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Tour Overview of Bhutan Cycling Tour

  Total Days - 12Days/11 Nights
  Trip Dates- Throughout the year

Outlined Itinerary

  Day 01: Arrive Paro International Airport
  Day 02: Paro - Thimphu (Cycling)
  Day 03: Thimphu - Sightseeing
  Day 04: Thimphu - Punakha (Cycling)
  Day 05: Punakha - Trongsa
  Day 06: Trongsa - Bumthang (Cycling)
  Day 07: Bumthang
  Day 08: Bumthang - Punakha
  Day 09: Punakha - Thimphu (Cycling)
  Day 10: Thimphu - Paro
  Day 11: Paro
  Day 12: Paro- International Airport

Detailed Itinerary of Bhutan Cycling Tour

Day 1 - Upon arrival at Paro International airport, you will be welcomed by our company representative and the tour guide will receive and escort you to designated Hotels in Paro.

In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Zhabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Overnight at Paro.

Day 2 - Today enjoy riding beside rivers and through a mixture of rice fields, coniferous forests and hills dotted with chortens and monasteries. After enjoying a picnic lunch at a wayside spot, continue riding via a narrow gorge through to the widening valley at Namseling. Finally, the quaint suburbs of Thimphu begin to appear and you will see the impressive Semtokha Dzong, built in 1627. The 'Bridge of Prophecy' decorated with many prayer flags welcomes you to downtown Thimphu where you will continue down the main street to your designated hotel. In the evening free for a leisure walk to explore Thimphu city - the world’s smallest capital and the only capital city where Traffic Lights are absent. The walk around the city is easy and would be enjoyable to experience the Bhutanese way of life.. Overnight at Thimphu.

Day 3 - We will start our sightseeing tour visiting Memorial Chorten built in memory of the 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Further, we will visit the Zorig Chusum - 13 Arts & Crafts Institute where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive. The visitors can see students of different trades at work like: Sculpting, Thanka Painting, Wood Carving and other skills.

Afternoon visit to the Textile Museum, Handicrafts Emporium, Crafts Bazaar where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. In the evening free for a leisure walk to explore Thimphu city. Overnight at Thimphu.

Day 4 - The road to Punakha begins with a 22km ride and a height gain of 670m up to Dochu La Pass. Enjoy panoramic view of Black Mountain range at Dochu La, Visit Druk Wangyel Lhakhang, and Royal Botanical Garden on the way. Dochu La is a paradise for photographers. The downhill ride from the Dochu La into the Punakha valley will leave you speechless as you glide through lush forest spread over a distance of 50 kilometres.

After refreshing in the designated Hotels in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the 'Unifier of Bhutan' to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region. It is placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored in recent years by the present monarch and displays some of the best works of Bhutanese arts and crafts. Overnight at Punakha.

Day 5 - Enjoy exploring the bustling market town of Wangduephodrang before visiting Wangduephodrang Dzong. Built in 1639 the strategically located Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. Drive over the Pele La pass (3,420m) on the Black Mountain range, which divide western and central Bhutan. White languor monkeys can often be spotted in the moss-draped forests in this area. On the way visit beautiful Chendebji Chorten, erected in the 18th century. The imposing Trongsa Dzong can be viewed across a deep canyon to signal your approach to the town around a curving road. Overnight at Trongsa.

Day 6 - After breakfast visit Trongsa Dzong, the largest Dzong in Bhutan. Also visit the Ta Dzong museum housing an incredible collection of historical artifacts of the Royal Family. After refreshments, drive to Bumthang, one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the spiritual heartland of the kingdom. The road climbs rapidly up a series of hairpin turns out of Trongsa. After passing through cultivated fields and forested hillsides you will reach the Yutung La Pass. From here ride down through a dense, beautiful coniferous forest to a wide, cultivated valley known as Chummey valley before continuing on in the soft afternoon light to the town of Jakar. Overnight at Bumthang.

Day 7 - Enjoy a day exploring some of the incredible sites of Bumthang, including Jakar Dzong (Dzong of the white Bird) and Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Terton Pemalingpa (founder of the Nyingmapa sect) and containing interesting and ancient Buddhist wall paintings. Pemalingpa's heavy coat of nails is kept in the Vestibule and people are permitted to try it on. It is said that if they can walk around the inner sanctuary three times while wearing it, some of their sins will be forgiven. Also visit Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom where Bhutan's patron saint Guru Rimpoche meditated and Jambay Lhakhang, erected by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. It dates back to the origins of Buddhism in Bhutan and is one of the Kingdoms oldest temples. Overnight at Bumthang.

Day 8 - Drive back to Punakha, stopping at Trongsa for lunch. There will be opportunities to ride along various stretches of road if desired. Overnight at Punakha.

Day 9 - Enjoy a leisurely ride of about 12 kms to reach Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten situated on a beautiful hillock. It houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions. Take a picnic lunch on a picturesque riverside before riding back to Punakha. Afterwards, drive for Thimphu. Overnight at Thimphu.

Day 10 - After breakfast you can either begin riding back to Paro, or to drive there later to allow time to stroll around Thimphu. If it's the weekend, you can walk through the market to see the variety of food of Bhutan, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese and a variety of fresh greens. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. Late afternoon drive to Paro . Overnight at Paro.

Day 11 - Hike to Tiger's Nest, one of the most sacred Taktshang monasteries in Bhutan. It is perched on the cliff where Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress. He subsequently meditated here for three months. You can have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery.

In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Zhabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Overnight at Paro.

Day 12 - The guests will be Seen Off by a Representative of our company and the Tour Guide at the Exit Gate. Wish Bon Voyage!!!

Inclusions/Exclusions

    What's Included

  • Private guided tour
  • Visas for Bhutan
  • All meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver
  • All internal Taxes and charges (including the royalty).
  • A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star may require an additional premium).
  • All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours

    What's Excluded

  • Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
  • Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
  • Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Alcoholic drink
  • Expenditure of personal nature

Package Name: Bhutan Cycling Tour

    What's Included

  • Private guided tour
  • Visas for Bhutan
  • All meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver
  • All internal Taxes and charges (including the royalty).
  • A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star may require an additional premium).
  • All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours

    What's Excluded

  • Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
  • Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
  • Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Alcoholic drink
  • Expenditure of personal nature