Best of Bhutan Bike Tour

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Overview

With an unmatchable ‘blueness’ in the sky and wonderfully unique vistas of lofty mountains, monasteries perched on hilltops, and bright windows adorning white-washed ‘Dzong-like’ houses, Bhutan is nothing short of a topographical wonder! Looking at the surreal landscape around you, you will certainly be gasping from something other than the altitude. Surrender to the warm hospitality and savor your surroundings.

Start

Paro

Finish

Paro

Lodging

casual

Level

challenging

Avg. dist. cycled

50km or 30mi

Suitable for

Age: 18+

Group size

Min. 2, Max. 14

Highlights

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diverse topography

Soak into the stunning and dramatically diverse topography of Bhutan and regions around

Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

DayPlaceHotelMealsDistanceActivity
DAY 1Thimphu L,D20km / 12micycling
DAY 2PunakhaB,L,D65km/39micycling
DAY 3PunakhaB,L,D30km/18micycling
DAY 4Phobjikha ValleyB,L,D70km/42micycling
DAY 5ParoB,L,D30km/18micycling
DAY 6ParoB,L,Dhiking
DAY 7ParoB

Map

The above map gives you an excellent idea about the region on the trip. Though there may be internal flights and trains, shuttle transports and hence the cycling route may be a bit different than shown, however, it allows you to understand the overall geography of the tour.

Accommodation - Casual Inns

Small luxury and boutique hotels that are true to their heritage and character and reflect local ethos are listed here as Casual Inns. They hold within them an unassuming charm and regional character that is an extension of the destination itself. Most of them fall under the 3-star or 4-star category with a possible mix of homestays.

We have chosen them carefully so that you are well-rested; get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah. The above brief itinerary gives you a clickable list of hotels for your perusal.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Thimphu

Enjoy a flight to Bhutan over a stack of snow-topped mountains for a large part of the journey. Pray for a clear sunny day for a stunning view!

We meet at the Paro airport and drive to Thimphu. If time permits, we warm up with a short ride around Thimphu. Visit museums, textile weavers, post offices, and markets, and watch archery at the stadium. After lunch, we’ll ride north on tarmac roads passing through Thimphu’s various residential neighborhoods and surrounding villages. On the way back, we’ll visit the Changangkha Lhakhang and Trashichhodzong Fortress, a fine example of Bhutan’s rich architecture that holds the office of His Majesty the King and the Prime Minister.

Meals: L,D
Cycling Distance: 20km / 12mi
Accommodation:
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Day 2: Punakha

We take up with a bit longer ride to balmy Punakha over the mountains. The route takes you through apple orchards and pine forests and passes through Dochu La Pass (3,140m). The landscape changes dramatically from here to rhododendron forest and fir. We stop by for a lunch here and admire stunning views all around.

A long descend from here takes us to Punakha, a picturesque settlement where you can see small stands of apple orchards and locals busying themselves over farmlands.

Time to rest well and gear up for some serious cycling ahead! Thimphu-Phunaka.PNG

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 65km/39mi
Accommodation:
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Day 3: Punakha

Today, enjoy a beautiful countryside ride visiting ancient fortresses, suspension bridges, paddy fields, temples and a school. Soak your feet in the glacial rivers over a picnic lunch.

Post-lunch visit Punakha Dzong. Sitting majestically at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 30km/18mi
Accommodation:
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Day 4: Phobjikha Valley

The topography changes drastically from lush valley to wetlands over the Nobding valley. Along the way, cross Lha Wang La Pass for a glimpse of Phobjikha Valley. This area is known for black-necked cranes. Wild boars, sambars, Himalayan black bears, leopards and red foxes are also there in surrounding hills. Phunaka-Phobjika Valley.PNG

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 70km/42mi
Accommodation:
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Day 5: Paro

Phobjikha valley is a paradise for bikers and today enjoy a ride on beautiful single-track trails that traverses through pine forests festooned with prayer flags and overlook the bowl-shaped marshland and meadows. Visit the famous Gangtey Gompa monastery and the Black-necked Crane Information Centre on the way.

We have an early lunch and then shuttle to Paro.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 30km/18mi
Accommodation:
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Day 6: Paro

Explore on foot and hike up to the Tiger’s Nest, which overlooks the town from its perch on a sheer hill. The 17th-century monastery is a perfect place to get a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the region. Lovely Kyichu Lhakhang is another monastery worthy of your time.

Later visit Paro National Museum followed by Rinpung Dzong. Enjoy the evening shopping around for various handicrafts and artifacts.

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation:

Day 7: Paro

Travel further as per your onward travel plans.

Meals: B
Accommodation:

Dates and Prices

NOTE:

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Essential Info

Inclusions

LODGING

All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).

trip leader

Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.

bike

Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.

shuttle

A Van support that follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.

meals

Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.

refreshments

Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.

entrance

Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.

Exclusions

Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.

meals

Some meals may not be included. Please check your itinerary.

Beverages

Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.

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