A cycling trip to Bhutan gives you all the adventure and the scenic beauty you are in search of! Spend six days pedalling across the mystic land of scenic landscapes!
The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits, nestled high in the Himalayas its isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion and a benevolent monarchy. The dramatic landscapes, from snow-capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder-strewn rivers, sit largely undisturbed as the endeared environmental initiatives and religious beliefs leave the Kingdom pristine and a jewel of nature. The program takes you into this ancient Kingdom for an adventure into the hearts and lands of charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders.
- Day 1: Paro: Today we drive to Paro, the place where the adventure begins. We drive to Thimphu and stay there for the night.
- Day 2: Thimphu: Our cycling expedition begins with exploring Thimphu.
- Day 3: Punakha: Today we journey to Punakha via the Dochula Pass.
- Day 4: Paro: Trek around Punakha and drive back post lunch to Paro.
- Day 5: Tiger’s Nest Trek: Trek up to the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery today.
- Day 6: Haa Valley: Today we cycle to Haa Valley with picnic lunch. Later we drive back to Paro.
- Day 7: Departure: Departure from Paro airport.
- 4 nights in Paro
- 1 night in Thimphu
- 1 night in Punakha
Room with Breakfast: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha
Day 1: Fly Into Paro
Flight into Paro with Bhutan Air. The flight takes you over the great Himalayas, offering most beautiful scenery of the world’s highest peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will see the Paro Dzong (fortress) on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu (river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now National Museum, above it. After arrival and immigration you will be riding a bike towards Thimphu.
Overnight stay at a homestay with a local family at Thimphu.
Day 2: Thimphu Exploration
Your day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan; the Kingdom’s rich culture at the National Library. Visit the Folk Heritage Museum, which will give you an insight into a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life.
Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress likes temple, which lies perched on a ridge above Thimphu.
Visit the Textile museum, the Changzamtog weaving center and the Handicraft emporium where you can see different textile’s on display.
For a stunning view of the Thimphu valley, visit the Buddha point – the Buddha Dordenma a 138.6-foot- tall Shakyamuni Buddha statue (inclusive of lotus) seated on a 62-foot- tall throne in the Kingdom of Bhutan, symbolizes peerless virility to bestow blessings, peace, and happiness on the whole world.
Visit to Tashichho Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” which is Bhutan’s administration and religious centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan and other Government offices.
Day 3: Thimphu to Punakha
Your journey continues to the east onwards to Punakha by biking through some of the Kingdom’s richest agricultural land and most dramatic river valleys.
The first stop will take you over Dochu La, a 3050 meter high pass. The snow-capped eastern Himalayan ranges can be seen on a clear day from here. Prayer flags will flutter you over the pass deeper into the essence of Bhutan. The Druk Wangyal Chorten – 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen Mother, further enhances its beauty. Once you cross the pass, you wind down into a warm fertile valley of Punakha.
On the way you will stop at Mitsina village and visit Chimi Lhakhang the auspicious
fertility monastery dedicated to Divine Madman, you will take 20 minutes walk through the rice fields. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, which stands majestically at the junction of the two rivers- Pho Chu, and Mo chu.
Overnight stay at farmstay in Punakha.
Day 4: Punakha to Thimphu
You will start your day hiking (3-4 hours) to Lung Khutse Goenpa (temple) through a forest of hemlock, birch and rhododendrons and large meadow, where yak herders camp in winter. All major mountains of Bhutan can be seen; summits of Jhomolhari (7300 m), Kang Bum (6500m), Gangchhenta (6840m: shape of Tiger), Masang Gang (7165 m: the peak shaped like a trident) tower over Gasa Dzong (2700m).
Thereafter, you will ride a bike to north of Punakha Valley following the Mo Chu and you will hike up 1 hour to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, the splendid example of the Bhutanese architecture and art. You will also stop over Dochu La pass again for lunch and visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang.
Evening drive to Paro with overnight halt at Paro.
Day 5: Paro
Visit the Taktshang Gompa or Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. Your hike to Taktshang
from the road point will take through the well-maintained path, which is quite uphill, and it takes around 3-4 hours at an average walking speed. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees adorned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags.
This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger Dorji Drolo, said to be his consort.
You will visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang, a sacred monument pinning down the left foot of a treacherous ogress, which is built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo.
Overnight halt at Paro.
Day 6: Haa Valley Excursion
Today’s day excursion to Haa Valley with picnic lunch by biking over Cheley Laa pass, a 3822 meters pass through the forest of blue pines, fir, and oak. On a clear day, you
will see mountain Jhomolhari 7300 meters, other snowcapped and beautiful valleys below the pass. Explore nearby mountains dotted with the colourful prayer flags and blanketed with dwarf rhododendrons.
After a picnic lunch, you will drive further down and arrive at Haa Valley which is blessed by the presence of Meri Puensum, three small mountains symbolizing Rigsum Gonpo: Jampelyang (manjushri), Chana Dorje (vajrapani) and Chenrezig (avalokiteshvara).
You can explore the remote village, which will take 30 minutes walk and stroll in town later. You will also visit Lhakhang Karpo and Lhakhang Nagpo. Evening drive back to Paro and stroll in town and visit shops.
Overnight halt at Paro.
Day 7: Departure from Paro
Fly out with memories to cherish for a lifetime!