Bhutan definitely tops the must-visit bucket list for all motorcycling and traveling enthusiasts. Exploring the traditions, cultural diversity, and simplicity of living in Bhutan riding on a motorcycle is a must-do for all adrenaline riders and biking aficionados. Being able to take your motorcycle and ride along mountain passes and quaint towns absorbing the tranquility and happiness will surely invoke a sense of serenity within. Bhutan as a biking destination has great treasures in its store waiting to be explored. The winding mountainous roads rising as high above, alongside clouds and steep rides down allow riders to fulfill their desire for extreme adventure.
You will be forced to leave a piece of your heart back at the narrow roads with remote green mountainous vegetation, places of spiritual reverence perched on perilous cliffs, and picturesque villages with welcoming local folks. Bhutan is at the cusp of modernism but also strived hard to maintain sovereignty and individualism along with our age-old customs, traditions and always greet newcomers as one of our own. At every turn, you take on your bike an un-miscible adventure awaits to be explored and appreciated.
|TOUR OPERATOR||Big Bike Tours – Knight Adventure Tours|
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Thimphu Capital City / Paro Internationa Aiport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please be informed, that you arrived at least one day before the tour starts at Thimphu Capital City. We recommend two days before the tour start to acclimate and avoid jet lag.|
|RETURN TIME||The tour will end in Paro after finishing the trekking to the Tiger´s nest late afternoon, you can fly back the next day from Paro Internationa Aiport to your final destination.|
|GEAR||We recommend bringing your gear to be the most comfortable. BUT we also offer helmets, jackets, gloves, and knee guards (European high-quality brands in many different sizes). Please be informed, that we do not offer boots and trousers due to hygienic reasons.|
Please be informed, that our tours are all-inclusive. So you can completely focus on your holiday, the adventure, the riding, and the unseen Bhutan. There are no hidden costs or other surprises – our tour prices are final. All is paid. Come ride with us – the real deal!
PARO – THIMPHU CAPITAL CITY – PHOBIJKHA – BUMTHANG –
MONGAR – PANBANG – GELEPHU – PUNAKHA – PARO
(Distance: about 1,240 km / 770 miles )
Day 1. Arrive at Paro International Airport and then drive to the Thimphu Capital City (Distance 55 km (1 hr) Altitude: 2300m above sea level)
On arrival at the airport, our representatives from Big Bike Tours will greet you and drive you towards Thimphu.
Briefing on the trip:
• Traffic rules and regulation( As per the Road Safety and Transport authority)
• Safety Measure
• Introducing among the co-bikers
After the briefing, we will be heading towards Thimphu and on the way to Thimphu visit, Tamchhog Lhakhang which is located on the opposite side of the Paro River. This temple was built by Thang Thong Gyalpo of Tibet in the 15th century.
Sightseeing Tashichho Dzong: The name means Fortress of Glorious Religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. The Dzong was the coronation site of the 5th King in 2008.
Bhutan Post Museum: The museum tells the story of Bhutan’s progress and development through the evolution of communications and the postal system in the country. The journey is told through anecdotes, artifacts, and the rich assortment of stamps the country has produced.
Later in the evening, you can stroll around the City.
Overnight stay in Thimphu.
Day 2. Thimphu to Phobjikha via Wangdue (Distance 145 km (3 hrs) Altitude: 1350m above sea level)
Morning sightseeing Kuenselphodrang – where the largest Buddha statue in the country is perched on the hillock, overlooking the magnificent Thimphu valley.
After sightseeing departs for Phobjikha. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through the forest of pine come across Dochula pass (3,150m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountain ranges, especially on clear winter days. The beauty of the place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyel Chortens, a total of 108 stupas.
Continue ride to Phobjokha. In the mountains east of Wangdue Phodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. This quiet, remote valley is the winter home of black-necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate.
Morning visit Black-Necked Crane Center (Grus nigricollis) that breeds on the Tibetan Plateau in summer and winters mainly in remote parts of Bhutan? As per the WWF studies in 2016, its global population is estimated to be around 11,000 cranes. Approximately 500 new areas or being misdirected by weather conditions during its migration.
Overnight stay in Phobijikha.
Day 3. Phobjikha to Bumthang via Trongsa (Distance 159 km (7 to 8 hrs) Altitude: 2600m above sea level)
After breakfast, we’ll take the same winding road for 15 km then division towards Pele La pass (3,390m ASL) and continue towards Trongsa. In Trongsa, visit Museum: Situated strategically above the Trongsa dzong, the Ta Dzong served as the watchtower for centuries. It was built by Choeje Minjur Tempa in 1652. The Ta Dzong was renovated and converted as a museum at a cost of Nu. 97 million with funds from the Austrian government. The museum is dedicated to the coronation and centenary celebrations.
Trongsa Dzong: Trongsa Dzongkhag is located near the center of Bhutan and was considered crucial in controlling the kingdom in earlier years due to its strategic position.
Afternoon ascends towards Yotongla Pass (3425m ASL). Then descend to Bumthang valley. On the way, we will come across the Yathra Center. Hand-woven wool strips with patterns specific to the Bumthang region are called Yathra. We will make a short visit there to collect gifts for the loved ones.
Day 4. Bumthang Halt
1. Firstly ride to Tang valley. (2 hrs and distance 46 km): It is one of the best-kept secrets of Bhutan. Perhaps, the least accessible of the Bumthang valleys, Tang beckons with its pristine highland beauty. Explore windswept peaks where yaks roam and ramble down verdant slopes dotted with grazing sheep. Home to the revered saint Terton Pema Lingpa, who discovered many treasures as prophesized by Guru Rimpoche, Tang is proud of its sacred shrines and spiritual heritage.
2. Ride to Membertsho (30 mins ride): Mebar Tsho or the Burning Lake is situated in the southern part of the Tang Valley. It was here at this lake that Pema Lingpa the renowned Terton,
The treasure revealer discovered several treasures. Festooned by the colorful prayer flags, Mebartsho is a sacred lake that has ensnared the heart of many tourists with its astounding legend.
3. Jambay Lhakhang: It is one of the 108 monasteries built by King Songtsen Goenpo in the 8th century to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region. Visit Swiss farm: and taste cheese, apple brandy, and locally brewed wine and beer.
4. Hot stone bath.
Overnight at Bumthang.
Day 5. Bumthang to Mongar (Distance 198 km (8 to 9 hrs) Altitude: 1600m above sea level)
We’ll be starting early and heading to Mongar. Breathtaking surrounding vegetation as we climb through the various climate zones. After riding about 45 km comes the Ura village, one of the best examples’ villages in the country. Later we will come across Thrumshingla Pass (2nd the highest motor able pass in Bhutan) 3750m above sea level. Then descend to Sengor Village, we’ll stop here for lunch.
After lunch, we will come across the most dangerous section of the road called Namling Brak (Cliffs) where we’ll stop for photos and continue toward Mongar. (Capital City of Eastern Bhutan).
Overnight in Mongar.
Day 6. Mongar to Panbang (Distance 195 km (5 to 6 hrs))
After having breakfast we will be heading towards Panbang. Panbang located in the south of Bhutan. It falls under Zhemgang Dzongkhag, the least developed district and it is located 13 km away from the Indian Border. Panbang today Situated in one of the remotest parts of Bhutan, despite modernization, the life of the villagers has remained authentic and very simple. They practice shamanism and depend on nature for food.
Royal Manas Park: The oldest national park of Bhutan situated in the southern foothills of Bhutan with a total area of 1057 km. While entering the gate of Manas National park of India, we need to pay Rs.300 as the entry fee, however, if you are driving down from Panbang it takes 12 km to the park. To go to another side of the park, one needs to take a boat ride. The park is home to varieties of fauna and flora. RMNP is home to over 86 different mammals, 365 birds, and 900 plant species. Asian elephant, tiger, golden langur, clouded leopard, and gaur are some notable wildlife you can find in Manas.
Overnight in Panbang.
Day 7. Panbang Halt (Sightseeing)
After Sunrise we will be going for sightseeing.
Visit Bamboo Craft Center: Community Liason Cane & Bamboo Centre by OGOP & APIC, the center exhibits artistic bamboo handicrafts like bamboo baskets, hats, holders, carpets, and many more. The products are handmade and are woven by local people. Both men and women engage in weaving bamboo handicraft products. Although Bjoka villagers are well known for weaving bamboo souvenirs, people from the Kheng region are born with bamboo weaving skills.
River Rafting: Kheng is not only rich in wildlife, but also home to Bhutan’s largest river basins, the Mangde Chhu and Dangme Chhu basins. As Bhutan becomes a coveted destination for nature tourism river rafting has become the ‘must do’ activity in any travel itinerary.
Swimming & Fly Fishing: Panbang comes abundance with green emerald river and riverbank. Because of its tropical climate, outdoor swimming has become one of the leisure activities of local folks. Travelers must try outdoor swimming throughout the year except during monsoon season. If you are would like to go fishing you will require permits for fishing from the forestry department however you could do fly fishing.
Overnight at Panbang.
Day 8. Panbang to Gelephu (Distance 159 km (9 hrs))
The morning after having breakfast we will be moving towards Gelephu. Gelephu is a region of the Dzongkhag of Sapang. It is located in Southern Bhutan on the border with India and this makes it a hub for cross-border trade. Gelephu is a warm, fertile region with plenty of rainfall and is one of the areas through which visitors can enter Bhutan overland through the Indian state of Assam and it is also a gateway to the Royal Manes National Park, the oldest nature preserve in the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Overnight at Gelephu.
Day 9. Gelephu to Punakha (Distance 184 km (6 to 7 hrs))
The ride from Gelephu to Punakha will be fairly pleasant riding through plains with wide roads and hot weather. Along the highways, we can see local ethnic women selling their organic produces. The roads will be less dramatic with fair road conditions and moderate traffic. The journey will see us ride through orange orchards with a pleasant village environment. As we near Punakha, we will be riding through the massive construction site of the Puntshangchu I and II Hydro-Electric Projects.
Overnight stay at Punakha.
Day 10. Punakha to Paro (Distance 145 km (3 hrs) Altitude: 1350m above sea level)
We’ll ride over several small passes, across desert plains, and past vivid, mind-boggling rockscapes, and eventually witness a sunset in the idyllic setting of the 1000-year-old Lamayuru Monastery. The evening can then be spent exploring the monastery, or simply taking in the ancient Stupas around the settlement and the radiant rock formations. … or just kick back with a beer amid the scenery.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11. Paro Halt (Day Hike to Tiger Nest)
No trip to Bhutan is complete without hiking up the Takstang or Tiger’s Nest. Takstang is the most recognized cultural icon perched high up at an altitude of 3000m on a cliff. It is believed that in the 8th century the great tantric master Guru Rimpoche (2nd Buddha) flew on the back of a tigress to the site where the monastery now stands. The hike will take approximately 4 hours (to and from).
After the hike, get ready for a hot stone bath at a farmhouse.
Overnight stay at Paro.
Day 12. Paro (Departure)
After your breakfast in the hotel, your guide will escort you to the airport and bid farewell.
Bhutan opened its doors to the outside world in the 1960s and since then modernization has been gradually stepping in. Although Bhutan has enhanced its economic and social development in all aspects, it has also remained true to preserving the country’s rich culture and tradition. Today, Bhutan is one of the most attractive tourist destinations because of its unique culture and tradition, and pristine natural environment.
Most adventure riders also seek out the roads of Bhutan. The twists, the bends, the curves on all roads in Bhutan are incomparable to any other. What makes it so special? You will be riding your bike, literally at the edges while enjoying the vast diversity of forests, rivers, and mountains. At every stop of your ride, it holds for you to see one of the many endangered species of birds, animals found in the virgin forest of Bhutan, or a mystical fortress or temple that holds many legends. Your experience in Bhutan will definitely be thrilling and it is for certain that the more you ride in Bhutan, the more you will want to ride. Most of the motorable roads in Bhutan have very little traffic, which makes it even more adventurous for riders to enjoy the sharp narrow bends en route. Riding in Bhutan will give the riders an out-of-the-box experience, with not only high winding motorable roads but a rich exposure to the country’s culture and tradition which are much observable.
Tourists can book a package holiday to Bhutan through both International and Bhutanese local tour operators. Information is available from travel agencies.
The Royal Government of Bhutan sets minimum selling prices for packages to Bhutan and this must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan.
The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:
High Season Tariff – US$ 250 per person per night halt (March, April, May, September, October, and November).
Low Season Tariff – US$ 200 per person per night halt (December, January, February, June, July, and August).
The minimum price includes:
- All internal taxes and charges (including the royalty)
- All Meals
- All travel with a licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide
- All Internal Transport
- Camping Equipment and Haulage for Trekking Tours
The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on an actual basis.
The rates shall apply uniformly irrespective of locations and the type of accommodation provided/asked for. A list of hotels and lodges approved for international tourist accommodation updated from time to time shall be issued by TCB.
Minimum package cost is revised starting 1st January 2012. USD$ 250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November. And USD$200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December. For more information please check with TCB.
Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subject to a surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:
Single individual US$ 40 per night
Group of 2 persons US$ 30 per person per night
The 10% agency commission payable to agents abroad shall not be deductible from the surcharge.
The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visits duly approved and cleared by TCB.
Other than Indian, Bangladeshis, and Maldivian nationals, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa; all visas are issued from Thimphu; visas are only issued to tourists booked with a locally licensed tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent. Applications for tourist visas are submitted by the tour operator. Visa clearance from Thimphu must be obtained before coming to Bhutan. Visa clearance takes at least 10 days to process. Air tickets to Bhutan cannot be purchased without visa clearance. At your point of entry, the visa will be stamped in your passport on payment of US$20, two passport photos will also be required. Visas are issued for a 15day period; extensions can be obtained in Thimphu at a cost of Nu.510.
There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or roadblocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.
Note: INR (Indian Rupees) denominations of 500 and 1000 are not accepted in Bhutan.
HEALTH: The best medical facilities are at the general hospital in Thimphu. Travelers are advised to advise to avoid untreated or un-boiled water. Altitude sickness can affect some travelers although accommodation is at around the same altitude as most ski resorts. General medicines are readily available but guests are advised to bring in their own requirements for the duration of their visit. Guests should consult their doctors and arrange travel insurance prior to departure.
DRESS: Clothing requirements vary greatly depending on the season. Light, loose clothing is appropriate for summer days with evenings requiring a sweater or jacket. From autumn till the end of winter, warm clothes are required. Warm trousers combined with layered clothing, fleece or down-jackets, a hat, and gloves are recommended. Bring comfortable sports shoes for light touring and hiking boots for treks. When visiting dzongs, monasteries, and lhakhangs, appropriate attire is required. With nothing shorter than knee length and shoulders should be covered, ideally down to the mid-upper arm. Sunscreen, lip balm, and sunglasses are strongly recommended for higher elevations.
Many of the temples seek small offerings 10/20 Nu (20Nu = circa 25c) – but small notes are in short supply, if you get hold of any keep them – they are always useful.
Getting cash from the Paro airport exchange desk is a great starting point, and Indian rupees are accepted as though local currency – so if you can get any rupees before your visit that can help. But you won’t be able to use cash machines and if you have US$/Euros/traveler’s cheques can be changed in the bank.
Traveling around Bhutan on the roads is slow and can be tiring. You’ll be lucky to average more than 50 kph – so the best advice is to relax and enjoy the scenery. If you are prone to travel sickness, then you might need travel sickness tablets. Don’t be surprised if it takes you longer to reach a destination than you expected.
The food can be in a variety of taste in the capital city but after you leave the capital city it could be boring, but you won’t starve, and there is plenty for vegetarians, but you will be bored after a 10 day stay!
Souvenirs are expensive; the weekend market in Thimphu has the best prices which will typically be 20%-30% less than anywhere else, for broadly the same items.
Upon arrival you will be met at the far side of the terminal by a guide, entry to Bhutan is pretty relaxed but it helps to have a copy of the visa details sent to you by BMT (or at least the number of the visa – which you will also need on exit).
CHECK-IN: The reporting time is two hours prior to the flight departure. All counters are closed 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of the flight. Check-in counters in Delhi will close 1 hour prior to the scheduled departure of the flights.
RECONFIRMATION: All reservations must be reconfirmed at least 72 hours before scheduled departure. Failure to reconfirm will result in the cancellation of the booking without any notice.
VALIDITY: Tickets issued against full fare are valid for a period of one year, except as otherwise provided in the ticket.
AIRPORT/TRAVEL TAX: Airport/ travel tax is payable by all passengers before embarking on a flight.
Following registered baggage is allowed free of charge
Executive 30kg Nil
Economy 20kg Nil
Unless otherwise stated by the ticketing carrier, the free baggage allowed when traveling under concessional fares shall be the same as that of full-paying passengers.
HANDBAGS: To comply with the security regulations, passengers may carry only one hand baggage. Its sum of three dimensions (length, breadth, and height) should not exceed 100 cm and the weight should not exceed more than 5kg. The hand baggage may comprise:
- A lady’s handbag
- An overcoat or a wrap
- An umbrella or a walking stick
- A small camera and a pair of binoculars
- A reasonable amount of reading material for the flight
- For invalid, passengers, a fully collapsible invalid wheelchair and/or a pair of crutches.
All other items, such as typewriters, briefcases, overnight bags, personal radios, vanity cases, large cameras, etc will be weighted with other baggage and will be subject to payment of excess baggage charges if the total weight exceeds the free baggage allowance.
CONNECTION TIME: All passengers are advised to maintain a minimum of 24 hours connection time to avoid misconnections due to weather, which is one of the major causes for misconnections.
Day 1. Arrive at Paro International Airport and then drive to the Thimphu Capital City (55 km)
Day 2. Thimphu to Phobjikha via Wangdue (145 km)
Day 3. Phobjikha to Bumthang via Trongsa (159 km)
Day 4. Bumthang Halt
Day 5. Bumthang to Mongar (198 km)
Day 6. Mongar to Panbang (195 km)
Day 7. Panbang Halt (Sightseeing)
Day 8. Panbang to Gelephu (159 km)
Day 9. Gelephu to Punakha (184 km)
Day 10. Punakha to Paro (145 km)
Day 11. Paro Halt (Day Hike to Tiger Nest)
Day 12. Paro (Departure)
2021 Tour Starts
| on-demand |
(Travel period from June to September)
2022 Tour Starts
| and on-demand |
(Travel period from June to September)
2023 Tour Starts
| and on-demand |
(Travel period from June to September)