The Thunder Ride / 10N-11D

Bhutan, ASIA & PACIFIC

Our Signature motorbike tour is specially designed for people itching for an adventure; yet want to admire the beauty of Bhutan at a relaxed pace. Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon is no ordinary place. It is a Himalayan Kingdom replete with myths and legends, where the best of traditional culture thrives and the latest global developments are enthusiastically embraced. The serene atmosphere is a perfect setting for such gentle and understated exploration.

The Expedition

At a glance Will be covering 1200Kms over 11 Starts from New Jalpaiguri, West Ends at Guwahati, Assam Cities covered- Paro, Phuntsholing, Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjika, Bhumthang, Gelephu You can choose between riding a
bike, pillion rider or travel in a Stay, breakfast and dinner included.

Day 1 | New Jalpaiguri to Phuntsholing, (150 kms) 4 hours, stay at Phuntsholing

You can either fly into Bagdogra from most cities of India or take a train upto New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal.
We all gather here and check our bikes/ fuel them and start the ride towards the border town of Jaygaon on the Indian side.
Cross over into The Land of Thunder Dragon, Phuntsholing city, Bhutan.Overnight hotel in Phuntsholing (1st night)

Day 2 | Phuntsholing to Paro, (148 kms) 5 hours, stay at Paro

Post Breakfast we head to get our visas and road permits. Ride all the way uphill to Paro, En-route stop at the beautiful Gedu University for photos and visit Rinchending Monastery, other villages and towns along the way. Lunch at hotel on arrival Evening free for local sightseeing in Paro – Dzong/ National Museum/ River etc Overnight hotel in Paro (2nd night).

Day 3 | Rest day at Paro

After a hearty breakfast, set out for the majestic and oh so beautiful Taktsang Dzong or Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It’s a 2.5 hour hike up & 1.5 hour hike back to the road head. The name Taktsang means Tiger’s Nest, the legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, believed as the second Buddha or Precious Teacher flew to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress and then meditated there in the cave for three months. The main building of the monastery was destroyed by fire on 19th April 1998 and the Bhutan Government had re-constructed it in the original form. Post coming back, to soothe our tired leg muscles, we go for a Hot Stone Bath Therapy at a friend’s Farm House. Evening free for local sightseeing/ stroll in the bazaar Overnight hotel in Paro (3rd night).

Day 4 | Paro to Thimpu, (65 kms) 1.5 hours, stay at Thimpu

After Breakfast at the hotel, we ride to the CAPITAL Thimphu.
Evening free for local sightseeing in Thimpu – Dzong/ Museum/ River/ Palace etc
Overnight hotel in Thimpu (4th night)

Day 5 | Rest day at Thimpu

After an awesome Breakfast at one of the fanciest cafes in town,We head to get our Visas and road permits extended.
We the ride to the best view point in the Thimphu valley – the Buddha point (Kuenselphodrang). It is a short ride from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the world and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Overnight hotel in Thimpu (5th night)

Day 6 | Thimpu to Punakha, (80 kms) 4 hours, stay at Punakha

Today we start early as we head to our 1st pass in this beautiful country,The Dochula @ 3140 mtrs. is the highlight of the day.It’s an easy ride all the way to Punakha, one of the easy days of the trip.Lunch before we check into our hotel for the night.Evening free to ride around the small town and see the locals go about their daily chores, see the Dzong – one of the most scenic Monasteries you will ever come across,right next to the river Overnight hotel in Punakha (6th night)

Day 7 | Punakha to Phobjika, (88 kms) 4 hours, stay at Phobjika

After breakfast we start our beautiful ride to Phobjika.While riding, enjoy the still snow-capped alpine mountains with dense vegetation. Riding along this highway will allow you to experience the chilly winter winds but also observe the blessings of spring blossoming.Explore the village through a series of walking trails around. This place is world famous for the Tibetan Black Necked Cranesthat nest here between November to February every winter Overnight hotel in Phobjika (7th night)

Day 8 | Phobjika to Bumthang, (180 kms) 7 hours, stay at Bumthang

After an early breakfast we ride towards Trongsa, on the way visit Chendebji Chorten patterned on Nepal’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. Legend says that the evil spirit manifested as a gigantic snake. Today is one of the longest days of this trip, yet a pleasure to the eyes. We also go across Pele La & Yotong La – two of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Bumthang (8th night).

Day 9 | Rest day at Bumthang

After breakfast @ a local restaurant, we go for local sightseeing. Your visit in Bumthang includes Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; Jambey Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, dating from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places, where Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. Post lunch we visit the Bhutan’s world famous Red Panda Brewery
And Swiss Cheese factory Go to the Mystery Lake if time permits. Overnight hotel in Bumthang (9th night)

Day 10 | Bumthang to Gelephu, (280 kms) 10 hours, stay at Gelephu

Post a hearty Breakfast get ready to ride the longest day of this tour as we head back to India, towards the hot yet beautiful town of Gelephu, bordering the Indian state of Assam. It’s all the way down to Gelephu and the weather turns from cold to cool to warm to kind of hot……all during the course of one day J Overnight hotel in Gelephu (10th night).

Day 11 | Gelephu to Guwahati, (250 kms) 7 hours, stay at Guwahati (at your own cost)

This morning we will have our last Bhutanese breakfast and then ride to Guwahati for our onward journey to respective cities. Bhutan is a place that you will never, ever forget. Magical memories will be yours to recall forever.

Tour Concludes………

Where to Stay

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LOCATION Premium (4.5 – 5*) Deluxe (3.5 – 4.5*) Standard (2.5 – 3.5*)
Lake Nakuru —- Flamingo Hill Camp —-
Masai Mara —- Oltome Mara Magic —-
Mombasa —- Voyager Beach Resort —-
  • Note: Accommodation will be provided in the Hotels/Resorts mentioned above or in similar category.

MAPS & AREA

Map view for Bhutan

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Asia

List of Included items for your package:

  • All accommodation {from DAY 01 at Phuntsholing till DAY 10 at Gelephu} (twin/ triple sharing basis) in comfortable hotels/ guest houses/ resorts in scenic & off beat destinations
  • Breakfast & Dinner at gourmet eating joints on the way
  • Inner Line Permits and Wildlife fees for restricted areas for Indian Nationals
  • Basic First Aid Kit & medicines
  • Services of certified & experienced guides/ instructors for high altitude trekking/ biking/ jeep safaris in the Himalayas
  • Services of Wilderness Medicine Institute Certified guides/ instructors from NOLS, USA
  • Services of a Royal Enfield trained specialist mechanic for the full duration of the trip

List of Not Included items for your package:

  • Any Air/ bus/ taxi/ jeep fare
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone/ fax calls, mineral water, alcoholic beverages, entrance and camera fee at monuments/ museums, medical expenses, gratuities etc.
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.
  • Any item, activity or facility other than clearly mentioned within the inclusions & itinerary above.
  • Any entry fees, any tips, porter/ pony charges or any other expenses incurred by the participants during the sightseeing trips, other than as clearly mentioned within the inclusions and itinerary.
  • Any extra costs incurred due to extension/ change of the itinerary due to natural calamities, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond our control.

Our Terms & Conditions:

  • 100% Payment in advance.
  • The program schedule / route/ mode of transport might be changed due to unforeseen circumstances or for the safety of the group; the decision of the Program Director and/ or the Field director will be final & binding in this regard.
  • In case any participant falls sick during the tour, the expenses for medical treatment, travel & porter charges etc. will be borne by the concerned individual.
  • During the tour, the decision of the Program Director and/ or the Field director will be final and binding.
  • I AM ADVENTURE shall not be held responsible for any accident, illness and loss of valuables or such other unforeseen events during the tour.