Overview

About Bhutan Bike Trip:

The Bike trip to Bhutan starts at Siliguri and continues to Bhutan going through Phuentsholing, Thimpu, Punakha, Paro and concludes again back in Siliguri. Located at the eastern edge of the Himalayas, Bhutan is known not only for its dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys but also for its monasteries and fortresses (or Dzongs). It has a culture that is very unique and different from that of its neighboring countries. The traditions practiced here are preserved and inculcates the teachings of the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition which is maintained throughout and has a strong impact on the lives of the people. Bhutan is famous for being the happiest country as emphasis is given towards a more holistic approach. This is a Buddhist kingdom and has visitors coming in from all over the world every year to explore the last “Shangrila”. With a majority of the country covered mainly in mountains, the roads here go through varying altitudes making it a biker’s paradise. On a Bhutan Bike Trip, discover the unique beauty of this country for yourself while going through these roads and finding out more about the Buddhist culture practiced here. Visit a number of places like the city of Phuentsholing where you will notice how this country is significantly different from the others, various monasteries and also visit the world’s biggest  Buddhist statues and many more beautiful locations, all this while riding through roads with views of the beautiful mountains and valleys.

Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. 

We present an amazing Bike Tour which includes:

  • Royal Enfield 350CC Bikes
  • Fuel along the way
  • 2 Meals Daily
  • Top Quality Accommodation
  • All permit charges, tour guides and back up vehicles.

Visit the beautiful Paro Taktsang Monastery which is also known as Tiger's Nest which clings to cliffs above the Paro Valley.

8 Nights 9 Days 04 Oct Siliguri, West Bengal
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Accommodation for 8 Nights on Triple Sharing basis in hotels mentioned as per the itinerary (Double Sharing basis for couples)
  • 8 Breakfasts and 8 Dinners starting from Day 1 Dinner to Day 9 Breakfast
  • Royal Enfield 350CC Standard/Classic Bike
  • Fuel Expenses as per the itinerary (not included for own bike category)
  • Airport Pick up & Drop
  • Bhutan Permit Charges (not included for own bike category)
  • A back-up vehicle for luggage
  • Mechanic
  • Sightseeing and Excursions as per the itinerary
  • Dedicated Tour Guide & Tour Captain(s)
  • First-Aid medical kits

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Lunch on All Days
  • Any Travel Expense to Siliguri & Back
  • Any entrance fee to the monastery and monuments
  • Personal Expenses (Snacks/Water Bottles/Energy Drinks)
  • Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions
  • Parking Fees
  • This trip is for Indian Nationals ONLY
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, roadblocks, etc. (to be borne by the client directly on the spot)
  • GST @ 5%
Highlights
  • Exploring Bhutan on a Royal Enfield 350CC bike
  • Visit Changangkha Lhakhang and Zangthoperi Lakhang monasteries
  • World’s biggest Buddha statue at Thimpu
  • Admire Bhutanese architecture at Punakha Dzong
  • Visit one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, Kyichu Lhakhan

 

Itinerary

DAY: 1: SILIGURI TO PHUENTSHOLING

We will welcome you to the cozy airport in Bagdogra where you'd be meeting your fellow travelers and the team post which we start our journey towards the land of Dragons – Bhutan. On our way, we take a quick halt at the Teesta Bridge or the Coronation bridge, depending our the route we pursue. As we get closer towards the Indo- Bhutan border, we find ourselves riding amidst the Lataguri forest which leaves us feeling like a part of the beautiful nature’s canvas. Upon arrival, we check into the hotel and relax for the day. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Distance: 175 Km
Approx. Riding Time: 6-7 Hours

DAY: 2: PHUENTSHOLING

We start our day in the beautiful country of Bhutan with a hearty breakfast post which we head towards the immigration office to complete the immigration formalities. The whole procedure takes a couple of hours including submitting the ID proof, biometrics, etc. Upon completion of the same, we’d have enough time to explore the alluring town of Phuentsholing and wonder at the stark difference between the two cities located on either side of the Bhutan Gate. We retreat to our hotel for the night and prep ourselves for an early start tomorrow. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY: 3: PHUENTSHOLING TO THIMPHU
The day begins with a sumptuous breakfast as we get ready for our ride to the capital - Thimphu. We will glide through the picturesque landscape and magnifying aura, making the ride desired and easing the travel. As we ride towards Thimphu, we see the terrain get greener and colder. Upon arrival, explore the local market and the cute cafes there. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Distance: 150 Km
Approx. Riding Time: 5-6 Hours

DAY: 4: EXPLORE THIMPHU

After breakfast, visit the Buddha Dordemma, a 51m tall statue of Buddha overlooking the Thimphu city. Next, we visit the National Chorten, a stupa in Thimphu, followed by 'Simply Bhutan'. Here, you can delve into the Bhutani culture wearing their traditional dresses, enjoy the traditional Bhutani Dance and even enjoy some archery! Later, visit the Folk Heritage Museum - an old farmhouse showing the rural Bhutanese life - for a traditional Bhutani lunch of Ema Datsi or Kew Datsi. Post lunch, we head to the Bhutan paper factory and Bhutan Postal Museum. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY: 5: THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA

Today, the riders shall be moving to Punakaha post breakfast. The mesmerizing beauty of the ride shall captivate your mind and soul. We shall be crossing the world-famous Dochula Pass (3150m) which has the 108 memorial stupas for their martyred soldiers. It is highly revered by the locals. Next, we shall visit the Punakha Dzong famous for the special Bhutanese architecture. It is named after Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang ( Palace of Great Happiness ). After that, we will be visiting the suspension bridge. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Distance: 85 Km
Approx. Riding Time: 3-4 Hours

DAY: 6: PUNAKHA TO PARO

We wake up to a beautiful landscape of Punakha and have our breakfast. Resuming the adventure, we start our journey to Paro (7483 ft.). Upon arrival, we check into the hotel and relax for a bit. The evening is left at leisure for the travelers to explore the local market and enjoy strolling through the beautiful town. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Distance: 126 Km
Approx. Riding Time: 4-5 Hours

DAY: 7: PARO

We start our day post breakfast and ride through beautiful countryside and golden paddy fields to reach the starting point of the famous hike to the Taktsang Lakhang, also known as the Tigers Nest Monastery. It seems like it is perched on the vertical rock by magical glue. Post our 5 hours long trek, if time permits, we will visit the stunning Kichu Lhakhang or the Paro National Museum or maybe just endeavor a rejuvenating hot stone bath. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY: 8: PARO TO SILIGURI

After an early breakfast, we start back towards Siliguri as we bid adieu to Bhutan. We ride through the breathtaking mountains and captivating scenic beauty towards the India – Bhutan border and reach Siliguri after a very memorable ride. Upon arrival, we check into the hotel and relax after a long day. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Distance: 297 Km
Approx. Riding Time: 8-9 Hours

DAY: 9: DEPARTURE

We wrap up our 8 days long circuit and head to the airport as we bid adieu to a trip full of wonder, taking with us memories to cherish and friendships that will last us for a lifetime! 

Places To Visit During Bhutan Bike Trip

With the sounds of bells and gongs from its number of temples and monasteries filling the air in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan, officially known as the Kingdom of Bhutan, always creates an atmosphere of peace and serenity for everyone to enjoy and behold. It is a landlocked country in South Asia sharing its border with China, Tibet Autonomous Region of China and India. Although, Bhutan is relatively smaller in size when compared to its neighbors it was never colonized in its history. It is a Buddhist state that preaches peace and prosperity and has always been welcoming to modernization. Bhutan has mountains scaling as high as 7,000 meters in the north and subtropical plains in the south. It's rich biodiversity and scenic landscapes have always attracted tourists from all over the world. It's widely called the happiest place on Earth for a reason!

THIMPHU

After being declared the capital of Bhutan in the year 1961, Thimphu has never looked back. While upholding its core Buddhist values and traditions, Thimphu with time has blended modernization both in its architectural style and culture. It is said to be the most modern city in Bhutan and houses all the important political buildings. The Tshechu festival which involves mask dances is celebrated annually and with great grandeur, attracting a large number of tourists in September or October (per Bhutanese calendar).

Thimphu at a glance

Weather: The average temperature during summers is 15–20 °C while in winters it ranges from 3 °C to 12 °C

Elevation: 2,320 m

Total Population: 114,551

Local Language: Dzongkha, Nepali, and Hindi

When to visit?

The months from March to May and September to November serve as the best time to visit Thimphu. Most tourists avoid the months from December to February due to the harsh winters with the temperature dropping to as low as -5 °C. While June to August bring in a lot of rain making it the wettest time of the year in Bhutan.

How to reach?

From India, you can take a flight, train or go for a road trip to reach Thimphu.

For frequent flyers, Thimphu doesn't have its airport but you can take a flight from several Indian cities to Paro, which is about 50 kilometers away from Thimphu. You can take a cab to Thimphu after reaching the Paro airport.

There are no direct trains to Bhutan but you can take trains to some of the border towns on the Indian side like New Alipurduar and Hasimara and take a cab from these stations and reach Jaigaon. From Jaigaon you can enter Bhutan and reach the Bhutanese town of Phuentsholing from where you can take local transport and reach Thimphu.

If you wish to travel by road then you can enter Bhutan from the border towns of Jaigaon on the Indian side and Phuentsholing on the Bhutan side. Bikers from all over the world enter Bhutan from the same route for an authentic wanderlust experience. You can also take taxis from these border towns and enjoy the scenic beauty and aura of Bhutan along your way to Thimphu.

What to eat?

Thimphu being the model of modernization and cultural preservation offers a rich blend of both local and foreign cuisine. Phaksha Pea, Ema Datshi and dim sums are some of the local delicacies which everyone should try. You will also find many Indian restaurants in the area owing to Bhutan's proximity and relations with the country.

Places to visit?

Buddha Dordenma

The 51 meters tall statue of Buddha Dordenma marks your entry in the capital city of Thimphu. It is one of the largest Buddha stupas in the world and is entirely made up of steel with gold plating. It also houses a meditation hall in its base that holds to the core value of Buddhism i.e. peace. During the night, against the moonlight, the Buddha Dordenma, shines like anything making you look at in astonishment.

Changangkha Lhakhang

Along with its large prayer wheels and skillfully crafted murals, Changangkha Lhakang, an ancient temple built in the 12th century, serves as a religious center for the locals and a major attraction for the tourists in Thimphu. It is built upon central Thimphu mountain ranges and provides a panoramic view of the surrounding areas. The monastery remains open for visitors from early hours in the morning until sunset.

Tashichho Dzong

If you are a keen enthusiast of history, palaces, fortresses, and an amalgam of ancient and modern architecture then you should spend some time visiting Tashichho Dzong, a fortress which also serves as the central secretariat for the Bhutanese government. The ever shining golden rooftop along with well-kept gardens only add to the majestic aura of Tashichho Dzong. It's a hotspot for tourists visiting Thimphu city.

PARO

The Paro valley is said to be the most fertile land in all of Bhutan. You will see a large number of paddy fields in the area, making the landscape only more picturesque. The Paro city showcases the traditional Bhutanese architecture as well as modern structures to some extent, owing to its tourist's footfall. The Paro international airport is the only international airport in Bhutan and is used by many to visit the country. So for most tourists, Paro acts as the gateway to Bhutan and it doesn't disappoint. Its widely popular temples and monasteries set up everyone's mood for the rest of the journey.

Paro at a glance

Weather: During summers the average temperature is between 15 to 16 °C and during winters the average temperature is 5 to 6 °C

Elevation: 2,200 m

Total Population: 11,448

Local Language: Dzongkha, Nepali, and Hindi

When to visit?

With the valleys and meadows bursting with flowers and lush trees, the months from March to May serve as the best time to visit Paro. Months from June to September mark the monsoon season and are accompanied by humidity and rain. The winter months see a lesser number of tourists and hence you can travel without the crowd.

How to reach?

From India, you can take a flight, train or go for a road trip to reach Paro.

For frequent flyers, Paro houses the only international airport of Bhutan with connectivity to several Indian cities.

There are no direct trains to Bhutan but you can take trains to some of the border towns on the Indian side like New Alipurduar and Hasimara and take a cab from these stations and reach Jaigaon. From Jaigaon you can enter Bhutan and reach the Bhutanese town of Phuentsholing from where you can take local transport and reach Paro.

If you wish to travel by road then you can enter Bhutan from the border towns of Jaigaon on the Indian side and Phuentsholing on the Bhutan side. Bikers from all over the world enter Bhutan from the same route for an authentic wanderlust experience. You can also take taxis from these border towns and enjoy the scenic beauty and aura of Bhutan along your way to Paro.

What to eat?

Paro offers a rich blend of both local and foreign cuisine. Phaksha Pea, Ema Datshi and dim sums are some of the local delicacies which everyone should try. You will also find many Indian restaurants in the area owing to Bhutan's proximity and relations with the country.

Places to visit?

Paro Taktsang (Tiger's Nest monastery)

Although Bhutan is home to several temples and monasteries, Paro Taktsang, also known as Tiger's Nest monastery is one of its kind. To reach the monastery, one needs to trek for about 7 kilometers. Paro Taktsang is located 900 meters above the upper cliff in the Paro valley and it offers a panoramic view of the valley like none other. The sheer architecture and location of the monastery mesmerize the visitors.

Chele La Pass

As you start driving away from Paro valley towards the Chele La Pass, the altitude, as well as the scenic beauty, starts overwhelming you gradually. At 13,000 feet, Chele La Pass is the highest motorable road and must-visit for every biker and trekking enthusiast. Chele La offers a glimpse of the Eastern Himalayas and Bhutan's flora and fauna.

Rinpung Dzong

With the Paro Chhu River flowing nearby, lush green meadows surrounding it and an architectural structure radiating grandeur from every stone of the building, Rinpung Dzong, is one of the crown jewels of the Paro city. The Dzong houses many murals and paintings inspired by Buddhism and the Buddha himself. The clear air, clean surroundings, and spiritual aura can make anyone visit Rinpung Dzong a truly memorable experience.

PUNAKHA

Punakha being the former capital of Bhutan acts as a doorway to the history and formation of modern-day Bhutan. It houses many former government buildings like the Punakha Dzong, preserving the old Bhutanese architecture with just the right amount of modernization. Punakha is considered to be one of the most fertile areas in the whole of Bhutan owing to the two rivers, Mo Chhu and Po Chhu flowing through it. With the traditional architectural style and historical importance, Punakha attracts enough tourists all around the year.

Punakha at a glance

Weather: During summers the average temperature is between 16 to 25 °C and during winters the average temperature is 10 to 12 °C

Elevation: 1,242 m

Total Population: 6,262

Local Language: Dzongkha, Nepali, and Hindi

When to visit?

Like all other places of Bhutan, spring season, months from March to May see the majority of the tourist footfall in Punakha. The monsoon season starting from June to August is usually cool with 10-12 days of precipitation per month. Winter season from December to February sees the least number of tourists in the area.

How to reach?

From India, you can take a flight, train or go for a road trip to reach Punakha.

For frequent flyers, Paro international airport is the only way to enter Bhutan by air. You can take a cab to Punakha after reaching the Paro airport.

There are no direct trains to Bhutan but you can take trains to some of the border towns on the Indian side like New Alipurduar and Hasimara and take a cab from these stations and reach Jaigaon. From Jaigaon you can enter Bhutan and reach the Bhutanese town of Phuentsholing from where you can take local transport and reach Thimphu and then further to Punakha.

If you wish to travel by road then you can enter Bhutan from the border towns of Jaigaon on the Indian side and Phuentsholing on the Bhutan side. Bikers from all over the world enter Bhutan from the same route for an authentic wanderlust experience. You can also take taxis from these border towns and enjoy the scenic beauty and aura of Bhutan along your way to Punakha.

What to eat?

Punakha offers a rich blend of both local and foreign cuisine. Rice forms an integral part of the diet. Phaksha Pea, Ema Datshi and dim sums are some of the local delicacies which everyone should try. You will also find many Indian restaurants in the area owing to Bhutan's proximity and relations with the country.

Places to visit?

Punakha Suspension Bridge

The Punakha Suspension Bridge spanning over the Po Chhu and Mo Chhu river was built to connect the towns of Samdingkha and Wangkha. It is beautifully decorated with prayer flags and renovated regularly. It serves as a major attraction for tourists visiting Punakha, especially when the wind is blowing. With every breeze, the bridge starts to shake in a pendulum-like motion, enthralling the visitors

Punakha Dzong

Punakha Dzong served as the major Government building until Thimphu was declared as the capital city in 1955. Located at the intersection of Mo Chhu and Po Chhu river, the Punakha Dzong boasts of traditional Bhutanese artwork and architecture dating back to centuries. It holds cultural importance in the sense that it houses the remains of Ngawang Namgyal, a Buddhist Lama who is widely regarded as the unifier of Bhutan. Punakha Dzong speaks volumes about the importance and grandeur of the former capital and provides a glimpse into the formation of present-day Bhutan

Jigme Dorji National Park

The Jigme Dorji National Park not only preserves the flora and fauna of Bhutan but also provides a window for tourists and locals into the natural habitat of Bhutanese wildlife. Jigme Dorji National Park is home to Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, Blue poppy the national flower, Raven the national bird and the national tree, Cypress. You can go for a thrilling jeep safari at Jigme Dorji National Park and get a step closer to knowing nature and its working.

PHUENTSHOLING

Phuentsholing is the border town of Bhutan located close to West Bengal. It serves as the entry point for tourists traveling by road to enter Bhutan from the Indian side. Unlike most Bhutanese towns, Phuentsholing is quite developed and it is home to many diverse communities from Bhutan, India, and Nepal living in peace and harmony. Phuentsholing acts as the gateway to Bhutan to most of the tourists and it's cultural blend, modernization, and natural scenic beauty leave a mark on them.

Phuentsholing at a glance

Weather: During summers the average temperature is between 21°C to 28 °C and during winters the average temperature is 12 °C to 18 °C

Elevation: 293 m

Total Population: 27,685

Local Language: Dzongkha, Nepali, and Hindi

When to visit?

The Spring season, months from March to May see the majority of the tourist footfall in Phuentsholing. The monsoon season starting from June to August is usually cool with 10-12 days of precipitation per month. Winter season from December to February sees the least number of tourists in the area.

How to reach?

From India, you can take a flight, train or go for a road trip to reach Phuentsholing.

For frequent flyers, Paro international airport is the only way to enter Bhutan by air. You can take a cab to Phuentsholing after reaching the Paro airport.

There are no direct trains to Bhutan but you can take trains to some of the border towns on the Indian side like New Alipurduar and Hasimara and take a cab from these stations and reach Jaigaon. From Jaigaon you can enter Bhutan and reach Phuentsholing.

If you wish to travel by road then you can enter Bhutan from the border towns of Jaigaon on the Indian side and Phuentsholing on the Bhutan side. Bikers from all over the world enter Bhutan from the same route for an authentic wanderlust experience.

What to eat?

Phuentsholing offers a rich blend of both local and foreign cuisine. Rice forms an integral part of the diet. Phaksha Pea, Ema Datshi and dim sums are some of the local delicacies which everyone should try. You will also find many Indian restaurants in the area owing to Bhutan's proximity and relations with the country.

Places to visit?

Bhutan Gate

Built in accordance with the traditional Bhutanese architecture, the Bhutan Gate is located at Phuentsholing. While coming by road from the Indian side, you will notice the Bhutan Gate and it's rich artwork will surely sweep you off your feet. Symbolically it marks the separation of the Indian town of Jaigaon and Bhutanese town of Phuentsholing.

Zangto Pelri Lhakhang

Zangto Pelri Lhakhang is a Buddhist monastery located in the center of Phuentsholing. It has a well-manicured garden on the front side with a beautiful fountain. Most people visit Zangto Pelri Lhakhang to see the collection of statues of different manifestations of Guru Rinpoche it houses. The traditional Bhutanese architecture and skilled artworks and detailing, make one's visit to Zangto Pelri Lhakhang truly memorable.

Karbandi Monastery

Surrounded by a forest of coniferous trees, the Karbandi Monastery stands out owing to its location and the picturesque view it offers of the Phuentsholing valley. It houses several Buddhist deities and artworks perfected as good as they could have been. It has a garden in the front area which is decorated with prayer flags and local flowers and shrubs. The monastery fills the surrounding atmosphere with spirituality and peace and is a must-visit for anyone who is traveling to Bhutan.

Pickup point
Bagdogra Airport, Siliguri, West Bengal, India View on Map