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BHUTAN 2 – 13.10.2023

RIDING WITH DRAGONS: A MOTORCYCLE SHANGRI LA
BASIC INFORMATION
DETAILS OF THE TOUR
PRICE INCLUDES / NOT INCLUDES
BHUTAN 2 – 13.10.2023
PRICE: 3800 €  
BOOKING FEE: 600 €
PILLION PRICE: 3400 €
CAR PASSENGER PRICE: 3400 €

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:

2 October 2023 / Paro, Bhutan

END:

13 October 2023 / Guwahati, Indie

NUMBER OF DAYS AND NIGHTS:

12 days / 11 nights

NUMBER OF RIDING DAYS:

7 riding days

TOUR TYPE:

Lux

TYPE OF ROADS:

90% paved / 10% gravel

DIFFICULTY LEVEL:

4 / 10

MIN./ MAX. NUMBER OF BIKES:

Min. 6 / Max .12

11 in stock

FULL PRICE: 3800 €
 
PILLION PRICE: 3400 €
CAR PASSENGER PRICE: 3400 €

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
  • Manas National Park

Passes:

  • Chelela Pass (3988 m)
  • 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 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.

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

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 Paro and from Guwahati. 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:

3988

meters above seal level

DAY BY DAY TOUR PROGRAM

DAY 1 (0 km)
Arrival to Paro.

DAY 2 (0 km)
Trekking to Tiger’s Nest Buddhist monastery (Taktsang).

DAY 3 (210 km)
Paro – Timphu via CheleLa Pass.

DAY 4 (90 km)
Timphu – Punakha

DAY 5 (170 km)
Punakha – Trongsa via Dolina Phobijka

DAY 6 (170 km)
Trongsa – Bumthang

DAY 7
Bumthang valley exploration. Day off the bike.

DAY 8 (198 km)
Bumthang – Mongar

DAY 9 (92 km)
Mongar – Trashigang

DAY 10 (162 km)
Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar

DAY 11
4×4 excursion to Manas National Park

DAY 12
Fly out from Guwahati.

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

PRICE INCLUDES:

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MOTORCYCLE

Royal Enfield Himalayan. Motorcycle rental is included in the tour price.
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4X4 CAR

Local driver option for participants traveling by car.
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GUIDE

Assistance of a MotoBirds guide on a motorbike. All support staff will be equipped with 2-way radios.
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.
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MOTORBIKE MAINTENANCE

Daily maintenance and periodic service are included in the tour price.
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ACCOMMODATION & FOOD

Accommodation in 3 * hotels, guesthouses or villas, in twin or triple 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 100 / night.
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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 (50 EUR / transfer)
WIZY I DOKUMENTY

PERMITS

Tourist visa for Bhutan.
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INSURANCE

Basic travel insurance. Upon request and with additional fee, we can offer additional insurance, covering for example the costs related to no – show on the tour due to Covid -19. Tourist Guarantee Fund fee. Tourist Support Fund fee. Third-party liability insurance for motorbikes.
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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.
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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:

  • Motorcycle fuel.
  • Airline tickets (tickets should not be bought until the organizer confirms the completion of the minimum group size).
  • Tourist entry visa to India, if required.
  • Covid tests and / or vaccinations, if required.
  • Medical expenses not covered by MotoBirds insurance.
  • Drinks other than water.
  • Costs related to the transport of a participant to the nearest medical center, in case of injury or illness or inability 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.
  • Tickets for 4×4 safari in Manas National Park (150 EUR / person).
  • Use horse or mule during the trekking to the Tiger’s Nest monastery (Taktsang).There is a hike of 800 meters vertical ascent / descent.
  • Motorcycle refundable security deposit of 500 USD, payable in cash on the first day after arrival.
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