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  • Bhutan Heritage by Bicycle

    Bicycling in Bhutan is rewarded with stunning views and pristine nature on good paved roads with little traffic. We start cycling from Thimpu after visiting Paro, and head east to Punakha, stopping to visit dzongs (fortresses), monasteries and temples and absorbing the Buddhist culture.


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE


    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    Arrive from Bangkok in Paro where you will be picked up from the airport. We check into the hotel, and in the afternoon we’ll visit to Bhutan National Museum, which features local art, textiles, artifacts, and sculptures. We’ll also visit one of the major Rinpung Dzongs located in Paro. In the evening, we’ll have a welcome dinner prepared in traditional Bhutanese style.

      Bhutan National Museum, Rinpung Dzong

    Recommended Hotels in Paro:

    - Bhutan Mandala Resort
    - Metta Resort & Spa


    Day 2

    There is a short morning transfer to Thimphu (approx 2 hrs), and then the rest of the morning will be spent visiting museums and the National Institute for Zorig Chusum (a school of arts and crafts). In the afternoon, we ride to Dodina past small villages, farmlands and dense forests. The end of the road in Dodina features two monasteries set back high amongst the mountains. The return is a gradual downhill to Thimphu. Later in the evening, you can explore the town well known for its handicrafts shops.

      Zogig Chusum school of arts and crafts, ride to Dodina village 

    Recommended Thimphu Hotels:

    - Gyelsa Boutique Inn
    - Hotel Thimphu Tower

     

    Day 3

    Today will be the first major hill challenge, we have a warm up of 5 km before we start climbing for the next 18 km to the pass at Dochula, which is known for its spiritual energy and 108 Chortens that are atop the pass. Lunch at the Dochula Café is the perfect place to take in the expansive views of the deep valleys and eastern Himalayas. After lunch as we descend down the pass we move from oak, maple and blue pine forests into the rhododendron, hemlock and fir vegetation, and along with the many monasteries that come into view make this a downhill ride to remember.

      Cycling to Punkha, enjoy the stunning mountain views of Himalayas.

    Recommended Hotels in Punakha:

    - Meri Puensum Resort
    - Vara Hotel Punakha


    Day 4

    Today’s ride is an enjoyable out and back ride with the outward leg being a gradual climb to Tashithang. We pass through lush forests which are famous for their rhododendron trees, and if they are in bloom make for magnificent views. This area is also well known for its birdlife and wild orchids.

      Tashithang Loop Ride, trekking through lush forests


    Day 5

    The ride today is a more leisurely one as we take time to explore the beautiful and lush valley that surrounds Punakha. We will visit Punakha Dzong, one of the most impressive Dzongs in Bhutan which was built in 1638 and made all the more remarkable as it was constructed without the use of drawings or a single nail! The other major visit today will be to Chimi Lhakhang, built in 1499 and also known as the temple of the “Devine Madman” (Lama Drukpa Kunley) and disciple of one of the five great tertons (treasure discoverer) Pema Lingpa. This temple is also noted for its blessing of women who wish to bear children.

     Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang


    Day 6

    We leave Punakha early for the drive back to Paro. It will take about 4-6 hours depending on road construction, but we will ensure that there's time to visit the Tiger's Nest (Taktsang Monastery), a highlight of the tour. Perched on a cliff it's a hike to reach and before reaching one must cross a bridge that fords a large water fall, which drops by 60 metres (200 ft) into a sacred pool, not easy for those with a fear of heights. First built in 1692 this monastery is scared to Buddhists of the world.

     Taktsang Lhakhang


    Day 7

    Tour concludes and we transfer you to the airport for onward travel.

     

     

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    Notes:

    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Bhutan Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Bhutan Senses Travel Team

     

    Location
    Accommodation

    PARO
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    Bhutan Mandala Resort

    • Offering a hot tub and sauna, Bhutan Mandala Resort is located in Paro. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on site.
    • Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Rooms include a private bathroom fitted with a bath.
    • Paro Airport is 3 km from the property.

    Metta Resort & Spa

    • Metta Resort and Spa offers accommodation in Paro. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site.
    • All rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some units include a seating area where you can relax. Every room includes a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Extras include bathrobes and slippers. Metta Resort and Spa features free WiFi .
    • There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
    • The resort also offers car hire. The nearest airport is Paro Airport, 5 km from the property.

    THIMPHU
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    Hotel Thimphu Towers

    • Hotel Thimphu Tower offers accommodation in Thimphu. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on site.
    • Rooms have a flat-screen TV with cable channels. You will find a kettle in the room. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom fitted with a bath. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer.
    • The nearest airport is Paro Airport, 23 km from Hotel Thimphu Tower.

    Gyelsa Boutique Inn

    • Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Gyelsa boutique offers accommodation in Thimphu. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site.
    • Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain units include a seating area where you can relax. You will find a kettle in the room. Each room has a private bathroom fitted with a shower.
    • There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
    • The nearest airport is Paro Airport, 23 km from Gyelsa boutique.

    PUNAKHA
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    Meri Puensum Resort

    • Lying approximately 5 kms from Punakha village and with good views of the valley area.
    • The 20 rooms are spacious and there are lovely views down across the river and the valley.
    • There is a large dining area and bar where you can relax after a day exploring the Puankha valley.

    Vara Hotel Punakha

    • Located in the valley of Lobesa overlooking the blossoming and verdant valley with panoramic elongate between Punakha and Wangdue. This three star hotel started operation in early 2014 and is one of the best three star hotel in Punakha and Wangdue area.
    • Vara Hotel allows travelers to explore the wonders of valleys and offers the spectacular view of mountains landscape and oasis of tranquility and peacefulness. Enjoy your stay in one of its lovely big rooms, cozy restaurant and an upstairs bar.
    • The hotel offers 18 Deluxe Rooms and 1 Suite. Free WiFi (public areas).