Get the adrenaline rush and experience the beauty of biking through a landscape where the air is naturally filtered and the highways mostly free from the mechanical inventions. Test your endurance as you pedal at a height of 3,100 meters. Ride along one of the world’s best landscapes.
Day 01: Arrival at Paro
If flying in from Bangkok, one will experience breath taking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, and other Himalayan peaks including Bhutan’s sacred Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. On arrival at the airport, representatives of our company will receive and escort you to the hotel. After lunch at a local restaurant, be at leisure to explore the small town of Paro, than visit the dzong and the National Museum. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Paro-Thimphu (65km)
Your ride to Thimphu begins. This will take approximately 05 hours depending on the level of professionalism and biking skills. The ride is all along the lined willow trees and the beautiful villages of Paro, paralled by a river. On arrival at Thimphu, be at your leisure or just explore the Thimphu city, the weekend market would be in progress where the residents of Thimphu do their weekly marketing and farmers and vendors all over the country visit this market to sell their handicrafts and farm produce.
Do some quick sightseeing and places of interest before heading for the Dochula pass, this will take about 02-03 hours uphill. But once you reach the Pass at 3000m, views and hard work is rewarding with the eastern Himalayan range weather permitting. After that it is all downhill till you reach the warm and lush valley of Punakha region. You can visit Chimi Lhakhang/Monastery, associated with the divine madman or the “temple of fertility”. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Explore the fertile and flat valley of Punakha, ride north towards the Crown Prince’s Monastery perched on a strategic location on a hilltop overlooking the rich rice terraced fields. Visit Punakha dzong, which is located on the confluence of two rivers. This dzong used to be the former capital of Bhutan and till date still used as the winter capital by the clergy.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Punakha – Gangtey (83km)
Ride to Phobjikha valley, the abode of the Black-necked Cranes. Enroute visit Wangdue dzong and see the villages of Sha all along the way. The backup vehicle will always be there following the cyclists and at any point of time if riders get exhausted, you can continue on the backup car.
Visit the Gangtey monastery and bike towards Paro via Wangdue and Thimphu. You can bike certain stretch of the road and use the backup car to reach Paro. You will be invited for end of your biking tour farewell dinner. You can have a hot-stone bath at the end to relax your tired muscles.
Day 06: Paro – Taktsang monastery hike
After breakfast drive half an hour and start your hike uphill. It takes about 5 hour roundtrip. Follow an ancient path marked by water powered prayer wheels to the site of the famous Tiger’s nest, the Taktsang Monastery, tragically wrecked in a fire early in 1998. Rebuilt to its original glory, it is perched some 1000m on a cliff overlooking the valley. It was said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padmasambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigress to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan in 746 AD.
On the way visit the Drukgyel dzong, located 16 kms away from Paro town. Although in ruins, this dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Jhomolhari (Mountain of the Goddess) can be seen on a clear day (7,329m/24,029ft). Stroll through town and visit the Paro Rinpung dzong (built in 1646), Kyichu Lhakhang (the oldest in Paro valley, built in 659 AD).
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Paro – Bangkok
After breakfast drive to Paro international airport for your departure.