13Days/12 Nights Cultural Tour with Mountain Biking

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This Tour is a combination of Culture and Mountain Biking, specially designed for the one’s seeking adventures. The tour will take you over the mountain passes deep into the Central Part of the country, visiting Religious Buddhist sites, engaging in local activities, biking the rough terrain of Bhutan.

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Day01. Arrive in Paro and transfer to Thimphu (58kms, 2hrs drive).

After immigration and custom formalities, our representative and your guide for the entire trip will receive you and escort you to a restaurant for refreshment. Then  drive to Thimphu(Capital of Bhutan).

  • En route visit the Tamchogang Lhakhang (15th century temple), with a Iron-Chain Suspension Bridge, one of the Traditional Bridges in Bhutan.
  • Next stop at the Chuzom, the confluence of the Wang Chhu and the Pa Chhu, to take a look at Three Styles of Stupas, The Tibetan, The Nepalese and the Bhutanese styles.

Then continue the drive to the Thimphu city, the biggest city in the country with a population of 100,000.

  • Time permitting visit the Semtokha Dzong, 17th century fortress turned into a Monastic School.

O/N at Hotel.

Day02. Thimphu Sightseeing.

  • Visit the National Memorial Chorten, (stupa, built in memory of the Third king).
  • Kuenselphodrang, for the giant Buddha Dordenma Statue, (169ft,51m).
  • Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest temple in the Thimphu Valley.
  • Takin Preserve, which showcases the National Animal, the Takin along with few species of Deer and  Mountain goats.
  • After lunch, get on our bikes and ride to Dodena (Base of Cheri Goemba) 16kms. If you have the stamina and time permitting hike to Cheri Goemba. And bike back to the city. This biking will help you as a training session for the rest of your biking tours.

O/N at Hotel.

Day03. Thimphu-Punakha (79kms, 3hrs driving time).

Today we drive to Dochula pass (3,150m), weather permitting, there are great views of the Himalayas, including the Highest Unclimbed Peak, Gangkar Puensum (7,560m).Visit the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang, which has some of the most intricate and finest wood and stone works in the country. After pictures, we ride our bikes down the other side of the pass into the Punakha district to Lobesa where we stop for lunch.

  • After lunch, a short hike to Chimed Lhakhang, a popular destination for fertility for locals and tourist alike.
  • Ride to the Hotel, which is another 10kms approximately. Relax for the evening.

O/N at Hotel.

Day04. Punakha  Sightseeing.

  • Early breakfast, hike to Khamsum Yuelly Namgyal Chorten.
  • Drive back to Punakha and visit the magnificent Pungthang Dechen Phodrang Dzong.
  • After lunch, get on your bikes and ride the Talo road to the monastery and back to hotel or take the feeder/farmroad to samdingkha and back.

O/N at Hotel.

Day05. Punakha-Phobjikha(127kms, 3-4hrs).

In the morning drive to Phobjikha,

  • Visit the Gangtey Sangnacholing Monastery, the only Nyingmapa monastery to the western part of the country.
  • Either hike the Nature Trail (4.1kms, 1hr), or bike your way down to Phobjikha valley and continue to the furthest village and to the Hotel.

O/N at Hotel.

Day06. Phobjikha-Bumthang(130kms,4 hrs drive).

Drive to Pelela Pass (3,300m), after the pass the road goes downhill to Chendebji and into Trongsa, so you can get on your bike and ride till Trongsa.

  • After lunch, visit the Trongsa Museum/ the Dzong. And continue your drive to Bumthang over the Yotongla Pass3,400m).
  • Stop at the Weaving place at Chumey, this area is well known for its Yathra products, textiles woven out of sheep and yak wool.

O/N at Hotel.

Day07. Bumthang Sightseeing.

  • Visit the Jampa Lhakhang, 7th century temple, founded by the Great Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.
  • Kurje Lhakhang, sacred temple where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in a Rock Cave in the 8th century and freed King Sindhu Raja from the grip of Shelging Karpo, the local deity.
  • Hike to the Tamshing Lhakhang, which is on the other side of the river.
  • In the afternoon, drive to the Farmhouse  and practice Archery, the national sport of Bhutan and engage in preparing for the Hot Stone Bath.

O/N at Hotel.

Day08. Bumthang-Tang (50kms, 2hrs drive).

  • Visit the Museum at Ugyencholing.
  • After lunch bike to Mebar Tsho, the Burning/Flaming Lake, where Terton Pema Lingpa, the great treasure revealer, discovered the religious treasures. Bike back to the Hotel.

O/N at Hotel.

Day09. Bumthang-Trongsa (68kms, 2hrs drive).

Bike to Trongsa after visiting the Wangdicholing Palace in Bumthang, stop at Chumey Nature Resort for lunch, then continue on your bike to Trongsa.

O/N at Hotel.

Day10. Trongsa-Thimphu (200kms, 8hrs drive).

Today we will be back tracking to Thimphu, it’s a driving day than a tour.

Day11. Thimphu-Paro(58kms, 2hrs drive).

  • After breakfast, bike to Paro and check into the Hotel, after refreshing visit the National Museum.
  • Visit the dzong, which houses the Administrative Centre and the Monastic Community of Paro province.

O/N at Hotel.

Day12. Paro sightseeing.

  • Hike to Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang), this hike takes 4-5hrs both ways and visiting the temple.
  • After the hike, visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest Buddhist temple in the country.
  • In the evening, stroll around the town on your own or look for Souvenirs.
  • Cultural Program by a local band.

Day13. Fly out for your next destination.

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