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Bhutan Bicycle Tour - 8 Days

Duration

08 Days

Trip Starts/Ends

Paro

Max Altitude

3,050m/10,004ft

Trip Code

1 Pax 2-5 Pax 6+ Pax
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Trip Overview

Our Bhutan Bicycle Tour takes you to the mystic land of thunder dragon and lets you experience the nature and culture of Bhutan. This adventure biking trip offers the chance of visiting the last kingdom of Himalayas, as well as enjoying the spectacular cultural experience and its full landscape and Buddhist culture. 

This trip offers a fascinating adventurous for cycling enthusiasts through Bhutan’s mountainous terrain. The roads wind up and down mountains with exhilarating drops of thousands of meters, and of course the challenge of surmounting equally high passes of over 3000 meters. The route is accompanied by rich meadows, mixed forests, pasturelands and valleys dotted with medieval villages and towns rich in culture. This tour allows you to explore Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and many more. You can choose from easy to adventurous trails and will be backed up by professional support staff at all times. Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition will coordinate your entire trip including arranging quality mountain bicycles for your riding pleasure unless you choose to bring your own bike.

Trip Highlights

  • A Pleasant ride through the lush green forests, over the rolling hills, along creeks and pristine villages and ancient monasteries in the Land of Thunder
  • Cycling in major cities of Bhutan- Thimpu, Punakha, Dochula, Paro
  • Sightseeing and Riding excursion around Punakha
  • Sightseeing in Paro
  • Hiking to the Tigers Nest Monastery in Paro
  • Sightseeing around the Tigers Nest Monastery

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Before Travel Trek Safety Things To Be Considered

Day 01: Arrive in Paro and take a private car to Thimpu.

Day 02: Bicycle check and warm-up at the Buda point, 15 km away. Thimpu in the afternoon.

Day 03: Trip from Thimpu to Punakha - 72 km

Day 04: Excursions and horseback riding through Punakha - 20 km

Day 05: Punakha to Dukla - 57 km

Day 06: From Dochula to Paro 73 km, crossing Paro.

Day 07: Trekking to the Tiger Nest monastery and tourism

Day 8: Departure from the airport to the airport.

 

Day 01: Arrive in Paro and take a private car to Thimpu

You can fly to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, and Dhaka. We recommend that you fly out of Bangkok, as Drucker offers air from Bangkok - Paro - daily flights to Bangkok, while Drucker Air flights from other departments do not run every day.

Flights to Bhutan have beautiful views of some of the highest peaks in the world. Palo is 2280 meters above sea level and is ideal for growing rice, apples, wheat, potatoes and vegetables.

Our Bhutanese guide will greet you at Paros airport with its traditional silk scarves. Once finished, we will make an excursion of one hour to the rice fields, villages, and roads of the capital city of Thimpu. Where the Thimpu River meets the Paro River, there are three common stupas in the Himalayas. After a short break at your hotel in Thimpu, we begin a relaxing exploration/trek through the Thimpu market area. We will also spend some time in the local archery field to see national archery and recreational competitions. We will spend the night at the hotel.

(Lunch and dinner)

Day 02: Bicycle check and warm-up at the Buda point, 15 km away. Thimpu in the afternoon

In the morning, we visited the Zorig Chusum Institute (commonly known as the Oil Painting School) where the students took a 6-year course on 13 traditional crafts from Bhutan. Sculpture (statues and masks), calligraphy, painting (murals, reels and house), woodcrafts (sculpture, wooden bowls they make, paper arts, wood and furniture), leather, foundry, embroidery, weaving, bamboo craft, ceramics, black Emery and masonry will give you lofty opportunity to observe the nature.

Folk Heritage Museum, opened in 2001, offers interesting perspectives on the material culture and lifestyle of Bhutan.

Visit the Institute of Traditional Medicine to do traditional medicine and treatment according to ancient traditions.

The National Library houses a large collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some hundreds of years old, as well as modern academic books based predominantly on the culture and religion of the Himalayas. Bhutan - The World's Greatest Book - The Visual Odyssey Conceived and Printed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is here.

Later in the day, we went for a walk in the Thimpu Bazaar (Market)

In the afternoon, we take the time to check out our bike/bicycle equipment, bike test, a bicycle all over the country to prepare for the adventure, you can also try on the road more large Buddha statues of the world (currently under construction and expected in December 2012 Completed). We will spend the night at the hotel.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 03: Trip from Thimpu to Punakha - 72 km

In the morning, we start the picturesque Punakha on the Duratula channel (3050 meters). This pass offers panoramic views of the eastern Himalayas on a clear day. Here we stop to enjoy the view and enjoy in honor of His Majesty the King, world peace and for biological pagoda built in the year 108.

Enjoy an exciting downhill path to Alpaca Purnar Valley. Stop at the Royal Botanic Gardens on your way to see the many rare plants and animals on display.

Day 04: Excursions and horseback riding through Punakha - 20 km

Next day, we are on our way across the river on the traditional Punakha Castle pedestrian bridge beyond. Explore the Punakha fortress/castle superbly situated between two rivers, between Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu (male and Female River).

Explore and experience the greatness of the "Great Fort of Happiness." Happiness is a huge narrow castle, built on two rivers (Male River) and the Mochu junction (Female River). Punakha is the capital of Bhutan until 1955, Dzong as the center monk of Hermitage. In 1907, the first king of Bhutan was crowned with this case. After four disastrous fires, earthquakes and flood damage, the four kings recovered completely.

(Includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 05: Punakha to Dukla - 57 km

In the morning, we return to the quiet and picturesque Paso Dochula during the night. Itinerary for this day will be the most difficult route. When the Dochula Pass comes up, our support car will be delayed if there is any request for assistance.

Relax and unwind in the original Dochula Pass environment. There will also be options to visit the nearby temples. We will spend the night at the hotel.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 06: From Dochula to Paro 73 km, crossing Paro

In the morning, we will cross the Dochula pass slowly towards the Paro valley.

In the afternoon bike ride through the Paro Valley

In Paro, Paro Dzong Rimpung we explored the first ruler of Bhutan and the spirit of the time Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built in 1646 (fortress/castle), Dzong has local administrative body and monasteries. On the way, we took a traditional pedestrian walk (15 minutes) on the sixteenth century cantilevered bridge.

Visit the National Museum Discovery Center (formerly Bell Tower), established in 1968. The center houses some of the finest works of art, including bronzes and paintings. The museum has a large number of collections that show the history and culture of Bhutan through exhibitions. Relax at night or stroll through the city. We will spend the night at the hotel.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 07: Trekking to the Tiger Nest monastery and tourism

Trekking (up to 2 hours, less than 1 hour) to the Tiger Nest monastery. One of the most respected local precarious, perched 900 meters above the lower edge of the cliff in Paro. Guru Rinpoche in the back of a tigress arrived at this place and meditation in a cave here where it is called "Tiger's Nest". This site is considered the most spiritual site in Bhutan and many famous saints meditate in this area. At least once the Bhutanese have visited it once in their lives. This abbey is gravitational and spiritual. The lunches and snacks in the cafeteria offer a historical view of the spectacular Tiger Nest.

At night, we visit a traditional farm party and observe the traditional lifestyle and way of life. We will spend the night at the hotel.

(Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Day 8: Departure from the airport to the airport

We checked two hours before the flight to ensure that the best seats on board were the best to enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas. We say goodbye to you and wish you a pleasant trip.

(Breakfast included)

Cost Includes:

  • Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.
  • All private excursions and transfers in the superior air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Local English speaking guide/tour leader.
  • Experienced driver.
  • Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard government approved hotels & guesthouses.
  • All meals in Bhutan.
  • All entrance fees and permits.
  • Departure transfer

Cost not Includes:

  • Cost of flight in/ out Bhutan ( You could fly to Bhutan from Bangkok, Kathmandu & Delhi)
  • Expenses of personal nature, cost of coca cola, Alcoholic drinks, Laundry, phone calls etc
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
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About Bhutan
 
Bhutan is a unique country of culture and environment. In addition to the impressive natural scenery, the lasting image of the country of most tourists is a strong cultural and traditional feeling that unites this culture and tradition to the kingdoms. Few people have heard of Bhutan, and for most people, it is a hidden mystical realm. It is classified as one of the most exotic destinations in the world today.
 
History and geography
 
From the eighth century AD, the period of Bhutan, rural life, domestic animals, agriculture, and Buddhism for the first time came to mark the later architecture of the Buddhist temple. The Buddhists, like the Padmasambhava teacher, and the scholars of India and Tibet, mark medieval Bhutan. The emergence of the ruling class and the development of art and architecture also appeared during this period.
Shadrung Ngawang Namgyal, the leader of Drucker, came to Bhutan in the 17th century. He introduced the dual system of government, for the first time to maintain a certain degree of stability, which is unprecedented. This does not last long. After the death of Wangangnan, the successors became victims of conspiracy and confrontation. This instability persisted until the beginning of the 20th century.
Bhutan is a landlocked country, located between the mountains of the Eastern Himalayas, between the autonomous regions of Tibet, China in the north and India in the south. It is between 88 ° 45'E and 92 ° 10'E and the latitude 26 ° 40'N to 28 ° 15'N. With an area of 46,500 square kilometers and a population of 650,000, 75% of the population is growing and raising livestock.
The country can be divided into three main geographical areas: the foothills and plains of the south, the hot and humid climate, the moderate rainfall in the central mountain valley, the northern mountains almost all year round are snow-capped mountains.
 
People and language
 
The population of Bhutan is divided into three main ethnic groups: Sharchops, who lives in the eastern part of the country and is believed to be the first inhabitant of Bhutan. They originated in the Mongols in India and are closely related to people in northeastern India and northern Burma. The Nangongs are descendants of Tibetan immigrants who immigrated to Bhutan in the ninth century and settled in the west of the country. The third group, Lhotsampas, is a Nepalese ethnic group that settled at the foot of southern Bhutan in the mid-nineteenth century. There are other ethnic minorities in Bhutan, such as Rafdap, Block, Daya, Rafi, Tapa, and Lepa.
Traditional costumes
The men wear a knee-length dress called Gho, similar to a kilt. The women wore "Kira" tunics wrapped around their bodies from neck to ankle. Women usually wear heavy silver and gold necklaces with coral, turquoise and other gems. The rings and earrings decorated with pearls and turquoises are popular.
The national language of Bhutan is the Tzungkan language that is widely used in the western region. Sharchop is spoken in the eastern part of the country, where Southerners speak Nepalese.
 
Climate and Weather
 
The climate of Bhutan varies from the tropical temperatures in the south and the average temperatures to the coldest in the north. Like many of your adventures in the Himalayas, the weather will be quite unpredictable.
The spring of Bhutan is just a spectacular moment compared to the artist's color palette. The autumn from the end of September to November is usually very smooth and clear. The sky is generally the sharpest, with stunning views of the Himalayas. Traditionally, spring and autumn are the most popular times to visit Bhutan.
In summer, daylight temperatures generally rise in the mid-eighties. The temperature in Punakha and the Central Valley is lower than in the West, often in some degrees.
 
Banking
 
Ngultrum is a Bhutanese currency. This is equivalent to the widely accepted Indian rupee in Bhutan. At the Paros airport, the National Bank of Bhutan and the Bank of Bhutan you can buy Ngultrum. An ATM accepts Visa and MasterCard in major cities. You can find the location of the ATM by clicking on the Bhutan Bank ATM. Currently; most hotel and craft shops accept credit card payments.
 
Enter Bhutan
 
Transport
Druk Airline is the flag carrier of the Bhutanese Government. All international departures and arrivals are operated from the only international airport in Paros (2,235 meters). As Bhutan is a mountainous country, the time of the flight is affected by the weather the flight may be canceled. We recommend that you maintain a space of 24 hours before participating in any international contact.
Amazing Nepal can help you to organize your flight to Bhutan. For your reservation, you must provide your full name (as indicated in your passport) and other details. As airlines do not issue printed tickets, electronic tickets will be sent to you by email in advance, once your reservation is confirmed.
Land
The border town of Phuentsoling, Samdrup Jogkhar and Gelephu is the only point of entry/exit for visitors. These border cities are very far from the capital, Thimpu.
The Approach of Tourism
Tourism in Bhutan is based on the principle of sustainability, which means that tourism must be respectful of the environment, social corporate, recognized sociocultural and economically viable. Therefore, the number of tourists in Bhutan remains at an environmentally manageable level through tourist policy imposed by the government.
 
Electricity
 
The ignition cycle is 220V Plus. Follow this power rating and carry the camera charger or travel accessory.
 
Clothing
 
Due to the wide range of temperatures and weather conditions, we recommend that you bring suitable clothing. In the months of October, November, December, January, and February, morning and afternoon are cold. You will have to wear warm clothes (without thick coats). In February, March, April, May, June, July, August and September, the days are warmer. June, July, and August will be low tide, some rain is necessary.
Seasonal clothing, sunglasses / spare glasses or contact lenses, casual shoes, wash kits, shaving kits, towels, hats, umbrellas, cameras, movies and accessories, maps, mosquito repellent, hand cream, and safety pin, flashlight or flash with battery backup, mirror, sunscreen, lip balm or soluble aspirin, anti-corrosion cream, to avoid sunburn.
 
Accommodation
 
Bhutan offers generally modest but clean hotels. A couple of high-end resorts have been opened in some districts.   Amazing Nepal agents put you up in the best available hotels that are classified and approved by the Royal Government. Visitors are advised not to expect luxury or five-star hotel services. Bhutan’s local hospitality is, however, an insight into a society where tourism may be a new venture, but where visitors are greeted with true warmth and friendship.
 
Transportation
 
We arrange comfortable passenger coaster buses for groups of seven visitors or more. You will also be traveling comfortably throughout the country in six-seater Japanese hi-ace buses. Smaller groups of one to two passengers will discover the country in luxury SUVs.
 
Facts about Bhutan
  • The word "Bhutan" translates as "Thunder Land" because it often has intense storms involved in the Himalayas.
  • At 24,840 feet, Gangkhar Puensum is the highest point in Bhutan and the highest mountain in the world that rises.
  • Bhutan's rules of etiquette provide you with food. The tradition is to say "meshu meshu", cover your mouth with your hands. However, you can give up after two or three offers.
  • Anyone who kills the sacred black-necked crane of a culture in danger can be sentenced to a fixed term prison sentence.
  • Bhutan is one of the last countries in the world to introduce television to its people. A few years ago, the government lifted the ban on television and the Internet.
  • Bhutan is the first country in the world to have its own constitutional obligation to protect the environment. What it requires: at least 60% of countries must always maintain forest cover.
  • One-third of the population of Bhutan is under 14 years old, the average age is 22.3 years.
  • Thimpu is one of the only two capital cities in Asia that does not have a single traffic light. (Pyongyang, North Korea) sent a single signal from local officials and was quickly dismantled
  • Bhutan is the only country in the world that prohibits the sale of tobacco.
 
  • Wind and Waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months.
  • T-Shirts 2 or 3
  • Shirt - Long Sleeved
  • Pants - lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
  • Reading or writing material
  • The first-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Health requirements arranged
  • Money: cash/credit card
  • Down Sleeping bag and jacket
  • Lightweight Towel
  • Thermals upper and lower
  • Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March) layered clothing - thermals.
  • Daypack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags
  • Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene is best
  • Warm Hat
  • Sunhat/bandana
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore tex
  • Scarf
  • Sewing Kit

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