycle tour via the least known yet eye-catching areas of the Indian state of Sikkim. As far as taking a bike ride to this wonderful country is concerned, very few travelers are known to have experienced this adventurous activity. One thing is for sure; every traveler is bound to experience a ride through earthly paradise to the Bhutan.
The best time to hit for the mystical motorcycle ride to the Land of Thunder Dragons is during the spring. It’s when the splendid panoramic beauty of the kingdom can be experienced in the best way while making the way through narrow and scant roads. Days actually end up being longer while the cruiser bikes need to ride through those curvy, enigmatic and tough uphill roads. The only good thing about the road trip is the roads being traffic-free. On the other hand, the chills can evidently be differentiated from the earlier pleasant weather while the bikes ride from an altitude of 600 meters to 3800 meters.
List of surprises and soul-satisfying things come in part and parcel with Bhutan, the Land of Thunder Dragons. The kingdom has a never-ending list of things it has to offer to its guests. Even if we keep the warmest possible hospitality and the vivid landscapes apart, Bhutan induces the best of the extracts out of communal & cultural differences to its visitors. What makes Bhutan different from all other kingdoms is the liberty and hospitality it openly offers to its guests.
Day1- 12th November 2017: Arrival at Siliguri (Trip Milometer-0Kms)
On arrival at Siliguri’s Bagdogra Airport, it’s the representative of the Darjeeling Riders Group who’ll take care of all the arrangements for transfer to a decent hotel. All you need to do then is to Check-in at a hotel and relax back. The evening will be something completely new and exciting for you, where the group clarifies the orientation while introducing with all the other group members from different areas. It’s then that the entire journey details will be briefed up, including the road & weather conditions, followed by a group dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. After all, rest is indeed required to mentally prepare for gearing up for a long tour ahead.
Day2- 13th November 2017: Siliguri–Phuentsholing (Trip Milometer-170Kms)
The drive kicks off soon after breakfast via NH-31 from Siliguri to Sevoke (21 Kms.). The ride takes a softer turn as soon as Salugara (a small Bhutia & Gorkha-dominated market), on the outskirts of Siliguri, is crossed. It’s after the cantonment area that the roads show up its actual face by getting narrower and curvaceous while riding through thick dense forests to reach the gateway of Bhutan, Phuentsholing via Jaigaon. Phuentsholing, a business hub for Indians and Bhutanese businessmen, pays the only point of entrance for travelers to the Land of Thunder Dragon. Unlike what we have read in Geography till date, Phuentsholing’s architecture is modern with no traces of the existence of either Dzongs or monasteries. An overnight stay at a hotel at Phuentsholing will be arranged by us inclusive of the dinner and the next morning’s breakfast.
Day3- 14th November 2017: Phuentsholing–Paro (Trip Milometer-180Kms)
The journey to Paro incepts as soon as immigration formalities are concluded latest by a couple of hours post breakfast. During the 180 km journey, there would be the alluring Gedu University and the Rinchending Monastery that are worth paying a visit to. On arrival at Paro, comes the turn of another overnight stay at a hotel with the inclusion of all meals till the next morning.
Day4- 15th November 2017 Paro: Tiger Nest–Paro (Trip Milometer-50Kms)
How can the famous Paro Taktshang (Tiger Nest) be missed when we will be there in Paro itself? Well the eight kilometers journey to the north of Paro town to visit Bhutan's most well-known monastery, Taktshang or Tiger's Lair perched on a cliff 900 meters above the valley floor, starts just after the breakfast. The monastery is all about Guru Rinpoche, who pioneered Buddhism to Bhutan in the eighth century. It is said that the saint flew to a cave in Taktshang spot on a tigress and mediated for over three months.
The best time to enjoy the scenic beauty of Bhutan’s sacred mountain, Mt Jomolhari is on a clear day. En route Mt. Jomolhari, paying a faithful visit to one of the Bhutan’s oldest temples, Kyichu Lhakhang is a must-do. The journey then continues to a further 14 kilometers, where the historical fortress of victory, Drukgyal Dzong is reached. Built by the Tenzin Drukdra in 1649, the fortress commemorates the victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644. An overnight stay at the hotel awaits you here with dinner and the next day’s breakfast.
Day5- 16th November 2017: Paro - Haa – Thimphu (Trip Milometer-180Kms)
The post breakfast bike ride to Thimphu, the kingdom’s capital, will be through Chele La Pass and Haa Village. Eye-soothing views of rich farms of terraced rice fields on the fertile plains of Paro with a parallel existence of the Paro and Thimpu rivers will certainly give an indigenous feeling as soon as the bike kick starts from Haa to Thimphu. A decent hotel bed will wait for you at Thimpu as all your visas, road permits and all the relevant documents will be verified and stamped again.
Day6- 17th November 2017: Thimphu Local Sightseeing (Trip Milometer-50 Kms)
Visiting any state or country without making an exhaustive tour of its capital is certainly incomplete. Same is the case with Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. Located at an altitude of 2300 m above sea level, the city has many mesmerizing sightseeing and viewpoints. The journey of exploration starts after breakfast completion at the hotel. The first place to hit is the National Library of Thimpu, established in 1967, which has many ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts. Next, comes the turn of the Painting School or the National Institute for ZorigChusum. Apart from these, at the National Memorial Chorten, the excellence in the field of painting, woodcarving, embroidery and statue making can be witnessed. Thimpu hosts the secretariat (the Throne Room) and His Majesty's secretariat. Soon after everyone in the group gets done with their lunch, the Zoo, MotithangTakin Preserve in Thimphu will be paid a visit. It originally was a mini-zoo, which later got converted into a wildlife reserve area for Takin, the National Animal of the Land of Thunder Dragon. Later in the evening, everyone will get back to the hotel for dinner, followed by another overnight stay at Thimphu, with breakfast & dinner facilities included.
Day7- 18th November 2017: Thimphu – Punakha (Trip Milometer-90Kms)
After breakfast, the ride to 70 km ride to Punakha starts from Thimphu. The first stop on this road journey will be at an altitude of 1,300m and another midway halt at Dochu La Pass, at an altitude of 3,050m. If the weather showers its blessings on you by being clear, you certainly will enjoy the breathtaking view of the snowcapped Eastern Himalayan range along with a magnificent distant view of the GasaDzong from the spot. After lunch, the turn of paying a visit to Punakha Dzong comes, which lies at the confluence of the Mo Chu (Female River) and the Pho Chu (Male River). Presently, the dzong serves as the administrative center of Punakha Dzongkhag (district) and the central monastic body. Another overnight stay awaits you at the hotel with same dinner & breakfast available for you on the next day.
Day8- 19th November 2017: Punakha–Gangtey (Trip Milometer-75Kms)
The natural beauty at Gangtey awaits your arrival the next morning after breakfast. The departure from hotel incepts with a ride to central Bhutan across the tropical vegetation to Nobding. The ride includes cruising through the curvy mountain roads with subtle hairpin loops and bends. Being a passionate bike rider, I suppose nothing else can give you the goosebumps as that of riding through curvaceous mountain roads. After about an hour’s drive towards Pelela pass (11,000ft), it would require to retrace our steps and take a road that heads towards Gangtey Gompa over Tashi La pass. After descending for another hour, the open valley of Phobjikha Valley will be reached. The 15th-century Nepalese style architecture can be witnessed at Chendeji Chorten. The day ends with check in at a hotel and overnight stay with all meals included till the next morning.
Day9- 20th November 2017: Gangtey - Bumthang (Trip Milometer-160Kms)
Soon after everyone in the group is ready and done with breakfast, the cruiser bikes get kicked off to head towards the traditional home to the great Buddhist teacher Pema Lingpa, Bumthang. Bumthang is very well acknowledged to charms its visitors, which distinguishes it from other regions. The road towards Bumthang will initially seem to be fine, but as the descend progresses, the roads turn out to be muddy, where the road’s reconstruction and widening are underway. The landscape intensifies the beauty of Mother Nature at Chumey valley. The landscape is nothing but a cluster of four smaller valleys, viz. Tang, Ura, Choekhor, and Chumey. It is the region in Bumthang that has unmatched spiritual intensity. In case of early arrival, Jakar Dzong mustn’t be missed. Located on a ridge above Jakar town in the Chamkhar valley, the Dzong is built on the site of an earlier temple established by the Ralung hierarch YongzinNgagiWangchuk (1517–1554). The day then concludes here with another overnight stay at a hotel.
Day10- 21st November 2017: Bumthang – Mongar (Trip Milometer-200kms)
The journey from Bumthang to Mongar will certainly be one of the most unforgettable journeys of life. Witnessing the 3780m high Thrumshing La pass, the divine beauty of the Himalayas can closely be experienced. Gushing waterfalls, steep cliffs with even steeper drops, blazing flowers and constantly changing vegetation, integrate to make the journey something to cherish till the last breath of life. Unlike the Western Bhutan’s build on valleys, the second largest town in the sub-tropical east, Mongar marks the beginning of Eastern Bhutan territory. It’s at Mongar, where the overnight stay awaits you.
Day11- 22nd November 2017: Mongar - Trashigang (Trip Milometer-100kms)
The 11th day of the journey will exclusively be dedicated to all the travelers who have an ardent for photography or getting their photos clicked. The ride to Trashigang starts soon after breakfast. The panoramic beauty of the mountains en route Trashigang is irresistible. The 100 kms journey is brimmed with many opportunities to capture the beauty of the nature in the camera roll. The required overnight stay has to be done at Trashigang itself.
Day12- 23rd November 2017: Trashigang – Guwahati (Trip Milometer-300kms)
The 12th day of the tour marks the last day in Bhutan. The last ride initiates from Trashigang itself and heads towards Guwahati, bidding adieu to the most peaceful kingdom across the globe. Once Guwahati is reached, one can visit the local market. The next day’s journey will follow the last overnight stay at a hotel in Guwahati.
Day13- 24th November 2017: Guwahati–Destination (Trip Milometer-0Kms)
The moment of separation with the 13 days’ friends made during the tour will inevitably bring tears in the eyes. The moment everyone in the Darjeeling Riders Group gets done with the breakfast at the hotel, it’ll be the time to bid them adieu with promises to keep in contact, meet soon and take innumerable memories along.