For centuries, Bhutan has attracted people from all over the world for its sustainable living, authentic cuisine, unique culture, divine spirituality and most importantly - responsible tourism. The only nation with negative carbon footprint is majorly covered in diversified flora and fauna.This winter, travel with The Thumping Nomad to the last Shangri-La- Bhutan. You will be riding through the most jaw dropping landscapes and tranquil locations free from known hustle bustle of India. Experiences the hospitality of Bhutanese people, their rich culture, share a delicious meal. Get ready to be lost in the enchanting beauty of The Kingdom be surprised with what you experience along the way of your true escape to nature.
Day 1: Siliguri- Phuentsholing (156 Kms)
After months of preparation and years of planning time has arrived to go on trip of lifetime. Our Team will meet you at a designated meeting point so that we get to know each other and group formation and rules for the trip will be explained. You can check youAr bikes and make last minute changes as per your riding style. We start our journey towards the border towns of Jaigaon and Phuentsholing.
Today’s ride will be fairly on plain roads with lots of bridges and tea gardens. Once you reach the border you will see the startling difference between hustle and bustle of India and organized and systems of Bhutan
Day 2: Phuentsholing – Thimpu (160 Kms)
After early breakfast we will move to immigration office to obtain necessary permits for entry to the Kingdom.
Documents Required for Entry Permit:
1- Valid Passport or Voters ID ( For Indian Nationals) 2- Photocopy of the above documents
Passport size photograph ( 2 nos)
Necessary hotel bookings.(We will keep it ready for you)
After completion of necessary formalities, we will ride to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. It will be aroud 4-5 hours ride passing through twists and turns of mountain roads. Check in at your hotel and spend the evening roaming around Thimphu market.
Day 3: Thimphu Local (40 Kms)
After an early breakfast, head off to the immigration office to get permits for travel to interior areas of Punakha and Phobjikha valley. Spend the rest of the morning visiting the National Folk Heritage Museum, dedicated to preserving Bhutanese folk arts, the National Textile Museum, where you will learn all about the brightly colored and beautifully designed fabrics that are worn by the Bhutanese people. After Lunch check out Memorial Chorten and then ride up to Buddha Point to see the 169 foot tall bronze statue of the seated Buddha Dordenma, one of the largest sitting Buddha statues in the world. In the evening, visit the Tashichho Dzong, a fortress and Buddhist monastery with a distinctive Bhutanese architectural design. Sitting aside the Wang Chhu River, it is the current seat of the Druk Desi, the head of the civil government and houses the offices of the current king.
Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha via Dochula Pass (85 Kms)
After breakfast we ride to the former capital of Bhutan until 1955, Punakha. Enroute we stop at Dochula Pass, which provides a panoramic 360 degree view of the Himalayas. It will be 2-3 hours ride. After check in at our hotel in Wangdue we ride to Punakha Dzong, it is undoubtedly the most beautiful and charming Dzong in Bhutan, standing tall right at the confluence of two rivers Pho Chhu (Father River) and Mo Chhu (Mother River). The Dzong from the inside is equally beautiful with a large courtyard lined with administrative buildings on 3 sides and a huge temple at the front.
After checking the Dzong we will go on a small hike and see the mesmerizing Punakha Suspension bridge which is about 180 mts long.
After reaching Lobesa Village we will go on a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang also known as “Temple of Fertility”. The temple is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley, fondly known as ‘Divine Madman’ because of his non- conventional and ‘outrageous’ style of teaching. He was a social critic and openly challenged the hypocrisy of the established orders. Thus, the use of his Phallus (Penis) as a ‘flaming thunderbolt’ weapon symbolizes the discomfort that society experiences while facing the truth it can be seen throughout Bhutan on house walls, roofs and altars. Return to Hotel at wangdue in the evening.
Day 5: Wangdue-Paro (125 Kms)
Nomadic caravan will start its journey to Paro the second major city in Bhutan and Bhutan’s only airport is also in Paro. Enroute check Tachog Lakhang. After reaching Paro visit Rinpung Dzong and National Museum of Bhutan. From here you can have a beautiful view of Paro Valley. You can have lunch in one of many cafes on the main street and do some souvenir hunting.
Day 6: Paro-Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Monastery)-Paro
After breakfast we ride towards base of Tiger’s nest, we take an exhilarating 2-3 hours hike to Taktsang Monastery (or Tiger’s Nest), one of the most recognizable sites in Bhutan. Built precariously on a hillside cliff, it sits more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Accessible only by foot, we follow a trail decorated with colorful prayer flags along the way to protect travelers from evil spirits. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava flew to this exact spot on the back of a tigress in the 8th century and meditated here for 3 years. Spend rest of the day exploring markets in Paro.
Day 7:Paro-Siliguri (305 Kms)
Nomads will bid its final goodbye to the “land of Happiness” today and will ride back to hustle and bustle of India. Overnight stay at hotel in Siliguri.
Day 8: Departure
Nomadic caravan will bid farewell to the Himalayas and travel to their further destinations. . It’s time for final chat with the fellow nomads and bid adieu to this trip. Saying goodbye is always hard but we promise we will meet back for more such journeys and living in your memories for life. We will drop you at Bagdogra Airport.
Note: We only provide a brief itinerary of the trip along with major halt points of the trip. All the detailed activities are told once guest arrive at the destination in order to build the excitement factor.
|Own Bike/Car (Per Person)||26500 INR|
|Rented RE Classic 350cc (Solo)||35500 INR|
|Rented RE Classic 350cc (Double Sharing)||31100 INR|
|Rented RE Standard 500cc (Solo)||38500 INR|
|Rented RE Standard 500cc (Ddl Sharing)||33000 INR|
|Rented RE Himalayan (Solo)||39500 INR|
|Rented RE Himalayan (Double Sharing)||33500 INR|
|Seat in SUV||30500 INR|
|Batches: Bhutan 2019 8N/9D|
|1||24th November -1st December 2019|
Meal Plan MAP (7 Breakfasts and 7 Dinner)
- Accommodation on Sharing Basis. (Double or Triple) at Mentioned hotels.
- Royal Enfield 350cc on Rent.
- Fuel for itinerary for rented bike option.
- Road Captain.
- Experienced Mechanic.
- First Aid support.
- Support Vehicle for luggage. (No suitcase or trolleys, only 1 rucksack/backpack per person)
- All Immigration docs.
- GST as applicable.
- Road Permit for bike Rs. 100 per day in Bhutan as of now, it may increase in future.
- Personal Beverages of any kind.
- All meals not mentioned in inclusion section.
- Parking Fees.
- Personal Expenses of any kind.
- Travel Insurance.
- Monuments Entrance fees during sightseeing.
- Camera Charges.
- Security Deposit (Refundable) of Rs.5, 000/- per bike for rented bikes.
- Extensions of the tour program or diversions in the tour itinerary for any reasons eg. Due to bad weather, road closure, breakdown or any natural calamity or due to any social or political situation/unrest/strikes, sudden shut down of any govt office etc. Any additional expenses incurred due to the same would be borne by the participants.
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusion listt
- Abide by the instructions given by the team leader.
- Do not encourage or take part in littering the vicinity in any form.
- Avoid roaming during the nights without the consent of the tour leaders/facilitators.
- Do not disturb the local environment or life in any form.
- All sightseeing is subject to weather conditions, political conditions in the destination.
- Good quality shoes and slippers (for the night).
- Sunscreen lotion or skin moisturizers.
- Insect repellents
- Caps/hats, goggles/sunglasses
- Basic medication (if any)
- Good Quality Jacket or any other woolen cloth.
- Valid Driving Wheeler License.
- ID proof (Passport or Voter Card)
- Photocopies of ID proof.
- Passport Size Photographs.
- Riding Gear Including Riding gloves, Jacket for Motorcycle Clients.
Pay Booking amount of INR 10,000 as advance.
Pay remaining amount 30 days before commencement of tour.
Cancellations made before 45 days prior to the trip will result in 70% refund.
Cancellations made between 30-45 days prior to the trip will result in 50%refund.
Cancellations made 30 days before the trip date will receive no refund.
Booking amount is non-refundable.
Change or Cancellation by The Thumping Nomad:
We do plan the arrangements in advance. It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements. Occasionally, we may have to make changes due to Force Majeure Events and we reserve the right to do so at any time before or during the trip. If there are any changes, we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date before or during the trip based on the Force Majeure Events. We also reserve the right under Force Majeure Events to cancel your travel arrangements / offer alternative dates / revise the itinerary before or during the trip. Any additional cost incurred due to the above mentioned reasons will have to be borne by the traveler himself. There shall be no refund to the traveler under Force Majeure Events.
Force Majeure Event shall mean and include any circumstance beyond the reasonable control of The Thumping Nomad, including without limitation, any act of nature or the public enemy, accident, explosion, fire, storm, earthquake, flood, drought, perils of the sea, casualty, strikes, lock-outs, labour troubles, riots, sabotage, terrorists acts, embargo, war (whether or not declared), governmental actions, delay in issuance or processing of Visa/permit, change of laws and regulations, orders, or decrees, or other causes of like or different character beyond the control of The Thumping Nomad.