The bicycling in Bhutan would thrill and put sweaty adrenaline rush climbing up the tolerable highway, and while mounting down, the cool air would breeze through the face and making you fresh again. The charm and the beauty of tranquil nature in whole of the tour will make you feel as if in the next world.
Many cyclist enthusiast and professional in the world has commented and recommended worth trying in Bhutan.
Favorable months for cycling are March, April, May, September, October and November.
The best rated and comfortable itinerary is 9N10D, but the customer can modify the itinerary as desired on any aspects.
- ITINEARY DETAILS (9 Nights 10 Days):
Day 1: Arrive at Paro Airport at an altitude of 7,500 ft. after receiving and checking in the hotel, you will start bicycle to visit the Ta Dzong, National Museum of Bhutan, Paro Rinpung Dzong. The Dzong houses administrative office and monastic community. Overnight at Paro.
Day 2- Paro – Thimphu: (65 kilometers; 2 hours) easy for bicycling with gentle steep and climb. After breakfast, you will cycle to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. En route stop at Chuzom (confluence) where Paro River joins Thimphu River. Check into your hotel on arrival. After lunch, visit the famous Changlingmithang Stadium and archery field. If you are lucky, you may catch a game of archery in progress- otherwise visit paper factory, Buddha Dordenma, Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan). Overnight Thimphu.
Day 3 Thimphu (Tango)
Tango Monastery is 13 KM north of Thimphu, and takes one-hour till the base. A monastic school and retreat built in the 15th century is the residence of the Druk Desi Gyaltsen Tenzin Rabgye, a lama who is a reincarnation of the 16th century monk who founded Tango (tango means horse’s head; the monastery is named for a rock formation on the mountain it is built on). Tango’s inner courtyard is beautifully painted in bright colors, with lovely views stretching across the Thimphu Valley. After reaching the base we would return to Thimphu and stroll around and visit Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum and Arts and Crafts School. By evening relax and prepare for sweaty ride. Overnight at Thimphu.
Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha. (77 kilometer, takes 3 hours)
After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic uphill climb to Punakha with a stop for lunch at Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, cycle downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. On the way, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimmi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Receive a special fertility blessing from Lama’s wooden phallus if you wish. Overnight at Punakha.
Day 5: Morning bike to visit Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong or commonly known as Punakha Dzong was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637-38. It is the winter home of Bhutan’s Central Monastic Body. The Dzong houses the most sacred relics of the Southern Drukpa Kagyud school including the Rangjung Kasarpani, and the sacred remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Padma Lingpa. It’s also known for the coronation of the kings of Bhutan. Overnight at Punakha.
Day 6: Spend the day exploring Wangdue and Punakha Valley on your bike. You can prefer to visit some farmhouse or a monastery nearby. Overnight at Punakha.
Day 7: Punakha to Paro. (135 Km, 3-4 hours)
You will drive back to Paro today. You can prefer either bike or a car with a stop in Dochu La Cafe for tea. On the way, visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Continue drive to Thimphu and check into your hotel on arrival. Evening explore the interesting handicraft shops or can also visit the local farm house. Overnight at Paro.
Day 8: Paro Taktsang Special
After breakfast, you will hike to Taktsang or the “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery perched precariously on the cliff 900m above Paro valley. It is the most famous monastery in Bhutan. Guru Rinpoche, the 8th century spiritual master is said to have flown on the back of tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. Explore the monastery, and if you wish, you can sit for a short meditation before you hike down to the valley floor.
Later you can enjoy the hot stone bath, often used by the Bhutanese to treat joints pain and other sickness. Overnight at Paro.
Day 9: Paro – Chele-la – Paro
Early morning bike to Chele-la pass which is 45 kilometers away from the Paro Valley and is 4200 meters above sea level. From this point one can have a superb view of Mt. Jhomolhari & Jichu Drakey. Descending 22 kilometers down the other side of the hill will reach Haa Valley. After picnic lunch return back to Paro.
Day 10: Paro
Bid farewell at Paro Airport. Tashi Delek.
- All meals
- Tours and admission charges as per itinerary
- Guide Service and Tour Managers
- Two bottles of mineral water along the tour per head
- Royalty Fees of US$ 65, Visa, taxes and permits.
- All transfers and transportation.
- Accommodation in twin sharing basis.
- All activities as noted in the itinerary;
- Tourism Development Fund charges;
- Lunch and evening tea at local restaurants;
- Traditional Dress;
- GNH Session.
- Flights in and out of Bhutan
- Ponies and horses
- Hot Stone Bath
- Travel/Medical Insurance – optional
- Personal expenses such as Tips and gratuities (optional), bar/beverages, laundry, telephone and others not listed in the included section
- Airfare to Bhutan
- Bicycle ride per day is US$ 20- 30 – you can opt to take a bicycle on any of the journey
- Kayak per trip is US$ 90
- Rafting is US$ 50 per head per trip but min person required is 5
- Besides the hotels we offer, you may also upgrade to 4- 5 star recommended hotels
- Single supplement is US$ 40