Our trips provide a sense of being transported back in history. Bhutan’s mountainous terrain offers a fascinating adventure for biking enthusiasts…..
DAY 01: Arrive at Paro
While flying in, one will experience breath taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, and other Himalayan peaks including Bhutan’s sacred Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake. On arrival at the airport, representatives of our Tour Company will receive and escort you to Hotel. Lunch at local restaurant. Be at leisure to explore the small town of Paro, then visit the Dzong, the National museum, overnight at hotel.
DAY 02. PARO – THIMPHU 65km.
Ride to Thimphu, this will take appx 05 hrs depending on the level of professionalism and biking skills. The ride is all along the lined willow trees and the beautiful villages of Paro. All along you ride parallel to the river banks. On arrival at Thimphu you can be at leisure or just explore the Thimphu city. The weekend market would be in progress where the residents of Thimphu do their weekly marketing and farmers and vendors from all over the country visit this market to sell their handicrafts and farm produce.
DAY 03. THIMPHU-PUNAKHA. 71km.
Do some quick sightseeing and places of interest before heading for Dochula pass. This will take about 02-03hrs uphill, but once you reach the Pass at 3000m, your hard work is rewarded through glimpses of the Eastern Himalayan range. After that it is all downhill till you reach the warm and lush valley of Punakha region. You can visit the Chimey lhakhang/monastery of the devine mad man or the temple of fertility. Lunch at local restaurant.
Explore the fertile and flat valley of Punakha, ride north towards the Crown Prince’s Monastery perched on a strategic location on a hill top overlooking the rich rice terraced fields. Visit the Punakha Dzong, which is located on the confluence of two rivers. This Dzong used to be the former capital of Bhutan and till date is still used as the winter capital by the clergy. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 04. PUNAKHA – GANGTEY 83km.
Ride to Phobjikha valley, the abode of the black neck cranes, enroute visit Wangdue Dzong, all along you ride and see the villages of Sha. The backup vehicle will always there following the cyclists and at any point of time riders get exhausted you can continue on the back up car.
DAY 05. GANGTEY – PARO. 205km.
Visit the Gangtey monastery and bike toward Paro via Wangdue and Thimphu. You can bike certain stretch of the road and use the backup car to reach Paro. At the end of your biking tour, there will be a farewell dinner. You can have a hot- stone bath at the end to relax.
DAY 06 Paro – Taktsang monastery hike
After breakfast drive half an hour and start the hike. It takes about 5 housr round trip. Follow an ancient path marked by river powered prayer wheels to the site of the famous Tiger’s nest, the Taksang Monastery, tragically wrecked in a fire but rebuilt. It is perched some 1000m/3,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley. It is said that the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 A.D. On the way visit the Drugyel Dzong, located 16 Km. away from the Paro town. Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Jomolhari “Mountain of the Goddess” can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329m/24,029ft.). Stroll through town and visit the Paro Rimpong Dzong, built in 1646, Kyichu Monastery the oldest in Paro valley, built in 659. Overnight at the hotel
DAY 07 Paro – Bangkok
After breakfast drive to Paro international Airport and fly out