Explorer

Bhutan 10 – 18.10.2024

RIDING WITH DRAGONS: A MOTORCYCLE SHANGRI LA
BASIC INFORMATION
DETAILS OF THE TOUR
PRICE INCLUDES / NOT INCLUDES
Bhutan 10 – 18.10.2024
PRICE: 4200 €  
BOOKING FEE: 25%
PILLION PRICE: 3650 €
CAR PASSENGER PRICE: 3650 €

MOTORCYCLE:


Royal Enfield Himalayan. Motorcycle rental is included in the tour price.

TOUR DESCRIPTION:


Bhutan is the last of the Buddhist Himalayan kingdoms. It survived despite two giants – China and India. It is situated entirely in the mountains: twenty summits of which are higher than 7000 m. Only 750 thousand people inhabit this country, but almost all of them are reportedly happy: It is no wonder that the idea of Gross National Happiness (GNP) was first invented exactly in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom, and is now perceived as an intangible contribution of the Fourth King of Bhutan – Jigme Singye Wangchuck to the world.. Gross National Happiness is a subject of an annual assessment conducted by the designated royal institution. The studies on happiness of Bhutan citizens have been conducted for 40 years now. The officially released results indicate that as much as two-third of Bhutanese people consider themselves as fortunate. What is more, Forbes ranked this relatively poor country, in the top ten of the happiest places in the world.
Bhutan slowly opens to the world, albeit following its own mysterious rhythm. The first motor vehicle arrived in the country in 1961. Towards the end of the 1960s the so-called “ celestial road of a thousand bends” was completed. Till now, it is only a 3.5 meters wide asphalt ribbon. Radio broadcasting started in 1973 only. It is only from 1999 that it became possible to waste one’s life watching TV. The Internet was eventually introduced in 2000. The first tourists only came to Bhutan in 1974.

Undoubtedly, Bhutan is an exclusive destination. A journey to Bhutan is not only about coming from far away, but it is also a time travel experience. In Bhutan there are still over two thousand monasteries and gomps, and every major city has its dzong – a distinctive Bhutanese fortress. Houses in Bhutan are built according to a traditional model. Bhutanese people wear colorful national costumes every day. Is Bhutan the last Shangri La – the mythical land of happiness? According to James Hilton, the author of Lost Horizon, Shangri La is located somewhere in the Himalayas and is governed by righteous lamas. Shangri La is obviously a fictional utopian lamasery, however, those who have searched the land, agreed that Bhutan is a happy, beautiful place.

After visiting Shangri La, at the end of the tour you will have a chance to visit Manas National Park with its extremely rich wildlife, including the highly endangered Royal Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, greater one-horned rhinoceros, clouded leopard, Himalayan black bear, dolphins and pangolins.

Check it out for yourself, join us and pack your bags!

START:

10 October 2024 / Guwahati, Indie

END:

18 October 2024 / Paro, Bhutan

NUMBER OF DAYS AND NIGHTS:

9 days / 8 nights

NUMBER OF RIDING DAYS:

6 riding days

TOUR TYPE:

Explorer

TYPE OF ROADS:

95% paved / 5% gravel

DIFFICULTY LEVEL:

4 / 10

MIN./ MAX. NUMBER OF BIKES:

Min. 6 / Max .12

Only 2 left in stock

FULL PRICE: 4200 €
 
PILLION PRICE: 3650 €
CAR PASSENGER PRICE: 3650 €

Choose your options:


DETAILS OF THE TOUR


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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Paro and the world heritage site of Drukgyel Dzong
  • Tiger’s Nest buddhist monastery
  • Changangkha Lhakhang
  • Punakha Dzong
  • Chendebji Chorten
  • Trongsa Dzong, Bhutan’s largest fortress
  • Bumthang valley, including Tamshing Monastery
  • Trashigang
  • Chorten Kora Monastery

Passes:

  • Dochula Pass (3100 m)
  • Pelela Pass (3423 m)
  • Yutongla Pass (3425 m)
  • Thrumshingla Pass (3780 m)
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WEATHER:

The weather at this time of year is generally sunny, but as always in high mountains things can change quickly. It is much cooler at night. During the day, the temperature varies between 15C and 20C. On the Indian side expect much higher temperatures.

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MOTORCYCLE GEAR:

Wearing adequate riding gear is an individual responsibility. We strongly recommend “adventure”. Bring your own gear.

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LUGGAGE:

We will be traveling light. Try not to take more than one 20kg luggage piece. It should be dust & water proof. For riding days take with you a small backpack or waterproof bag, with straps, to enable you to attach it to your motorbike.

IMPORTANT, REMEMBER:

Our trip starts in Guwahati. There a number of daily cheap flights to this airport from Delhi operated by different Indian airlines, eg. GoFirst, IndiGo, SpiceJet, AirAsia.

Our trip end in Paro. Paro Airport is Bhutan’s only international airport. Bhutan’s two national carriers are Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. There are several cities to fly from, but the most common flights depart from Bangkok, Delhi, Singapore and Kathmandu.

Considering the starting and ending points of the trip and the fact that both of them are well connected by air with Delhi: we suggest you arrange your intercontinental flight to/from Delhi, and from there take the local flights to Guwahati and from Paro. Please remember to arrange your tickets in advance.

In most of the hotels in Bhutan you can pay with a credit card. However we suggest changing some cash in Ngultrum (Bhutanese money) for souvenirs and personal expenses.

MotoBirds will arrange the Bhutanese tourist visa for you. However, each participant is responsible for arranging his tourist visa for India. For most nationalities it can be done online – we will provide you with the guidelines.

MAXIMUM ALTITUDE:

3780

meters above seal level

DAY BY DAY TOUR PROGRAM

DAY 1 (10.10)
ARRIVAL TO GAUWAHATI. CAR TRANSFER TO SAMDRUP JONGKHAR.

DAY 2 (11.10 / 180 KM)
SAMDRUP JONGKHAR – TRASHINGANG

DAY 3 (12.10 / 92 KM)
TRASHINGANG – MONGAR

DAY 4 (13.10 / 198 KM)
MONGAR – BHUMTANG

DAY 5 (14.10 / 130 KM)
BHUMTANG VALLEY SIGHTSEEING . RIDE TO TRONGSA.

DAY 6 (15.10 / 150 KM)
TRONGSA – DOLINA PHOBIJKA – PUNAKHA

DAY 7 (16.10 / 150 KM)
PUNAKHA – TIMPHU – PARO

DAY 8 (17.10)
VISIT IN TAKTSANG MONASTERY (TIGER’S NEST)

DAY 9 (18.10)
FLY OUT FROM PARO

THE ROUTE MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE DUE TO POLITICAL, SOCIAL OR WEATHER FACTORS.

YOUR OPINIONS

FROM GOOGLE

Krzysztof Roszkowski
Krzysztof Roszkowski
2023-12-11
Z Motobirds miałem przyjemność zwiedzić w listopadzie Radżastan. Organizacja wyprawy na najwyższym poziomie, trasy były profesjonalnie przygotowane. Każdy dzień był wspaniałą przygodą. Atmosfera była bardzo przyjacielska wręcz rodzinna. Na pewno wybiorę się jeszcze z nimi na niejedna wyprawę.
zali morcom
zali morcom
2023-10-05
Best thing I have EVER done! I loved every second of this trip!! Every detail was so well organised and I knew what to expect at every point, from route planning to the altitude to prepare for. Our support crew were amazing! We were always safe and well looked after. Anything we needed they made it happen. Every time I got off my bike, someone was there just in case I needed some assistance. If there were tricky sections, they were planned out with people to provide assistance getting through. The support was wonderful, it was just a great vibe all round. Accommodation was great, always clean and comfortable. Same for the food, it was always amazing. Bikes were awesome and well maintained at all times by our trip mechanic. THE VIEWS! I came for the views & I got way more than what I bargained for! Many times I caught myself tearing up in my goggles as we rode through the most incredible scenery I have ever come across. It was UNREAL, it actually didn’t look real it was just that beautiful 😍 You have to see it for yourself, there is absolutely nothing like it! Thank you Ola & Team for the best best memories ever!
Marius Bochynski
Marius Bochynski
2023-09-18
MotoBirds team did wonderful job organizing and executing impot of my two antique motorcycles from Europe to United States. They had plenty of professional and experienced stuff who picked up the bikes from my house, delivered them to shipping facilities and package them in shipping crates. Throughout the process communication was outstanding and they also updated me with pictures of my motorcycles just prior to shipping. Thank you MotoBirds for bringing my dream to reality!
Mariusz Nalbert
Mariusz Nalbert
2023-09-09
Świetna ekipa z doświadczeniem. Wszystko znakomicie zorganizowane. Sami tego tak nie ogarnięcie i nie będziecie mieć takiego towarzystwa!
Grzegorz Olczak
Grzegorz Olczak
2023-09-07
Wspólnie z Moto Birds byłem na moto-przygodzie w Himalajach. Organizacja, przygotowane trasy, opieka, atmosfera na najwyższym poziomie. Ola, Guy i Mat wykonali kawał dobrej roboty, za to dzięki... Zdecydowanie polecam, satysfakcja i emocje gwarantowane 🙂 Ja z pewnością wybiorę się na kolejną wyprawę z Moto Birds 👍
Agnieszka Mazurkiewicz
Agnieszka Mazurkiewicz
2023-09-07
Żadne słowa nie oddadzą mojej fascynacji wyjazdem z MotoBirds. Niecałe 2 tygodnie temu wróciłam z Indii - podróży życia. Jestem wręcz oczarowana profesjonalizmem z jakim całość została zorganizowana. Opieka przed wyjazdem, wsparcie podczas podróży, organizacja noclegów, posiłków, wybór tras. Bardzo, bardzo za wszystko dziękuję ❤ PS Najlepszym dowodem mojej opinii, jest planowanie kolejnych wypraw z MotoBirds 😁 Z serca polecam.
Tomasz Solid
Tomasz Solid
2023-09-07
Jest pomysł, jest jakość i odpowiedzialność. Każdy na takiej wyprawie prócz tego co w umowie, znajdzie wiele wiecej, zależnie od wrażliwości i życiowego doświadczenia. Ja mam poczucie długu do tej ekipy ale zamierzam go spłacić na jakiejś następnej wyprawie. Himalaje 2023
Paweł Szczecki
Paweł Szczecki
2023-09-07
Great service and unforgettable trip to India, highly recommended!
Gemma Sturt
Gemma Sturt
2023-09-07
Fantastic experience with MotoBirds in India/Himalayas this summer. The guide, accomodation and bikes were all excellent and I'm looking forward to rebooking another trip as soon as I'm able!
Viktória Hroncová
Viktória Hroncová
2023-09-07
Very well planned and organized adventures. Ola is a great (and fun!) guide, I definitely recommend joining her on any of the trips she offers.

PRICE INCLUDES:

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MOTORCYCLE

Royal Enfield Himalayan. Fuel for the motorbikes. Motorbikes transport to Samdrup Jonghkar (starting point from the trip) from Paro.
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4X4 CAR

Self - driving option for participants traveling by car. Fuel for the car is included.
PRZEWODNIK

GUIDE

Assistance of a MotoBirds guide and local guide.
SAMOCHÓD WSPARCIA I SERWIS

SUPPORT CAR

A support car will assist us during the tour. Our luggage will be loaded in the car. The price includes fuel for the support car and driver expenses.
SAMOCHÓD WSPARCIA I SERWIS

MOTORBIKE MAINTENANCE

Mechanic support, daily maintenance and periodic service are included in the tour price.
ZAKWATEROWANIE I WYŻYWIENIE

ACCOMMODATION & FOOD

Accommodation in 3 * hotels, guesthouses or villas, in twin rooms. Breakfast, lunches and dinners are included in the price. Upon request, subject to availability, it is possible to organize a single room - against an additional fee of EUR 80 / night.
ZAKWATEROWANIE I WYŻYWIENIE

TRANSPORT TO/FROM THE HOTEL

Group airport transfers are included in the tour price, provided your arrival date is on the tour program dates. Individual transfer can be organized on different dates, but is not included in the tour price.
WIZY I DOKUMENTY

PERMITS

Tourist visa for Bhutan. Daily Bhutan SDF (government sustainable Development Fees).
WIZY I DOKUMENTY

ACTIVITIES

Entry fees to the touristic attractions en route, including buddhist monasteries and dzongs en route.

DOKUMENTY

INSURANCE

  • Basic travel insurance.
  • Tourist Guarantee Fund fee.
  • Tourist Support Fund fee.

IMPORTANT: For an additional fee, there is an option to independently extend the insurance within the Signal Iduna Safe Travels and/or Global Rescue partner offer. The price of the tour includes basic travel insurance.

ZDJĘCIA Z PODRÓŻY I TRAKI

PICTURES & GPX TRACKS FROM THE TOUR

After the tour, participants will receive photos of the tour, GPX tracks of the route and a commemorative poster.
ZDJĘCIA Z PODRÓŻY I TRAKI

WELCOME PACK

Each Participant will receive a welcome pack, which includes, among other items: MotoBirds stickers, tour stickers, a detailed program, the list of hotels and a tour souvenir.

PRICE NOT INCLUDES:

  • Airline tickets (tickets should not be bought until the organizer confirms the completion of the minimum group size).
  • Tourist entry visa, if required.
  • Covid tests and / or vaccinations, if required.
  • Medical expenses not covered by standard MotoBirds insurance.
  • Costs related to the transport of a participant to the nearest medical center, in case of injury, illness, inability or unwillingness to continue the tour.
  • Costs related to the transport of the participant’s motorcycle to the finish point of the tour, in case the motorcycle or the participant cannot continue the tour due to the fault of the participant.
  • Additional, recommended Global Rescue coverage.
  • Motorcycle refundable security deposit: US$300 payable at the start of the tour in cash.
  • Car refundable security deposit payable at the start of the tour in cash.
  • Drinks
  • Tips.
  • Entrance tickets to optional tourist attractions: use of a horse or a mule during the trekking to the Tiger’s Nest monastery (Taktsang).There is a hike of 800 meters vertical ascent / descent.

DEPOSIT FOR THE MOTORCYCLE:

US$300 motorbike refundable deposit, to be paid in cash on site. If damages to the motorbike exceed the deposit amount, the driver has to pay the difference.

Car refundable security deposit payable at the start of the tour in cash.

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