10 Days
Duration
Bhutan
Start Location
Apr
Tour Months

We believe this is the most competitively priced Bhutan motorcycle adventure on the market.

This ancient land got TV in 1999 and traffic lights in….well, they still don’t have any. Bhutan is set high in the Himalayas and the roads snake around the mountains like nowhere else. A slightly less adventurous tour than our other Himalayan tours, our Bhutan tour presents a beautiful opportunity to see a hidden culture at a leisurely pace.

We’ll have time to ride, a time to soak up the scenery and time to engage with the locals in the villages we pass through. Staying away from the cities, we explore a relatively untouched land where the locals welcome the unusual site of foreigners travelling through their villages on motorbikes. Experienced guides will escort you safely through the land of the Thunder Dragon with a full support crew including mechanics to ensure that you have the best week of your life.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION

Delhi, India

TOUR DATES

2018 – Monday 2nd April – Wednesday 11th April

Please contact us if you have a group that would be interested in exploring the happiest country on the planet.

PRIVATE ADVENTURES This tour is also available as a private adventure for solo adventurers, a couple, a club or even just a group of mates. This can be any combination of riders, pillions, sidecar passengers or even family in one of our expedition support vehicles. The tour can be shortened or lengthened to suit your desires. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Best months are March, April, October, November and December,

PRICES Rider: US$4,490 per person (If 10 riders+)
Pillion: US$3,790 per person
WHAT’S INCLUDED All ground transfers in India, airport to airport.
Flight ticket from New Delhi to Bagdogra (new Jalpaiguri) & Guwahati to New Delhi.
Motorcycle 500cc Royal Enfield and all fuel.
Accommodation (twin sharing luxury hotels/similar- heritage hotels /similar), neat & clean.
Breakfast and dinner in the hotel (lunch on the way) in the local restaurants.
An English speaking guide.
Mechanics with all necessary spare parts throughout the adventure
Support van to carry all your luggage
Mineral water will be provided during the expedition.
Monument entrance fees during the entire trip.
Bhutan Visa Fees
All internal route permit
NOT INCLUDED International flights
Indian multiple entry visa (details sent with rider pack)
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
International Driving License
Any damage to the motorcycle must be covered by the rider in full (optional insurance available)
Personal Expenses
Tipping (US$100 is expected. It gets shared between the support crew)
Alcoholic Drinks

NOTE: The prices listed above are based on 10 riders (usually our adventures are between 10 and 15 people). The price includes sharing a room with a fellow rider, however if you’d like your own room then there is a US$650 surcharge.

Payment terms: A minimum US$500 deposit must be made at time of booking with the balance paid in US$ upon arrival. Pre payment is also accepted upon request.

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Additional information

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DAY 1: DELHI to PHUENTSHOLING
DELHI TO BAGDOGRA (2.5 hours flight) BAGDOGRA TO PHUENTSHOLING (4 hour drive)
Arrival in Delhi International Airport and catch the 11am connecting flight to Bagdogra.  Reach at Bagdogra airport and then we jump in our private vehicles for the drive to Phuntsholing.
Cross over into The Land of Thunder Dragon, Phuntsholing city, Bhutan. Phuntsholing is the gateway to Bhutan for trade with India and the border is separated by a long wall with a single Bhutanese gate.  The architecture is modern, and there is no dzong, famous monastery or in fact anything of particular interest to tourists. However, like all of Bhutan, it does offer a clean, pleasant and safe environment.  The terrain inclines immediately after the gate.
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DAY 2: UP THE DRAGONS TAIL
PHUENTSHOLING TO PARO (150 Kms – 5 hours)
After breakfast we get our visas and road permits and ride all the way up the mountainous roads to Paro.  En-route we stop at the beautiful Gedu University for photos, visit Kharbandi Monastery and other villages and towns along the way. Time permitting we can also visit the Cheli la (pass) at 4,000m to get great views of Mt. Jhomolhari and great Himalayan landscape views. We have lunch at the hotel and the evening is free for local sightseeing in Paro – Dzong, National Museum, River etc.
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DAY 3: TO THE CAPITAL
PARO TO THIMPU (65 Kms – 1.5 hours)

An early start with a 2 – 3 hour hike to Tiger’s Nest, the infamous monastery that is the quintessential image of Bhutan. It will be a 1 hour hike back down and then we head to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. You ride through the fertile plains of Paro and have great views of the rich farms of terraced rice fields as we ride next to the Paro and Thimphu Rivers. Upon reaching Thimpu, we’ll check into our hotel and explore the city at our leisure.

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DAY 4: LARGEST STATUE
THIMPU TO PUNAKHA TO PHOBJIKHA (135 Kms – 4 hours)

We the ride to the best view point in the Thimpu valley which is only a short ride from the town and visit the largest statue in the world at Buddha point (Kuenselphodrang). Enroute to Punakha we go over Dochu La (pass). After lunch in Lobesa, we visit to Chimi Lhakhang and Punakha Dzong (fortress). After completing sightseeing, ride to Phobjikha via Bajo town for a overnight stay.

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DAY 5: FOUR WONDERS
PHOBJIKHA TO TRONGSA TO BUMTHANG (190 Kms – 6-7 hours)

After breakfast we ride to Trongsa and we visit the Trongsa Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (Museum). Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

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DAY 6: FREE DAY
DO YOUR THANG IN BUMTHANG

We visit Jambay Lhakhang (temple), Kurje Lhakhang (temple) and Tamshing Monastery. Later we ride further to Ura valley, which is a 48km one way trip. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

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DAY 7: HEADING SOUTH
BUMTHANG TO TINGTIBI (175 Kms – 5-6 hours)

After breakfast we will ride back to Tingtibi crossing Trongsa town. After crossing Trongsa we will descent down to Tingtibi. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel / local farmhouse.

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DAY 8: OFF ROAD TO INDIA
TINGTIBI TO GELEPHU (115 Kms – 3-4 hours)

Today we will ride to Gelephu, the nearest Indian Border town with Indian State of Assam. Google maps says there is no direct way to get there but there is if we go a little off road 🙂 . Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

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DAY 9: RIVER CRUISE
GELEPHU TO GUWAHATI

Today we will leave our bike back in Bhutan. After breakfast, we will complete our exit formalities in Bhutan and reenter the Indian state of Assam. Later, we will enjoy a long ride on fine paved road along the Assam Highway NH31. Late in the evening we will enjoy Brahmaputra River Cruise. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

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DAY 10: HOMEWARD BOUND
GUWAHATI  TO DELHI

After your morning breakfast, our team will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Delhi to connect with your international flight home.

That’s it, you’ve visited the happiest country in the world and hopefully you’ll take some of that happiness away with you and spread it around. We’ll see you soon for your next adventure.

INSURANCE IN INDIA, NEPAL, BHUTAN, MONGOLIA, MYANMAR and SRI LANKA

In the countries we conduct adventures, commercial insurance on motor vehicles is either not available, or is of questionable value. They are generally worthless in the event one needs to make a claim. Accidents and damages occurring in these countries are usually settled on the spot and can take hours and even days.

Himalayan Heroes offers optional insurance that covers damage to the bike you are riding. The premium is US$200 paid before the tour starts. In the event you damage the motorcycle, the insurance will cap your damage bill at US$200.(A US$200 excess)

3 Scenarios

  1. If, like most of our riders, you do not damage the motorcycle then the total cost to you is US$200.
  2. If, like some of our riders, you put the bike down and damage mirrors, levers, foot pegs etc and the damage bill is say US$120 then you pay the $120. The cost to you is US$320 (US$200 + US$120)
  3. If you have a big off and damage the tank, forks etc and the damage bill is say US$750 then you only pay the $200 excess. The cost to you is US$400 (US$200 premium + US$200 excess).

This insurance is optional so if you would like to carry the risk yourself, you are welcome to. At the completion of the tour, you will be presented with an itemised bill of the damage to the bike. Approximately 50% of our riders do not damage the bikes and of the 50% that do receive a damage bill, the majority of the bills are less than $300. Please send us an email if you’ve got any questions about this if you are thinking about any of our adventures.