9-day Bhutan motorbiking tour

Traverse Bhutan, the Buddhist kingdom of the Himalayas, on your Royal Enfield motorbikes on this 9-day motorbiking trip. With a gang of adventurous bikers, your ride begins from the Indian town of Siliguri. Riding on winding roads to the backdrop of snow-capped peaks, you'll arrive at Paro in Bhutan, where you'll go on a short trek to visit the captivating Tiger's Nest monastery. You'll continue riding to a few iconic destinations in Bhutan like the Punakha Dzong, Druk Wangyal Chorten, and visit many small but beautiful towns along the way.

Please note that price displayed is the per person price for a booking for one motorbike rider and one pillion rider.

Destination

Bhutan, the hermit kingdom on the eastern ridges of the Himalayas, is your destination on this 9-day motorbiking itinerary. From Siliguri in West Bengal, a thrilling ride takes you along twisting roads into Sikkim and then across national borders into Bhutan. You'll ride through the peaceful valleys of Bhutan, through gorgeous and dense woods, exploring the towering mountains of the country.

You'll visit iconic landmarks that are venerated among Buddhist pilgrims and explore the true culture of the country with traditional architecture and gorgeous artwork. Your motorbiking trip concludes as you ride back to Siliguri, with memories of an unforgettable adventure.

Destination highlights

Explore the Buddhist kingdom on a 9-day motorbiking tour. | Visit the bowl-shaped Phobjikha Valley in Bhutan. | Go on a short and easy trek to the Tiger's Nest monastery. | Soak in the beautiful Bhutanese culture at iconic landmarks.

Off-road biking

Yes

Yes

400 feet

10000 feet

400 feet

975 kms

160 kms

Experienced road captain and support mechanic with spare parts

Royal Enfield

RE Himalayan

410cc engine

NA

NA

Experienced support crew-mechanic - backup vehicle to carry spare parts and tool kits.

Please ensure that vehicle is registered to the riders name and all documents - pollution check - insurance - drivers licence etc - are in order.

No

NA

NA

There is no pick-up for this Bhutan motorbiking trip.

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There is no drop-off for this Bhutan motorbiking trip.

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Siliguri

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08:00

09:00

Arrive at Siliguri in the morning and begin the Bhutan motorbiking trip with an extensive 160-km ride on NH-31. You'll ride through acres and acres of thick forests and tea plantations as you proceed towards Phuentsholing. After the paperwork to enter Bhutan, you'll feel the ambiance change from the chaos of Indian cities to the quiet and orderly kingdom of Bhutan. You'll arrive at Phuentsholing and spend the evening getting acquainted with your fellow bikers and road captain. Overnight in a hotel at Phuentsholing.

Overnight at a hotel in Phuentsholing.

Arrive at Siliguri. Today, you'll ride across the border and reach Phuentsholing. You'll have to buy breakfast and meals at your own expense at restaurants and eateries along the wa. Please make sure to carry a govt-issued photo ID, a passport and a valid driver's license.

Food

No meals are provided today

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Day 1 Milestone

Siliguri

Phuentsholing

08:00 AM

Early in the morning, you'll embark on an uphill ride to ascend more than 6,000 feet in a series of twisting roads. Before reaching Thimphu, you'll stop by local tea houses and canteens to take a break, admire the scenic views and have some snacks. With gentle weather in the sky, you'll reach the capital city of Bhutan by late afternoon. Overnight in a hotel at Thimphu.

Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

Ride from Phuentsholing to Thimphu. You'll be accommodated at a hotel in Thimphu. Phuentsholing is the border town on the Indo-Bhutanese national border. Indian citizens do not require a visa to visit Bhutan but are required to carry a valid passport. Today's meal package includes breakfast only.

Food

Breakfast

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Day 2 Milestone

Phuentsholing

Thimphu

07:00 AM

Today, you'll explore Thimphu, a bustling town that is the center of commerce, religion, and government. You'll begin at the Memorial Chorten, a stupa built in the honor of the third king of Bhutan. You'll visit the local mini-zoo to see a Takin, the country's national animal. You'll visit the Tashichho Dzong, a Buddhist house of worship and a fortress. You'll also visit a folk heritage museum, a traditional paper factory and the local marketplace. Overnight in a hotel at Thimphu.

Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

Spend the day at Thimphu. You'll be accommodated at the same hotel in Thimphu. Today's meal package includes breakfast only. Every day, you'll stop by a restaurant or eatery to have lunch. You can buy dinner from the hotel where you'll spend your night.

Food

Breakfast

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Day 3 Milestone

Thimphu

Thimphu

07:00 AM

Today, you'll ride from Thimphu to Punakha, a pleasant journey though dense woods and views of towering Himalayan mountains. Travelling over rural roads and highways, you'll advance towards the Punakha Dzong. En route, take a detour to visit the Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the fertility temple of Bhutan. Overnight in a hotel at Punakha.

Overnight at a hotel in Punakha.

Ride from Thimphu to Punakha. Your entourage will be led by an experienced road captain who will assist you throughout the trip. You'll be accommodated at a hotel in Punakha. Today's meal package includes breakfast only.

Food

Breakfast

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Day 4 Milestone

Thimphu

Punakha

07:00 AM

You'll ride toward Phobjikha, a U-shaped glacial valley resting at an altitude of more than 9,800 feet against the backdrop of the Black Mountains range. You'll often spot flocks of black-necked cranes, along with wild boars, sambars, serows and other local wildlife on the route. After exploring the valley, you'll ride back through the woods to Punakha. Overnight in a hotel at Punakha.

Overnight at a hotel in Punakha.

Go on a day trip to visit the Phobjikha Valley. You'll spend the night in the same hotel in Punakha as yesterday. All accommodation will be in twin or triple sharing rooms. Couples will be given twin sharing accommodation, only subject to availability. Today's meal package includes breakfast only.

Food

Breakfast

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Day 5 Milestone

Punakha

Punakha

07:00 AM

Begin your journey to Paro via the Dochu-La pass. En route, you'll stop to visit the Druk Wangyal monastery, where you can explore the culture through beautiful artwork and paintaings. After a tour of the monastery, you'll stop for lunch at Thimphu and continue your journey towards Paro. Overnight in a hotel at Paro.

Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Ride from Punakha to Paro. Your entourage will be followed by a support vehicle that will ensure that you're never the last rider in line. You'll be accommodated in a hotel at Paro. Today's meal package includes breakfast only.

Food

Breakfast

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Day 6 Milestone

Punakha

Paro

07:00 AM

Taking a break from motorbiking, you'll undertake a 5-hr hike to the Taktsang Monastery, also famously known as the Tiger's Nest. Perched at an altitude of 10,240 feet, it is one of the most sought-after places by Buddhist pilgrims in Bhutan. After visiting the monastery and clicking amazing pictures of the valley from the top, you'll hike down the valley floor and head back to Paro. Overnight in a hotel at Paro.

Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

Trek to the Tiger's Nest Monastery at Paro. This is an easy trek that can be attempted by anyone with a basic level of health and fitness. You'll be accommodated in the same hotel at Paro as yesterday. Today's meal package includes breakfast only.

Food

Breakfast

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Day 7 Milestone

Paro

Paro

07:00 AM

Rev up your bikes for an 8-hr ride to reach Phuentsholing. You may choose to visit a few attractions in town such as the Chukha Hydrothermal project or a crocodile breeding centre. You'll continue riding toward Siliguri, cross the national border back to re-enter India and return your bikes back to the tour operator upon reaching Siliguri. Overnight at a hotel in Siliguri.

Overnight at a hotel in Siliguri.

Ride from Paro to Siliguri. Your motorbiking adventure ends here as you return the motorbikes to the operator at Siliguri. You'll be accommodated in a hotel at Siliguri. Today's meal package includes breakfast only.

Food

Breakfast

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Day 8 Milestone

Paro

Siliguri

07:00 AM

You'll check-out from the hotel by early morning. Your Bhutan motorbiking trip ends here.

Your trip ends in the morning.

Today's meal pacakge includes breakfast only. Your Bhutan motorbiking trip ends here.

Food

Breakfast

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Day 9 Milestone

Siliguri

Siliguri

07:00 AM

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • 410cc Royal Enfield motorbike for one motorbike rider plus one pillion rider
  • Fuel for motorbikes, as required
  • Backup vehicle to carry luggage, fuel, spare parts and support crew/mechanic
  • Basic spare parts for the motorbikes (all spare parts chargeable, if used)
  • Accommodation in hotels or guesthouses for 8 nights on a twin/triple-sharing basis (couples on a twin-sharing basis, subject to availability)
  • Meal package consisting of all breakfasts from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on day 9
  • Services of experienced road captain, mechanic and support staff
  • All government permits and charges
  • All applicable taxes

Excludes

  • Travel arrangements between your home city and Siliguri
  • Upgrade to one person per 410cc motorbike without pillion rider (arranged for total trip cost of INR 47,200 per person)
  • Seat in Tempo Traveller/support vehicle without a motorbike (arranged for total trip cost of INR 47,200 per person)
  • Refundable security deposit of INR 10,000 per motorbike
  • Lunch and dinner, throughout the trip
  • Entry fees and photography/video charges at places of interest
  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Personal expenses like extra meals, beverages, apparel or gear etc.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • T-shirts/shirts and jeans/track pants
  • Jacket or sweater
  • Inner thermal wear
  • Wollen and cotton socks
  • Waterproof, sports shoes
  • Not to wear - Expensive gadgets or jewellery

What not to Wear

  • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
  • Restrictive clothing
  • Flip-flops

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • 410cc Royal Enfield motorcycle
  • Fuel for the motorbike, as required
  • Backup vehicle to carry luggage, backup fuel, spare parts and support crew

You need to get

  • Rucksack
  • Govt-issued photo ID card (plus driver's license)
  • Towel and napkins
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sunscreen lotion (SPF 40+) and lip balm
  • UV Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Dry snacks (chocolates, biscuits, etc.)

Medical Kit

  • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit for this trip.

Cancellation policy

If the tour operator cancels this Bhutan motorbiking trip due to any unavoidable circumstances, then you'll either be offered a spot in the next scheduled departure date or a 100% refund.

If you cancel this Bhutan motorbiking trip at any day after the booking: no refund.

In case of no show: no refund.

All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This transaction fee is charged by The Great Next.

Rules on trip

Travellers are required to follow all instructions of the road captain during the Bhutan motorbiking trip.

Travellers are required to carry a valid, govt-issued photo ID card and a valid driver's licence.

Travellers getting their own motorbike must ensure that the vehicle is registered to the rider's name and all the relevant documents (pollution check, insurance, and driver's licence, etc) are in order.

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

Travellers are allowed to bring their own motorbike on this Bhutan motorbiking trip. In such cases, the price of the trip will reduce to INR 30,000 per person, without fuel.

The departure date of this Bhutan motorbiking trip is subject to change on account of any unavoidable circumstances like landslides, flight cancellations, weather conditions etc.

The itinerary of the trip may change on account of unexpected traffic jams, roadblocks or any other issues. Any extra cost

The tour operator reserves the right to alter the trip cost in case of an unprecedented hike in the price of petrol.

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