BHUTAN MOUNTAIN BIKING TOUR-12 Days
Bhutan is a landlocked nation in South Asia, situated at the eastern end of the Himalaya Mountains and is bordered to the south, east and west by the Republic of India and to the north by the People's Republic of China. Bhutan is separated from the nearby state of Nepal to the west by the Indian state of Sikkim, and from Bangladesh to the south by West Bengal. The Bhutanese call their country Druk Yul which means "Land of the Thunder Dragon".
Bhutan used to be one of the most isolated nations in the world. Developments including direct international flights, the Internet, mobile phone networks, and cable television have increasingly modernized the urban areas of the country. Bhutan has balanced modernization with its ancient culture and traditions under the guiding philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH). Rampant destruction of the environment has been avoided. The government takes great measures to preserve the nation's traditional culture, identity and the environment. In 2006, Business Week magazine rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia and the eighth-happiest in the world.
DAY 01: ARRIVE PARO – THIMPHU
Arrival at Paro and, reception by our representative at the airport Overnight in Paro
DAY 02: PARO – A DAY EXCURSION TO TAKTSHANG
Drive up Satsam Chorten (10 km from Paro) and from there walk to Taktsang monastery, known as the "Tiger's Nest." Lunch at Taktsang. The hike takes about 4 hours. After lunch, visit Drukgyel Dzong (a ruined palace), 16 km from Paro. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang (Lhakhang means temple) and the National Museum. Overnight in Paro.
DAY 03: PARO – THIMPHU (and 2 days)
Drive or ride on the bikes: Morning visit to colorful vegetable market; the Memorial Chorten and the National Library. After lunch visit the handmade paper factory and the school of Thangka painting. Stroll around town. Overnight in Thimphu
DAY 06: THIMPHU – WANGDUE PHODRAND VALLEY (5 hours)
Ride on the bikes to Wangdue (79 km). On the way stop to benefit of view on Dochula Pass, and also the extraordinart view of Gasa Dzong.Overnight in Trongsa.
DAY 07: WANGDUE PHODRANG – TRONGSA (6 hours)
After breakfast hike on the bike and climbing to the Col du Pelela where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Himalayas and the pass that separates the West from other parts of the country. Chendebji lunch. Overnight in Trongsa.
DAY 08: TRONGSA – BUMTHANG VALLEY (5 hours)
After breakfast visit Trongsa Dzong from, one of the largest Dzongs in the country, the former residence of the royal family. Visit also the Ta Dzong (Watch Tower) and stroll through the small town of Trongsa. Lunch in Trongsa. Ride the bike to Bumthang valley Valley is one of the most spectacular journeys in Bhutan. Overnight in Bumthang
DAY 08: BUMTHANG- A DAY EXCURSION TO URA VALLEY
A day excursion to Ura Valley. Ura has a Buddhist monastery surrounded by traditional Bhutanese farmhouses. Lunch in the valley of Ura. Overnight in Bumthang
DAY 09: BUMTHANG – SIGHT SEEING
Morning visit Tha Jampa Lakhang, TamshingLlakhang and then Kencho Sum Lakhang. Overnight guesthouse.
DAY 10: BUMTHANG - TRONGSA - WANGDUE VIA GANGTEY
Drive to Wangdue via Phodrang Gangtey Valley is a beautiful valley situated at an altitude of 3000m. Lunch and drive to Wangdue Phubjikha Phodrang Overnight in Wangdue Phodrang
DAY 11: WANGDUE - PUNAKHA – PARO
Drive to the town of Punakha and Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong lies between two major rivers with a splendid view of Punakha Dzong. rivers are called Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River). Lunch at Punakha. Afternoon towards Paro. Overnight in Paro
DAY 12: PARO – PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
For departureTransfer to airport for onward flight.