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Bhutan Bicycle Tour
16 Days / 15 Nights
Delhi - Paro - Punakha - Wangdiphodrang - Gangtey - Trongsa - Dumkhar - Chumi - Bumthang - Ura - Sengor - Mongar - Trashigang - Wamrong - Samdrupjongkhar - Guwahati - Delhi


Day 01: Delhi (Arrival)
Around midnight arrival in Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travellers. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02: Delhi - Paro (by air)
In the morning you will drive to the airport for the flight to Paro. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Paro. In the afternoon you will visit the Rinpung Dzong. It was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. This fortress now houses the Paro monastic school and the office of the civil administration. Then you will visit the National Museum. After the visit of the National museum you will go for an excursion to Taktstang monastery. In April 1998 a fire destroyed the main structure of Taktstang Monastery, perched on the side of a cliff 900 m above the valley floor. It is also known as 'tiger's den' because Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site on the back of a tigress in the eighth century.

Day 03: Paro
In the morning you will visit the Ta Dzong. Looking down upon the Rinpung Dzong is the Ta Dzong. This Dzong was built in 1651 as a watch tower. This dzong is round more like parts of an European castle. In the afternoon you will visit the Drugyal Dzong. It means the victorious fortress which was built in 1647 by Shabdrung to celebrate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Strategically built over the only passage into the Paro valley, the dzong helped to rebel various invasions through the course of Bhutanese history. Evening free for leisure.

Day 04: Paro - Punakha
Today you will start the bicycle tour towards the east of Bhutan. Across lies the Dochula pass situated at an altitude of 3050 m. After having a six to seven hours ride on bicycles you will have stay at Punakha.

Day 05: Punakha - Wangdiphodrang - Gangtey
In the morning visit Punakha Dzong. This dzong houses sacred artifacts and embalmed body of Shabdrung. It was built between the two rivers in the 17th century by Shabdrung and served as the winter residence of the central monk body. After visiting the Dzong you will continue towards Gangtey Gompa. Enroute you will stop at Wangdiphodrang for lunch. It is the last town on the central highway before entering central Bhutan. The Wangdiphodrang Dzong was built during the 17th century. It played a critical role in unifying the western, central and southern Bhutanese districts. After visiting the Dzong you will drive to Gangtey. In the evening arrive in Gangtey.

Day 06: Gangtey - Trongsa
In the Gangtey you will visit the Gangtey Gompa. This monastery follows the Pelling Nyingmapa sect of school and was built in the 16th century. Then you will ride down to Norbuling. While riding we cross the Pelela pass which is situated at an altitude of 3300 m. Then you will ride further to Trongsa. Trongsa is situated at an altitude of 2200 m. and forms the central hub of the nation. It is historically the place from where attempts at unifying the country were launched.

Day 07: Trongsa - Dumkhar - Chumi - Bumthang
After breakfast visit the Trongsa Dzong. Trongsa Dzong was built in 1648 as an impregnable fortress. The massive structure is built on many levels into the side of the hill that includes various courtyards, passage ways and temples. Then you will start cycling and cross the Yotola pass at an altitude 3600 m. After passing the pass ride down to Dumkhar, Chumi and then stop at Bumthang. To the east of Trongsa lies the Bumthang valley at an altitude of 2600 m.

Day 08: Bumthang
Today you will drive through the picturesque valley of Bumthang to view Kurje Lhakhang. It consists of three temples. These temples are surrounded by 108 stupa wall which symbolises each joint of the human body.

Day 09: Bumthang - Ura - Sengor
Today you will cycle to Ura Valley. While riding we cross the Thrumshing La situated at an altitude of 4050 m. This valley lies in the east of Bumthang and has a small village. A small but old dzong gives the village a medieval feel. There visit the Ura Lhakhang and have lunch there. After visiting the dzong you will ride downhill to Sengor.

Day 10: Sengor - Mongar
After breakfast ride on cycles to Mongar across the Thrumshingla Pass. Mongar Dzong is modern as compared to other regions. This town was reconstructed by the order of the king.

Day 11: Mongar
In Mongar you will visit the Dzong. A visit to this dzong gives the visitor an impression on how the traditional Bhutanese architecture has continued to thrive through the centuries.

Day 12: Mongar - Trashigang
Today you will ride on our bicycles and cross the Korila pass at an altitude of 2600 m and drive to Trashigang. Trashigang lies above the Gumri river and is the largest district in Bhutan. The 17th century Dzong is built on top of a cliff and serves as an administrative centre.

Day 13: Trashigang - Wamrong

Today you will ride on your bicycles to Wamrong and have an overnight stay there only.

Day 14: Wamrong - Samdrupjongkhar (about 180 km)

Today you will ride on bicycles to Samdrupjongkhar. It is a border town in the southern east Bhutan. This town acts as a commercial hub and entry and exit point in the south east. Overnight stay in Samdrupjongkhar.

Day 15: Samdrupjongkhar - Guwahati (about 110 km) - Delhi (by air)

Today you will end your cycling tour in Samdrupjongkhar in Bhutan and drive to Guwahati. After a journey for 3 to 4 hours you will reach Guwahati. In the afternoon you will drive to the airport for the flight to Delhi. In the evening arrive in Delhi.

Day 16: Delhi (Departure)

Around midnight flight to home destination.

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