Truly Bhutan

Why Travel Bhutan With Truly Bhutan

8 Days

Bhutan On Bike Cycle

The land of the Thunder Dragon proceeds cautiously into the 21st Century, committed to preserving its pristine forests, rare wildlife, unique architectural wonders, traditional Bhutanese crafts, and deep Buddhist roots.

Tantric Buddhism is the state religion and permeates every aspect of society. The visitor sees tattered prayer flags flying on the highest mountain passes or fluttering on fragile strings over roaring glacial streams. A young man on the main street may set a row of prayer wheels spinning as he passes. An old woman spins her tiny prayer wheel as she sits on the stoop with friends. Majestic fortresses (dzongs) and monasteries grace the hillsides.

Colorful religious festivals, unchanged for centuries, offer seasonal relief from endless farm labor. 70% of Bhutan’s people still live on Bhutan’s barely 8% of arable land. The visitor may see lime green rice paddies or pink buckwheat fields thriving by rippling streams. Bright red chilies dry on rooftops. A young girl may herd her cows along a pastoral hillside surrounded by verdant mountains.

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You will arrive at the picturesque Paro International Airport. we are certain you would have enjoyed the awe-inspiring views of the great Himalayan Mountains and on a clear day caught a glimpse of the mighty Mount Everest. On the approach to the airport, you will also catch a glimpse of 2 of Bhutan’s highest peaks, mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake. After completing the immigration and custom formalities you will be greeted with a traditional scarf welcome by our Host.

From there we will escort you to your hotels for refreshments and lunch. Post lunch we will bike down to the Ta Dzong also known as the National Museum of Bhutan which is situated just above its parent fort the Paro Dzong. We will pay a visit to both these historical monuments. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal constructed Paro Dzong in 1645 AD. We will then return to the hotel for a nice dinner followed by a night’s rest.

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After breakfast, we will begin our bike journey towards Thimphu the capital of Bhutan. The journey will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete and you will drive ride along the excellent Paro- Thimphu highway. Upon reaching Thimphu we will bike down to the post office to see some of the finest Bhutanese stamps and then proceed onwards to the National Memorial Chorten.

The National Memorial Chorten is a large stupa dedicated to the memory of the 3rd king His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. We will then ride up to the Sangaygang viewpoint, and if time and the riders are willing we will ride out to the Semtokha Dzong, which is the oldest fortress in the country. The Dzong today operates as a monastery and is also home to a Bhutanese cultural institute.

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Today we will be leaving the city of Thimphu and riding up to the Dochu La Pass which is at an altitude of approximately 11,000 feet. We will stop here for a well-earned rest and enjoy a view of the eastern Himalayas and visit the 108 stupas that were built there by the queen mother for the wellbeing of all sentient beings on the planet.

Now comes the fun part we begin our descent into the valley to Wangdue and Punakha where we will have a hearty dinner before turning in for the night.

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After a nourishing breakfast, we will bike around the region till we reach the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, which is situated on a hilltop surrounded by cacti the Dzong is one of the most imposing Dzongs in the country, the Dzong is considered one of the most significant strategic Dzong in the country.

We will then take a driving excursion to Khuruthang from where we will cross the river and bike to the scenic village of Shengana. The entire excursion will take about 4 hours after which we will return to our hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

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Today we will retrace our route back to Thimphu via the Dochu La pass. You can discuss with your Host if there are any places of special interest you might be interested in visiting en route to Thimphu. We will arrive in Thimphu by afternoon and after a brief rest stop and lunch we will visit the Jungshi Handmade Paper factory, watch an archery match and pay a visit to the Motithang Takin Preserve, the Takin preserve is a natural preserve that houses Bhutan’s national animal the Takin.

The Takin is a unique specie of Goat Antelope whose origins are shrouded in mystery, according to legend the animal came into being when Lama Drukpa Kuenley put together the remains of a goat and a cow to create a completely new creature that is now known as the Takin. If time permits we will also visit the National Textile Museum.

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Today we will depart early in the morning towards the Paro valley and our eventual destination the world-famous Taktshang Monastery or as it’s known more famously the ‘Tigers Nest’ Monastery. The monastery sits atop a 3000 ft. high vertical cliff and is one of the most awesome feats of human engineering known to the modern world. The monastery is said to have been built over of the spot where the Guru Rinpoche landed after flying to the valley atop a flying tigress.

We will have a nice picnic lunch at the viewpoint cafeteria after paying our respects at the monastery before trekking back down to our bicycles we can either ride back to our hotels on our cycles or take the car back since the hike can be quite tiresome. We will return to the hotel for some well-earned rest and a hot meal before turning in for the night

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After a sumptuous breakfast, we will undertake a daylong trip to the Haa valley. We will first climb up to the Chele La pass before we descend into the Haa valley; the valley has only recently been opened up for tourists.

We will have lunch in the scenic valley before departing back for Paro. Upon return, we will have a farewell gala dinner for our group as this is effectively the last day of the trip.

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After breakfast, you will be dropped off at the airport for the flight back home. We hope you have had a pleasant memorable trip to our beautiful country and wish to see you again. Bon Voyage.

  • Inclusion
  • Exclusion
  • Insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium update).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
  • Route Permit
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
  • All land transportation by private vehicle
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable
  • Drinking water
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable development fee of $200. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, and poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
  • Airfare & Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.

Our Host

Bhutan is one of the most unusual and beautiful countries in the world. You’ll find a land that is blessed with abundance, a deep connection to the past, and a unique culture. Truly Bhutan’s Host is second to none. Handpicked, highly experienced, and scrupulously trained, they bring a wealth of skill and knowledge to each trip. They are fun and friendly, whose aim is to ensure that each trip remains an unforgettable experience. Creating colorful, discovery-oriented tours in a combination of safety and comfort is the mission of our guides. All Host have earned the tour guide’s certificate from the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

Damchoe Lhendrup

Damchoe Lhendrup | Culture & Trekking Expert

Trek guide

Jigme Dorji | Culture & Trekking Expert

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