THE THUNDER DRAGON RIDE





Overview

 

Choose between the comfort of a SUV Or the thrill of a Motorbike ride

Bhutan is known for essentially undisturbed ecology and traditional ways of life.

The serene atmosphere is a perfect setting for such gentle and understated exploration.

Our motorbiking tours will bring you to appreciate the country’s natural beauty and cultural wealth.

Our trips provide a sense of being transported back in history.

bhutan-03The route along Bhutan’s west-east highway (approx.700 kms) is an exciting route with challenges of battling a new pass over 3000 meters almost every day.

The highways wind up and down with drops of thousands of feet, keeping one high on adrenaline & not able to feel the slightest pinch of monotony.

Our Signature motorbike tour is specially designed for people who want to see the beauty of Bhutan at a relaxed pace over a period of ten (10) days.

This is the most well researched itinerary that we have chosen through our several trips to Bhutan over the last 2+ years, but we don’t mind changing or tweaking it a bit at your convenience if needed.

bhutan-16We start the tour from Bagdogra, West Bengal and end in Guwahati, Assam.

You can either fly into Bagdogra from most cities of India or take a train till New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal.

You may choose to go on our fixed departure tour starting 1st APRIL 2016 if you are an individual.
However, if you are group of eight (8) or more friends then we can do a custom tailor made tour for you as well, the dates for which can be at your convenience.

You have the option of flying out (at your own cost) of Guwahati to either Calcutta or your home city.

Alternatively, you may take a train out of Guwahati (at your own cost) to your home city as well.

bhutan-09We can help you in arranging a reliable logistics services company (GATI KWE) to pick up your motorbike from anywhere in India and delivering it to your doorstep safely.

If you want a motorbike on rent from Delhi then please inform us separately, we will help you in arranging a good quality reliable motorbike from one of our trusted vendors.

If you have your own motorbike then it’s recommended to courier it to Bagdogra (address will be provided) using the logistics services company (GATI KWE), they take about 10 - 12 days to ship to Bagdogra from almost anywhere in India.

You can either ride single or have your partner as pillion. She also has a choice to hop on/ off between your motorbike and the SUV for added comfort.
We mostly run mixed tours – SUV’s and motorbikers go together.

What we Provide

  • All accommodation for 9 nights {from DAY 01 at Phuentsholing till DAY 09 at Trashi Yangtse} (twin/ triple
    sharing basis) in comfortable hotels/ resorts in scenic & off beat destinations
  • Breakfast & Dinner at gourmet eating joints on the way
  • Chai/ Coffee & cookies twice a day (11am & 5pm)
  • Inner Line Permits and Wildlife fees for restricted areas for Indian Nationals
  • Basic First Aid Kit & medicines
  • Services of certified & experienced guides/ instructors for high altitude trekking/ biking/ jeep safaris in the Himalayas
  • Services of Wilderness Medicine Institute Certified guides/instructors from NOLS,USA http://www.nols.edu/wmi
  • Services of a Royal Enfield trained specialist mechanic for the full duration of the trip
When you choose I AM ADVENTURE, we ensure you get to stay at the best of hotels and resorts.
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Exclusions

  • Any Air/ bus/ taxi/ jeep fare
  • Service Tax @ 3.625%
  • Lunch; we eat at dhabas along the road & pay directly there & then
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, internet, wifi, telephone/ fax calls, bed tea, mineral water, aerated/ alcoholic beverages, juices, entrance and camera fee at monuments/museums, medical expenses, gratuities etc.
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.
  • Any item, activity or facility other than clearly mentioned within the inclusions & itinerary above
  • Cost of petrol & spare parts of any kind
  • Traffic fines, vehicle servicing & or maintenance etc.
  • The cost of motorbike rental (if applicable)
  • Any entry fees, any tips, porter/ pony charges or any other expenses incurred by the participants during the sightseeing, rafting, paragliding trips, other than as clearly mentioned within the inclusions and itinerary
  • Any extra costs incurred due to extension/ change of the itinerary due to natural calamities, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond our control
  • Additional accommodation & or food charges due to unforeseen delays in the journey

Other Terms and Conditions

  • 100% Payment in advance
  • The program schedule / route/ mode of transport might be changed due to unforeseen circumstances or for the safety of the group; the decision of the Program Director and/ or the Field director will be final & binding in this regard
  • In case any participant falls sick during the tour, the expenses for medical treatment, travel & porter charges etc. will be borne by the concerned individual
  • During the tour, the decision of the Program Director and/ or the Field director will be final and binding
  • I AM ADVENTURE shall not be held responsible for any accident, illness and loss of valuables or such other
    unforeseen events during the tour

Cancellation Policy

  • Upto Sixty (60) days or more before the tour departure; 100% of the tour amount is refunded
  • Between Forty-five (45) days to Fifty-nine (59) days before the tour departure; 75% of the tour amount is refunded
  • Between Thirty (30) days to Forty-four (44) days before the tour departure; 50% of the tour amount is refunded
  • Twenty-nine (29) days or less before the tour departure; No refunds
  • The above are subject to a deduction of Rs.2,100.00 towards

FULL ITINERARY
DURATION: 9 Nights / 10 Days

Day 00

Arrive Bagdogra/ NJP from across India by flight/ train, stay at Bagdogra, arranged by us (at own cost)

Day 01

Bagdogra to Phuentsholing, (150 kms) 4 hours, stay at Phuentsholing

Ride through lovely foothills, meandering rivers and huge tea plantations.
Cross over into The Land of Thunder Dragon, Phuentsholing city, Bhutan.
Overnight hotel in Phuentsholing (1st night)

Day 02

Phuentsholing to Paro, (148 kms) 5-6 hours, stay at Paro

Post Breakfast we head to get our visas and road permits.
Ride all the way uphill to Paro, En-route stop at the beautiful Gedu University for photos and visit Rinchending Monastery, other villages and towns along the way.
Lunch at hotel on arrival.
Evening free for local sightseeing in Paro – Dzong/ National Museum/ River etc.
Overnight hotel in Paro (2nd night)

Day 03

Rest day at Paro

After a hearty breakfast, set out for the majestic and oh so beautiful Taktsang Dzong or Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It’s a 2.5 hour hike up & 1.5 hour hike back to the road head.
The name Taktsang means Tiger's Nest, the legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, believed as the second Buddha or Precious Teacher flew to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress and then meditated there in the cave for three months.
The main building of the monastery was destroyed by fire on 19th April 1998 and the Bhutan Government had re-constructed it in the original form.
Post coming back, to soothe our tired leg muscles, we go for a Hot Stone Bath Therapy at a friend’s Farm House.
Evening free for local sightseeing/ stroll in the bazaar.
Overnight hotel in Paro (3rd night)

Day 04

Paro to Thimpu, (65 kms) 1.5 hours,
stay at Thimpu

After Breakfast at the hotel, we ride to the CAPITAL Thimphu.
We head to get our Visas and road permits extended.
We the ride to the best view point in the Thimphu valley - the Buddha point (Kuenselphodrang). It is a short ride from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the world and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.
Evening free for local sightseeing in Thimpu – Dzong/ Museum/ River/ Palace etc.
Overnight hotel in Thimpu (4th night)

Day 05

Thimpu to Phobjikha, (145 kms) 5-6 hours, stay at Phobjikha

Today we start early as we head to our 1st pass in this beautiful country, The Dochula @ 3140 mtrs. is the highlight of the day.
It’s an easy ride all the way to Phobjikha, one of the easy days of the trip.
Lunch before we check into our hotel for the night.
While riding, enjoy the still snow-capped alpine mountains with dense vegetation.
Riding along this highway will allow you to experience the chilly winter winds but also observe the blessings of spring blossoming.
Explore the village through a series of walking trails around.
This place is world famous for the Tibetan Black Necked Cranes that nest here between November to February every winter.

Evening free to ride around the small town and see the locals go about their daily chores, see the Dzong – one of the most scenic Monasteries you will ever come across.
Overnight hotel in Phobjikha (5th night)

Day 06

Phobjika to Bumthang, (180 kms) 7-8 hours, stay at Bumthang

After an early breakfast we ride towards Trongsa, on the way visit Chendebji Chorten patterned on Nepal’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points.
It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. Legend says that the evil spirit manifested as a gigantic snake.
Today is one of the longest days of this trip, yet a pleasure to the eyes.
We also go across Pele La & Yotong La – two of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan.
Overnight hotel in Bumthang (6th night)

Day 07

Rest day at Bumthang

After breakfast @ a local restaurant, we go for local sightseeing.
Explore the beautiful valleys of Bumthang at your own pace.
Your visit in Bumthang includes Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley;
Jambey Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, dating from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places, where Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating.
Post lunch we visit Bhutan’s world famous Red Panda Brewery and Swiss Cheese factory.
Go to the Mystery Lake if time permits.
Overnight hotel in Bumthang (7th night)

Day 08

Bumthang to Mongar, (198 kms) 7-8 hours, stay at Mongar
Overnight hotel in Mongar (8th night)

Day 09

Mongar to Trashi Yangtse, (136 kms) 4 hours, stay at Trashi Yangtse

A relatively easy day, as we ride to the Easternmost tip of this sweet little country, bordering Arunachal Pradesh.
Overnight hotel in Trashi Yangtse (9th night)

Day 10

Trashi Yangtse to Guwahati, (300 kms) 9-10 hours, stay at Guwahati, arranged by us (at own cost)

Post a hearty but last Bhutanese breakfast get ready to ride the longest day of this tour as we head back to (Guwahati) India, towards the hot yet beautiful town of Samdrup Jhongkhar, bordering the Indian state of Assam.
It’s all the way down to Samdrup Jhongkhar and the weather turns from cold to cool to warm to kind of hot……all during the course of one day

Bhutan is a place that you will never, ever forget.
Magical memories will be yours to recall forever.

Day 11

Fly out or take a train out of Guwahati to your home cities

Tour Concludes

Experiences

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The Thunder Dragon Ride - Bhutan Motorbike Tour

 

Contributors: Akarsh Pall(owner), Raj Naikand Gurjeet Heer
Updated over a year ago·Taken in Bhutan

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 INR 35,000/- per person on a bike/ pillion
 INR 45,000/- per person in a SUV (4 - 5 people per SUV/ all front facing)

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