Royal Enfield Motorbike trip from 25.11.-07.12.2018, USD 5´580.-

If you are an adventurous person and you dream of a trip through Bhutan on a Royal Enfield, then the trip with adventurer Dylan Wickrama is exactly what you are looking for. This video shows what you will expect.

 

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.  

 

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. 


Westbhutan
Aussicht auf Jhomolhari

 Highlights

 

- With Royal Enfield Bullet riding the curving roads of Bhutan      from East to West

- Travel over 3000m high passes Chelela, Dochula, Pelela,           Yotongla, Trumsingla

- Impressive Dzongs (Mountain Monasteries)

- Rare Black-necked cranes 

- Enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the Bhuthanese people 

- Famous Taktsang monastery (Tigernest) in Paro

- Spectacular flight along the Himalayas with a view of 

   Jhomolari, Kanchenjunga,  Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu

 - Traditional folklore and an unique culture

- Tour guided by Dylan Wickrama 

Travel Itinery

1. Day: Flight to Guwahati and Transfer to Samdrup Jonkhar

After your individual arrival in Dehli, you fly to Guwahati, where you will be met by your tourguide and drive 3 hours to the border at Samdrup Jonkhar. There you will get to know your Royal Enfield Bullet.

Overnight in hotel (D)

Upon request flights can be arranged by onthewaytours Ltd.

 

2. Day: Drive to Trashigang 

After breakfast you begin your trip on the Bullet and ride along the curving roads towards Trashigang. You will start in the subtropics and will pass different vegetation zones. 

Overnight in hotel (B/L/D)

 

3. Day: Day excurtion to Tashhiyangtse

In the morning you are visiting the impressive Dzong (Bhutanese fortress/monastery) which was built in 1659 on a mountain. Afterwards you´ll ride to Tashiyangste where the famous handmade wooden bowls are produced. Ride back to Trashigang. 

Overnight hotel (B/L/D)

 

4. Day: Drive to Lhuntse

The ride today leads via Mongoar to Lhuents and has a lot of variety of vegetation from subtropical to alpine. You also will enjoy the zig-zag bends of Yadi which is great fun for bikers. In Mongar you are leaving the East-West highway and are heading towards Lhuentse, only 90km away but one of the most remote areas. Lhuentse is home of the Wangschuck family, the actual royal family. You will see women weaving the "Kishuthara", a very special form of weaving. You will stay at a family home.

Overnight homestay (B/L/D)

 

5. Day: Lhuentse

Today you will explore the area and ride to Takila where you see the 50m statue of Guru Nangsey. The road will be challenging as it is more a track than a road. It is a day to ride, rest or learn more about Bhutanese life. 

Overnight homestay (B/L/D)

 

6. Day: Ride to Jakar, Bumthang District

This morning you will leave early as there will be a long and  challenging day, you can look forward to an unforgettable and spectacular course. First you´ll ride back to Mongar, then down to 650m into subtropic vegetation and up again to Namning. 

The next 20 kilometers between Namning and Sengor is the most adventurous route of all of Bhutan. The road is cut into the rock and is meandering through the mountains with steep slopes. An astonishing experience! 

Soon you will reach the pass of Thumsingla (3800m). If the weather is clear it will be a great view though often the pass is foggy, which gives the surroundings a mystical touch. At this point we have climbed 3100 metres! 

The road is lined with connifer trees and descends for 30 kilometres till Ura valley. From there another 2 hours ride will lead you to Jakar where you have earned yourself a cold beer!

Overnight in hotel (B/L/D)

 

7. Day: Jakar, Bumthang District

Today you can rest or explore 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,

Overnight in hotel (B/L/D)

 

8. Day: Drive to Phobjikha Valley

Today, we cross Yutongla  pass (3425m), go through Trongsa and climb the Pelela pass (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 migrates there. Our hotel is located very close to where the cranes gather.

Overnight in hotel (B/L/D)

Optional: Excursion further into the valley

 

 9. Day: Drive to Gasa via Punakha 

After visiting the black neck cranes you are heading back to the main road and ride the curves of Pelela pass down to Wandue Phodrang, from there it is a flat ride towards Punakha. The Dzong lies between the two river Mochhu and Pochhu. We are visiting this impressive Dzong. Afterwards you are riding gradually to Gaza where natural thermal water basins are waiting for you to relax your muscles. 

Overnight: in fixed tents (B/L/D) 

10. Day: Drive to Ha Valley

You ride back to Punakha and shortly afterwards there is an ascent to Dochula Pass (3115m). When the weather is nice, the view of the Himalayan giants is overwhelming. We take time to visit the 108 stupas. Afterwards we descend to the capital Thimphu where we will stay a short while before continuing to the scenic Ha Valley. 

Overnight in homestay (B/L/D)

  

11. 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 Jhomolhari if the weather is good. After the pass, we continue winding through fairy forest until we reach Paro - a real treat!

Overnight in hotel (B/L/D)

Optional: Drive along the Paro Valley

 

12. Day: Paro, 2300m

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 "tigernest", which is built around 900 metres above Paro in the cliffs. The hike takes about 3 hours and is a “Must”!

Hotel (B/L/D)

Optional: ride the Royal Enfields again in the afternoon, souvenir shopping, a massage or a traditional "Hot Stone Bath".

 

13. 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 home individually.

 

A trip to Bhutan seems expensive at first sight. It is because the 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 5´580.-

in double room, 10 persons, exclusive flight to Delhi

 

Price accompanying person: USD 4´580.-

in double room, 10  persons exclusive flight to Delhi

 

Small group fee:

1 - 5 persons   USD 2500.-

6 persons          USD 1900.-

7 persons          USD 1300.-

8 persons          USD   800.-

9 persons          USD   500.-

 

Included

- Overnights in middle class hotels

- Full board

- Royal Enfield motorbike

- Fuel

- Flight Paro – Delhi  (or Kathmandu) in Economy Class

- Tour guided by Dylan Wickrama, adventurer

- local bike guide, mechanic and crew

- Vehicle and luggage transportation

- Entrance fees

- Bhutan Visa

 

Not included

- International flights to and from Delhi or Kathmandu

- Flight to Guwahati

- Indian Visa

- Alcoholic beverages

- Tipps

- Personal expenses

 

*Flight can be booked on request in Economy or Business Class by onthewaytours Ltd.

 


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