Royal Enfield Himalayan. Motorcycle rental is included in the tour price.
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!
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DETAILS OF THE TOUR
- 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
- Chorten Kora Monastery
- Dochula Pass (3100 m)
- Pelela Pass (3423 m)
- Yutongla Pass (3425 m)
- Thrumshingla Pass (3780 m)
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.
Wearing adequate riding gear is an individual responsibility. We strongly recommend “adventure”. Bring your own gear.
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.
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.
3780meters above seal level
DAY BY DAY TOUR PROGRAM
DAY 1 (10.10)
FLY 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)
VISIT THE BHUMATNG VALLEY. RIDE TO TRONGA.
DAY 6 (15.10 / 200 KM)
TRONGSA – GEYLEGPHUG
DAY 7 (16.10 / 190 KM)
GEYLEGPHUG – PUNAKHA
DAY 8 (17.10 / 150 KM)
PUNAKHA – TIMPHU – PARO
DAY 9 (18.10)
TREK TO TAKSTANG MONASTERY
DAY 10 (19.10)
FLY OUT FROM PARO.
THE ROUTE MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE DUE TO POLITICAL, SOCIAL OR WEATHER FACTORS.
ACCOMMODATION & FOOD
TRANSPORT TO/FROM THE HOTEL
Entry fees to the touristic attractions en route, including buddhist monasteries and dzongs en route.
PICTURES & GPX TRACKS FROM THE TOUR
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 fuel (EUR200 to be paid at the start of the tour).
- Motorcycle refundable security deposit: US$300 payable at the start of the tour in cash.
- 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 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.