Bhutan by Bike - 9 days, 8 nights

Visit : Siliguri, Jaigaon, Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjikha

Embark on an epic adventure that takes us right into the heart of the Kingdom of Bhutan. From the saddle of our motorbikes, we'll explore the Land of the Thunder Dragon. The road that lies ahead has a number of ups and downs, but each turn brings with it a beautiful view and something new to discover. We'll embrace Bhutanese culture during this trip with visits to the Buddhist ...

Embark on an epic adventure that takes us right into the heart of the Kingdom of Bhutan. From the saddle of our motorbikes, we'll explore the Land of the Thunder Dragon. The road that lies ahead has a number of ups and downs, but each turn brings with it a beautiful view and something new to discover. We'll embrace Bhutanese culture during this trip with visits to the Buddhist monasteries that can be found in almost every city and town. We'll also spend some time with the locals and observe them as they go about their daily chore

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • With long biking days and numerous high passes, we recommend that only experienced riders sign up for this adventure. Some amount of technical riding is required along the mountain ridges, while the altitude can make riding slightly difficult, so only those bikers who have undertaken such journeys before should sign up for this trip.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Motorbike
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • Ride across the Chele La and Dochu La passes
  • Pay your respects at the tranquil Rinpung Dzong and Punakha Dzong
  • Walk across the Punakha suspension bridge
  • Complete the Tiger Nest Trek and take in the sublime view from the monastery
  • Relish delicious Bhutanese food along the way

Start of Tour

Siliguri

Total Riding Distance 1020KM.
End of Tour

Jaigaon

  • Day 1Arrive Siliguri
    • Known as the gateway to Darjeeling, Sikkim and Bhutan, Siliguri is a busy transport hub that is buzzing with tourists all through the year. Upon your arrival in the city in the morning, a representative will help you with the transfer to the hotel where we shall be spending the night. You will have time to settle down and rest before the trip orientation where the bikes will be provided. Post this, let's embark on a quick ride around town to see the sights and get used to our new companions and vehicles.

      The Salugara Monastery is an important Buddhist shrine here. It's just 7 kilometres away, making it the perfect destination for our first ride on this trip. This temple is built in the Tibetan style and is most popular for its 30-metre-tall stupa, which is known as a chorten. We will return to the hotel by early evening for a delightful dinner and a chance to get a good night's rest.

    • 15 km
    • Meals - Dinner
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  • Day 2Siliguri to Jaigaon / Phuentsholing.
    • Early risers will be treated to a truly sublime sunrise view. After tucking in to a delectable breakfast spread, it's time to pack up and hit the road. The route leads towards the Teesta River. Once the river is crossed, the road cuts through a canopy of green trees and past numerous tea gardens. After crossing the Torsha River, we will arrive at the Bhutan Gate, which is right on the border between India and Phuetsholing in Bhutan.

      On completion of the border formalities, we'll ride into the Green Kingdom and visit a tea plantation. By evening, we'll arrive at our accommodation for the night and get settled in.

    • 150 km
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner
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  • Day 3Jaigaon to Paro
    • Our morning will start with a sumptuous breakfast, following which we need to pack our things and ride into the heart of the kingdom. Today, the winding route takes us over hilly mountain passes to the city of Paro. The ride has a number of switchbacks, so it's important to ride at a comfortable pace and stick with the group. The road starts to even out in Chhuka, and eventually delivers us safely to Paro.

      Once in the city, we'll take a little time to visit the Rinpung Dzong. The shrine, which dates back to the 17th century, has a name that literally translates to 'Fortress on a Heap of Jewels'. Although the structure survived an earthquake in 1897, a fire caused severe damage in 1907. Despite this, the Dzong stands tall as a proud example of Bhutanese architecture.

      As the sun starts to set, it's time to head to the hotel and enjoy a delectable dinner before turning in for the night.

    • 170 km
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner
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  • Day 4Paro - Tiger Nest Trek - Chele La Pass - Paro
    • After two long riding days, today we'll enjoy a couple of short rides and some sightseeing in Paro. But before we begin our day, we will sit down with our fellow riders and enjoy a hearty breakfast. First on the agenda is a trip to Paro Takstang or the Tiger Nest Monastery. The shrine is made up of a collection of a few buildings that are perched atop a cliff. Located 900 metres above the ground, the only way to reach the monastery is by completing the Tiger Nest Trek. Spend some time at the shrine embracing the spirituality all around and enjoying the gorgeous views.

      After a peaceful morning, it's time to enjoy a thrilling ride to the Chele La Pass, the highest motorable pass in the country. It's at a height of 3,810 metres and is located on the road that leads from Paro to the Haa Valley.

      By evening, it's time to head back to the hotel to freshen up. Tonight, the riders will get together and head to Paro's markets to enjoy the city's nightlife.

    • 60 km
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner
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  • Day 5Paro to Thimphu
    • A sumptuous breakfast is followed by a journey towards Thimphu, the capital and the largest city of Bhutan. Ride on a route that rises and falls at intervals, while giving you scenic views of the mountain ranges and the gurgling Paro Chhu River. This is one of the most memorable rides of this tour as you hear the sound of the gushing river while riding through trees. En route to Thimphu, marvel at the numerous monasteries and quaint villages, and their wonderful surroundings.

      Once in the capital, there's enough time to enjoy some marvellous sights and sounds. Start with a visit to the Buddha Dordenma statue. This towering statue sits atop a meditation hall and is a popular tourist attraction. Look up at the bronze face of the Enlightened One and see if you can spot the 125,000 smaller Buddhas that decorate the main Buddha's chest. From here, we can head to the nearby Changangkha Lhakhang. This Buddhist temple resembles a fortress and is almost always buzzing with pilgrims. The shrine dates back to the 12th century and is generally visited by new parents who are seeking blessings for their little ones.

      Next, ride to the Thimphu Folk Heritage Museum for some fascinating insights into the lives of the locals. Here, spend some time marvelling at the ancient artefacts that sit side-by-side with implements used in rural households, as well traditional silk ensembles that are worn by both men and women.

      Finally, we'll arrive at our hotel where we can relax for a while before heading out to the local markets and restaurants for an enjoyable evening.

    • 60 km
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner
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  • Day 6Thimphu - Dochu La Pass - Punakha
    • As always, the day starts with a delicious breakfast spread. After enjoying our fill, it's time to start today's epic adventure. We ride towards Semtokha, from where the climb towards the Dochu La Pass begins. The mountain road takes us through the pass and onwards to Punakha, today's destination. After a quick stop at the hotel for lunch and to freshen up, it's time to experience the old city that once served as the capital of the country.

      The journey takes us to the Punakha Suspension Bridge, which connects the town to the 17th century Punakha Dzong. Previously, this religious building also served as Bhutan's administrative centre. Despite the number of natural calamities that have hit the area, the Dzong continues to crown the top of Elephant Hill and hosts the marvellous Tsechu Festival every single year. After spending some time in the tranquil dzong, it's time to cross the bridge once again and head back to the hotel where a warm dinner awaits.

    • 85 km
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner
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  • Day 7Punakha to Phobjika
    • After a fabulous sunrise and a delectable breakfast, it's time to pack up and get ready for the next leg of this adventure. Today's journey leads to the Gangtey Valley, also known as Phobjika Valley. En route, we cross Wangdue Phodrang, a town at an elevation of 1,310 metres, and the Pele La Pass. On reaching Phobjika, feast your eyes on the incredible plant and animal life that makes this area a popular tourist destination. In the midst of all the greenery, find the Gangtey Monastery. It sits on a forested hill and enjoys magnificent views of the entire Phobjika Valley below. The shrine is quite large and houses a central temple, monks' quarters, a number of meditation centres and a small guesthouse as well.

      After spending the greater part of the day exploring the area, head back to the hotel for a delicious dinner with your fellow riders.

    • 90 km
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner
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  • Day 8Phobjika to Jaigaon
    • The sunrise brings with it our penultimate day of riding. Make sure you enjoy a good breakfast as the ride that lies ahead is quite long. The road leads us from Phobjika back to Thimphu and then onwards to Jaigaon, which sits along the border. Initially, the ride will be along a few ridges, before evening out at Thimphu. The smooth journey continues on to Chhuka, from where the undulating road will lead us up and down a number of peaks and valleys before allowing us to dismount our bikes in Jaigaon.

      After hours on our bikes, we're happy to freshen up and gather for an early dinner and a good night's rest.

    • 240 km
    • Meals - Breakfast and dinner
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  • Day 9Depart Jaigaon - Siliguri
    • The last day of our journey has arrived, but we still have one more ride to relish. Enjoy one final breakfast before kick-starting the bikes for the trip across the border and then back to Siliguri. We should arrive in Siliguri by early afternoon, following which we will help you with transfers to the local railway station or airport, from where you can continue your onward journey.

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    • 150 km
    • Meals - Breakfast
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Inclusions

  • Motorbike - Royal Enfield 350 cc or similar.
  • 8 nights accommodation on twin / triple sharing basis.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All enroute feasiblesight seeing as per the itinerary.
  • Tour guide / Road captain.
  • Service of mechanic throughout the journey.
  • Service of back up vehicle throughout the journey.
  • Medical kit.
  • Fuel for mentioned motorbikes.
  • Bhutan Permit Charges.
  • Travel insurance.

Exclusions

  • A reimbursable security deposit of INR 15,000 per motorbike (If bike is damaged, the amount required for the damages shall be deducted at the end of the tour).
  • Client has to pay in case of damage to the vehicle by accident.
  • Spare parts of any kind / Engine oil of any kind.
  • Upgrade to any other Motorbike.
  • Personal riding gears.
  • If, the rider because of any circumstances leaves the ride in between then the charges for transporting the bike from the leaving point till end are chargeable from the rider.
  • Any transport to / from Siliguri. Your tour price starts ex Siliguri.
  • Admission fees or guide charges to various monuments, temples, forts etc.
  • International / Domestic airfare.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Visa charges.
  • Optional activities.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.

Price - Valid till 15 Dec 2020

Hub Twin Sharing Accommodation
Pillion Rider
Ex Siliguri ₹ 25,000 ₹ 48,000
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Note:

  • Tour operates with a minimum of 07 Riders travelling together.
  • Bhutan by Bike - 08 Nights / 09 Days 1 Motorbike shared by
    2 Adults (with fuel)
    Per Person (INR)
    1 Motorbike - 1 Rider - Solo
    (with fuel)
    Per Person (INR)
    Your Own Motorbike (without fuel)
    Per Person (INR)
    Motorbikes (Royal Enfield)
    350 cc 36,500 48,000 26,000
    500 cc 39,500 54,000 26,000
    Himalayan 41,000 57,000 26,000
  • Above Price is only for Indian Nationals.
  • If Minimum group strength is not met, we have the right to cancel the departure.
  • It is advisable to wear proper safety gears for rider and pillion
  • If you're looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we'll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

Wish to go on this adventure? Just give us a shout and we’ll make it happen for you! Your dates, your budget!

Accommodation

Our package includes a decent accommodation (hotel or resort). The accommodation is on twin / triple sharing basis.

Motorbikes

  • ManufacturerRoyal Enfield
  • ModelRoyal Enfield 350 CC

Things to Carry

Appropriate equipment is a component of a successful journey! Travel light, try to stay under 45 lb (20 kgs).

BAGS:

  • A sailor bag would be perfect, a walker's bag too (without steel bar). You can close it with a padlock if you want to (don't forget to tag it before leaving with your address)
  • A small backpack of 20 litres is advised for daily necessities such as camera, sunscreen lotion

CLOTHES AND PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

  • 2 light pants
  • 4 shirts (including some with long sleeves, to protect yourself from the sun)
  • 1 bathing suit
  • Sun glasses
  • Hat
  • Sport shoes or trekking shoes
  • 1 litre canteen (flask) and a flashlight (don't forget the batteries)
  • Some sweats and cereal bars
  • UV sunglasses


PERSONAL MEDICINE:

  • Sun screen lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic
  • Paracetamol
  • Anti-diarrhoea
  • Elastoplast
  • Skin disinfectant
  • Bandages and special blisters bandage
  • Glucose

SPECIAL MOTORCYCLE CLOTHES:

  • Motorcycle boots are strongly advised or ankle high shoes
  • Motorbike jacket (synthetic preferred)
  • Motorbike pant (synthetic preferred)
  • A rain suit (just in case!)
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Bandana

GENERAL EQUIPMENT:

  • Spare camera batteries
  • Car charger or battery bank
  • 3 socket Belkin Surge Protector
  • Torch light

Travel Tips

  • Generic Notes

    • It is adviseable to wear proper safety gears for rider and pillion.
    • Some areas are might be political tensed so because of any such natural or human made calamity if, the tour is extended / diverted or terminated before the ending date then in such case Trip360 will not be responsible for it and any additional cost has to be paid by the clients.
    • If Minimum group strength is not met, we have the right to cancel the departure.

  • Trip Summary

    • Start of tour: Siliguri
    • End of tour: Siliguri
    • Total days: 09
    • Riding days: 09
    • Rest days: 00
    • Total riding distance: 1020 km
    • Average distance per day: 113 km
    • Route: Siliguri - Jaigaon / Phuentsholing - Paro - Thimpu - Punakha - Phobjika - Jaigaon - Siliguri
    • Season: Februay to June & September to November

  • Type of Food

    In Bhutan, chillies and spice can be found in almost every dish. Rice is the base of most meals, and it is generally eaten with meat and vegetable dishes. Spinach, pumpkins and turnips are the most popular vegetables, while pork and chicken are the favourite meats. While you're here, you should try some Ema Datshi, which is known as the country's national dish. It's made with a mix of chilli and spice and a local cheese called Datshi. Tibetan-style dumplings called momos are also quite popular on the street, as is Jasha Maru, a minced chicken dish served with rice.

  • Clothes to Carry

    Appropriate equipment is a component of a successful journey! Travel light, try to stay under 45 lb (20 kgs).

    BAGS:

    • A sailor bag would be perfect, a walker's bag too (without steel bar). You can close it with a padlock if you want to (don't forget to tag it before leaving with your address)
    • A small backpack of 20 litres is advised for daily necessities such as camera, sunscreen lotion

    CLOTHES AND PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

    • 2 light pants
    • 4 shirts (including some with long sleeves, to protect yourself from the sun)
    • 1 bathing suit
    • Sun glasses
    • Hat
    • Sport shoes or trekking shoes
    • 1 litre canteen (flask) and a flashlight (don't forget the batteries)
    • Some sweats and cereal bars
    • UV sunglasses


    PERSONAL MEDICINE:

    • Sun screen lotion
    • Lip balm
    • Broad-spectrum antibiotic
    • Paracetamol
    • Anti-diarrhoea
    • Elastoplast
    • Skin disinfectant
    • Bandages and special blisters bandage
    • Glucose

  • Equipment Checklist

    SPECIAL MOTORCYCLE CLOTHES:

    • Motorcycle boots are strongly advised or ankle high shoes
    • Motorbike jacket (synthetic preferred)
    • Motorbike pant (synthetic preferred)
    • A rain suit (just in case!)
    • Gloves
    • Helmet
    • Bandana

    GENERAL EQUIPMENT:

    • Spare camera batteries
    • Car charger or battery bank
    • 3 socket Belkin Surge Protector
    • Torch light

  • Driving License

    You need to have a standard Indian driving license and for foreigners Internationa driving liscense.

  • Our Crew

    We will have a tour leader who will be guiding you on the tour. In addition to the tour leader, you will also have a bike technician who will assist you in case you have any trouble with your bike.

  • Flight Information

    Advisable to arrive by morning on day one at Siliguri.

  • Luggage Info

    Backup vehicle will carry your luggage, however it is adviseable to keep a bag of important things with you on the motorbike.

  • Books to Read

    The Heart of the Buddha by Elsie Sze - Follow Ruthie as she travels from Canada to Bhutan in search of her missing sister Marian. Both siblings end up enjoying a journey of self-discovery and this book explores their relationship with each other and the world around them.

    Beyond the Sky and Earth by Jamie Zeppa - This memoir and travelogue allows us to experience life in Bhutan through the eyes of Jamie Zeppa. She worked as a lecturer at Sherubtse College and through this book, she talks about the amazing experiences she's enjoyed in the kingdom.

  • Typical Day on the Trip

    We start riding post breakfast as we ride for around 120-130 km before reaching our destination.

  • Approximate Group Size

    07 - 10 adults.

  • Money to carry

    Approximately INR 10,000 to 12,000.

  • Medical facilities Available

    Basic medical kit will be available, however It is advised to carry your prescribed medication.

  • Tipping

    In Bhutan, tips are not at all mandatory, but they are welcomed and greatly appreciated. For good service at hotels, you can choose to provide the bellboys and cleaners with a tip. In restaurants and cafes, a service charge is likely to be added to the bill, so tipping is not at all necessary. However, if you truly felt that the staff were exemplary, you're welcome to leave a little something for them. While taxi drivers will generally not expect a tip, it may be a good idea to give something to your driver and guide - especially if they are with you for more than a single day on your trip.

  • Places to eat

    There are plenty of places to eat on the way.