Bhutan with Biking Tour (5N/6D)

Mountain biking in Bhutan is a whole new sport that is steadily gaining popularity amongst the Bhutanese and visitors alike. The country’s topography, especially in the western, central and eastern regions, are not the most cycle-friendly but that is precisely why mountain biking is gaining momentum amongst more and more visitors. The mode of transport itself calls for a certain intimacy seldom experienced in vehicles

Day 01: Arrival: Paro – Thimphu (65kms/1.5hrs)

Paro (alt. 2200m/7218ft) – The beautiful valley of Paro encapsulates within itself a rich culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan’s oldest temples and monasteries, National Museum and country’s only airport. Mount. Chomolhari (7,314m) reigns in white glory at the northern end of the valley and its glacial water plunge through deep gorges to form Pa Chhu (Paro River). Paro is also one of the most fertile valleys in the Kingdom producing a bulk of the locally famous red rice from its terraced fields.

After landing Paro, drive to Capital City. Thimphu is a small, charming capital city nestled in the heart of the Himalayas with a population of about 100,000 people. It is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimphu is still a fitting and lively place, home to civil servants, expatriates, monk body and also centre of government, religion and commerce. Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style.After reaching check into the hotel and visit:

Buddha Point (Approx. 2 hrs round trip)

Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing

This morning start riding from your hotel to Cheri Goemba (monastery) further northwest ups the Thimphu valley which is about 3 hours round trip. On the way stop in Dechencholing, where you can visit Pangri Zampa monastery (Astrology learning centre) and then ride through to Beygana for your hike to the Goemba.

Cheri Monastery

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha (77kms/3hrs)

Punakha Altitude:  1300m/4265ft. Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan during the time of Zhabdrun Ngawang Namkgyal, the founder of Bhutan. Today it is the administrative and religious center of the district and the winter home of Bhutan’s Central Monk Body. It is blessed with temperate climate and owing to its natural drainage from Pho Chhu (male) and Mo Chhu (female) rivers.

After breakfast you will be chauffeured till Dochula Pass (3150mts/10,000ft) which offers panoramic views of the Himalayan Ranges.  The pass is decorated with 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten, which were built to celebrate the stability and progress, brought to Bhutan by His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King.From here on you can ride to Punakha (Approx. 1.5hrs) and visit the following Places:

Chimmi Lhakhang

Day 04: Punakha – Paro (137kms/4 – 5hrs)

After breakfast you will be again chauffeured till Dochula Pass. Here onward, ride on a bicycle till Capital City of Bhutan (Approx. 1hr).After lunch drive to Paro and visit the following places:

National Museum

Paro Rimpong Dzong

Drukgyel Dzong

 Day 05: Paro – Hike to Taktshang, Tiger’s Nest (3-4hrs)

After a wholesome breakfast drive to Taktshang base where your hike begins

Day 06: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Paro airport for departure

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