Bhutan Intensive2020-08-15T20:26:36+00:00
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Bhutan Intensive Motorcycle Tour

Bhutan – the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” – is no ordinary country! With its mighty Himalayan peaks, impressive monasteries and centuries-old traditions, it’s a hidden jewel tucked in between China and India. Deep gorges and dense forests cover the kingdom, which is roughly the size of Switzerland. That may sound small, but the winding roads over lofty mountain passes and through dense tropical jungles offer breathtaking vistas and showcase the country in its unheard-of diversity. Pristine nature and a unique culture that developed in isolation make Bhutan a unique motorcycling experience.

On our 13-day Royal Enfield motorcycle tour through Bhutan, you can look forward to win-ding roads, no traffic worth mentioning, the Trumshing La (3,789 meters) and Chele La (3,988 meters) passes and truly stunning views. Ride with us through the remote kingdom and experience a Buddhist culture where people have recognized happiness as the supreme good in the world and ancient tra-ditions live on today.

Our discovery tour starts with your arrival in Delhi and a connecting flight to Guwahati. In Samdruk Jongkar in eastern Bhutan, we’ll saddle up and enjoy all the impressions that the Land of the Thunder Dragon and its mighty Hima-layan mountains have to offer. Winding roads and breathtaking views will be the order of the day as we travel westward. We’ll tackle the highest passes of Bhutan on our Royal Enfield Bullets, explore the “Switzerland of Bhutan” in Bumthang Valley, stop off at the hot springs in Gaza, roam the alleys of the capital Thimphu, and of course sample the local brew. A must-see near the end of the guided Bhutan bike trip is the iconic Taktshang or “Tiger’s Nest” monastery in Paro, perched majestically on a steep mountainside – an image that adorns virtually every Bhutan travel guide. The Bhutan Intensive Motorcycle Tour wraps up with a flight from Paro to Delhi and a farewell dinner.

Our Bhutan bike tour delivers unforgettable experiences and insights into a country that has stayed under the radar of mass tourism. We take time not only for its magnificent landscapes but also meet its wonderful, friendly people. Bhutan is waiting for you to discover it!

Highlights of the Guided Royal Enfield Tour Of Bhutan

  • From east to west: the gamut of Bhutan’s landscapes, from a steamy jungle filled with wildlife to Himalayan peaks and steep, dizzying passes
  • The ride to the iconic Taktshang “Tiger’s Nest” monastery near Paro
  • The rugged tracks of the unknown east of Bhutan, with Trumshing La Pass (3,789 meters)
  • Chele La Pass – at 3,988 meters, Bhutan’s highest motorable pass
  • The hot springs of Gaza, in a remote tributary valley
  • The capital Thimphu, with its historical and cultural highlights and Bhutan’s best bars
  • Bhutan’s best boutique accommodation – places of beauty and character
  • The mystical town of Bumthang, the “Switzerland of Bhutan” and the valley of black-necked cranes
  • Visits to Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples
  • A visit to a Bhutanese wheat beer brewery

2021
16.10. – 28.10.
05.11. – 17.11.

2022
15.10. – 27.10. | 01.11. – 13.11. | 19.11. – 30.11

Enfield Bullet 500: 4.990€
Pillion: 4.590€
Single Room: +850€

13 days / 12 nights / 10 riding days

Overnight stays in hotels of the middle class and in guesthouses.

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Bhutan Intensive Motorcycle Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi and connecting flight to Guwahati

Our Bhutan motorcycle tour begins with our early-morning arrival in Delhi. From there we fly to Guwahati, the capital of Assam in northeastern India. We then continue by taxi to Samdruk Jongkar on the border to southeastern Bhutan. After the border formalities, we have a chance to relax on the Bhutanese side and get acquainted at the welcome dinner. We spend the night in Samdrup Jongkhar, at an altitude of around 200 meters.

Taxi: approx 4 h, 100 km

Trashigang in eastern Bhutan

Day 2: From Samdrup Jongkhar to Trashigang in eastern Bhutan

The Bhutan Intensive motorbike Tour starts with a winding ascent from 200 meters at the border to the Indian state of Assam to an altitude of over 1,000 meters. In Khaling, we have an opportunity to meet with local weavers, practitioners of a craft that is very popular in eastern Bhutan. After 100 km, we reach Bhutan’s only university in Kanglung. Today, we’ll get a good feel for Bhutan as a true paradise for bikers. Look forward to a day of winding our way along an endlessly twisty road through the mountains and a picnic lunch. We’ll reach our day’s destination, the sleepy little town of Trashigang, in the afternoon. After settling in, it’s time for a bit of exploration.

Distance covered: approx. 140 km

Day 3: Trashigang – Mongar

Today we’re going to cruise from Tashigang to Mongar via Drametsi. In the morning, we’ll ride through the relatively low-lying and warm Kanglung Chu valley, then wind our way through beautiful evergreen forests on the Yadi Loops before reaching idyllic Drametsi. We’ll cross the 2,490-meter Kori La Pass and spend the night in the small district town of Mongar at an altitude of about 1,800 meters.

Distance covered: approx. 110 km

Trashigang to Mongar road
Bumthang Valley

Day 4: From Mongar to Bumthang Valley – the “Switzerland of Bhutan”

Today we’ll tackle three of Bhutan’s mountain passes! From Bumthang, we’ll start out eastward. Foreigners may be few and far between in western Bhutan, but virtually none make their way into the regions we’ll be seeing today. We’ll cross the wild Trumshing La Pass, which at 3,789 meters is one of the highest motorable roads in Bhutan. The ascent takes us through different climate zones with beautiful, constantly changing vegetation. Along the way, we’ll take a short tea break in Ura, a small farming village which is quite untypical for Bhutan. The houses here are built very close to one another, so that the farming families can help each other easily. Interestingly, all of the houses also face in the same direction!

Distance covered: approx. 200 km

Day 5: In Bumthang Valley – visiting temples, monasteries and a wheat beer brewery

Today we’ll explore Choskhor Valley, with its Swiss-run dairy. We’ll also take time for the Jambay Lhakhang, the second-oldest Buddhist temple in all of Bhutan, built in the 7th century by the king of Tibet, Songtsen Gampo. Tanshing Gompa, one of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries with an impressive temple dating back to the 15th century, is also worth a visit. Later, we’ll check out the small, Swiss-run wheat beer brewery. It goes without saying that we’re going to sample the local brew and cheese. We’ll spend another night in Jakar at an altitude of 2,550 meters. After a tasty dinner, it’s time to relax around a crackling campfire.

Distance covered: approx. 50-100 km

Jambay Lhakhang Buddhist temple
Trongsa Dzong, a Buddhist monastery castle

Day 6: From Bumthang Valley over the Yotong La Pass to Trongsa

We’re leaving the picturesque Bumthang Valley via Yotong La Pass (3,425 meters). On the way there, we’ll stop briefly to visit the Chumey Yathra weavers and the dzong, the local fortress. Trongsa Dzong, a Buddhist monastery castle, is a monument of particular beauty, radiating the power and might of the former governing dynasty of central Bhutan. It’s definitely worth a visit – see for yourself! We’ll spend the night with a view of the dzong, an idyllic garden, and in the care of an attentive crew who will build a campfire for us at the end of the day.

Distance covered: approx. 90 km

Day 7: From Trongsa to Phobjikha, the valley of blacknecked cranes

After breakfast, we’ll first go to the dzong, and – depending on the time and level of interest – the National Museum. Now it’s time for one of the most beautiful daily stages: We’re reaching for the sky again. Seemingly never-ending curves take us to the summit of Pele La Pass at 3,300 meters. During the ascent, we’ll take a break near the imposing Chendebi Chorten, followed by hours of winding roads through the Black Mountains. After cresting the pass, we’ll leave the “highway” for a little detour into the valley of black-necked cranes and to Gangtey monastery. We’ll stay in Phobjikha Valley at an altitude of 2,800 meters tonight. In the afternoon, we’ll have the opportunity for a short hike.

Distance covered: approx. 150 km

Gangtey monastery
Punaka

Day 8: From Gangtey monastery in Phobjikha Valley to Punaka via the ruins of Wangdue

After four hours of winding our way through the mountains, we’ll catch our first glimpse of Punaka Dzong, considered the most impressive fortress in all of Bhutan. Construction of the dzong started in 1637. To this day, it serves as the winter residence of the Bhutanese government. We have plenty of opportunity to admire this photogenic monument, which is situated directly on the river. The structure is expected to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the near future – and seeing the building, it’s astonishing that it wasn’t listed long ago. In the evening we’ll have a delicious dinner, followed by a cozy campfire courtesy of our host.

Distance covered: approx. 100 km

Day 9: From Punaka up to the hot springs of Gaza

An exciting ride from Punaka up to the hot springs of Gaza is on the program today. Temples and a picnic in the countryside await us along the way. We’ll end the day with a delicious meal.

Distance covered: approx. 200 km

Hot springs of Gaza
Dochu La Pass summit

Day 10: From Punaka, crossing the Cheli La Pass and on to Thimphu

Just out of Punaka, the road begins a steep, twisty climb through numerous hairpins to the Dochu La Pass at 3,450 meters. The pass summit is marked by a large Bhutanese chorten, a prayer flag pole, and by small prayer flags that the local pilgrims hang here.

We’ll spend the night in Thimphu. After dinner in a specialty restaurant, we can check out some of the bars in what is perhaps the smallest capital city in the world.

Distance covered: approx. 100 km

Day 11: Through Haa Valley and over the 3,990-meter Chele La Pass to Paro

Today we’ll be doing a fantastic winding tour around western Bhutan, crossing the Chele La Pass (3,988 m) with a view to the Haa Valley, and to the Dobj monastery. The ride starts with a stretch of the new “expressway”. We’ll ride out of Thimphu at a brisk pace on a beautifully paved road, heading toward Coronation Bridge 30 km away. The town of Paro is rather small, as most people live in the surrounding countryside, working the fertile soil. The road from the dzong bridge to Paro is lined by very large chortens. The royal palace of Ugyen Pelri, built by Paro Penlop Tshering Panjor around 1930, is barely visible on the right. We’ll spend the night in one of the most beautiful hotels in Bhutan.

Distance covered: approx. 160 km

Through Haa Valley
Taktshang monastery (the Tiger’s Nest)

Day 12: The iconic Taktshang “Tiger’s Nest” monastery near Paro

In the morning, we have the opportunity to go on an unforgettable trek to the renowned Taktshang monastery (the “Tiger’s Nest”) – one of Bhutan’s greatest national treasures, perched on a cliff with a stunning vista (4-5 hours trekking, 500-meter climb). Alternatively, we can take a short motorbike tour of the Paro Valley in western Bhutan to the imposing ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong fortress monastery. The day will include time for sightseeing and shopping in the town of Paro, a settlement that was not established until 1985. As is so often the case in Bhutan, there was no village near the dzong. The houses that now line the main street are built in the traditional style and are painted with colorful patterns. The ground floors contain small shops typical of mountain villages that stock the basic essentials for the inhabitants.

Day 13: Flight from Paro to New Delhi

At the end of the guided Bhutan Intensive Motorcycle Tour, we fly from Paro directly back to Delhi. Check-in at the modern Ibis Hotel in New Delhi Aerocity will be around noon. At the end of our tour, we’ll visit the Royal Enfield Flagship Store and get together one last time for a farewell dinner in a good restaurant. Anyone who isn’t flying home the same evening can spend the night at the Ibis Hotel – we’ll be happy to organize the transfer to New Delhi Airport for you on the following day as well.

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Included Services2020-02-20T08:47:08+00:00
  • 2  flights – Delhi to Guwahati and from Paro / Bhutan to Delhi
  • 13  overnight stays, in double rooms at hotels or guest houses.
  • Full board. All meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner and water throughout the tour
  • Bhutan Visa and travel permits
  • Bike rental: Enfield Bullet 500 incl. comprehensive insurance with 500 USD/EUR self behalf
  • Petrol and engine oil, spare parts
  • Experienced English speaking tour guide during the whole trip.
  • Service vehicle for luggage and pillions. All pillion riders have a comfortable guaranteed seat in our service vehicle.
  • 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
  • Entrance fees
  • Fees for road tolls
  • Roadmap of Bhutan
  • Exclusive tour T-shirt
  • Airport transfers

Not included in package:

  • Internation flights from/to Delhi
  • India Visa
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks (beside water)
  • Travel insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Personal expenses
What do I need to bring along for a motorcycle tour?2020-01-06T11:30:46+00:00

You will definitely want to bring your riding suit with protectors and a helmet. You will also need motorcycle boots or lighter riding shoes and gloves. While your gear should be breathable in hot climates, you need to be ready for anything at high altitudes and in the Himalayas. We recommend winter gloves, warm socks, liners for jackets and trousers, a scarf and face protection. Rain gear is a good idea if your riding suit is not waterproof.
Please note that we do not hire out clothing. We believe that your own riding gear will fit best and thus give you the best protection. If you forget anything, we’ll find a solution, however. We often have spare gear with us, or we can point you in the direction of a shop.

Do I need travel insurance and travel health insurance?2019-12-18T06:24:21+00:00

We always recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover costs incurred if you need to cancel the trip due to illness or other reasons. When shopping for travel health insurance, make sure the policy covers the potentially high cost of medical evacuation to your home country. Both forms of insurance can save you a lot of money in an emergency and we recommend them unreservedly. In many countries, your national motoring organization can provide the coverage you need.

What should I keep in mind when riding with a passenger?2019-12-18T06:24:20+00:00

Riding two-up is almost always possible. In difficult terrain or on rough tracks, every passenger has a guaranteed seat in the support vehicle to keep things relaxed for both rider and pillion.

Do pillion passengers have a guaranteed seat in the support vehicle?2019-12-18T06:24:16+00:00

Yes, all passengers have a guaranteed seat. In bad weather or challenging riding conditions, they can switch to the support vehicle at any time – and back to the bike when conditions improve.

How big are the groups? What’s the minimum number of participants?2019-12-18T06:24:15+00:00

Groups generally consist of 8 to 14 riders and 2 to 6 passengers. The minimum number of participants is 6 riders.

What’s the Classic Bike Adventure travel team like?2019-12-18T06:24:12+00:00

Our European tour guides are skilled motorcyclists and inveterate travelers who love India. They’re resilient in the face of stress and know the history and culture of the regions they cover. Our Indian mechanics are experienced Enfield specialists who all speak English and are happy to help with any technical problem, great or small.
A stand-in rider is always available. More information on our travel concept is available here.

What kind of bikes will we ride?2019-12-18T06:24:12+00:00

We ride 500cc Royal Enfield Bullets manufactured from 2014 to 2017 that feature electric starters, 5-speed gearboxes with the gearshift on the left, front disk brakes, roomy and rugged leather saddlebags, crashbars, 19” tires and twin horns.

What do I need in the way of documents?2019-12-18T06:24:09+00:00

You will need your passport, national driving license, international driving license and flight ticket. Please be sure to make photocopies of all of your important travel documents and carry them separately. They can be invaluable in an emergency.

Do I need a driving license?2019-12-18T06:24:05+00:00

All riders must have a valid motorcycle driving license issued in their home country. An international driving license is also required. Be sure to contact the relevant authorities in your home country well in advance for more information on obtaining an international driving license.

Will I need maps?2019-12-18T06:31:37+00:00

Simple street maps are often available locally. The best road maps are available from the German publishers Reise Know How and Nelles. These are only available in specialized bookstores or online.

Where can I stow my bags?2019-12-18T06:24:02+00:00

Your baggage will be carried by the support vehicle. Please don’t pack too much – remember: less is more. From time to time, we’ll have to carry our baggage over short distances to the hotel. Baggage is not insured, so please be sure to purchase your own baggage insurance for the trip if necessary. Your personal items for the day are best kept in the saddlebags or your daypack. Tank bags – including magnetic ones – can be used on the Enfields, but we don’t provide them.

How much is the deposit for the bike?2019-12-18T06:24:00+00:00

Riders must make a deposit of USD/EUR 500.00 in cash for their bikes. The deposit will be refunded when the bike is returned in good condition. The deposit corresponds to the comprehensive insurance deductible for damage to the rented bike and damage or injuries to third parties caused by the rider.
(The deductible is payable in such cases!)

Important note: The deductible also applies to damage or injury to third parties. In practice, the rider is initially liable for the full damages. The costs are later refunded by the insurance company, minus the deductible.

What are the specs of the bikes?2019-12-18T06:23:59+00:00

Technical specifications: Single-cylinder four-stroke, 499 cc, 16 kW (28 bhp) at 4,600 rpm, 178 kg, 80 cm seat height, 123 kph max.

Our Enfields were manufactured from 2013 to 2017 and are well-maintained. Naturally, some of them bear the minor battle scars typical of touring motorcycles. Technically, they are all in top shape and perfectly suited to the planned tours. They’re tremendous fun to ride, and their handling is safe and predictable after a brief familiarization period. Our average speeds on the tour range from 40 to 60 kph, depending on the road conditions and traffic.

What’s a typical day on the road like?2019-12-18T06:22:49+00:00

A travel day normally begins at 8 am with breakfast. Around 9 am, after a short briefing by the road captain, it’s time for the day’s riding, the mileage of which can vary quite a bit. Plenty of time will be available for lunch and coffee breaks, of course. Depending on the day’s mileage, we’ll reach the destination hotel between 3 and 4 pm.
Since our tours vary considerably, we may also hit the road at 8 am on high-mileage days – which is also nice, because then we have the whole day ahead of us.

Why is Bhutan more expensive than other destinations?2020-01-29T09:21:48+00:00

If you want to travel to Bhutan, there is a minimum rate of $ 250 that a tourist has to pay each day for his Bhutan trip. Most of the money goes directly to Bhutan’s health and school system. The minimum rate set by the Bhutanese government doesn’t include local and international guides, mechanics, bike transport or other motorcycle tour related items.
Even if the prices are a bit more expensive compared to other tour prices, Bhutan is definitely worth it. A tour of Bhutan awaits you, where you will experience a hidden country, a new culture and unique adventures.

How do I get to Bhutan?2020-01-29T09:21:02+00:00

Via Delhi by plane to Thimphu, the capital. Or by motorcycle across the border at Samdruk near Guwahati (in the east of the country) or in the west at Phuentsholing.

What vaccinations and medications do I need for Bhutan?2020-01-29T09:20:41+00:00

Everyone who travels to Bhutan should of course have the standard vaccinations. These include hepatitis A and B, tetanus, diphtheria, measles and pertussis.
A vaccination against hepatitis A and B or its refreshment is generally recommended. In addition to medication for personal use, remedies for stomach problems, diarrhea, insect bites, fever and colds are recommended.
Some doctors may recommend taking malaria prophylaxis, but there is little risk of developing malaria in Bhutan. No participant has had to fight malaria on any of our tours. It is best to speak to your doctor about this. This also applies to the vaccinations recommended above.
For emergencies, our medicine chest is already a small treasure chest. We are prepared for (almost) every ailment. For the other cases, we organize everything necessary quickly and conscientiously with professional routine. However, every tour participant should bring good health and general fitness with them. It is important in any case that you take care of it in good time so that you do not get all the vaccines injected at the same time!
In the event of current dangers from epidemics or the risk of plague, we will react and inform you immediately. However, this has not happened in the past ten years.

Do I need a visa for Bhutan?2020-01-29T09:20:33+00:00

Yes, everyone who travels to Bhutan needs a visa. We will organize a visa for you.

How are the roads in Bhutan?2020-01-29T09:20:29+00:00

The whole country is made up of curves only, on average we count 10 per kilometer. There is hardly any traffic, even the capital Timphu does not need traffic lights! We experience small mountain roads in different conditions. The ride will never be boring – wonderful landscapes take away the joy of “driving fast”. Pure enjoyment and the real classic Royal Enfield Bullets, made for cruising at a speed of 30-70km / h.

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