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Tour Description - This is a fascinating tour for cycling enthusiast. The tour offers you a ride through a great diversity of landscape where you will immersed into the spiritual magic of beautiful temples, intriguing traditions, magnificent mountains, and breathtaking valleys and quint villages. The untouched natural environment and the old worldly way of life is so peaceful that you will feel as if travelling back in time. This tour also visits significant historical and sacred sites throughout the western valleys of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and the central areas of Trongsa and Bumthang. Highlight of the tour Feel the most solemn welcome ceremony in Bhutan by offering scarfs Cycle through mixed forests, pasturelands and valleys dotted with villages rich in culture. Ride down mountains with exhilarating drops of thousands of metres. Challenge yourself with surmounting high passes of over 3000 metres. Explore Bhutan’s central valleys, rich with ancient historical and sacred Buddhist sites. Experience Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions. Drive over high-mountain passes affording sensational views of the Himalayan peaks. Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor. Incorporate a Value-Added Option such as a cooking lesson or meditation session with a monk.
Day 1 : Arrive Paro
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth.
Our representative will be at Paro airport to receive you. Upon warm greeting by offering the scarf, our tem will take you for a lunch at one of the popular Bhutanese restaurant at Paro for lunch.
After lunch, enjoy your afternoon with sightseeing around Paro
With a visit to the National Museum, Ta Dzong. This museum houses many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past.
Followed by a visit to the Rinpung Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. The Dzongs are large monasteries and district administrative centers in Bhutan.
And a walk to the beautiful cantilever wooden bridge still in use. Before dinner at the hotel there will be an orientation on Bhutanese etiquette by your guide. (Overnight at Paro)
Day 2 : Paro - Thimphu (Cycling)
You will begin your day with a ride to Thimphu till the point you can. The average gradient of the road is excellent for cycling, as there are few steep climbs or descents. Enjoy riding beside rivers and through a mixture of rice fields, coniferous forests and hills dotted with Chortens and monasteries.
You will enjoy your picnic lunch at a wayside spot which is followed by a continue riding via a narrow gorge through to the widening valley at Namseling. Finally, the quaint suburbs of Thimphu begin to appear and you will see the impressive Semtokha Dzong, built in 1627. The ‘Bridge of Prophecy’ decorated with many prayer flags welcomes you to downtown Thimphu where you will continue down the main street to your hotel. Enjoy remainder of day at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3 : Thimphu Sightseeing
After your breakfast,
You will embark on a leisurely hour-long nature walk to the 18 Century Wangditse monastery, situated atop Thimphu. From the monastery you can view the whole Thimphu valley. On your way back from Wangditse, stop by the Motithang Takin Preserve to see the Takin, Bhutan’s National Animal.
Followed by a visit to Thimphu Changangkha Lhakhang, The fortress-like temple perched on a ridge above central Thimphu hums with pilgrim activity. It was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo. It is traditionally popular among the parents with newborns. They come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessings for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin. You too can get an auspicious name for your children from this temple. After offering prayers, you will receive blessing by touching your forehead. Our team Will then take you for a lunch
Visit the Centennial Farmers Market, where the farmer from all the district of Bhutan come to sell their agriculture and farming products. You will get to see a variety of products available in Bhutan.
Followed by a visit to Folk Heritage Museum– A living museum of rural life which provides visitors and tourists with fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life.
And evening with a visit to the massive Trashi Choe Dzong. This splendid Dzong, north of the city on the west bank of the Wang Chhu, seems to fit seamlessly into the valley, lending the city both regal splendor and monastic weight. The Dzong was the site of the lavish formal coronation of the fifth king in 2008 and hosts the country biggest annual festival known as Thimphu festival. It hosts the Office of the King, Prime Minister, Some Ministry and religious body of Thimphu district. It is also a summer residence of religious head, Jekhenpo. Our team will then drop you to your hotel for a rest and dinner (Overnight at Thimphu)
Day 4 : Thimphu - Punakha (Cycling)
You will have early breakfast and begin your cycling to avoid the traffic.
The road to Punakha begins with a 22km ride and a height gain of 670m up to Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters). The hillsides are covered in a luxuriant temperate forest of abundant rhododendron and magnolia and several species of deer and monkeys in this forest.
Stop for lunch at Dochu La where on a clear day you will have a spectacular view of the Himalayan Mountains.
After lunch, you will cycle to Punakha. The downhill ride from the Dochu La into the Punakha valley will leave you speechless as you glide through lush forest spread over a distance of 50 kilometers.
Upon reaching Punakha, you will check in your hotel to refresh yourself and visit the most beautiful Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Zhabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’. It is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (female and male Rivers) and is the winter residence of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu in the winter. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. (Overnight at Punakha)
Day 5 : Punakha - Trongsa
Drive to Trongsa, with a stop at Wangduephodrang to explore the bustling market town before visiting the Wangduephodrang Dzong. Drive over the Pele La pass (3,420m) on the Black Mountain range, which divide western and central Bhutan. White langur monkeys can often be spotted in the moss-draped forests in this area.
You will then enroute visit beautiful Chendebji Chorten built in the 18th Century to commemorate the subjugation of a local demon. It is built in a style unusual for Bhutan, with painted eyes facing the four directions.
As you drive to forward, the imposing Trongsa Dzong can be viewed across a deep canyon to signal your approach to the town around a curving road. (Overnight at Trongsa)
Day 6 : Trongsa Dzong
After breakfast, Visit Trongsa Dzong, a masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Trongsa dzong is the largest in Bhutan and houses 22 temples inside. After light refreshments, Begin the drive to Bumthang, one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the spiritual heartland of the kingdom. The road climbs rapidly up a series of hairpin turns out of Trongsa. After passing through cultivated fields and forested hillsides you will reach the Yutung La Pass (3400m). From here you will ride down through a dense, beautiful coniferous forest to a wide, cultivated valley known as Chummey valley before continuing on in the soft afternoon light to the town of Jakar. Overnight at your lodge in Jakar, Bumthang.
Day 7 : Bumthang
Visit Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom where Bhutan’s patron saint Guru Rimpoche meditated and 7th century Jambay Lhakhang dating back to the origins of Buddhism in Bhutan and is one of the Kingdoms oldest temples.
Visit Jakar Dzong, the castle in the sky and Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa and containing interesting and ancient Buddhist wall paintings. Afterwards enjoy exploring the village of Jakar, Bumthang’s main township. (Overnight at Bumthang)
Day 8 : Bumthang - URA - Bumthang (Cycling)
Cycle to the Ura Valley, approx. 69 Kms from Jakar. The ride begins with a height gain of 900 metres over almost 40 kilometers to the Shertang La pass. The Ura Valley, on the far side, is the highest of the Bumthang Valleys. Extensive pastures line the road and just before the pass there is a panoramic view of the mountains of Lunana. Descend from the pass on long looping roads through pastureland and fields to Ura village. Enjoy some sightseeing in Ura Valley before driving back to Bumthang. (Overnight at Bumthang)
Day 9 : Bumthang - Punakha
After breakfast at your hotel,
Drive back to Punakha, stopping at Trongsa for lunch. There will be opportunities to ride along various stretches of road if desired. (Overnight at Punakha)
Day 10 : Punakha - Thimphu (Cycling)
Enjoy a leisurely ride of about 12 kms to reach Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten situated on a beautiful hillock. It houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions. Take a picnic lunch on a picturesque riverside before riding back to Punakha. Afterwards, drive for Thimphu. (Overnight at Thimphu)
Day 11 : Thimphu - Paro
You can either begin riding back to Paro, or elect to drive there later to allow time to stroll around Thimphu. If it’s the weekend, you can walk through the market to see the variety of food of Bhutan, including basket upon basket of fiery chillies, fresh cheese and a variety of fresh greens. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. On arrival in Paro, check into the hotel. (Overnight at Paro)
Day 12 : Paro, Hike to Tiger nest
Hike to Taktsang Monastery. The walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometer above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to cafeteria). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. Nearby there is a cafeteria where you can stop for lunch before returning to Paro.
In the afternoon drive or ride the relatively flat road to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyal Dzong, built to commemorate a victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo.
Alternatively, day 12 could be spent on a day trip to the Haa Valley, one of the most picturesque districts in Bhutan. Reached via the beautiful Chelela Pass, Haa Valley is characterized by its surrounding rugged and mountainous terrain. On the return to Paro, you may choose to ride the exhilarating downhill run from Chelela Pass. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.
Day 13 : Depart Paro
Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.
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* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.
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