Bhutan Bike Ride & Road Trip

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Bhutan with tagline “Happiness is a Place” spells exactly for the same. With ‘Gross National Happiness’ preceding over the monetary considerations, it’s the land for merriment, blessedness, playfulness and JOY in a whole. Until 1962, Bhutan didn’t take notice of building roads in their country. It opened up to modern development very recently. To protect its traditions and culture, the kingdom prices itself a bit high leading to less of touristic invasion, which makes it super peaceful altogether.

The extremely rugged, slopping terrains, dense vegetation and mountainous landscape of Bhutan lends itself well to both on-road and off-road mountain biking. The straight roads hardly exist in such topography. For risk takers and bike freaks its heaven on earth. Away from the city hustle – bustle and the harassing traffic jams, this place marks as one of the two places in the world with no traffic signals after Pyongyang in North Korea. Imagine no honking, overtaking and not being stranded between other motors, isn’t that A-M-A-Z-ING?

Biking projects self reliance and fearlessness. What better it could get, thundering the Enfield through the dirt trails in the ‘Land of Thunder Dragon- Bhutan’. And its rightly said – ‘Travelling here is travelling back in time’. The flawless greenery of the orchards, fossil valleys, quaint and tiny villages is beauty to the eyes. Running through the town over a Royal Enfield is an ideal union of ‘Beauty’ and the ‘Beast’. The chimes in the monasteries, chanting by the monks and a constant breeze preserves the undying customs and culture of Bhutan.

The entire road trip is dotted with winding roads going thousands of feet up and down, keeping one interested, excited and on toes throughout the journey. The trip is structured in a way that one gets to enjoy the ethnicity and uniqueness of cities like Phuntsholing, Thimphu and Paro along the countryside and its people.

Kingdom’s Charm

The peculiarity in the names of places in Bhutan is equivalent to its untouched allure. The monasteries here are called by the names- lhakhang, dzong and gompa. Just like the differences in names, each monastery is exclusive leaving a mark down the memory lane. The valleys slide adjacent to the culturally rich places here. Phuntsholing, Paro and Thimphu being the prior ones amongst few others like Punakha, Trongsa and Bhumthang.


Phuntsholing (Phuentsholing) is the border town in Southern Bhutan. It’s a small place sitting opposite the much larger Indian bazaar town of Jaigaon. This is the only gateway to Bhutan through roadway. The gate of partition is the most photographed attraction here. There are couple of sites here which can keep an hour or two occupied. It houses a crocodile breeding centre and gives an opportunity to be the closest to this dangerous specie. Also the most visited Chukha Hydropower Project serves for a beautiful scenic beauty.


The last Himalayan kingdom- Paro lies on the banks of the Paro (or Pa) Chhu, just a short distance of the imposing Paro Dzong. The main street, only built in 1985, is lined with colourfully painted wooden shop fronts and restaurants. Overtime the square has become a nondescript hodgepodge of concrete buildings yet it remains one of the best Bhutanese towns to explore on foot and is worth an hour or two's stroll.


Being the capital it is the beating heart of Bhutan. Small town feel with new commercial exuberance makes it for an intriguing destination. Crimson robed monks, traditionally dressed locals and camera wielding tourists all pave way to this city. From monasteries like Changangkha Lhakhang and Zangthoperi Lhakhang which pacifies the energy, it also offers an undisturbed view of Thimphu valley. There are museums of Heritage and Textile displaying exquisiteness of Bhutan. The stay in the capital drenches one in its own bright colours.


Day 1: Arrive bagdogra and ride to Phuentsholing

We will Fag Off the ride directly from Bagdogra. The ride along the National Highway 31 from Siliguri to Sevoke through Dooars is a paradise. Combination of thick forests and numerous tea plantations spread over acres of land absorbs us in the lap of nature. Finally after an endless crater driving, we reach Jaigaon and cross the gate to enter Phuentsholing. It is a different world with a refreshing change from the chaos of normal Indian Bazaar to quiet and orderly kingdom. Evening is for self exploration of the place.


Day 2: Immigration Process & Phuentsholing Local Sightseeing

We start the day with early breakfast and head towards the Immigration Office for the formalities. The entire process takes couple of hours which includes Immigration Form submission & Biometrics. After getting the permits, we head to explore the small town. Visit some famous places like Zangto Pelri & Karbandi Monastery. From Karbandi, one gets a bird's eye view of Jaigaon & Phuentsholing. By evening get back to the hotel and prepare yourself for the next day's ride. Overnight dinner & stay will be at hotel.


Day 3: Phuentsholing to Thimphu via Chukha

Distance: 180 KM Road: Narrow winding Roads After the breakfast we start our ride to Thimphu city. The capita of Bhutan. The road climbs up through steep gradient to Richending monastery. The highway takes a long twisting and turning climb through tropical jungle with few hamlets by the sides. It is a combination of up and downhill drive up to Chapchala ridge. The road descends down to gorge and follows the river upstream to the river confluence and road junction at Chunzom where road branches off to Paro and Thimphu. The prayer flags and pagodas at Chunzom mark our entry to Thimphu. On reaching the city by evening we lose ourselves to explore the place. Hotel Kenny Thimphu.


Day 4: Explore Thimphu City

Distance: NA Road: NA Indulge in the lifestyle of Bhutanese like a Bhutanese. Dress in ‘gho- a kimono like knee length dress’ and ‘kira- full length wrap around dress’ for man and woman respectively. Binge on Bhutan’s speciality ema datshi (chillies with yak cheese), dumplings, red rice and zow shungo (rice mixed with leftover vegetables). Explore the charisma of Buddha point to overlook Thimphu valley. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to Lord Buddha’s largest statue in the world at Kuensel Phodrang. Scroll the city and enjoy the stay at happy land.Hotel Kenny Thimphu.


Day 5: Thimphu to Punakha via Dochu La

Start your ride early morning after breakfast. Explore Dochula enroute, here you will find 100 small supas made in remembarance of Martayers. Reach Punakha by afternoon. After taking lunch explore the famous Punakaha Dzong. It will be a cultural tour with a guide which will explian the complete history and beliefs of bhuddhism here. Evening stay in Punakha. Yak Hotel Punakha.


Day 6: Punakha to Paro via Chele La

Distance: 130 KM Road: We ride to the highest motor able pass in Bhutan at a whopping height of 3988m i.e. Chele La pass. The feeling at 13000ft is no less than winning and conquering over the mother nature and rising tall all alone amidst the prayer flags and your troop. We gradually descend to Paro through dense vegetation on one side and river which flows the other side. No journey is complete without maggi and chai! Take a break by the wayside villages and binge on some thukpa (noodle soup), momos, maggi and chai. On reaching Paro, enjoy the disciplined and culturally rich lifestyle of this place. City Hotel Paro.


Day 7: Trek to Tiger's Nest & Explore Paro

Distance: 40 KM Road: Trek A drive through a beautiful country side and golden paddy fields after breakfast starts our 3rd day. After climbing up gradually making twists and turns we see small cottage lodges, cafeteria and chorten before the road enters pine forest. From here on we trek up to the Taktsang or Tigers Nest Monastery. It’s perched on a cliff, like two white specks stuck on the vertical rock by magical glue. The trek has over steep slopes and dusty paths paved in the forest concluding with 700 steps. Either choose to walk or hire a pony (only till half-way). With waterfalls and the alpine tree cover, the trek gets pleasant and makes one forget the tiredness and the entire muscle ache. It’s the serenity and holiness of the place which pulls many to hike up to this height. On clear day, one can have a splendid view of Bhutan’s sacred mountain- Mt. Jomolhari. Following the trek we visit to Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Bhutan which is stunning and one of its kinds. In the evening we witness the nightlife of Paro. By the Paro River the view of fully lighted Paro Dzong is spectacular. We soak ourselves in the lap of Paro valley for the last time and sleep through the night. City Hotel Paro.


Day 8: Paro to Siliguri

Distance: 320 KM Road: Mixed Roads We bid farewell to Bhutan and start the return journey to India. Live this day to the fullest as you know what they say in bollywood – ‘zindagi na milegi dobaara!’ Hotels will be reserved in Siliguri for the last night stay with Dinner and breakfast. Hotel Debjyoti siliguri.


Day 9: Depart from Siliguri to Home

Say Good Bye to your friends, exchange the photographs, take every body's number and stay in touch for ever. 

• Accommodation for 8 Nights on Double Sharing 

• 8 Breakfast and 8 Dinners + Morning Tea (Veg Meals) 

• Royal Enfield 350CC with Helmet

• Fuel Expenses 

• Back-Up vehicle with Mehanic and Spare Parts 

• Bhutan Permit Charges 

• Road Captains 

• First-Aid medical kits 

• Lunch on All Days 

• Any Monument entry Fee 

• Personal Expenses (Snacks/Water Bottles/Energy Drinks) 

• Cost Escalation due to change in itinerary 

• Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions 

- Passport/Voter ID + Passport size Photo graphs


1/2 Thermal Upper - 1/2 Thermal  Lower - Briefs as per requirement - 2 Comfy Boxers - 1 Lower - 3 Denims - 5 Tees - 1 Jacket - 8 Pairs of Woolen- Socks-  1 Gloves - Caterpillar Boots - 1 Slipper - 1 Quick Dry Towel 

Personal Care:

Face wash - Deo Vaseline - Toothpaste - Toothbrush - 2 soaps - Shampoo - Toilet Paper - Sunscreen


Camera + Charger  - Phone + Charger - Multiplug Power Bank 

Riding Gears:

Riding Jacket - Knee Guards - Elbow Guards - Gloves Rain - Liner Thermal - Liner Rain Coat - Riding Boots - Backpack - 5 Bungee Cords - Balaclava - Helmet


RC(self biker)  + DL Insurance (self bike) + Photo Id PP Size Photos + Xerox of DL/RC + Xerox of Photo Id + Petrol Jerry Cans + Spare Keys (self bikes)

Medicines (Optional):

Personal medication (if any) - Combyflam - Dolo650 - Dettol - Cotton Gauge - Band Aids - Volini Spray - Crep Bandage - Knee Cap etc


Chocolates - Polybags - Rubber bands - FlashLight - Scissors - Lighter/Matchbox - Swiss knife -  Handkerchief - Diary - Pen - Volet - Debit/Credit cards etc

All essentials should only be consider as advice, essentials may change as per the conditions and situations

I am the individual registering for this programme and hereby agree to the following:


  1. I understand that if a change in my health or physical condition does occur which might affect my ability to participate in the Program or otherwise exercise safely, that I will immediately notify Tantra AdventureZ.
  2. I agree that Tantra AdventureZ shall not be liable or responsible for any injuries to me resulting from my participation in the event and I expressly release and discharge Tantra AdventureZ, its owners, employees, agents and/or assigns, from all claims, actions, judgments and the like which I or my heirs, executors, administrators or assigns may have or claim to have as a result of any injury or other damage which may occur in connection with my participation in the event.
  3. I understand that whenever I will feel light headed, faint, dizzy, nauseated or experience pain/discomfort during the camp, I will stop the activity and inform the  Event Leader of  Tantra AdventureZ.
  4. I understand that I am not obligated to perform nor participate in any activity that I do not wish to do, and that is my right to refuse such participation at any time.
  5. I am aware that Tantra AdventureZ does not allow & entertain the consumption of Drugs & Alcohol during the complete activity. If I am found indulging in any such activity, then Tantra AdventureZ has the right to disqualify my participation from the Adventure Activity with immediate effect.
  6. I acknowledge that trainers of Tantra AdventureZ. are not physicians and are not trained in any way to provide medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or any other type of medical advice. Furthermore I am aware that it is always advisable to consult a physician before embarking on any new adventure activity.
  7. In the event of my suffering any medical or health difficulty whilst performing any physical activity, and particularly where I may lose consciousness or be unable to deal with matters myself, I hereby authorize Tantra AdventureZ. to contact a physician and to take me to such physician and/or any appropriate medical clinic orother hospital and to use the services of an ambulance where appropriate and I undertake liability for all costs thereby incurred. I am aware of all inherent dangers during the trip. I acknowledge and understand I will be engaging in activities that involve risk of serious injury, including permanent disability or death and severe social and economic losses which might result not only from my own action, inaction or negligence, but action, inaction or negligence ofothers, or the condition of the premises on or off site or of any equipment used and further, that there may be otherunknown risks not reasonably foreseeable at this time. I assume all these risks and expressly waive, release, discharge and agree not to sue Tantra AdventureZ. for any loss, damage, death, disability, injury, or action of any kind for participating in this camp or any other activities organized by Tantra AdventureZ. and I hereby indemnify and hold Tantra AdventureZ. harmless against any claims by my dependents or other third parties whatsoever arising by reason of my death, disability or injury whilst participating in Adventure Activity.
  8. I am aware that Tantra AdventureZ does not accept responsibility for any loss, theft and/or damage to vehicles and/or personal property left in vehicles or any other area at the location I am camping.
  9. I understand and accept that no refunds, whether in whole or in part, will be granted if I cannot complete the activity.
  10.  It is in the nature of a holiday of this kind to be flexible. The day to day agenda and ultimate goal of the tour is taken as an aim and not as a contractual obligation. We shall not be responsible for the delays or alterations in the program or expenses incurred due to Conflict, international or internal flight/train/bus delay or cancellations, strikes, sickness, bad weather, natural calamity like landslides/cloud burst/avalanche, road block, war, riots, vehicle problems, political closures, sudden shut down of government office eg immigration office/DC office/RSTA or similar.
  11. Participants need to bear their own expenses of the day (accommodation + meals, apart from the package cost) in case of change in itinerary due to Conflict, international or internal flight/train/bus delay or cancellations, strikes, sickness, bad weather, natural calamity like landslides/cloud burst/avalanche, road block, war, riots, vehicle problems, political closures, sudden shut down of government office eg immigration office/DC office/RSTA or any other reason which is not under control of Tantra Adventurez.
  12.  In case any Rider wants to drop the bike on the way other that the starting point of the Ride ie Siliguri then Rider have to bear the transportation charges of the bike, which is Rs 10,000/- per bike.
  13. The cost is for the entire package and there would be no refunds in case any part of the Package is not availed.
  14. We would not be liable to pay any kind of compensation arising because of any mishap, sickness, accident etc.
  15. Your participation in a trip is entirely at your own risk. We are NOT responsible or liable for any injuries you may suffer, fatal or otherwise. Also, we are NOT responsible for any loss or damage to your property, including your motorcycle, irrespective of how any damage may have been caused.
  16. I notify that I do not have any Criminal Cases/Police Cases running against me.
  17. I agree that this constitutes the entire agreement between me and Tantra AdventureZ. and I acknowledge that I conclude this Agreement of my own free will without force or coercion and not having been induced to do so by reason of any representations on the part of Tantra AdventureZ. and any agreement toterminate this Agreement or to amend or vary it in any way, shall not be of any force or effect unless and until reduced to writing and signed by the relevant parties
  18. I have read, understand and accept the terms and conditions above.

I have read this Release and Terms of Agreement and understand all of its terms. I sign it voluntarily and with knowledge of its significance.


Participant Name:                                                            Signature & Date:

1. How to Reach Siliguri?

- Siliguri is in West Bengal, an over night journey from Kolkata and a good connectivity from all major cities of India like New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad etc.

- Nearest Railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP; 10 KM) and nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport (15 KM)

"You can call/whatsapp any time on our 24/7 helpline number for any query at +91-7835-00-33-66, +91-9717556778, +91-9818-344-335"

2. What about Telecom and Cash facility in Bhutan?


- For telecom services, Indian number can work only in case you have International Roaming activated on your phone.

- You can also get a Bhutan tourist SIM card for just Rs 200 (with Rs 200 of talk time), after getting the permit from Phuntshuling. 

- You just need a Xerox of your permit to get the SIM. Call rate to India will be Rs 4/min. You can recharge that SIM anywhere in BHUTAN. Bhutan SIM will only work 1 month from the date of purchase.

3. ATMs:

- You won't get any Indian ATM in Bhutan, last ATM you will get will be in Jaigaon/Phuntshuling border. You need to carry the cash as per your budget for the next 8 days. Indian Currency can be used as Legal Tender in Bhutan, however do not carry Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes as they are not accepted in Bhutan.

- Credit cards will work for shopping purpose in Bhutan.

"You can call/whatsapp any time on our 24/7 helpline number for any query at +91-7835-00-33-66, +91-9717556778, +91-9818-344-335" 

4. Is Passport & Visa mandatory?

- Indians don't need VISA, Indians only need to get tourist permit to travel in Bhutan which you will get from border town; Phuntshuling.

- To get the tourist permit one need either Passport or Voter ID card (any of one will work).

- If you don't have Passport and Voter ID either, then you need to sign an undertaking in Indian Embassy with a minimal fee of Rs 135/-.

"You can call/whatsapp any time on our 24/7 helpline number for any query at +91-7835-00-33-66, +91-9717556778, +91-9818-344-335" 

5. How to Book for this ride ?

- You can book directly from the website/NEFT/IMPS.

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