The former Kingdom of Bhutan is a magnet that would attract your fascination in many ways. Surrounded by the Himalayan mountains and a land full of charming and friendly people who are deeply rooted in Tibetan Buddhism, this country would take you through the diversified rich landscape from mountain valleys to impenetrable jungles, from beautiful villages to mountain monasteries on an unforgettable journey.
Bhutan – has been a kingdom until the king himself ordered democracy in 2008 and since then it's a constitutional monarchy. The king however is highly revered by the folk.
Bhutan – has been a sealed off to foreigners for ages and only the few lucky people were allowed until recently. Even though, today, as the country has become more open for tourism – it is strictly monitored and regulated.
Bhutan – touches, fascinates and it would take the traveller on a journey of self-discovery through roads with never ending curves and over the magnificent mountain passes. Is there anything more beautiful than discovering this mystical land on an equally unique Royal Enfield Bullet in the company of a modern day adventurer Dylan Wickrama? Treat yourself to a dream like journey that would take you back in time and take you from West to East and back West on breath-taking and winding roads through hidden valley.
- Spectacular flight along the Himalaya with a view of the
Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, Jhomolari
and the equally spectacular landing at the city of Paro.
- Over 3000m high passes Chelela, Dochula, Pelela, Yotongla,
- Impressive Dzongs (Mountain Monasteries)
- Famuos Tiger Nest Monastery in Paro.
- Rare Black-necked cranes (Autumn Tour)
- Rhododendron forests (Spring Tour)
- Traditional folks and an unique culture
- Tour guided by Dylan Wickrama
1. Day: Flight
Individual arrival in Dehli.
Upon request flights can be arranged by onthewaytours Ltd.
2. Day: Paro (2195m)
Around midday flight to Paro which is estimated a 2 hour flight along the Himalayan mountains which you'd find an incredible experience. In Paro you'd be taken to your allocated hotel by the local crew and in the evening we would get to know your Enfield Bullet.
3. Day: Punakha (1400m)
And we are off! We get on the Enfields and start our adventure trip along the Paro River where rice fields and villages line the road. This route between Paro and Thimphu is the busiest on this trip. After an hour, just before Thimphu, the road branches off to the Dochula Pass (3115m). When the weather is nice, the view of the Himalayan giants is overwhelming. We take time to visit the 108 Buddhist stupas. Afterwards, we will visit the Temple of the Divine Mad Man in Wangdue and the beautiful Dzong (Monastery Castle) in Punakha. The Dzong lies between the Mochhu and Pocchu rivers (mother and father rivers).
Optional: Drive towards Gasa
4. Day: Trongsa (2800m)
We enjoy the breakfast on the terrace of the hotel with a scenic view of the Dzongs and look forward to today's route. Again we follow the river to Wangdue through subtropical landscape. Shortly after Wangdue, there are hardly any villages. The road between the mountain and the river leads us through the forest to the Pelela Pass (3420m). In good weather you would enjoy the view of the holy mountain Jhomolhari (7326m). Once you are over the mountain pass, the landscape changes. Now you would experience more and more open space as opposed to forest landscape where there are plenty of grazing grounds with multitude of yaks feeding in them. On the way we stop at a big stupa built in the Nepali style. Meanwhile we got used to the windy roads and enjoy them on our trip to Trongsa. After our arrival there we visit the powerful and one of the most important Dzong of the country and later you would enjoy the sight of it from the hotel, which is a treat when it is lit at night.
5. Day: Jakar in Bhumtang (2580m)
Today we reach Central Bhutan. After reaching the city of Trongsa the road still leads uphill and continues up to 3425m, to the summit of the Yutong Pass. Also here the view is overwhelming. Along the road there are mainly rhododendron trees, which turn into a sea of colours in spring. The district of Bumthang includes the four valleys Chumey, Jakar, Tang and Ura. We'll stay in Jakar.
Optional: trip up the Jakar valley or visit temples (Bumthang is the cradle of Bhutanese Buddhism) and/or visit the Swiss restaurant of Fritz Maurer, who emigrated in the 1960s and built a cheese dairy and beer brewery.
6. Day: Ride to Mongor, the most adventurous route of our trip
Today we start early. Though it is a challenging day, you can look forward to an unforgettable and spectacular course. Shortly after the Ura Valley, the road line with connifer trees ascents for 30 kilometers till the pass of Thumsingla (3800m). Often the pass is foggy, which gives the surrounding a mystical touch. Till this point we have overcome 3150 meters. The journey from here takes you through the forest, and when you are further down, through an opening Sengor becomes visible. The next 20 kilometers between Sengor and Namning is the most adventurous route of all of Bhutan. The road is cut into the rock and is meandering through the mountains with steepy slopes. An astonishing experience! But the sweat does not flow just because of this section, also the temperature rises steadily. After the river crossing, you are in the subtropics. But not for long - soon leads the road in zigzaging again over 1700m. Once you have reached Mongor – you have earned yourself a cold beer!
7. Day: Tashigang (1170m)
Today there are no major passes to cross, the highest is only 2450m, but the famous curves of Yadi, a settlement on 1500m, have it all. Tashigang is the main town of the Trashigang district and our easternmost point, the city has about 2500 inhabitants. It's great enough to entice you for sure!
8. Day: Mongar (1700m)
We take time to explore the surroundings of Tashigang and visit the Radi Valley, which is famous for its weavers and beautiful villages. It is amazing how the same route back to Mongor looks very different than the eastward journey. You will noticed this all the way back to the west time and again.
9. Day: Jakar in Bumthang (2550m)
What a gift it is to experience this spectacular route once again! How does she feel today? We leave Mongar, which is located on the mountain and descend down to the river, climb up to Namning and enjoy the thrill of the overhanging rocks and the steep downhill road until we are in Sengor. There we would master the challenge of the endless curves till Thumsingla Pass (3800m) and down into the Ura valley to cope.
Optional: If you still have not had enough after the strenuous trip, you can take a trip to the Tang Valley.
10. Day: Gangtey in Phobjikha valley (2900m)
Today, we cross the pass Yutongla (3425m), go through Trongsa and climb the Pelela (3420m). Shortly after the pass we leave the road and reach the beautiful Phobijkha valley, which is located in the "Black Mountains", the valley is wide and unique. From the end of October to the end of March, the rare black-necked crane migrate here. Our hotel is located very close to where the cranes hang out.
Optional: Excursion to the valley.
11. Day: Thimphu (2320m)
In the morning we will enjoy the Phobijkha valley again and thereafter, return to the main road, which leads us down the Pelela and rises shortly after Wandue to the Dochula Pass (3115m). We take a look back to the east, to the Himalayan peaks and feel how awe-inspiring uniqueness of this country. After a short drive we are in the capital Thimphu, which will appear to us a little hectic after having seen the rest. Although traffic is somewhat congested, there is not a single traffic light, just one single policeman standing at one crossroad. In Thimphu we visit the most important tourist sights.
12. Tag: Ha Valley
In the morning we drive north of Thimphu to the Tango Monastery, which is one of the oldest monasteries located on a mountain. We will walk uphill for an hour and explore the monastery. Then we drive via Thimphu to the lovely Ha valley.
13. Day: Drive across the Chelela Pass to Paro
The Chelela Pass is about 3800m high and offers us exciting curves once again. The highlight today is the stunning view of the Himalayas. After the pass, we continue winding through fairy forest until we reach Paro - a real treat!
Optional: Drive along the Paro Valley
14. Day: Paro
Today, we spend the day on our feet rather than on wheels. We experience a highlight of every Bhutan traveller: the monastery of Taktsang, better known as "Tiger nest", which is built around 900 meters above Paro in the cliffs. The hike takes about 3 hours and is a “Must”!
Optional: ride the Royal Enfields again in the afternoon, souvenir shopping, a massage or a traditional "Hot Stone Bath".
15/16. Day: Getting ready to travel home
After breakfast transfer to the airport. When we look out through the plane window down to the wooded mountains and the Himalayan giants in the background, a sigh of pleasure would express the gratitude for all that you experienced on this beautiful journey in mysterious Bhutan. At noon we reach Delhi and you will be travelling individually.
Optional: According to your flight plans, there is the possibility to book a city tour in Delhi and be back in time for your flight.
A trip to Bhutan seems expensive at first sight. It is because government imposes fixed amount as taxes on each traveller per day and the income is used for education and to support other social projects. However, considering the fact that all costs are covered: hotels, food, transport, guide, drivers, back up Vehicle Park and tourist entrance fees etc., (except alcoholic beverages, personal expenses) - it is a good price value.
Price Enfield motorbike rider: USD 6´890.-
in double room, 12 - 16 persons exclusive flight to Delhi*
Price accompanying person: USD 5´590.-
in double room, 12 - 16 persons exclusive flight to Delhi*
Small group fee: 7 – 11 persons USD 1380.-
4 - 6 persons USD 2760.-
- Flight Delhi – Paro – Delhi in Economy Class
- Overnights in middle class hotels
- Full board
- Royal Enfield motorbike
- Tour guided by Dylan Wickrama, adventurer
- local bike guide, mechanic and crew
- Vehicle and luggage transportation
- Entrance fees
- Indian Visa
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personal expenses
*Flight can be booked on request in Economy or Business Class by onthewaytours Ltd.