Into the heart of Dragon - Bhutan Motorcycle Tours

Overview

Straight roads hardly exist, and we've counted an average of 10 curves per kilometer. The roads are quite empty, and the capital city of Thimphu doesn't even have a traffic light! Our motorcycle tour of Bhutan takes us along small mountain roads in varying conditions, and the ride never gets boring – beautiful landscapes soon cure us of the urge to ride hard. We kick back and savor the pure joy of cruising on our Bullet motorcycles at a relaxed 30 to 70 kph. Our Bhutan bike tour is structured to allow enough time to get to know the countryside and the residents of the villages along the roads. 

We travel together with local friends who give us unique insights into their country and who share our love of biking. Experience the most pristine Himalayan country on Royal Enfield, while exploring the authentic Buddhist culture and breathtaking landscape of the higher and lower ranges of the Himalaya.

Ride Info

  • TOTAL Kms – 1261 kms
  • Riding hrs – 43 hrs
  • Riding level – Challenged
  • Culture – Buddhism

Tour Highlights

  • One of the Happiest Country in Asia
  • See ancient fortresses and temples right across Bhutan
  • Ride the never ending hairpins

Day 1 - Paro
Day 2 - Paro (Hiking)
Day 3 - Paro - Thimphu: 218 Km
Day 4 - Thimphu - Punakha: 142 Km
Day 5 - Punakha - Phobjikha: 77 Km
Day 6 - Phobjikha - Trongsa: 142 Km
Day 7 - Trongsa-Bumthang: 79 Km
Day 8 - Bumthang - Bumthang Sight Ceeing: 134km
Day 9 - Bumthang - Mongar: 198km
Day 10 - Mongar – Tashigang: 91 Km
Day 11 - Tashigang - Merak Sakten
Day 12 - Merak Sakten - Tashigang
Day 13 - Tashigang - Samdrup Jongkhar: 180 Km

Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Paro (Alt. 2200m/7218ft)

After arriving to Paro, you will check- in to your hotel and briefing on the bikes. By that time it will be lunch time so after having lunch at the hotel and followed by sightseeing:

Paro valley extends from the confluence of the Paro Chhu and the Wang Chhu rivers at Chuzom up to Mt. Jomolhari at the Tibetan border to the North.

This picturesque region is one of the widest valleys in the kingdom and is covered in fertile rice fields and has a beautiful, crystalline river meandering down the valley.

Accentuating the natural beauty are the many elegant, traditional-style houses that dot the valley and surrounding hills.

The central plaza is adorned with a large prayer wheel and a small amphitheatre at which events such as concerts are often organized.

Overnight at Hotel Olathang .

Day 2: Hike to Taktsang Monastery in Paro (Altitude: 900m above Paro Valley)

After driving for around 35mins, Taktsang hike will began early in the morning as it will be cool. You will begin the hike at the Taktsang base where there will be some shopkeeper and horseman will be found.

Your walk will be through forest for almost 1hr 30mins and you will reach to Taktshang Cafeteria. You will have a tea at cafeteria which gives very spectacular view of Taktsang monastery.

After visiting Taktsang monastery, you will return to Taktsang Cafeteria to have lunch and walk down to the base.

Overnight at Hotel Olathang or similar .

Day 3: Paro to Thimphu (altitude: 2,320m) via Chelela Pass (altitude: 3,988 meters) 

Chelela is located between Haa and Paro which is 50 Km away from Paro Valley. It is situated as the highest motorable pass of Bhutan with 3,988 meters (13,084 ft).

On reaching the pass we could see prayers flags fluttering wildly in the breeze and chilly wind. Some of the snow capped mountains can be viewed from here during summer too. After riding around 30mins, you will have lunch at Haa valley. Overnight at Hotel Phuntsho Pelri or similar

Day 4: Thimphu – Punakha (altitude: 2,320m->1,310m)

Thimphu city is spread out laterally in a north-south direction on the west bank of the valley formed by the Raidak River, which is known as the Wang Chuu or Thimphu Chuu in Bhutan. 

Thimphu is the third highest capital in the world by altitude and is spread over an altitudinal range between 2,248 metres (7,375 feet) and 2,648 metres (8,688 feet)

Taking some leisure time at Dochula to check the views of Eastern Himalayas, you will have a coffee or tea or otherwise a lunch at Dochula Cafeteria. After that your journey towards Punakha starts

Overnight at Zhingkham Resort or similar From here you can have an Ariel view of Punakha valley.

Day 5: Punakha – Phobjikha (altitude: 1,310m->more than 3000m) 

After breakfast, your journey begins from Punakha to Wangdue. It will be same temperature of Punakha. As you approach to Phobjikha valley through a forest of oak and rhododendron, it will be colder. The road will be mostly black topped but in some places, widening of road is still going on but soon it will be a double lane with tarmac.

You will have lunch at Nobding, small town located in between Wangdue and Phobjikha.

Phobjikha is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters.

Overnight at Hotel Dewachen or farm house/home stay.

Day 6: Phobjikha-Trongsa (Altitude: more than 3000m)

After breakfast, proceed to Trongsa, stopping along the way for sightseeing at

Chendebji Chorten: The chorten is situated at the point believed to be where the three ridges and the three edges of the sky meet. It is an important chorten in Bhutan, and is recognizable by its roundish shape and the eyes painted on its sides, which bears similarity to the Jarung Khashor (Bodhanath) stupa in Nepal.

After the sightseeing you will stop for lunch, which would be served in local restaurant, famous for its cuisine. And you will be officially entering Central Bhutan. The vegetation seen along the route consists of shrubs of edgeworthia (high altitude dwarf bamboo), which are used for making paper.

Overnight at Yangkhil Resort or similar.

Day 7: Trongsa – Bumthang (Altitude: 2,800m)

You will travel to most extensive protected areas network in Bhutan. The northern two- thirds of the district (the gewogs of Chhoekhor and Tang) belong to Wangchuck Centennial Park, buffered by pockets of biological corridors.

Southern Bumthang (the gewogs of Chhumig, Tang and Ura) is part of another protected area, Thrumshingla National Park.

Bumthang is known for its important population of black-necked cranes migrating in winter.

Overnight at Hotel Ugyen Ling or similar

Day 8:  Bumthang Sightseeing (Altitude: 2,800m) 

Bumthang directly translates as "beautiful field" – thang means field or flat place, and bum is said be an abbreviation of either bumpa (a vessel for holy water, thus describing the shape and nature of the valley), or simply bum ("girl," indicating this is the valley of beautiful girls).

After sightseeing, you will have lunch at Chamkhar Town and followed by sightseeing after lunch also:

Overnight at Hotel Ugyen Ling or similar

Day 9: Bumthang – Mongar (Altitude: 2,800m)

The journey from Bumthang to Mongar is one of the most beautiful in the Himalayas crossing 3800 m high Thrumshing la (pass).

Gushing waterfalls, steep cliffs with even steeper drops, blazing flowers and constantly changing vegetation combine to make this journey as varied as it is beautiful. Mongar marks the beginning of Eastern Bhutan.

The second largest town in the sub-tropical east, Mongar like Trashigang further east, is situated on the side of a hill in the contrasts to other towns of Western Bhutan which was built on the valley floor.

Overnight at Wangchuk Hotel

Day 10: Mongar –Tashigang (Altitude:3,773m) 

The travel towards Tashigang will be mostly through rough road which leads to taking more time even for short distance. The beginning of the journey is through leafy forest filled with ferns and later road decends rapidly through corn fields and banana groves arriving the famous Zigzags of Yadi, which is a recent settlement

After that follows the Gamri River until the bifurcation to Dametsi, this temple perched on top of steep hill and is founded by Choeden Zangmo and is the most important monastery of eastern Bhutan. About 30km onwards lays Tashigang at 1000m. Overnight at Druk DeothJung Resort

Day 11: Trashigang - Merak Sakten (Altitude:3,800m) 

Merak-Sakteng stands out as a distinct attraction in Bhutan. Unlike anywhere else in the country, it offers a visitor to experience a unique semi-nomadic lifestyle, culture and vernacular in one of the most scenic pastoral valleys.

Situated at an altitude over 3,500 meters, the exotic valleys of Merak and Sakten have been home to the Brokpas for centuries since their displacement from Tsona in southern Tibet. The nomadic indigenous farmer of eastern Bhutan, the Brokpas seasonally move their herds of livestock from the lower valleys.

You will have lunch at villages along the way while riding towards Merak Sakten Riding towards Merak and Sakteng will be a different experience and the road is a farm road as of now and you will be away from any communication or mobile network until your destination. Till than you will be away from the civilization, very calm and scenic. Overnight stay with the nomads (You will have different experience)

Day 12:  Merak Sakten – Trashigang (Altitude:3,800m) 

Wildlife Sanctuary is located in north-western part of Bhutan and covers an area of 1,545 sq. km with 420 sq. It has one of the richest temperate Fir forests in the eastern Himalayas and provides an ideal protected habitat for big cats like Tigers and Leopards.

The district is also home to a number of other rare animals including Barking Deer, Himalayan Black Bears, Red Pandas and hundreds of Black Necked Cranes that migrate to the region every

Day 13:  Trashigang -Samdrup Jongkhar (Altitude:3,773m) 

Travelling towards Samdrup Jongkhar will be fifty fifty of rough road and double lane of tarmac road.The ride will be through the hot climate comparing to Tashigang. The Samdrup Jongkhar is a small border town with town a few hotels and restaurants.

Although Samdrup Jongkhar region is not a popular destination, the town’s proximity with Indian town makes it an important place.

You will have Lunch at the town after taking some walk around followed by sightseeing after lunch:

Overnight at Tashi Gatsel Hotel

Day 14: You will start your journey from here towards India in the morning

Dates & Services

Departure Date: 15th January to 27th January

Contact us for tour cost


The Service Includes:

  • Royal Enfield 500cc (UCE)  with fuel
  • Team leader/Road Captain.
  • Backup vehicle to carry luggage, spare parts and mechanic’s for the entire trip as per the itinerary. Mechanical Team with spare parts & tool kit.
  • Accommodation twin sharing.
  • All meals (in buffet)
  • Mineral Water & Juice
  • Medical kit(inc .oxygen cylinder )
  • Map
  • Your club/Company t-shirt
  • Stickers  of your club/Company on motor bikes
  • Photos & video
  • Pick and dropping at bus stand/kullu airport  
  • Farewell party
  • Cultural program
  • Inner line permits & monuments entry


The Service Excludes:

  • International /Domestic flights
  • Visa
  • Motorbike damage will be covered from your Refundable security amount
  • Medical insurance/Travel insurance coverage
  • Trip extension in case of road blockage /Natural crisis.
  • Riding Gears.
  • Personal insurance and evacuation charges
  • All expenses of personal nature such as Alcohol, laundry etc.
  • Insurance against or for accidents / loss of life, loss of goods etc.
  • Third party insurance.
  • Tips to guides, drivers etc.
  • Any item not included in the above "cost Includes".

Terms and conditions

 

1. Online Booking
A deposit of 30% of the total estimated bill is requiredto hold the booking on a confirm basis at least 90 days before the tour starts.

2. Security deposit
Required deposit: Rs. 10000/- per bike & one original ID proof. Refundable if there is no damage on the bike.

3. Cancellation and refunds
40% of the total estimated bill is refundable until 30 days before the tour starts. Above the stipulated time, 20% will be reimbursed.

4. Responsibility of the applicant
-The company is not responsible in case of physical or fatal injuries.

-The company is not responsible for the bikes damages. If the body, clutch plates or riding gears are damaged because of rough riding the applicant will be charged.

5. Trip extension
If unforeseen circumstances necessitate a trip extension or if the participants decide to extend the motorbike tour, additional costs will be charged to them.

6. Unexpected disruptions
Hardev Motors organizes guided motorcycle tours in some of the wildest areas on earth, accordingly the weather and environment can be unstable especially in the Himalayas.
Company is not responsible for changes in the itinerary or program  that are a result of roadblocks, landslides, monsoon, heavy rain or snow fall and any natural crisis.

7. Rights
HM Holds the rights to refuse/ remove you while on a tour In case of   not follow the rules of ride /command of team leader/Unacceptable behavior with other group members etc. No amount is refundable in that situation.

8. Conditions to participate in our rides
To participate as a rider an individual has to be equal or above the age of 18 years at the time of the tour and be in possession of a valid motorcycle driving license and international driving license (for foreigners), be in good health condition and have at least 2 or 3 years experience in riding a motorcycle.

As a pillion, an individual has to be equal or above the age of 12 years at the time of the tour, in good health condition and with at least some motorcycle co-riding experience.

9.Number of participants
A minimum of 6 riders is required to start a tour.

 

Bank details
HARDEV MOTORS A/C 790920110000215
(Bank of India) Manali Distt. Kullu (H.P) INDIA.
Swift Code (BKIDINBBCHD)
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hardevmotorsinfo@gmail.com
On the way to Vashisht,
opposite of Sita Cottage
Manali, Distt. Kullu (H.P.) 175131, India

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