Motorcycle road trip Bhutan

The Dragon Kingdom


An exclusive motorbike trip in the land of happiness, for a close-up experience of one of the world’s best-preserved cultures.

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India has long been his adoptive country, and the Himalaya his home. The region’s roads and wildlife hold no secrets for him.

An outstanding motorbike tour that takes you flying through the Himalayan highlands. The lofty views before you ride down into Paro are a stunning taste of what lies ahead. Welcome to the last Himalayan kingdom where nature and traditions are still intact, and the Bhutanese are abundantly kind and generous. You’ll ride along the most beautiful Himalayan roads, dotted with majestic dzongs (Buddhist fortress-monasteries) that overlook Bhutan’s enchanting valleys. Don’t delay for a second – join us on a unique tour in the heart of a country whose national emblem is happiness !

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Period March & April / October & November
Duration 12 days incl. 8 days' riding
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Comfort or Boutique
From 5390€/pilot
5090€/pillion

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Bhutan 12 stages - 845 Km


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D1 / Arrive in Delhi

You're met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

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D2 / Delhi - Sandrup Jonghkar

A morning flight from Delhi to Guwahati in Assam, a small state in eastern India. Then a transfer towards the border with Bhutan. After a few administrative formalities we reach Sandrup Jonghkar, the starting-point for our timeless adventure.

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D3 / Sandrup Jonghkar - Trashigang - 180 Km

The big departure for our motorcycle trip in Bhutan! Right from the start, you'll fall in love with the Royal Enfield's flexibility and comfort. We ride from ridge to ridge, with views over the surrounding countryside. All around: bamboo forests and stilted houses. Then we reach Trashigang.

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D4 / Trashigang - Mongar - 90 Km

We depart for a short stage to Mongar. On the way, we make a detour to Drametse Dzong. This 16th-century monastery is the largest and most important in eastern Bhutan. Our road then cuts through dense forests of blue pine.

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D5 / Mongar - Bumthang - 190 Km

We continue through thick jungle, then leave behind this bamboo and its semi-tropical climate, for a vast plateau. We begin climbing to the highest motorable pass in Bhutan, Thrumsingla (3,800m).

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D6 / Bumthang - Gangtey - 150 Km

We resume our route westward, across Chume Valley: wide-open expanses of farmland, and scattered with temples. A forest of oak, rhododendrons and magnolias heralds the start of our climb to Pele La pass (3,300m).

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D7 / Gangtey - Punakha - 80 Km

Before reaching and visiting the splendid dzong in Punakha, we start the day on a handsome mountain road. Then back towards Pele La. The road squeezes into a narrow valley with few dwellings, then we tackle the Black Mountains. The superb descent takes us to the bridge in Tikke, then to the hamlet called Chuzomsa ("confluence").

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D8 / Punakha - Thimphu - 75 Km

We continue to Thimphu via Dochu La (more than 3,100m). We soon reach the capital, and use the afternoon to visit the Chorten Memorial or the Folk Heritage Museum, which gives a fascinating insight into the lifestyle and traditions of Bhutan.

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D9 / Timphu - Paro

To reach the capital, Paro, we head to Dodji Dzong, from where we can admire Mount Jhomolhari (7,314m/23,996ft). A beautiful road takes us to Haa, then we climb to Chele La (3800m).

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D10 / Paro

We reach the Tiger’s Nest temple, which clings to the cliffs at 3,120m altitude. Not far from the monastery, but 800m above the foot of the precipice, is "the Tiger's Lair", a hermitage where a monk withdrew for several years. Then back on the road to Paro. Free time.

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D11 / Paro - Delhi

Transfer to Paro airport for the flight to Delhi. Arrive in India, and transfer to your hotel. Free time.

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D12 / Delhi

The end of your journey. Transfer to Delhi international airport as per your flight-departure time.

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The riders' opinions

Suresh Yeraballi
Lifetime experience riding across Rajasthan, India.

“Vintage Rides represented by Denise had tailormade a bike route in Rajasthan for four of us and I should say they have planned the trip so meticulously that everything went so seamlessly and gave us an experience of a lifetime, in terms of riding and the stay at some awesome places. They have mint condition bikes and an excellent team onboard, who are best in what they do and a note of thanks to the team leader Sid and support staff Ashraf, without whom the trip would have been incomplete. Cheers!”

stephen buskell
Vintage Rides SrI Lanka

“I was born in Sri Lanka but I was taken to parts I didn't know existed. Excellent knowledge of which routes to take to avoid the sometimes hellish traffic. The bikes were great fun : this is despite me being 125 kilos on a 350 - impressed ! They seem to be constantly reviewing their hotels which can only mean a better experience I would recommend this company to my biking friends”

Matthew
Great staff/tour personnel

“Firstly, the airport experience on arrival was a little disjointed but of no great consequence. From thereon in wonderful people to deal with and our tour leader/support staff were excellent. The bikes were in good mechanical condition and we were fortunate that our group had a good skill set as there were some challenging roads. Notwithstanding though this trip would be suitable for most capable riders. No alcohol in the high altitudes is recommended. A very professional outfit all round.”

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