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Day 1: Arrive in Bhutan
On arrival at Paro airport you will be met by your guide and transferred to hotel. Late morning you’ll be given a briefing and orientation of your Royal Enfield Motorcycle.
Enjoy a motorcycle tour of Paro this afternoon. Take a ride out to the old ruined fortress of Drukgyel Dzong the historical site of the Fort of Drukpa Victory. On a clear day views of the 8000m sacred Mt Chomolhari snowed domed peaks can be seen.
On your return trip from Drukgyel cross over the suspension bridge Lango village travel on a farm road which passes through many small villages. If time permits ride down to south Paro for dinner/cocktails in a very old traditional Bhutanese village house with the chance to experience a hot stone bath.
Day 2: Explore Paro & Haa Valleys.
Day trips to Haa Valley via Chelela Pass. The picturesque Haa valley is an isolated valley south of Paro and was only opened to tourists in 2001. Around the Haa valley are many scattered monasteries and reputedly the oldest nunnery. The staple crops in this large fertile valley are millet, wheat, barley and potatoes.
Day 3: Paro Valley to Punakha Valley (4 hrs 30 mins)
This morning depart Paro for Punakha. Stop at Dochu La to view 108 Stupas and on a clear day you will witness a breathtaking view of the eastern Himalaya. Depending on the time of the year that you are visiting, the vista can vary from alpine snow to a profusion of rhododendron blossoms splashed among the soft green of the wild herbs and forest trees. If time permits this afternoon visit Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (also known as the Divine Madman), is a 20 minute walk from the road at Sepsokha to the temple. It is believed that childless women who visit the temple will conceive after receiving a “wang” (blessing). Watch out for Great Black Cormorants fishing beside the river.
Day 4: Punakha Valley to Trongsa, (4hrs 30mins)
Enroute you will pass the dramatic Wangdue Phodrang Dzong comes into view; notice the large cacti that cover the hillside below. These were planted long ago to discourage invaders from climbing the steep slope to the Dzong. On your journey you can also view Rinchengang one of Bhutan’s oldest villages. This small village did not have access to water, electricity or schooling until the early 1990’s. The craftsmen of Rinchengang are sought after for their skills in construction of Dzongs and Lhakhangs.
Continue to Trongsa via the Pele La (Pass) which crosses through the Black Mountains National Park and divides western and central Bhutan. This is the best place in Bhutan to see yaks from the road. Passing the village of Rukubji, surrounded by extensive fields of mustard, potatoes, barley and wheat, keep a watchful eye out for Rhesus Macaques.
Trongsa Dzong is perched at the end of the ridge and seems to hang in space at the head of the valley. The Dzongs location afforded it great power over this part of the country as the only foot and mule trail between east and western Bhutan lead straight through Trongsa and through the Dzong itself. Trongsa Dzong is the ancestral home of the Royal Family of Bhutan.
In the afternoon if time permits ride south of Trongsa to the winter palace of the second King Jigme Wangchuck passing Takse Goemba several huge waterfalls and the fertile rice terraces of the Mangde Chhu valley.
Day 5: Trongsa to Bumthang Valley (2 hrs)
Continuing eastwards to the Bumthang valley via Bumthang region encompasses four major valleys Choskhor, Tang, Ura and Chhume. Walk through the town and up to the Tamshing Monastery where about 200 Monks reside. Visit Wangdicholing Palace the Jambay & Kurjey Lhakhangs, which are the oldest monasteries in the kingdom. All the Kings of Bhutan are cremated at Kurjey Lhakhang. Visit the Mebartsho a short walk from the roadside. This is one of the many sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites.
Day 6: At leisure to explore the Bumthang Valleys.
Your options include a visit to the Swiss farm and taste sweet cheese, apple brandy and locally brewed wine and beer. Notice the large fields of buckwheat that cover the valley, and so buckwheat noodles and pancakes are a Bumthang specialty. Visit the Ura valley the highest valley in Bumthang and believed by some to have been the home of the earliest inhabitants of Bhutan it gives you an insight into how the central Bhutanese live. The cobbled streets of the traditional village of Ura give a medieval feel. The old women of this region still wear sheepskin shawls on their backs which double as a blanket and cushion.
Day 6: Bumthang Valley to Phobjikha Valley (4 hrs)
This morning transfer back westwards to the Phobjikha Valley. Around the Phobjikha valley the only electricity is from solar or mini hydro plants (underground cabled electricity due 2011). The valley is snowbound during the winter months. Potatoes are this regions primary cash crop and are exported to India.
Phobjikha is a glacial valley on the western slopes of the Black Mountains and is one of the most beautiful open valleys in Bhutan. It is also one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country and the winter home of the rare black necked crane. There are also muntjaks (barking deer), wild boars, sambars, himalayan black bears, leopards and red foxes.
While you are here why not stop and visit the Black Crane nature information centre, carpet factory and the sacred Gangtey Monastery. Between late October and early February you can view the roosting place of the black cranes from a hide about 15 minute walk from the road.
Day 7: Phobjikha Valley to Punakha Valley (4 hrs).
Explore the Phobjikha Valley before departing for Punakha. Take a detour at Wangdue and travel south down the valley to view the rare Golden Languars (monkeys). Stop at Wangdue to wander through the traditional shopping strip.
Day 8: Leisure in the Punakha Valley.
This morning visit the Punakha Dzong, the second of Bhutan’s Dzongs which previously served as the seat of the government. Punakha Dzong is still the winter residence of the Dratsheng (Central Monk Body) and holds the title as the winter capital because of its more temperate climate. Enjoy one of the many short hikes or village walks available in this area or take a ride up to Laptshaka for a beautiful view of the mountains if time permits in the afternoon.
Day 9: Punakha Valley to Thimphu (2hrs 45 mins)
Transfer to Thimphu, pass the Semthokha Dzong built in 1629 and once the oldest fortress of its kind that guarded the Thimphu valley. Today it is a Theological university. This afternoon visit the handicraft emporium, institute of the thirteen crafts or take a ride up to the telecom tower via the Takin Preserve and enjoy a stunning view of the valley.
Day 10: Thimphu Valley to Paro Valley (1hr 15mins)
After a leisurely breakfast this morning enjoy your ride back to the Paro Valley. Today hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger Nest) viewpoint (2hrs). The monastery clings impossibly to a cliff of rock at 1000m above the valley floor. Return your motorcycle this afternoon and tonight enjoy your farewell dinner.
Day 11: Paro Airport.
Transfer to Paro Airport for your onward flight. Thanks for joining on Bhutan motor bike tour.
Note:The daily tarrif per night for both the high season and the low season is set by the government of Bhutan. In addition; there is a government surcharge per night for individual travelers and for groups of two. For group of three or more there is no government surcharge.
Tourist high season rate: March to May and Sep to Nov.
1 pax group: USD 250 per night per person + surcharge of USD 40/night/person.
2 pax group: USD 250 per night per person + surcharge of USD 30/night/person
3 pax group and above: USD 250 per night per person, no surcharge.
Tourist low season rate: December to February and June to August.
1 pax group: USD 200 per night per person + surcharge of USD 40/night/person.
2 pax group: USD 200 per night per person + surcharge of USD 30/night/person
3 pax group and above: USD 200 per night per person, no surcharge.