Bhutan Intensive Motorcycle Tour- The Best Bhutan Bike Tour Of All Times... ever!
Kusuzangpo - say 'Hello' to the people in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.
Wedged between India and Tibet, Bhutan has long been a country shrouded in mysterious history and religious seclusion. The Kingdom is slowly opening up to tourism, but still only about 60.000 Westerners come and visit each year. Only organized tours are permitted, individual travels are not possible.
Every visit to the 'Kingdom of Happiness', Bhutan, land of the thunder dragon, still remains a very exclusive experience. You will enter a world of stunning natural beauty, untouched by 'civilization', snow capped mountains, vast deep valleys with fertile rice fields, fruit gardens and small villages with busy markets.
After having completed 25 tours through Bhutan within the last 11 years, we have decided to make this tour even better:
Instead of suffering the increasing traffic and permanent road works in Sikkim, which do take the fun out of riding, we'd rather spend our valuable travel time at places that are the most fascinating and the most beautiful, namely...
In the mountains and the capital of Bhutan.
Our new tour is the called 'BHUTAN INTENSIVE' offering you 14 days of Bhutan bliss...
The new routing, including all the highlights plus enough time to take it all in and enjoy yourselves, has been put together by Peter himself. He has spent a lot of time in Bhutan during the last 8 years and really knows the country. Since 2009 he is also a member of the only biker club in Bhutan, the 'Bhutan Dragons MC'.
The tour will start in the "Wild East" of the country, crossing all the mountain passes until reaching the far West with the legendary "Tiger's Nest Monastery" in the Paro Valley.
We added three double-nights stays, first in Bhumthang, the so-called Switzerland of Bhutan, where we will be staying at Fritz's place with his Bhutani family in the "Swiss Guest House".
In the capital Timphu we will be staying for two nights right in the city center, at a rather stylish 3-star Boutique Hotel, and in the airport-city of Paro we will rest our heads in a renovated castle of a former member of the royal family, the very impressive "Gangtey Palace Hotel", overlooking Paro Valley.
Last not least an overnight stay in the enchanted "Black Forrest" in the Pubjika Valley where the black cranes live in their natural habitat...
There are two options at the end of the tour, either you fly back directly from Paro, thus shortening the tour, or add two more days riding the bikes to the western border town of Phuntzoling, from where a taxi can get you to the nearest Indian airport in Bagdora (160km). From there you fly to Delhi in 90 minutes. Once in Delhi we have planned a "farewell visit" at the local Enfield flagship store, followed by our traditional Farewell Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.
You will relax at the "Country Suites by Carlson"- Hotel. Return flights are at night or the next morning...
A visit to the Taj Mahal is optional, overnight stay at a 5 star hotel in Agra next to the Taj. You will get to the Taj Mahal early next morning, when the atmoshere is at its best and it is less crowded.
Flights from New Delhi / India to Guwahati / Assam and from Bagdogra to Delhi are included in the price.
Now we have planned our new Bhutan Intensiv trip exactly according to the wishes of our tour guides - to do a "Grand Bhutan Motorcycle Tour". No compromises - India only in taxis and buses...
Spectacular mountains, rare flora and fauna, the walls of ancient Buddhist monasteries with their mystic aura do make Bhutan a unique and exquisite travel experience.
The fact that we are travelling through this country on the classic 500cc Enfield Bullet, a relic of colonial rule, built more or less in the same fashion since 1901 makes this motorcycle adventure a very special one indeed.
Our company "Classic Bike Adventures India" can look back on 500 plus motorcycle tours in Asia which have been done by Peter and his crew, having been to Bhutan on motorbikes over 25 times. Peter's Classic Bike offer you new, well maintained Enfields in excellent condition, gear lever on the left and e-starter, a comfortable and safe support vehicle and a professional crew with German, English-speaking guides who have been living and working in India for many years.
Peter is well connected in Bhutan, he is a member of the only motorcycle club in the country, the Bhutan Dragons MC, whose president belongs to the roayal family. Apart from doing road trips this club is a charity driven enterprise. Every Bhutan tour includes a gathering in their club house in the capital of Bhutan.
Tour itinerary Bhutan Intensive
The 15-days "Bhutan Intensiv" Tour starts with a flight to New Delhi where you arrive in the early morning hours.
A domestic flight gets you to Gauwahati, the capital of the state of Assam. From here we take a car journey (100km) to the border of Bhutan, arriving early in the evening.
The bike tour starts the very next day.
On our way back we leave Bhutan by car and cross the border to India. A flight from Bagdogra in the afternoon takes us to New Delhi, where we will visit the Royal Enfield flagship store and where we will have our Farewell Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. The last night will be spent at the hotel "Country Suites by Carlson" near the international airport. Early in the morning you fly from Delhi back home.
The 12-days tour "Bhutan's Highlights" has the same itinerary until day 11, when you are in the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu.
On day 12 you take an early morning flight from Paro, Bhutan's only airport to Delhi or Bangkok where you can get your connecting flight home.
BHUTAN INTENSIVE TOUR - The ROUTING
All year round we can plan and arrange Bhutan Tours for private groups from 2 people upwards with a minimum stay of 4 nights! We are happy to make you an offer - non bikers always welcome, of course...!
|0||Sat||Departure from home||Departure
|1||Sun||Flight Dehli - Gauwahati - Taxi 100 km||Hotel Menjong in Samdrup Jongkhar|
|2||Mon||Samdrup Jongkhar - Trashigang 140 km||Hotel Lingkor Lodge in Trashigang|
|3||Tue||Trashigang - Mongar 110 km||Wangchuk Hotel in Mongar|
|4||Wed||Mongar - Bumthang 200 km||Swiss Guest House in Bumthang|
|5||Thu||Day trip 50-100 km||Swiss Guest House in Bumthang|
|6||Fri||Bumthang - Trongsa 90 km||Yankill Resort, Trongsa|
|7||Sat||Trongsa - Phubjika Valley 120 km||Damchen Resort im Phubjika Valley|
|8||Sun||Phubjika Valley - Ponaka 100 km||Y.T. Resort nahe von Ponaka|
|9||Mon||Ponaka - Thimpu 90 km||Hotel Jomolhari in Thimpu|
|10||Tue||½ day tour around Thimpu, afternoon free for shopping 70 km||Hotel Jomolhari in Thimpu|
|11||Wed||Thimpu - Paro via Ha Valley and Chele La Pass 140 km||Gangtey Palace in Paro|
|12||Thu||½ day trek to Tiger´s Nest - afternoon off - no biking||Gangtey Palace in Paro|
|13||Fri||Paro - Phutzoling 170 km, 100 km taxi to Bagdogra||Hotel Marina in Bagdogra - 100 km
3 hours taxi from Phutzoling
|14||Sat||Flight Bagdogra - Delhi 12:00-14:30||Country Suites by Carlson in Saket, Delhi|
|15||Sun|| Transfer to Delhi Airport, return flight
||Arrival at home, no hotel
14 days Bhutan Intensive Tour - detailed tour itinerary
1st day: Individual arrival in Delhi early morning and connecting flight to Guwahati, capital of Assam in East-India. Taxi transfer to the border of Bhutan.
After having met our crew in Guwahati, a 100km transfer ride in a SUV taxi will get you to Samdruk Jongkar, a border town in East Bhutan. After immigration formalities we will take it easy and relax, the 'Welcome Dinner' will give us a chance to get to know each other.
Overnight stay at hotel Menjong (or hotel T.N.T) in Samdrup Jongkhar, elevation ca. 200m.
Available flight times for the Delhi - Gauwahati trip:
2 flights: DEL dep 05:35 - GAU arr 07:50 or DEL dep 07:45 GAU arr 10:05.
Taxi transfer ca. 4 h; 100km
2nd day: From Samdrupjonghar to Trashigang in East-Bhutan
Up and up we go on our bikes, from 200m above sea level at the border to over 1.000m.
In Khaling we visit a hand loom weaving 'factory', a handicraft that East-Bhutan is famous for. After about 100km we will reach Bhutan's only university college in Kanglung. You will get your first taste of Bhutan as a biker's paradise.
Riding up and down, managing countless bends through the mountains, we will stop for a picknick lunch on the way. In Trashigang, a small hamlet town, we'll have time for a little excursion.
Overnight stay and dinner at the hotel 'Lingkor Lodge' or at 'New Druk Doethjung Resort' at 1.250m.
Day trip ca 140km
3rd day: Trashigang - Mongar
Today we have an easy ride from Tashigang via Drametsi to Mongar. First we have to cross the low valley of Kanglung Chu, where temperatures are rather hot, after that we are winding up the "Yadi Loops" passing through marvellous pine forests up to idyllic Drametsi.
On our way to the district town of Mongar we cross the Kori-La Pass at 2.490m.
Dinner and overnight stay at 'Wangchuk Hotel' or at the 'Druk Zhongar' hotel in Mongar at 1.800m.
Day trip ca 110km
4th day: From Mongar into the Bhumtang Valley, the Switzerland of Bhutan.
Through Choskhor Valley to East-Bhutan over three mountain passes.
From Bumthang we go further East. If the Western part of Bhutan is already hardly frequented by tourists, these remote parts have scarcely seen foreign tourists. We are crossing the wild "Tumsi La" pass. With its 3.780m it is one of the highest road passes in Bhutan and it hass the added beauty of leading us through differnt climate zones with a steady change in vegetation.
On our way we make a quick chai stop in the small village of Ura, which features a rather atypical cluster of houses. They are all built in very close proximity, so every village member can help out quickly in times of distress. All buildings are facing towards the same direction. We will spend the night at Fritz's and his family in his stylish but comfortable 'Swiss Guest House'.
Day trip ca 200km
5th day: In Bhumthang Valley - we visit temples, monasteries and a "Weissbier Brewery".
Today we are exploring Choskhor Valley, where you will find Swiss cows grazing, and where 'The Swiss' set up a dairy and cheese manufacture. Of course we will also visit the "Jambay Lhakhang Temple", the second oldest Buddha temple in Bhutan, built in the 7th century by Songtsen Gampo, the reigning king of Tibet at that time.
Also worth a visit: "Tamshing Gompa", one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan with an impressive temple dated from the 15th century. After that we can pay a visit to the small "Weissbier Brewery" ownded by the Swiss family and we will taste their beer and cheese of course. Again we are staying in the rustic but stylish 'Swiss Guest House' in Jakar at 2.550m. After a delightful dinner we relax at the camp fire.
Day trip ca 50 -100km
6th day: From Bumthang Valley via Yotong La (3.425m) to Trongsa
Day trip: ca. 90km
Passing the Yotong La Pass (3.425m), we leave pictoresque Bumthang valley behind us. We will pay a visit to the Chumey Yathra weavers. The 'Dzong of Trongsa' is a monument of striking beauty radiating the power and glory of the former prince of central Bhutan. A must see!
Overnight stay at:
Yankill Resort overlooking the Dzong, the hotel has a beautiful garden and the staff is very helpful and friendly, they will prepare our campfire in the eveningâ€¦
7th day: From Trongsa into the valley of the black cranes - Phubjika Valley
Day trip: 150km
After breakfast we will visit the Dzong and maybe the national museum, followed by one of the best day trip routes: a very curvy biker's delight up to the "Pele La Pass" (3.300m). Climbing up we stop the impressive "Chendebji Chorten".
Then again curve after curve into the Black Forest Mountains. After the pass summit we take a side route into the valley of the black cranes and to the Gangtey monastery. Overnight stay at the "Damchen Resort". In the afternoon we have time for a leisurely afternoon stroll,..
8th day: From Gangtey monastery in Pubjika Valley via the ruins of Wangdue onto Ponaka.
Day trip: ca. 100km
After about four hours playing biker snake we are standing in front of the Dzong, the most impressive site in Bhutan. It still serves as the Winter residence of the Bhutan government. Enough time to visit and in the evening we will enjoy a scrumptious camp fire dinner with our host "Y.T.Tiger".
9th day: From Ponakha climbing up Dochu La Pass and further on to Thimphu
Day trip: ca. 100km
Shortly after Ponakha the road starts its serpentine climb to Dochu La, situated at 3.450m. The pass summit has a big Bhutanese chorten and lots of prayer flags. Our overnight stay will be in the capital. After dinner at a speciality restaurant we are undertaking a little pup crawl of what might be the smallest capital in the worldâ€¦
10th Day: Thimphu City und Valley Tour
Day trip: ca. 120km
After breakfast we are going on a little sightseeing tour around Thimpu which really has a lot to offer: a giant Buddha, the quaint Taksins, (heraldic animal of Bhutan) and the Dzong of the King etcâ€¦
For lunch we stop by at the golf club, where you can have a go, if you are into golf. There is a shopping main street with lots of cafes and a pub with tasty yak burgers. In the late afternoon we will drop by the club house of the Bhutan Dragon MC, the only biker club in Bhutan. This biker's meeting almost always ends with a proper biker's bashâ€¦ (2.550m, ca. 50.000 inhabitants).
11th day: Thimpu - Paro via Ha Valley and the Chele La Pass at 3.990m.
Day trip: ca. 140km
Today we will swing along the curves of West-Bhutan crossing Bhutan's highest pass at 3.990m, the Chele La Pass, looking down upon the Ha Valley and the Dobj monastery.
Starting on the newly built highway we leave Thimphu and aim for the Coronation Bridge in 30kms. We reach the small town of Paro. Most people live outside of the town in the fertile countryside where they can attend to their fields.
The alley leading from the bridge of the Dzong into Paro is flanked by imposing chorten. On the right side, hardly visible, lies the palace of Ugyen Pelri, built around 1930 by Paro Penlop Tshering Panjor. Overnight stay at the renovated prince's palace "Gangtey Palace Resort", one of the finest hotels in Bhutan.
12th day: Paro valley, Taktshang monastery ("Tiger nest" and "Lion's den") and / or visit of the ruins of the monastery castle of Drukgyel Dzong
In the morning we will organise a spectacular trekking trip to the famous Taktshang monastery ("Tiger nest"). It is one of the most important national treasures of Bhutan offering a grandiose vantage point from a cliff's edge down. (expect a 4 to 5 hours climb and a difference in altitude of 500m)
As an alternative you can do a small tour around Paro valley and visit the impressive ruins of the monastery castle of Drukgyel Dzong. There will be enough time for sightseeing and shopping in "downtown" Paro, which by the way is a rather new town, built in 1985. Just like so often in Bhutan there are no houses built in close vicinity of the Dzong. The houses in the main street are all very colourful and have shops at ground level, catering for the needs of the local populace.
Those who have booked the 12 days tour this will be the day you fly back to Delhi or Bangkok, transfer after breakfast to Bhutan's only international airport, at short distance from our hotel. From Delhi or Bangkok you take your individual flights home.
13th day: Paro - Phutzoling 170km followed by 100km taxi shuttle to Bagdogra
Day trip: ca. 170km
Leaving Paro we soon cross the 3.000m Changspa-Pass, passing by a hydro-electric power station, (energy being the main export from Bhutan).
India is calling and we want to reach the border at Phutzoling, the road is the main commercial artery between Bhutan's highlands and India and is full of serpentine bends going up and down, pure biking bliss, the tarmac is in top condition and it can be considered as one of the best biking routes, winding through idyllic forested and fertile mountain valleys.
We cover the 170km in about 4 hours and we leave our bikes at the border town. After immigration formalities we climb on board our Indian taxis and we head for Bagdogra, 100km - 3 hrs. We have our first night in India at the quite comfortable "Hacienda Motel" â€¦.
14th Day: Our flight from Bagdogra to New Delhi is at 12.:00 o'clock and we're back in India's capital, New Delhi, at 14:30pm.
A 40 to 60min taxi ride gets us to our hotel in Saket, situated on the outer ring road, next to one of the city's most popular shopping malls. There we will also find the Hard Rock CafÃ©, were we will enjoy our farewell dinner.
Travelling to exotic countries with a somewhat limited tourist infrastructure might lead to unexpected changes in the program, if deemed necessary.
>> Travelling to exotic countries with a somewhat limited tourist infra-structure might lead to unexpected changes in the program if deemed necessary.
Usually 8 to 14 motorcyclists and 2.to 5 pillion riders who can also ride in the support vehicle whenever they choose.
Minimum: 6 motorcyclists
We ride on 500cc Royal Enfield Bullets ( built between 2013-2015 ) with e-starter, gear lever left and 5 gears, front disk brakes big sturdy leather panniers, crash guard and twin horns!
- 2 connecting flights in India
- 11 or 14 overnight stays, in double rooms at hotels or guest houses.
- Full board. Lunch is included.
- Bike rental: Enfield Bullet 500 incl. comprehensive insurance and 500â‚¬ deductible.
- All lubricants for bikes, incl. petrol and oil.
- Experienced English speaking tour guide during the whole trip.
- Support vehicle for carrying luggage (and bike parts)
- First-aid kit and basic meds.
- Local mechanic, English speaking, travelling in the support vehicle, will also ride bike if necessary.
- All necessary permits for motorcycles, registration of international drivers licence for Bhutan, plus Bhutan visa.
- Entrance fees (not including fees for camera and video)
- Extra fees for road tolls etc.
- Roadmap of Bhutan
- Exclusive tour T-shirt
- Airport transfers
Not included in package:
- International return flight to Delhi or Bangkok
- Drinks and tea/coffee breaks (lunch in India at arrival and departure day)
- Visa fees for India
- Travel insurance
- Health insurance
- Personal expenses
We will gladly arrange for you bespoke Bhutan tours for groups of 2 minimum and 4 days minimum, all year round, not only for motorbike riders.
Send us a note and we will make you an offer.