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Bhutan Bike Trip A Perfect Detailed Guide



We not only discover the places by sitting behind those handlebars but it’s how we discover ourselves. We all have imagined dreamy bike rides in those snow covered mountains or in between those lofty green and yellow meadows. As dreamy it may sound, Bhutan is one the perfect places to experience the ethereal beauty on your hot wheels. It’s challenging, exciting and paramount to the perfect experience one could ever get behind those handlebars.

Bhutan is called the “Land of the Thunder Dragon”  which is tucked in between China and India. It is one of the reachable international destinations an Indian can visit by planning a Bike Trip. The place in itself is an irresistible offer because it has so much to offer- the rich and intriguing traditions of the country, picturesque mountains, mystifying landscapes, magnificent roads & beautiful monasteries. The Chimes and chants in the monasteries are what will be your escape. 

The journey begins

The trip begins from Siliguri, West Bengal. The route followed is along Bhutan’s west-east highway which is as tough as well as thrilling. Straight and smooth roads hardly exist in Bhutan which is a challenging part. On an average 10-12 curves per kilometer are expected. Your Handlebars can take you along small valley roads in varying circumstances. Lovely landscapes are the remedy of hard rides. 

Bhutan bike trips are always structured to allow ample time to get to feel the countryside and the inhabitants of the towns along the roads. The entire road trip is full of different passes as you will cross them every day. They go up and down thousands of feet which is worth the giddiness and rush. The most preferred time to travel to Bhutan is from October to December as it offers clear skies and warmer weather. The duration of the bike trip can be ideally between 9-14 days. 

From Siliguri, the first point where the staycation can be made is Paro which is a small village can be taken a toll around. The royal palace of Ugyen Pelri was built by Paro Penlop Tshering Penjor which is also a sight to see. Nights can be spent in heritage resorts to enjoy the scenic views of Paro town and Dzong view. From Paro, 165 km away, the way forward is to Cheli La pass, Thimphu which is Bhutan’s highest road and Bhutan’s capital city. Clubs and Pubs are famous and can be enjoyed at night stay. After covering 100 km we start the steep and twisty climb to the DochuLa pass at the altitude of 3,450 meters. The top of the pass is visibly commemorated by massive Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flags. The road down from DochuLa goes into the Punakha Valley and on to Wangdue Phodrang. From Punaka We’ll then ride to Pele La pass through the Black Mountains to Trongsa. The scenic beauty of Phobjikha Valley which is the habitat of Tibetan cranes in the winter season is what makes the bike ride wholesome. It is also the location of one of the largest fields of dwarf bamboo. Hikes can be enjoyed near valleys and fortresses. The comedown ends near the imposing Chendebji Chorten. Glances of the dzong can be experienced. After a few kilometres away, the road bends to the left around an outcrop and shows us with one of the most spectacular sceneries in Bhutan. The next stop is Bhumtang at an altitude of 2,580 m. Crossover to the Yutong La pass is made on the way into the picturesque Bumthang Valley. Afterwards, in the east, Mongtar is the next stop which crosses through the Tumsi La, one of Bhutan’s highest road passes, treating eyes with magnificent beauty. From Mongtar after covering a distance of 120 km, we control our handlebars to reach Trashigang via Drametsi. We cross the Korila pass and make our way out through evergreen forests in the Yadi Loops. From the Kanglung Chu valley, the way is followed by a ride up to the little town of Trashigang. The last stop we make is 180 km away from Trashigang, to Samdrup Jongkhar. You get to see Bhutan’s only university in Kanglung. This area is famous for its traditional weavers and craftsmen. 


And that’s how you end your bike trip! One can follow up with different itineraries as per their convenience. The major point of interest which can be included in the Bhutan Bike Trip itinerary are Buddha Point known as Kuensel Phodrang or Buddha Dordenma is 8 km away from Thimphu City on a hill. It is the largest Buddha statue which is also visible from Thimphu city. Bhutan’s National animal is Ta-Kin, a goat antelope and round to There Takin reserve can be made to enjoy wildlife. Changing Lhakhang which is a temple near Takin Preserve. Dzongs are the fortress-monastery of festivals in Bhutan which are seasonal and visits can be planned accordingly to enjoy the mesmerising ethnicity. 

One of the noteworthy points about Bhutan is that Indian citizens do not inescapably need a passport to get in. A voter’s ID card serves the motive well. Biking on Bhutan-road is challenging yet fulfilling especially for a biker or for someone who wants to channelise their inner roadie. The twist and turns and the scenery are what a biker wants and Bhutan will serve the purpose just so well. San


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