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Bhutan Bicycle Tour 13 Days

Bhutan Bicycle Tour  
Trip Duration : 13 Days
Trek Length :
Trip Rating : Easy-moderate
Maximum Altitude : 10,000 ft
Activity : Cultural tour
Lodging : Hotels
Transportation : by Vehicle and Flight
Begins & Ends : Paro
Best Season : March to May and September to November
Trip Date :
Land Cost :
Single Supp :
Group Size : 1-16 Persons

Destinations: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, Bumthang, Ura Valley, and Wangdi.
Trip rating: Easy to moderate cultural tour with some hiking
Best Time: March to May and September to November

High Season: March to May and September to November
These months are peak season in Bhutan and flight seats and other related services are very difficult to confirm. Full particulars of all participants should be provided at least 60 days in advance in order to hold all services on confirmed basis.

Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive Paro International Airport
If flying in from Delhi-Kathmandu, one will experience breath taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, and other Himalayan peaks including Bhutan's sacred Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake. On arrival at the airport, transfer to Hotel Gangtey Palace. This beautiful, historic old mansion belongs to the late Prime Minister's family. It has a commanding view of the valley and has been extensively renovated to accommodate guests.

Day 2 Paro
Morning: Drive to Drugyal Dzong (a ruined fortress 16kms away from Paro town). Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. One a clear day, one can see Mount Jomolhari, Abode of the Goddess Jumo, rising 7,329 meters. On the way back, you'll have an opportunity to visit a typical Bhutanese farm house. The entire Paro valley is relatively flat and is a great start to your first day of bicycling.
Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan. This was the watch tower of the Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong. It was converted to the National Museum in 1968, and is located on a hill above the Paro Dzong overlooking the Paro valley.
Visit the Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong. This massive fortress is located in Paro valley and is approached by a gently sloping flagstone road and a beautiful covered wooden bridge. Today the Dzong is the administrative seat of the district of Paro, and it also contains a state monastic community of approximately 200 monks. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb wood work, is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan. This Dzong was built in 1645 AD. Overnight at the Gangtey Palace Hotel.

Day 3 Thimphu
After breakfast, either drive or ride bicycles to Thimphu, the capital city. The drive meanders along the Paro and Thimphu river and takes approximately 2 hours (65 kilometers). The gradient of the road is excellent for bicycling as there are no steep climbs or descents. Check into Hotel Druk Yul/other.
Lunch at the hotel
Afternoon, visit the Memorial Chorten (huge stupa) built in the memory of the third King of Bhutan, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who reigned from 1952-1972.
Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved.
Dinner at the hotel and a reception by your hosts.

Day 4 Thimphu
Morning: Bicycle to the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in the country (built in 1629 AD). Opportunity to visit with some of the monks and observe life within the monastery. In the old days, the oldest son of every family was offered to a monastery where the child grew up as a monk. Even now, it is not uncommon for some families to continue the practice.
Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other handicrafts are displayed and can be purchased.
Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon, visit Tashichhodzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the Ministries, the offices of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot.
Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still practised through the instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist scrolls).
Bicycle to Pangri Zampa Monastery which is just beyond Dechencholing (5 kms from Thimphu). This monastery was the residence of the founder of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel when he arrived in Bhutan in 1616 AD. Dinner at the hotel and free evening

Day 5 Punakha
After an early breakfast, set out for Punakha and Wangdi. On the way, stop at Dochula Pass (10,00 ft) for a hot cup of tea/coffee and to enjoy a spectacular view of the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges (on a clear day). From Dochula, bicycle down into Wangdi which is located 51kms down. It is an exhilarating ride.
Check into hotel and have lunch
After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong which houses the district administration offices. It is also the winter residence of the State Monastic Body and its Chief Abbot, the Je Khenpo. Punakha was the former capital of Bhutan. The Dzong lies between two rivers, the Pho Chhu (male river) and the Mo Chhu (female river). This Dzong was built in 1637 AD.
Visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong which is 13 kms from Punakha. This Dzong and the town is perched on a hill, between two rivers and has a spectacular view. The Dzong was built in 1638 AD, a year after the Punakha Dzong was built.
A tour vehicle will follow the bicycle group at all times in case of emergency or general weariness.

Day 6 Trongsa
Drive to Trongsa, and on the way guests can bicycle certain stretches of the road. The terrain has steep ascents and descents and has some spectacular scenery. Overnight at hotel in Trongsa.

Day 7 Bumthang
After breakfast, visit the ancient Watch Tower in Trongsa. This structure sits atop a hillock overlooking the Trongsa Dzong and town. Ancient armors are displayed in the Watch Tower.
Visit the Trongsa Dzong, the ancestral home of the present Royal family of Bhutan. It was built in 1648 AD and is one of the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan. It is presently the administrative seat of the Trongsa district and the home of the monastic school. Built split levels on a narrow spur, this Dzong is an architectural marvel. The view from the Dzong is spectacular and one can see for many miles. In the old days, it was the vigilance point for both the eastern and western trade routes, thus a strategically important Dzong.
After a light refreshment at the hotel, drive to Bumthang. After crossing a high pass, guests can bicycle all the way to Bumthang. The road is broad and all downhill after the pass. Check into hotel in Bumthang.

Day 8 Bumthang
After breakfast, bicycle around the most beautiful valley in Bhutan. It is possible to bicycle a radius of 60kms around the valley.

Day 9 Ura Valley
After breakfast bicycle to Ura valley some 69kms from Bumthang. Ura is another beautiful valley over 9,500 ft high. Sightsee in Ura valley and drive back to Bumthang.

Day 10 Wangdi
Bumthang to Wangdi (197kms). On the way, when possible, guests can bicycle certain stretches of the road. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu. After crossing Dochula Pass guests can bicycle all the way to Thimphu (26kms downhill).
Sightseeing in Thimphu and if the day falls on the weekend, visit the famous weekend market in Thimphu, where the local populace gather for weekly shopping for produce. Shopping opportunity.

Day 12 Paro and Taktsang Monastery Hike
Guests can either drive to Paro or bicycle. Check into hotel and have lunch. After lunch hike to the view point of the famous Taktsang Monastery. The roundtrip hike takes about 4 hours.
Evening: Stroll around Paro town and interact with the locals.

Day 13 Depart Paro
Early breakfast at the hotel, drive to Paro International Airport to connect your flight to onward destination. We will help you until you depart Paro.

Tour Cost Includes:

  • Twelve nights accommodation in quality hotels in Bhutan on twin sharing (lodging is based on local Bhutanese standards and quality properties are used)
  • full-board meal plan (3 meals a day)
  • all ground transportation including arrival and departure
  • English speaking local tour guide throughout the trip
  • Royalty and taxes to the government, riding ponies and pack animals on treks
  • Entrance fees to temples and monasteries visited.

Tour Cost Excludes:

  • Visa fees US$20 per person and Bhutan Tourism Development Fee (TDF) US$10 per person payable directly on arrival at Paro Airport Immigration
  • international airfares and departure tax
  • personal travel and medical insurance
  • alcoholic and soft beverages, telephone, laundry and tips
  • Festival surcharge US$30 per night per person based on number of nights at the festival
  • Charges for delays caused by situations beyond our control such as bad weather, natural disasters, civil unrest, and emergency rescue costs.

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