Yak and Yeti Trail, A Legendry Ride In Bhutan - Itinerary
Day 01:-Delhi to new jalpaiguri (109mts)
Arrival in Delhi International Airport and transfer to Bagdogra by domestic flight in same day. Reach at Bagdogra airport and drive to jalpaigudi and check in to hotel. And check bikes/ fuel them and start the ride towards the border town of Jaygaon on the Indian side. Evening free to explore the area. Night stay in hotel Jalpaiguri
Day 02:-New Jalpaiguri to Phuntsholing, (250mtrs: 150 kms / 4 Hrs),
Cross over into The Land of Thunder Dragon, Phuntsholing city, Bhutan. Phuntsholing is the point of entry for travelers arriving by bus from Kolkata and Siliguri and the town functions primarily as a place where Bhutanese and Indians do business. The architecture is modern, and there is no dzong, famous monastery or in fact anything of particular interest to tourists. However, like all of Bhutan, it does offer a clean, pleasant and safe environment in which to go about your business. NB: Until 2005, it was possible for overseas visitors to enter the town without a Bhutanese visa. Except for Indian nationals, this is no longer possible. Indians are denied entry beyond the check post in the permit. Stay overnight at phuntsholing.
Day 03:- Phuntsholing to Paro, (2300mtrs: 148 kms / 5 Hrs)
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. The day will begin by sightseeing in Paro. Start your ride and sightseeing of the Paro valley, visit DrugyalDzong, National Muesuem and Kichu Monastery. Today is also the day to get familiar with the Bhutanese traffic conditions. Time permitting we can also visit the Chelila pass at 4,000m to get great views of Mt. Jhomolhari and great Himalayan landscape views. Stay overnight at Paro.
Day 04:- Paro to Thimpu, (2,320 mtrs: 65 kms/ 1.5 Hrs.),
Ride to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. The ride is 65km and takes approx. 1 hour. You ride through the fertile plains of Paro to have great views of the rich farms of terraced rice fields. All along you ride parallel to the Paro River and then the Thimphu River.Upon reaching Thimpu will check into our hotel and be at leisure to explore the city. We head to get our Visas and road permits extended. We the ride to the best view point in the Thimpu 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. Overnight hotel in Thimpu
Day 05:- Thimpu to Punakha, (1,200 mtrs: 80 kms/ 4 Hrs.)
Today we start early as we head to our 1st pass in this beautiful country From Thimphu you have about 2 hrs of uphill ride towards Dochula pass at 3,140m/10,299ft. Weather permitting once you reach Dochula pass there are great views of the Bhutan Himalayas and also there are 108 beautiful stupas marked by a large array of prayer flags. This place is photographer’s delight. Visit ChimeyLhakhang- the Temple of the ‘Devine Mad Man’ just before reaching your Hotel. It is about a 15 minute walk from the road. Lama DrukpaKuenley is a deeply loved saint. He built this monastery in 1499 and it is also the temple of fertility. All the phallus painting and flying phallus on the farmhouses in Bhutan is his! It's an easy ride all the way to Punakha, one of the easy days of the trip. Lunch before we check into our hotel for the night. Evening free to ride around the small town and see the locals go about their daily chores. Stay overnight at Punakha. Overnight hotel in Punakha.
Day 06:- Punakha to Phobjika, (2,900mtrs: 88 kms/ 4 Hrs.)
After breakfast we start our beautiful ride to Phobjika. 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.Overnight hotel in Phobjika.
Day 07:- Phobjika to Bumthang, (2,600 mtrs: 180 kms/ 7 Hrs.)
After an early breakfast we ride towards Trongsa, on the way visit ChendebjiChorten 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. Your visit in Bumthang includes JakarDzong, the administrative center of the valley; JambeyLhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, dating from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and KurjeLhakhang, one of the most sacred places, where Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. Post lunch we visit the all over Bhutan's world famous Red Panda Brewery and Swiss cheese factory. Go to the Mystery Lake if time permits. Overnight hotel in Bumthang
Day 8:- Bumthang to Gelephu, (300mtrs: 280 kms/ 10 Hrs.)
Post a hearty Breakfast get ready to ride the longest day of this tour as we head back to India, towards the hot yet beautiful town of Gelephu, bordering the Indian state of Assam. It's all the way down to Gelephu and the weather turns from cold to cool to warm to kind of hot...all during the course of one day. Overnight hotel in Gelephu
Day 09:- Gelephu to Guwahati, (55mtrs: 250 kms/ 7 Hrs.)
This morning we will have our last Bhutanese breakfast and then ride to Guwahati for our onward journey to respective cities. Night stay in hotel
Bhutan is a place that you will never, ever forget.
Day 10: Guwahati to Delhi and Departure.
After your morning breakfast, our team will transfer you to the airport for your onward destination to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi. You’ll have to wait 6/7 hours at the International airport before you take your International flight onward to your home .
At the end of the tour, you will have had an enchanting experience and have met many new friends all along the way. Adventures in Himalayan Countries are to cultivate and connect with ‘friends forever!’ We have many age old connections with other motor bike tour operators worldwide. Let’s dream together for another great and exciting adventure! We believe in creating memories that you will cherish for the rest of your life!
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