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Motorcycle road trip Bhutan - The Dragon Kingdom

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. 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 €4,790/pilot
€4,190/pillion

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Bhutan 12 stages - 668 miles


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D1 / Arrive in Delhi

You’re picked up from the airport and transferred to the hotel. Your room is available from midday. Overnight stay at hotel.

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D2 / Delhi - Samdrup Jonghkar - 62 miles

We take an early morning flight from Delhi to Guwahati in Assam, a small state in east India. From there, we’re taken to the Bhutanese border in a private vehicle. After administrative paperwork, we head to Samdrup Jongkhar, where your Himalayan adventure begins.

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D3 / Samdrup Jonghkar - Trashigang - 112 miles

Today’s the big day! After just a few miles, you will have already fallen in love with how easy it is to ride the Royal Enfield, which is perfect for the curved roads of the Himalayan foothills. We ride from one peak to the next, taking in the surrounding countryside: bamboo forests and traditional stilt houses. We stop to visit some sites en route to Trashigang.

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D4 / Trashigang - Mongar - 59 miles

We leave for a short leg to Mongar. En route, we make a small detour to the Drametse Dzong. This sixteenth-century monastery is the largest and most important in east Bhutan. We head through dense blue pine forests, where woody plants, ferns and wild orchids make up the undergrowth.

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D5 / Mongar - Bumthang - 118 miles

We drive through the thick jungle, where we can make out Zhongar Dzong. We then leave this semi-tropical area surrounded by bamboos and creepers behind us and arrive on a vast plateau. We push on through another coniferous forest and start our way up to the highest pass in Bhutan: Thrumshingla Pass (3,800 m). We arrive in Jakar in the Bumthang Valley (2,600 m), famous for its monasteries.

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D6 / Bumthang - Gangtey - 93 miles

We head towards the west through Chume valley among vast farmlands dotted with temples. Surrounded by oak trees, woody plants and magnolias, we make our ascent to Pele La (3,300 m). We ride back down and head to Gangtey and its superb monastery. Perched on the mountainside and set on several levels, Trongsa Dzong is neatly nestled on a spur that drops into the Mangde river gorge.

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D7 / Gangtey - Punakha - 50 miles

We start the day on a beautiful mountain road, through dense black forest, worthy of a sci-fi film. The road then slots into a narrow valley with barely any houses, before heading up to the Black Mountains. The ride down takes us to Tikke bridge and then to a hamlet called Chuzomsa (confluence).

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D8 / Punakha - Thimphu - 47 miles

We continue to Thimphu via the Dochula Pass, at an elevation of over 3,100 m. We quickly reach the capital and make the most of the afternoon to visit Memorial Chorten, built in 1974 in honour of Bhutan’s third king. You can also take a walk around the mini zoo to see some takin, the country’s mascot.

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D9 / Timphu - Paro - 115 miles

Our penultimate day on the bikes, and one of the best! We drive back down from the capital to Paro via Dobji Dzong, where we can take in the views of Mount Jomolhari, standing proud at 7,314 m. A beautiful road takes us to Haa before we tackle Chele La pass (3,800 m). We finally ride down towards Paro, the final stop on this tour of the Dragon Kingdom.

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D10 / Paro - 12 miles

Today, we can go to the Tiger’s Nest monastery, perched on a cliff at 3,120 metres altitude, approximately 700 metres above the Paro Valley. We have lunch at a restaurant on our way back before heading back to Paro. You can spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure in Paro.

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D11 / Paro - Delhi - Flight

You are transferred to Paro international airport, where you take your flight back to Delhi. Overnight stay at hotel.

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D12 / Delhi

Your room is available until 10 am. You are transferred to Delhi international airport according to your flight schedule, where our services end.

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The riders' opinions

Tracey
I would Highly recommend Vintage Rides

“I would Highly recommend Vintage Rides. All we had to do was show up & ride. The rest was taken care of.”

Laurie
A truly memorable trip

“A really fun, well organised ride that was designed to give us some riding excitement, a good look at some interesting parts of India and comfortable accommodation at the end of each day. Our tour leader was wonderful and clearly had in mind the well being of the riders. We had no problems with the bikes at all, but had a mechanic along just in case. Would I go again? Yes, very happily. Would I recommend it? Absolutely, but probably only to people who had some reasonable riding experience.”

Paul
Vintage Rides - Simply the Best.

“Having joined two tours in India previously with Vintage Rides I have no hesitation in booking a third and recommending this company as experts in their field to anyone contemplating a guided tour on the sub continent or the far east. Vintage Rides is a French company and as expected many of the riders are French speakers but it is not a barrier. I speak English and have only a little of the French language but I have been welcomed by both the tour leaders and the other riders without any problems at all. Communication is not a problem in the brotherhood off the bikers. The tour leaders know their stuff and take you to places off the well beaten tourist track, always mindful of one's safety. The support team for mechanical issues that can occasionally arise with the robust Royal Enfield 500cc Bullet bikes and for transport of luggage and local knowledge remove any concerns, just sit back and enjoy the ride.”

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From April 13th 2019 to April 24th 2019
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