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Bicycling Tour

The rugged, mountainous landscape of Bhutan lends itself well to both on-road or off-road mountain biking and the sport is seeing increasing popularity among both visitors and Bhutanese alike. The rugged, mountainous landscape of Bhutan lends itself well to both on-road or off-road mountain biking and the sport is seeing increasing popularity among both visitors and Bhutanese alike.

There are a variety of biking routes available ranging from smooth journeys on paved roads to challenging off-road dirt trails that wind through rough terrain. The sport offers a certain intimacy with the environment that is seldom experienced in vehicles. With better roads replacing the old and the increasing number of off-road roads, biking is now becoming a very unique and original way of seeing and interacting with the country, people and the Bhutanese environment. Most biking trips go through well paved roads while others trail on to dirt roads and trails. Traffic is still relatively very light and the experience very intimate. The more adventurous have the option of making side excursions for more “off-the-road” ventures if prefer.

The trails accommodate most types of frames: including MTB, Hybrid, and Road, depending on your cycling style and experience. Biking trails mostly meander through small towns and villages and rural areas; it’s just you, your bike, the tour group and the agrarian and natural scenery. There are also numerous opportunities for optional hikes with a bit of climbing thrown in. There are some challenging climbs with one in particular that is more than seven hours. You peddle the pads over two miles (3,400 meters) above sea level. Your effort is rewarded with a breathtaking view and an unforgettable experience. Riders should have an adequate level of fitness and stamina and be experienced enough in the art of mountain biking. Tours are fully supported by a van following riders. The van allows riders to rest should they require it. Many of the biking trails lead through small villages and temples which can provide interesting and informative diversions should you wish to take a break.

 Model Itinerary for 13days 12 nights Bicycling tour.DST

A two weeks long adventure tours brings you more time to  get a feel for Bhutanese culture & Traditions, pristine environments and enables you to get off the beaten track in Haa, Bumthang and Phobjikha valleys on your bike.

DATE & DAY      PLACES             PROGRAMS…    NIGHT HALT
Day 1 Arrive at Paro.   Sightseeing around Paro valley and leisure time around Paro town. Paro
Day 2 Paro sightseeing

 

Morning visit National museum(Ta Dzong), Paro Dzong and leisuretime around Paro town. After lunch visit Drugyel Dzong  & Kitchu Lahakhang. The entire Paro valley is relatively flat and is a great time to start to your first bicycling in Paro Valley. Paro
Day 3 Paro-Thimphu . After breakfast, either drive or ride bicycles to Thimphu, the capital city. The drive meanders along the Paro and Thimphu river and takes approximately 1.2 hours (65 kilometers). The gradient of the road is excellent for bicycling as there are no steep climbs or descents.

After lunch visit Buddha point, Memorial chorten, National library,post office etc.

 

Thimphu
Day 4 Thimphu-Thimphu . Morning: Bicycle to the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in the country (built in 1629 AD). Opportunity to visit with some of the monks and observe life within the monastery and Painting school.

Afternoon visit Weaving center,Handicraft emporium,Zilukha nunury, Vegetable market etc…

Thimphu
Day 5 Thimphu-Wangdi After an early breakfast, set out for Punakha and Wangdi. On the way, stop at Dochula Pass (10,00 ft) for a hot cup of tea/coffee and to enjoy a spectacular view of the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges (on a clear day). From Dochula, bicycle down into Wangdi which is located 51 kms down. It is an exhilarating ride.

After Lunch….

After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong and Wangdi Dzong.

A tour vehicle will follow the bicycle group at all times in case of emergency or general weariness.

Wangdi
Day 6 Wangdi-Trongsa Drive to Trongsa, and on the way guests can bicycle certain stretches of the road. The terrain has steep ascents and descents and has some spectacular scenery. Trongsa
Day 7 Trongsa-Bumthang After B/Fast visit Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong(Art Musuem) After a light refreshment at the hotel, drive to Bumthang. After crossing a Yotong La pass, guests can bicycle all the way to Bumthang. The road is broad and all downhill after the pass. Check into hotel in Bumthang.

 

Bumthang
Day 8 Bumthang-Bumthang After breakfast, bicycle around the most beautiful valley in Bhutan. It is possible to bicycle a radius of 60 kms around the valley.

 

Bumthang
Day 9 Bumthang-Phobjikha Bumthang to Phobjikha(blackneck crane roosting place). On the way as and when possible, guests can bicycle certain stretches of the road. Phobjikha
Day 10 Phobjikha-Thimphu Drive to Thimphu. After crossing Dochula Pass guests can bicycle all the way to Thimphu (26 kms downhill).

Sight seeing in Thimphu and if the day falls on the weekend visit the famous week end market in Thimphu where the local populace gathers for weekly shopping for produce. Shopping opportunity.

 

Thimphu
Day 11 Thimphu-Haa Drive to Thimphu. After crossing Chelle La pass(3800m)  guests can bicycle all the way to Haa (26 kms downhill)

 

Haa
Day 12 Haa-Paro Guests can either drive to Paro or bicycle. Check into hotel and have lunch. After lunch hike to the view point of the famous Taktsang Monastery. The hike takes about 4 hours round trip.

Evening: Stroll around Paro town and interact with the locals.

 

Paro
Day 13 Paro-exist Drive to airport for departure.. Next destination