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8 Days Bhutan Cycling Tour.

The 8 Days Bhutan cycling tour will take you as far as Phobjikha valley in the Black mountain national park region. Mountain biking is a relatively new phenomenon in Bhutan but it’s gaining momentum among locals as well as majority of visitors.

Day 1. Arrive Paro – Thimphu (Distance: 54 km, 1 hr drive):

National-Memorial-Chorten-at-Thimphu

National Memorial Chorten at Thimphu.

Your Guide will receive you at the Airport and drive to Thimphu.

On the way, view Tamchog Monastery built in the 15th century by Thang Thong Gyalpo, popularly known as Lama Chazampa, which literally means, “The Iron Bridge builder”.

  • Thang Thong Gyalpo (1385 – 1464) was a wonder working saint from Tibet who came to Bhutan in 1433 looking for Iron Ore. He built 108 bridges across Tibet and Bhutan, out of which 8 were built in Bhutan. His only surviving bridge is in Duksum in eastern Bhutan.

In the Afternoon, ride to:

  • Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honor of the Late King His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • Tallest Statue of Buddha to Sangaygang viewpoint (following the biking trail).

In the evening, visit to:

  • Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat and the seat of national government.

In the evening, free to stroll in the town for shopping and photography

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Galingkha.

Day 2.Thimphu Sightseeing (Ride around Thimphu):

In the Morning, ride to:

  • Cheri Monastery returning via Kabesa village.

In the Afternoon, witness Archery match at Changlimithang stadium and free to stroll in the town.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Galingkha.

Day 3. Thimphu – Punakha (Altitude 1310 m, 76 Km, 4 hrs ride):

6 Days Bhutan TourIn the Morning, ride to Punakha. Today is the best part of your Bhutan Cycling tour as the view is very scenic.

  • A short stop at Dochu la pass (3140 m) with its 108 stupas with amazing view of the Himalayas.
  • Chimi Lhakhang built in 1499 by Lama Drukpa Kuenley, popularly known as “The Divine Madman”. The Temple is also known as “The Temple of Fertility”.

In the Afternoon, visit to:

  • Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Punakha is the winter residence of Je Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck convened the First National Assembly here in 1952.
  • Ride to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Vara.

Day 4. Punakha – Gangtey (Altitude 3120 m) (66 km, 3 hrs):

The-View-of-Wangdiphodrang-Dzong-and-the-valley-Bhutan Cycling TourIn the Morning, ride to Gangtey and farthest point of your Bhutan Cycling tour.

  • A short stop on the way to view Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
  • Visit Gangtey Gompa founded in 1613 by Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa.

In the Afternoon, visit the Crane Information center.

In the evening, explore Phobjikha valley, the roosting ground of the Rare Black necked Cranes in winter.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Odiyana.

Day 5. Gangtey – Thimphu (143 km – 6 hrs.):

In the Morning, ride to Thimphu. Lunch, will be served on the way.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Galingkha.

Day 6.Thimphu – Paro Sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m):

chelela Pass-Bhutan Cycling TourIn the Morning, ride to Chelila pass.

  • This pass separates Paro valley from Haa valley with the highest Motorable road in Bhutan at 3810 meters above sea level. You can see the beautiful view of the Higher Himalayas including Mt. Jumolhari.

In the afternoon, ride to Drugyal Dzong (18 km from Paro town).

Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort.

Day 7. Paro sightseeing (Tiger’s Nest):

In the Morning, hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang).

  • 2 hour walk to the monastery. The primary temple was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in the 1684 by the Penlop (Governor) of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay. This beautiful monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padma Sambhava, the Tantric Mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favorite consort.  After lunch, ride around Paro valley and end of your Bhutan cycling tour.

Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort.

Day 8. Paro (Departure):

After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.