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Take out a week and come explore by bike the mysterious and mystical country that is Bhutan. Landlocked and until recently hidden from the world, Bhutan now welcomes visitors who want to enjoy spectacular Himalayan vistas, clear air and colorful Buddhist temples in the land of Gross National Happiness. Cycling in Bhutan is one of the most challenging yet rewarding experience one can have. Your journey will take you through high mountain passes, down steep ravines and valleys along the beautiful twisting and turn roads that lead u there. The thrill of biking under the shadows of the mighty Himalayan mountains is an adventure that beckons every biker. Along with your journey, you will be visiting many mythical temples, ancient towns and majestic Dzong that will take you to a different realm. In this tour, you are going to explore 4 western districts in Bhutan.and its easy cycling from on district to another. And all the cycling will be on road and all the roads are blacktopped. But there is road extension work in between Thimphu and Punakha. So the road conditions are not so good as of now but by end of 2016, the work will be completed. Traffic is not so high between most of the road, except between Paro and Thimphu, but here the road is a double lane. This 9-day tour encompasses the easier end of cycling in the Himalayas. Of course, our support vehicle is on hand at all times in case you need a lift up a hill.
Per Person Cost: INR 48,900.00 + S.T 9% as per updated government regulations (for Indian National )
US$2,495.00 All Inclusive ( for foreign National )
Trip Type: Cycling Tour
Duration: 8 Days | Paro to Paro.
Maximum Altitude: 12,402 ft (Chele La).
Best Season: March to June & August to November
Group size: 4-10 people.
6 Days cycling with full vehicle support.
90% surfaced roads and some broken tracks.
Why Bhutan Cycling Tour:
Explore some of Bhutan's more off-the-beaten-track countryside by bike.
Experience the culture and Meet Bhutan friendly people.
Enjoy great cycling routes both on a tarmac and easy off road tracks and explore beautiful Himalayan mountains.
Travel with us and improve the likelihood of local communities.
How difficult is Bhutan Cycling tour:
sections.There are occasional climbs, with some of them being steep. As the trip is 100% vehicle‐supported, there will nearly always be the option to enjoy the scenery from the bus. The leader will inform you in advance about any off road sections where the bus is not around for support. 90% of the cyclingThis trip is Moderate/Challenging in nature. The majority of the riding is on tarmac roads. you will find very less traffic in Bhutan. Most of the rides are undulating with some good downhill is on surfaced roads and on some of these routes there will be traffic. You will be advised of this in the daily briefing. Although it is a moderate trip a good level of fitness is required so that you can feel confident while cycling for 6 days. There will be minimal side affects from the altitude and the laid back pace means you can relax and immerse yourself in the local culture.
How to Reach Paro, Bhutan:
By air: Paro is the international airport of Bhutan, to get to and from the country. There is an availability of regular flights between Paro to Delhi and Kolkata in India. If one is undertaking a journey to Bhutan from Nepal, then there is an availability of direct flights to Paro from Kathmandu- the capital of Nepal. Druk air is the national carrier of Bhutan that operates and run all flights to Bhutan. Bhutan has no rail network. but The government of Bhutan has made the country accessible by means of road transport. All sections of the country are well-linked by a network of roads.
By road: first Reach Hasimara by Train (Hasimara is a small town in the Jalpaiguri District of West Bengal. The town is situated at a distance of 17 Kms from the Indo-Bhutan Border. In order to reach Hasimara, you will have to board a train from Kolkata. From North India, you can take a train from Delhi, Kanpur or Ranchi for Jalpaiguri. from Jalpaiguri few trains go to Hasimara. you can check trains and their schedule in Indian Railway website. Kanchankanya Express from Kolkata which reaches Hasimara at 10:30 AM in the morning.)
Reach Jaigaon By Taxi/Bus (Jaigaon is the Indian town touching Indo-Bhutan Border. All the formalities to acquire permission, in order to enter Bhutan, will be carried out here at the immigration office. Every individual will have to acquire permission to enter Bhutan. You can take an Indian car in Bhutan, but you need a separate permit for the car. When you get a permit for Bhutan, it will only cover Thimpu & Paro. In case you want to go to Bumthang or any other distant destinations, you need a separate permit. Once you have executed the required formalities, you can enter Bhutan and take a taxi or bus to reach Paro.
Nuts & Bolts:
Bikes: Because some people can't imagine going on a trip without their own beloved bicycle, we do not provide mountain bike as part of this tour. However, you are able to hire bikes in Bhutan. Rental in Bhutan varies from $25 USD/day to $55 USD/day. The bikes you can find here are well-known brands of mountain bikes (trek, Cannondale) with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes as well as disc break with Shimano components and front suspension. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, and that it is in good order.
Bike Repairs: Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though we cannot guarantee to have spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube, and a pump while riding is recommended.
Safety: Wearing a helmet is required on all our biking adventures and is non negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you will not be allowed to cycle. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour.
Support: Our all cycling tours are supported by vehicles and they are always available for tired cyclists. It is very easy to get bikes on and off, so you can rest when you are tired and cycle whenever you feel like it.
Guides: You will be led by a local English-speaking tour leader. All our tour leaders are well informed in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.
Arriving and Departing: This tour begins in Paro and ends in Paro. International flights, to and from the start and finish points are not included in the tour price. If you need help or advice arranging international flights please contact us.
Passports and Visas: Please make sure that your passport is still valid for at least six months at the end of the tour. All foreigners, except Indians, must have a visa. You can obtain a visa on arrival at the airport by filling out an application form and providing a passport photograph. To get a jump on the line, you can download a visa application form from the websites of the Bhutani embassy in your country ahead of time.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations although it is strongly recommended that you are vaccinated against: Typhoid; Hepatitis A and B. Tetanus and polio vaccinations should also be up to date at the time of travel. If you have come from an area infected with yellow fever you are required to be vaccinated before entering the country. Please speak to your doctor/physician for the most recent information.
Food: Meals are included in the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, and D = dinner. Meals during the tour will be prepared by the cook team and feature Bhutani and Western-style cuisine. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking.
Drink: Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water and energy-restoring drinks are included in the tour price. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. Beer and alcohol are NOT included in the price.
Solo Travelers: Explore Himalaya.org does not require you to pay an extra charge for traveling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveler of the same gender and if we can not match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge.
Extra Expenses: We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars a day for incidentals. Included entrance fees are those for the listed sites and national parks that are part of the itinerary. Any other site fees are not included.
Money: The currency is Bhutanese ngultrum (Nu) and there are Bank ATMs in Paro and Thimpu that take international cards. However, to be safe, we suggest you change money in Paro and carry cash as a backup in case the power goes down, the ATM is out of order.
Local Time: GMT/UTC + 6 hr
What to Carry:
|Mountain bikes with front suspension||1 Pc|
|Lightweight waterproof jacket||1 Pc|
|Cycling helmet||1 Pc|
|Warm base layers||1 Pair|
|Cycling gloves||1 Pair|
|Water bottle||1 Pc|
|Cleated shoes and pedals (optional)||1 Pair|
|Changing shoes / sandel||1 Pair|
|Warm trousers||1 Pair|
|Warm pants||2 Pair|
|Cycling jersey||1 Pair|
|Cycling Pants||1 Pair|
|Small day pack (for camera and snacks)||1 Pc|
|Head Torch||1 Pc|
|Long underwear||2 Pair|
|Warm Fleece jacket||1 Pc|
|Sun cream||1 Pc|
|Spare tubes||1 Pair|
|Power Banks (10,000 MAH+)||1 Pc|
|Extra spokes||5 pcs|
|Medical Kit, Vaseline, Toiletries, Toothpaste,|
|Brush, Tongue cleaner, Cold Cream, Towel|
|Deodorant, Paper Soap, camera with extra batteries
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Our Explore Himalaya representative will meet you on arrival in Paro. Check into the hotel and take some rest. Meet the group members and discuss the cycling routes with the support staff that would be undertaken during the 8-day journey. For those who have the energy and are not jet lagged we take a little time in the afternoon to see some of the sights of Paro. This includes a visit to Ta Dzong, an incredibly grand Bhutanese fortress built in 1951 to use as a watchtower during the time of war and declared into the national museum in 1967. Unfortunately, the original museum was destroyed by the earthquake in September 2011 but one can still see a magnificent collection of Bhutanese art like costumes, religious Thangka paintings, arm weapons, and a fascinating collection of Bhutan stamps in new gallery. Enjoy your scrumptious dinner to end your day with a balanced diet. Overnight Paro.
Today after breakfast we will leave Paro on our bikes and begins our ride across Bhutan. We will follow the zigzag road beside the Pa Chhu (Chhu means river and zom means join) to its confluence with the Thimphu River. The cycling challenge today will be moderate, as you will only be riding between 2100m and 2350m throughout, although the road does undulate and there are actually no flat roads! After checking into the Hotel in Thimpu the capital city of Bhutan and refreshing ourselves take a leisurely walk through the Thimphu Market area and explore the forbidding yet elegant dzong. Meals: The evening is free to explore the streets of Thimphu.
Thimphu, the beguiling capital city of Bhutan lies at the bank of Wang Chhu River and set brilliantly in the hills of the valley. It is the home to the Bhutanese Royal Family, the Royal Government and to several foreign missions and advancement ventures. There are numerous energizing spots to explore like –National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, Buddha Point, Changangkha Lhakhang, Takin Mini-Zoo, National Painting School, Handicraft Emporium, Paper Factory, Tashichhoe Dzong etc. We will start our biking tour after breakfast in the morning to visit the verifiable Tango and Cheri Goemba. The ride will traverse through the National Assembly building, pine forest and farmhouses with patio of rice fields and apple orchards. the view of Dechenchholing Palace on the way to Pangri Zampa and then leads you finally to Dodena village which all together comes around 15km ride starting from the hotel. at the parking drop the bike and afterward climb to Cheri Goemba which takes around 1 hr walk. This beautifully located goemba was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1620 and is the place where he established the first body of monk. Returning back you will ride to visit Tango Goemba on the opposite side of the Cheri Goemba, the strolling separation is very same however you will have a significant perspective of the religious community as you stroll up to the goemba. After enjoying the monastery, we will return to the hotel. If time permits you will be lead for other optional touring to the previously mentioned places.
after breakfast and short briefing we will have an early start today for a full day Ride to the ancient winter capital of Punakha. after 25 kms/15.5 miles of biking we will reach the pass of Dochu La (La means pass) at an altitude of 3,048m/10,000ft. it offers a panoramic view of the Eastern Himalaya on a clear day. it is uphill all the way Until the pass with amazing scenery as the valley is the richest agricultural region of Bhutan. After stopping for lunch, we continue travelling down to the Punakha Valley which is approx. 40km below at an altitude of 1,372m/4,500ft.. The Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung is situated at the confluence of the ‘Po’ and ‘Mo’ chhu (Father and Mother rivers) guarding the Southern end of the Punakha valley. This huge fortress/Monastery was the capital of Bhutan until 1966. Check into our hotel. Delight your taste buds with delicious dinner. Overnight stay in Punakaha.
This is going to be our last day of cycling. After refreshing in the hotel in Punakha, we will ride to Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. It is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers) and is the winter residence of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu in the colder months. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha.
After breakfast you can either begin riding back to Paro, or elect to drive there later to allow time to stroll around Thimphu. If it’s the weekend, you can walk through the market to try the variety of food of Bhutan, including basket upon basket of fiery chillies, fresh cheese and a variety of fresh greens. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
Today after early breakfast in the morning we will go for hike to Taktsang monastery. It is one of the most popular destination visited by the tourist. It was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup, a cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the 8th century. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambh place came to be known as the "Tiger's Nest". Guru Padmasambhava is known for introducing Buddhism ava) flew to this location from Khenpajong, Tibet on the back of a tigress and subdued a demon. He then performed meditation in one of the caves here and emerged in eight incarnated forms (manifestations) and blessed the place. Subsequently, theto Bhutan. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen caves in which he meditated. In the evening if we get time will visit Kyichu Lhakhang; one of the oldest temple in Bhutan
Your trip will concludes in Paro today. Breakfast in the hotel, then transfer to the airport for flight to your onward destination.