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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

Antz
Well organized

“Well organized, excellent tour lead with support crew.”

Daphne
Spiti Valley - Absolutely fantastic!

“Absolutely fantastic. The pre-trip organization and communication was stellar. The itinerary and accommodations were well planned and our guide, mechanic, and support driver collectively allowed for a trip where any risk of stress was quickly replaced with nothing but pure delight. I took the Spiti Valley tour ("Gateway to Tibet") which offered otherworldly views and rich cultural exposure. The remote area was particularly enjoyable as even when compared to other Himalayan routes there was very little traffic... truck or otherwise (The last thing I want to do is to go to a remote location to be stuck endlessly maneuvering around slow trucks). I sing the praises of Vintage Rides at every possible opportunity. I've ridden motorcycles all over the world either independently or with a tour group and this trip was tops! I wish I had sooner discovered Vintage Rides and they will certainly be my choice again. Vive la Moto! (If you like to see the video of the trip it is at advmotorbike dot com under "global moto"... it will say in image more than my words can convey!)”

James McBride
Amazing Royal Enfield Tour - Far East

“Vintage Rides provided a very exciting and interesting overseas motorcycle adventure tour in Thailand and Laos. The product was delivered in a well structured and thoughtfully composed manner. Well done guys and gals, will ride with you again someday. Cheers James”

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