Transfers from Delhi airport to the hotel.
Delhi to Bagdogra
We will fly from Delhi to Bagdogra and our crew will take you to a hotel in Siliguri. After lunch you will receive an introduction to your Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm and immediately set off for a short ride to our hotel in the Dooars region of West Bengal.
Dooars to Phuentsholing
After breakfast we’ll head east, passing through tea gardens, countryside and bustling towns of the ‘Dooars’ – the strip of land along the foothills of the Himalayas. On arrival at Jaigaon, we will complete immigration formalities and enter Phuenstholing, a busy commercial centre bordering Bhutan.
Phuenstholing to Paro
On the fourth day we ride to Paro which includes a dramatic ascent from the plains 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. When we reach Paro, you’ll have the chance to explore Paro town or take a stroll to the Paro Dzong/Fortress.
Paro to Thimphu
After breakfast we’ll ride to the National Museum and Paro Ringpung Dzong before continuing to Drugyal Dzong, where we’ll visit the ruins of the Dzong. After lunch, we’ll ride to Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan. Later on you can explore the city with its many cafes, bars and curious shops.
Thimphu to Punakha
After breakfast ride to the Big Buddha statue and the Sangaygang to get great views of the Thimphu valley. You will also have the option to ride north of Thimphu before we ride 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.
Trongsa via Phobjikha Valley
The ride to Trongsa journeys through two major passes and the small town of Wangdue at 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.
We will 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 to celebrate, the road descends 2,800m within two hours! The roads here are dramatic with cliff-hanging scenes 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. After lunch at the hotel, we explore the town and have the chance to ride up a nearby valley to enjoy rural Bhutan with stunning views and a beautiful monastery. 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 chirpine 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 Gauwhati
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 ride (on a boat) on the Brahmaputra followed by a final farewell dinner that evening. An ideal finish to the amazing bike ride.
Guwahati to Delhi
Flight to Delhi
Return flight or onward journey.