Transfers from Delhi airport to the hotel.
Delhi to Pheunsoling
We fly early in the morning from Delhi to Bagdogra. From Bagdogra we get taxis to the border in Pheunsoling. We are now in the Kingdom of Bhutan. We pick up our Royal Enfield Classics and a get briefing on the journey ahead.
Phuenstholing to Paro
Our first day of riding takes us to Paro which includes a steep ascent up to 2,800m. During this 3-4 hour ride, there are dramatic changes in the flora, fauna and vegetation. We will cross some small towns and have fantastic panoramic views.
Today we climb the Tigers Nest one of the most famous sites in Bhutan clinging to the side of the mountain. This is a steep walk with rewarding views and a chance to go around the beautiful monastery. We descend and have lunch amongst the pine trees - we have the option to go on a short ride to visit Paro town or take a stroll to the Paro Dzong/Fortress.
Paro to Thimphu
Taking the scenic route today we ride to Haa from Paro before heading on to the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu. This involves riding a long windy route off the beaten track. The kings palace is here in Thimpu and in the centre there is the sports stadium where sometimes it is possible to catch some archery.
Thimphu to Punakha
After breakfast we ride to the Big Buddha statue and the Sangaygang to get great views of the Thimphu valley. Then it’s on to Punakha – the old winter capital of Bhutan – crossing the Dochula Pass. On a clear day the whole range of Eastern Himalayas can be seen from here, so fingers crossed! Then we’ll descend down to the Punakha Valley on exhilarating roads with lots of sharp bends and breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys.
Punakha to Trongsa via Phobjikha Valley
The ride to Trongsa journeys through two major passes and the small town of Wangdue at 1,350m, where we’ll visit the Dzong and then ride on to Nobding. From Nobding the road ascends sharply to Pelela Pass before descending through pastureland at Sephu where we reach the historical Chendebji Chorten. After a quick lunch at Chendebji, we’ll ride to Trongsa.
Trongsa to Bumthang/Jakar
After a visit to the historical Trongsa Dzong we head to Bumthang – a short and easy ride. On the way we pass through many interesting villages and cross the Yutongla Pass at 3,400m, before descending into the beautiful Bumthang Valley. Our hotel is in the trading town of Jakar and we’ll arrive relatively early to give us all a chance to explore the town.
Today there is a drive up the Tang Valley, wild original Bhutan one of the absolute highlights of the tour. Visiting the living museum in Ugyencholing. We will also have a chance to explore Bumthang town today. Visit the Jakar Dzong, the Kurgye Monastery, the Tamshing monastery and after lunch you can ride to Tang Mebartso or the burning lake or just explore the valley. There is a local brewery to explore and a cheese factory to indulge in. During the evening you can take a soak in a wormwood infused bath to ease those days in the saddle.
Bumthang to Mongar
Today’s ride takes us through some beautiful and varied terrain. The scenery is stunning and has been compared to that of the Alps. There is only one pass today, the Thrumshingla Pass, and weather permitting you may be able to see Mt. Gangkhar Phuenseum. At 7,541m, it is the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. After crossing the pass, we will officially be in ‘Eastern Bhutan’ and the road descends 2,800m within two hours! The roads here are dramatic with huge cliffs in many places. Mongar is a fertile area with tropical and lush green foliage.
Mongar to Trashigang
Riding out of Mongar, the road climbs past the power station and Buddhist College at Kilikhar before it dives into rhododendron and blue pine forests. There is much to see on today’s ride and many photo opportunities. While few tourists get this far, the people are well-used to Westerners from years of contact with the many [mostly] Canadian teachers based here. To get a feel for the place you might like to read Jamie Zeppa’s book, Beyond the Sky and the Earth – A Journey into Bhutan.
Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar
Today, the last day in Bhutan, will be spent riding some very winding roads! The vegetation is lush and green with many pine, fir and chir pine forests along the way. If people feel like it we can stop at the Sherubts College, the only centre for degree studies in Bhutan. You pass through the small town of Khaling and the villages of Wamrong and Deothang before finally reaching the foothills of Samdrup Jongkhar. At this point we will have ridden our bikes from west to east across the entire length of Highway One.
Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati
Back at sea level, the ride to Guwahati passes through lush countryside. Guwahati, the capital of the state of Assam, is the largest city and an important commercial centre in North East India. The bustling town lies on the side of the mighty Brahmaputra river which originates in Tibet as the “Zangpo”. A late afternoon boat ride on the Brahmaputra will be the ideal finish to an amazing bike ride.
Guwahati to Delhi
Flight to Delhi