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Central Bhutan Biking

Itinerary

At your arrival at Paro International Airport and completing your custom formalities, you will then met by our local representative at the exit door and transfer you to your hotel for short refreshment. After the refreshment our local representative will give you some important guidelines on road condition and traffic rules. After assembling your bike and following your local leader you can spend half day biking in Paro valley, beginning with Paro Ta Dzong, Paro Dzong and Jangsa Dumtse Lhakhang that lies just outside of the town.

Today you will leave Paro in the morning on your bike to Haa valley following Chelela Pass. In the morning hour it is quite an uphill task and takes around 40km till you reach the top. If you are not fit for uphill ride choose to drive. The pass lies at a cool crisp 3720m and your route takes you through a spectacular lovely forest of pine, oak and rhododendrons that a ablaze with red and pink blooms in April and May. The top is one of the highest motor roads in Bhutan and it’s unlike any other pass that offers a scenic valley view of both Paro and Haa valley. Importantly, if the weather is clear one can view the sacred Mt. Jomolari and Jichu Drakey on the northern border of the valley. After the pass it is the entire way downhill ride until you reach Haa Valley.

After your early breakfast in the hotel, leave Haa on your bike following the winding road beside the Haa Chhu River. You can choose half-day or full-day bike. The route offers an impressive view of the valley, traditional settlements and farmhouses. The valley between Thimphu and Haa that has a charming landscape with evergreen forest of pine, oak, rhododendron. The valley is also dotted with scattered settlement with many golden roofed temples dotted on the hilltop. As you near Chundzom the confluence, you will then slowly enter the charming valley of Thimphu. The countryside from Chundzom to Thimphu is less forested than what you have been seeing so far and the valley are narrow except for two sections where it is widen into gentle slope.

In the morning ride further north end of Thimphu valley to visit Cheri and Tango Goemba. The ride takes you through crossing the SAARC Convention Center and then Dechencholing Palace, which serves as the residence of the royal grandmother and then through Pangrizampa. The road ends at Dodena and from there you are allowed to hike for 1.5 hour to Cheri Goemba through crossing the historical wooden bridge. Return for lunch in Thimphu. After lunch, we recommend you to visit the Kuensel Phodrang where the giant Buddha Dodrelma stands overlooking the valley below. The spot offers an overall view of the Thimphu city. Returning back stop at National Memorial Chorten, which is one of the most visited site in all of Thimphu.

We suggest you making an early start, since the view of the eastern Himalayan Mountain range from Dochu La Pass (10150ft/3100m) are one of the best in the country. In the morning hour, the ride is quite an uphill task, takes around 22km to reach to the past, and can be negotiable within 1.5 hours. It takes you through rich pine forest and apple orchards. The pass is further enhanced by 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens built in 2004. From this lofty pass it is all the way downhill bike for around 38km till you reach Punakha (4430ft/1351m). The descent takes you through broad-leaved forest, terrace of rice fields and settlements. As you near Lobesa, stops to visit the popular Chemi Lhakhang. The temple was built in 1499 by Lama Ngawang Chogyel.

Today before you depart to Paro, make a short visit to the impressive Punakha Dzong. Punakha serves as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. The Punakha Dzong saddles between the confluence of two rivers Pho Chhu River and Mo Chhu River. It was built by Zhabdrund Ngawang Namgyel in 1637, and was the second largest Dzong built by him. After spending good time in exploring the dzong return back to Khuruthang for lunch. After the lunch, you will be transferred to Paro via following the same route that you came.

We suggest you to making an early start in the morning. The hike to Taktsang is quite an uphill task and takes around 3-4 hours walk at an average speed. The goemba perched on the cliff side is believed to be the most important historical sites in all over Himalaya. To get to the goemba you have to ride from your hotel passing the main Paro town for around 11km to the parking lot of Taktsang. It is believed that in the eight century Guru Rinpoche visited the site flying on the back of the tigress from the eastern Bhutan. The fourth Druk Desi Tenzin Rabgyel built the goemba in 1692. Unfortunately, the whole structure of Tiger’s Nest has been damaged by fire in 1998. It was rebuilt in the same year to the present structure and renovated in 2005.

A sensational take off. After your leisurely breakfast in the hotel drive to Paro International airport and depart 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 1,965/-
  • Group of 02 Members: USD 1,895/-
  • Group of 03 Members and Above: USD 1,685/-
  • 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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