Splashing muddy puddles, dodging potholes, almost touching the road on hairpins, it is opted by ardent bikers to make a lifetime biking experience in Bhutan. Cruising through sub-tropical vegetation to alpine altitudes, riding across the undulating asphalt, you can ask for nothing more. People are still fascinated by bikers driving in groups and the locals too tour the length and breadth of the nation on bike. At the womb of the Himalayas in its winding roads as its belt, drive your bike with unfathomable thrill.
Onto destination bound, the drive is one of the most scenic of the tour. Additionally, the stopover at the mountain pass- Do Chula at 3100 meters offers the panoramic vista of perennial snowcapped mountains to the North. On a clear weather, one can count 10 mountain peaks, the peaks are collectively known as ‘Jigme Singye Wangchuck Mountain Range’ after the name of Fourth King of Bhutan.
Before reaching our destination, we drive to the ‘temple of fertility’ renowned for blessing infertile couples with children.
Gear up for any unforeseen elements as we take on one of the longest six-hour rides to the valley of the cranes. We reach the glacial valley tired yet there is stone-bath and massage parlor to rest our muscles.Phobjikha is the valley of the cranes. Whilst at the valley, we hike the Nature’s trail. On succession, we visit the crane center to learn about the migratory black-necked cranes.
A stretch of 50-kilometer, making few stopovers, the drive from the capital city to the country’s only international airport- this stretch is particularly fascinating. First, the road is flawlessly smooth and makes the rider experience one of the most scenic drives in Bhutan. En route one can also grasp the true beauty of the country along the temples that dot the knolls of the highway.
- Day 1 Paro to Thimphu: As the flight descends, you will experience a thrilling taxiing of a plane. After a quick reception by your guide, your journey progresses in Bhutan and an hour later, you are in the capital city of Bhutan- Thimphu. En route to Thimphu on the midway, a small halt awaits. You will have a relaxing moment after your tiring flight, the 14th-century temple offers you a relaxing atmosphere to set a welcome mood to Bhutan. After checking into your hotel, attempt a walk along the busiest streets of Thimphu. The walk helps you to acclimatize better.
- Day 2 Thimphu: For today we make scenic drives to various locations at the outskirts of the capital city of Bhutan. Cruising through ancient valleys in the closure of nature, we will return to the capitals thriving acre, we make a visit to historical, cultural and religious attractions. Most of the time, all the visit include viewpoints at the top of the hills to see the views of Thimphu.
- Day 3 Thimphu – Punakha: Bit early on the schedule, we traverse into the depths of the Western territories. The destination- Punakha, and Wangduephodrang is in the cocoon of medieval setting. It takes two-hours from Thimphu to the destination of the day. The western districts stood witness at scores of historical transition of the country, even to the unification of the country. Onto destination bound, the drive is one of the most scenics of the tour. Additionally, the stopover at the mountain pass- Do Chula at 3100 meters offers the panoramic vista of perennial snowcapped mountains to the North. On a clear weather, one can count 10 mountain peaks, the peaks are collectively known as ‘Jigme Singye Wangchuck Mountain Range’ after the name of Fourth King of Bhutan. Before reaching our destination, we drive to the ‘temple of fertility’ renowned for blessing infertile couples with children.
- Day 4 Punakha: For the day’s biking expedition, we go to the farthest north to visit a monastery. Getting off our bikes for a while, we hike towards the monastery for half an hour. Coming back, we can choose to raft while our bikes are transported to the next destination.
- Day 5 Punakha to Wangdue: We leisurely ride to Punakha Dzong a huge 17th-century monastery-fortress, also the ancient capital of Bhutan. In the course of two rivers, the sight of the fortress is spectacular. Afterward, following a small trail, we visit one of the longest suspension bridges in Bhutan. After lunch, we take a lavish ride to another district for an overnight stay.
- Day 6 Wangdue - Phobjikha: Gear up for any unforeseen elements as we take on one of the longest six-hour rides to the valley of the cranes. We reach the glacial valley tired yet there are stone-bath and massage parlors to rest our muscles.
- Day 7 Phobjikha valley: Phobjikha is the valley of the cranes. Whilst at the valley, we hike the Nature’s trail. On succession, we visit the crane center to learn about the migratory black-necked cranes.
- Day 8 Phobjikha – Trongsa: On the ride today, we pass two mountain passes- Lawla and Pelela. Stretching over a 27-kilometer descent, the road soaks all our pain of riding the passes in this stretch.
- Day 9 Trongsa - Bumthang: Revving up early, we first visit the longest fortress of Bhutan- the Trongsa Dzong and after a quick tour, we head to another attraction. It is a watchtower that houses a museum now. Biking for an hour or two, we gradually start elevating higher coming to a pass- Kikila at 300 meters above the sea level. Another two hours, we are unto a descent stretching to Bumthang valley.
- Day 10 Bumthang: We call it a scenic day for it is a scenic valley. Far and wide, we have several attractions that we can venture all day long. First, we go to the burning lake, retrace back to town and go to Jakar Dzong. We will visit many other historical places like palaces and temples dating back to the 7th -century.
- Day 11 Bumthang – Wangdue: Before exhaustion creeps in bad, we take rest for the day by taking the six-hour journey back to Wangduephodrang in a bus
- Day 12 Wangdue – Paro: Waking up in complete energy to ride, we retrace our ride to Paro. En route, we can again stop at Do Chula expecting another climate on another day.
- Day 13 Paro: A day that has a short ride and a long hike, a joy for riders to be a trekker, we are bound to Bhutan’s cultural icon- the 17th-century Taktshang monastery. Miraculously perched on the side of a granite cliff at 1000 meters above the floor of Paro valley, it's the goal of every visitor to Bhutan to visit this sacred site. It will be a full day activity and we can opt to be dropped and picked by a bus.
- Day 14 Paro: Bid Goodbye to one of the most thrilling and adventures biking tour location, the Happy Kingdom yet to come for more.