Druk Connection

  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Type Mountain Biking
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Best Season March-May September-November

This mountain bike trip journeys you past history-laden grandiose and spectacular sites amidst beautiful and varied scenery from Paro to Trashigang. You will encounter pristine village settlements at Norbuling, Bumthang valley, Mongar and Wangdiphodrang. At every mountain bike trip on this 18-day tour you get a reward of a complete immersion into the culture, people, history and geography of Bhutan.

  • Day 1 : Arrive in Paro & Transfer to Thimpu in a private vehicle.

    You can take flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offer everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air do not operate everyday flights from other sectors. The flight to Bhutan offers scenic views of some of the highest peaks in the world. Paro is at an altitude of 2280m above sea level and this valley serves as an ideal area for rice, apple, wheat, potatoes and vegetable growing.

  • Day 2 : Bike Checks & Warm up ride to Buddha Point, 15 kms. Afternoon sightseeing in Thimpu.

    In the morning , we visit the ,Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as Painting School) where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan viz. Sculpture (both statues and masks) , Calligraphy , Painting (Mural ,Scroll and House) , Wood Crafts (Carving ,Wooden Bowl Making , Paper Crafts ,Carpentry and Furniture) ,Leather Craft , Casting , Embroidery , Weaving , Bamboo Crafts ,Pottery ,Gold & Silver Smithy , Black Smithy & Masonry. Folk Heritage Museum,the museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.

  • Day 3 : Ride from Thimpu to Punakha

    In the morning we start the scenic ride to Punakha over the Dochula pass (3050m). This pass offers a panoramic view of the eastern Himalayan ranges on the clear days. Stop briefly here to take in the view and admire the 108 stupas built to honor His Majesty the King, world peace and for the benefit of all living beings.

  • Day 4 : Sightseeing & Riding Excursion around Punakha

    In the morning we ride across the traditional footbridge that spans across the river into the castle of Punakha. Explore Punakha fortress/castle miraculously located between the two rivers, Pho Chhu and the mo Chhu (male and female rivers).

  • Day 5 : Ride from Punakha to Dochula

    In the morning we retrace the drive to the tranquil and picturesque Dochula Pass for the Overnight. The ride today will be the toughest on the route esp. while climbing up to the Dochula Pass, our support vehicle / tour vehicle will also trail behind in case of any support requirement . Rest & Relax in the pristine surroundings of the Dochula Pass. There will also be options available to visit the nearby temple.Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 6 : Ride from Dochula to Paro- 73 kms & Sightseeing around Paro

    In the morning we leisurely take the scenic route across the Dochula Pass into Paro valley. In the afternoon Biking exploration around Paro Valley In Paro we explore the Paro Rimpung Dzong (fortress/castle) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body and district administration. En route we take the traditional walk (15 mins) route across the 16th century cantilever bridge.

  • Day 7 : Hike to the Tigers Nest Monastery & Sightseeing

    Hiking excursion (2 hours on ascent and 1 hour on descent) to the tigers nest monastery. One of the most venerated places precariously perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. Guru Rinpoche arrived at this spot on a back of tigress and meditated here in a cave and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognized as the most spiritual of sites in Bhutan and many eminent saints have meditated in this area. Now it is visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their life time. The monastery defies both gravity and mind’s eye.Lunch and refreshments at the cafeteria which offers an imposing view of the cultural landmark of Tigers Nest.

Includes:

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard government-approved accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) for the duration of the tour.
  • Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks - for the duration of your stay.
  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour.
  • Country presentation and tour Briefing on the evening of Day 01 with welcome drinks.

Excludes:

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges)
  • All items of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.
  • Biking attire and other personal gears.

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Happy Clients

This is the first time for our group to visit the Nepal, Bhutan and Kashmir region and we have enjoy it very much. It is very fortunate for us, being our first trip to select your company to arrange for us the tour, and we are very please with your service and support, and your co-ordination with the Bhutan operator. For the Indian operator, except for some minor situations, overall it is satisfactory.
I believe there will be more trips to come and will recommend to you potential future travellers there.

KH Liaw

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