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Central Bhutan Biking

Itinerary

In-flight offers breathtaking scenery of Himalayan Mountain ranges including the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga. Your local tour executive on arrival at Paro International airport will give traditional reception. Following the pickup and after setting out your bike ready, you will then begin your ride to Thimphu. The ride takes you through following the Pa Chhu River following Chhudzom and finally to Thimphu. There is no high climbing and the expressway between these two districts is one of the finest and well-maintained routes in Bhutan. From Chhudzom it takes you following the Wang Chhu River. Reaching Thimphu, check in to your hotel and rest day at leisure.

This affluent and vibrant province has been a home to the Royal families and government ministries for more than six decades. Thimphu, the city of happening also serves as the cultural hub for ten and thousands of foreigners and locals. Well preserved cultural heritages, serene environment and easy accessibility of modern amenities are peculiarities that sets Thimphu apart from rest of the provinces in Bhutan. Your program in Thimphu begins with a morning ride to Cheri. From Dodena hike to the beautifully located Cheri Goemba built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1620 and is the place where he established the first body of monk.

Today your trip is combined with part biking and part riding on a tour bus as you are heading to Trongsa. Your drive takes you through interlocking valleys and mountain pass including the popular Dochu La Pass (10150ft/3100m) surrounded by 108 chortens. From this lofty spot, your ride takes you all the way, downhill until you finally reached Punakha taking you through virgin broad-leaved forest with magnolia and rhododendron ablaze in bloom in the month of April to May. From Punakha ride your tour bus until you reach the lofty Pele La Pass (11070ft/3375m). From the pass you can chose to ride your bike as the route takes you with a short downhill ride for around 10km and then through the lovely plain under evergreen broad-leaved forest till your reach Trongsa.

Since from the inception of monarchy until present, Trongsa has been a significant seat of successive monarchs of Bhutan. The history unfolds the fact that Trongsa was a crucial place from where the unification of eastern region was brought to fruition. Today the prominent cultural icons of this place are Trongsa Dzong, watchtower (Ta-Dzong). At completion of your sightseeing in Trongsa we suggest you to take a ride on your tour bus until you reached Yotong La Pass (11000ft/3354m), the pass between Trongsa and Bumthang. From the pass, you can carry on with your bike. The route takes you through fir, rhododendron and then through pine forest. En-route stop at Yathra weaving center in Chummey, just before arrival to Chhamkahar town, your final destination.

Today you will be offered full day biking opportunity in Bumthang. The prominent Jambay Lhakhang built in  sixth century and Kurjay Lhakhang built in 19th century are permanent attractions to thousand of devotees from Bhutan and overseas. Besides, myriads of other Buddhist temples and monasteries, national parks, spiritual lakes and legendary valleys with wide open landscape makes Bumthang unique from rest of the destination in the country.  You will have good time riding through the gentle slopping hillside. While you are in Bumthang, visit to all the cultural sites including Jakar Dzong, Tamshing monastery, Mebar Tsho (mythical burning lake) and honey production center. After retiring from day’s program, experience the night scenes of Chamkhar town.

Early hotel check out to catch up the bright day visit to Phobjikha, the winter home to black necked crane, the migratory bird from Tibet. With breakfast in Trongsa, three hours nonstop drive will take you to Phobjikha for a short sightseeing. Having taken the sights of Phobjikha drive to Punakha. The remarkable Punakha was once the old capital of Bhutan where the historic events, coronation of the first king and the first national assembly session were accounted to have held here. Still today, the place is a winter resident of central monastic body and the chief Abbot.

Today in the morning before you depart for Thimphu, you will bike through this fertile valley of Punakha. The glorious Punakha fort is built at the confluence of male and female rivers holding defensive significance of the past. The flamboyant architectural design of the giant fortress richly highlights the typical 13 traditional arts and architectures of Bhutan. As a day visitor, only the courtyard and the main shrine inside the fort are opened for visitation. After the dzong ride further north of Punakha and hike to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten perched on the majestic blue pine hill of Sirigang. Ride back to Khuruthang Town for lunch and after lunch drive to Thimphu which takes around 77km and negotiable within 3 hr. Reaching Thimphu, check in to your hotel.

Today in the morning hour stop to visit some of the permanent historical and interesting sites in Thimphu like – Sangaygang – providing a vantage point for brilliant views of the town and surrounding countryside. En-route stop to visit the ‘mini-zoo’ which is now a large outdoor enclosure that holds one of the strangest looking creatures you are likely to see- the takin. Visit the grand National Library coming up on the opposite side. This was open in 1967 to preserve the ancient Dzongkha texts and act as a repository for thousands of old religious books and manuscripts as well as the wooden blocks used for printing. Visit National Institute of Zorig Chusum which offers a six-year course on Bhutan’s traditional crafts for those who are artistically inclined.

We suggest you to make an early start from your hotel. The highlight of this excursion will be graded as unforgettable memory as the incredible “Tiger Nest Hike” unveils the era of rescue by Guru from the darkness period. The history dates back to eight century when Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of the tigress to the site. His mission to subdue evil spirits dwelling in the Himalayan region of Bhutan was brought to fruition after meditating for three months in the existing cave. Up on his blessing, the current stature of the monastery was initiated in 1694 and unfortunately the old structure was engulfed by fire in 1998 and it was revamped in 2004, which you will behold on your visit. The fascinating hike could vary in duration depending on the physique of an individual.

After your leisurely breakfast in the hotel drive to Paro airport and depart to your onward destination. Here you bid adieu to your helpful Bhutanese tourist guide and driver and proceed to your onward destination.

The Above Price includes following services

  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits – Museum Fees
  • Standard Room in 3 Star Hotels – Upgrade to 4 & 5 Star can be arranged on Additional Cost.
  • Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner with Evening Tea
  • Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) Licensed Professional Driver
  • SUV for FIT & Toyota Van from 3 – 8 Pax & Toyota Coaster Coach from 8 – 20 Pax
  • Decade old TCB Licensed Tour Guide
  • All Sightseeing with Walks and Hikes
  • Bottled Mineral Water
 

Bhutan Government uphold a strategy of “High Value-Low Impact” tourism policy, which serves as the purpose of creating an image of exclusive and high-yield destination among travelers.  Therefore, Baeyul Excursions has initiated its tourism policy – to maintain its environment, ecological friendly, preservation of social-cultural and economically viable, prevent from overrun mass tourism and while at the same time to ensure visitors get the most out of their trips. The minimum cost outlined by Baeyul Excursions offers the charm of the isolated Himalayan kingdom, which was founded on the principle of sustainability.

  • Single Individual: USD 2,485/-
  • Group of 02 Members: USD 2,395/-
  • Group of 03 Members and Above: USD 2,125/-
  • Bike Hire Charges: USD 35/- Per Day
  • One Time Bank Transfer Charges: USD 45/-

Not included:

  • Round Trip Air Tickets
  • International Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Entertainment Cost – Pub & Nightclubs
  • Tips for Tour Guide, Driver and Hotel Staffs
  • Donations to Monasteries and Temples
  • Payment Wiring Fee of USD 50
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