The Himalayan Triagle

Overview

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Tour Highlights

Total Kms 1150
Suitable Riding period Feb - October
Culture Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism
Riding hrs. 5 min. - 9 max. /day of ride
Riding level Intermediate

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.
Day 02: Ride to Kathmandu & Sightseeing Tour
Day 03: Ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara (210 Km)
Day 04: Ride from Pokhara to Kalopani(130 Km).
Day 05: Ride Kalopani to Muktinath (3710m)(approx. 46 Km).
Day 06: Ride Muktinath to Tatopani(approx. 61 Km).
Day 07: Ride Taopani to Pokhara (approx. 105 Km).
Day 08: Free day or ride around Pokhara
Day 09: Ride to Janakpur (Approx. 370 Km).
Day 10: Ride Janakpur to Bagdogra (approx. 385 Km)
Day 11: Bagdogra to Gelephu (359km approx)
Day 12: Ride Gelephu to Trongsa (approx. 244 Km)
Day 13: Ride Trongsa to Bumthang (approx. 68 Km)
Day 14: Ride Bumthang to Punakha (approx. 212 Km)
Day 15: Punakha to Thimpu (80 Kilometers approx)
Day 16: Thimpu Sightseeing and Ride to Paro (approx. 64 km)
Day 17: Sightseeing tour of Paro
Day 18: Final Departure
Free until final departure.

Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.

Upon arrival, met by representative and board the waiting vehicle and drive to Nagarkot (approx. 32 Km).

This small hilltop lies on the ridge on the valleys northeast rim overlooking a big chunk of the Western, Central and the Eastern Himalayas, including five of the worlds 10 highest Peaks- Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Manaslu. Beside these sleepy magnificent giants, Nagarkot also offers one of the best sunrise and sunset over the horizon.

Upon arrival at Nagarkot check in to the hotel. At the hotel, the guests will be welcomed with a welcome drink and assigned the rooms.

Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town.

Dinner &Overnight at the Hotel

Day 02: Ride to Kathmandu & Sightseeing Tour

After leisurely breakfast met by the Road captain and introduction to the Royal Enfield Motorcycles. There will be a short briefing about the safety and the proper speed to ride on the roads of Nepal followed by a question and answer session.

After the briefing, everyone will be handed the keys to the motorcycles and ride to Bhaktpapur City for the sightseeing tour.

Bhaktapur covers an area of 4 square miles and is shaped like a conch shell. Pottery and weavings are its traditional industries. The major sightseeing places in Bhaktapur include:

Durbar Square: The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural showpieces like Lion Gate, the statue of Bhupatindra Malla the Picture Galley, the Golden Gate, the Palace of 55 windows, the Bastille temple and the Bell of barking dogs, etc. The statue of Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed on a column facing the palace. Of the many statues available in Nepal this is considered to be the most magnificent.

The National Art Gallery: Contains ancient and medieval paintings belonging to Hindu and Buddhist school depicting Tantrics of various period and descriptions.

The Golden Gate: The Golden Gate is the entrance to the main counter of the Palace of 55 windows. Built by King Ranjit Malla, the gate is one of the most beautiful and richly carved specimens of its kind in the entire world. This gate is embellished with deities and monsters of marvelous intricacy.

The Palace of 55 Windows: The palace of 55 windows was built in the seventeenth century by King Bhupatindra Malla. Among the brick walls with their gracious settings and sculptural design, is a balcony of 55 windows. This balcony is the masterpiece of wood carving.

Natyapola Temple: This five storey pagoda was built in 1702 A.D. by King Bhupatindra Malla. It stands on a five-terraced platform. On each of the terraces, squat a pair of figures; two famous wrestlers, two elephants, two lions, two griffins, Baghiani, Singini – the tiger and the lion goddesses. This is one of the tallest pagodas and is famous for its massive structure and subtle workmanship.

Later continue ride to Kathmandu followed by the sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple & Boudhanath Stupa.

Pashupatinath Temple - is the most sacred Hindu Temples in the world and is amongst the five principle pilgrimage sites for the Hindus. On an annual pilgrimage during Shivaratri Festival thousand of devotees of Lord Shiva from all the Hindu communities of the world pay their homage here. Pashupatinath is the reincarnation of Shiva in his most benevolent form as the shepherd of fertility and so there are no animal sacrifices in this temple, only fruits. Flowers and vermilion are offered. It lies on the banks of the Baghmati River and for the Hindus, to be cremated at Pashupatinath means a direct passage to heaven.

This is the most important cremation ghats on the banks of the Bagmati River and one can see that it is indeed a busy sight. The Hindu religion practiced and lived every day since its inception thousands of years ago.

Later ride to Boudhanath Stupa, a colossal stupa, just beyond the Pashupatinath Temple. It is an imposing structure standing about 36 meters and is one of the oldest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal. The stupa stands on the massive three level mandala style platforms surrounded by colorful family style houses. The stupa is said to have been built in the 5th Century and is a sight of great veneration.

The evenings have a special ambience. As the evening unfolds hundreds of lamps are lit and people go about their evening rituals, walking around the stupa (the circumambulation act is called a KORA).

After sightseeing ride to the hotel.

Upon arrival at the hotel check in and rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the bazaar for the shopping for the big ride.

Eve: A brief introduction of the trip and introduction of the participants of the ride followed by a welcome dinner at an authentic Nepali Restaurant with cultural show.

After the dinner, transfer to the Hotel.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 03: Ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara (210 Kilometers)

After breakfast, we negotiate the traffic out of the Kathmandu city and ride out of the valley at the cross section of the ring road at Kalanki and then set out for check post at Nagdhunga, just past Thankot. From here, the road twists and turns as we negotiate the traffic and descend to Naubise, 26 kilometer marker (about 17 kilometers from Nagdhunga). Then the road becomes much larger and a much more smoother enjoyable ride on the highway to Kurintar, 103 kilometers from Kathmandu.

Another two kilometers brings us to the Manokamana temple. We continue riding to Mugling, the junction where the highway bifurcates, South to Chitwan and West to Pokhara. Head west by crossing the bridge and follow the Marshyangdi riverfor a while and then slowly ascend through terraced agricultural lands and small road side villages. At the outskirts of Pokhara, we are greeted with views of the Annapurna Mountain range including the famous Fish Tail Mountain.

Pokhara stands at 884 m above sea level, about 700 m lower than Kathmandu Valley. In Kathmandu Valley the high temples are all around you, in Pokhara it is the mountains. Only foothills separate Pokhara form the full height of the Himalayas, and the magnificent 8000 m. peaks of the Annapurna range.

Pokhara is a vacationer's paradise with its crystal clear lakes and fantastic views of the Annapurna range including the Fish Tail Mountain.

Upon arrival check into the hotel.

Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the lakeside bazaar.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 04: Ride from Pokhara to Kalopani (130 Kilometers).

After an early breakfast, leave Pokhara and ride towards Beni (approx. 70 Kilometers) on the Baglung Highway. This section of the ride provides fantastic mountain vistas, picturesque terraced farmlands and an opportunity to walk on one of Nepal's famous suspension bridges.

At Mal Dhunga, leave the main highway by taking the right trail and follow a dusty graveled path all the way to Beni, the district headquarters of Myagdi District in Dhaulagiri Zone. It is located on the confluence of Kali Ghandaki and Myagdi rivers at an altitude of 799 meters and is a bustling town lined with stores, restaurants, hotels and various government offices.

From here, the road is unpaved and dusty with potholes in several places.Unpaved, graveled rough road poses a real challenge for riders and makes it more difficult with the occasional river crossings.

Ascend gradually through the Kali Gandiki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. There is a continuous change in the topography with every twist and turnuntil our arrival at Tatopani.

Continue ride to Kalopanifollowing the Kali Gandaki River and passing the Thakali and Magar Villages to Dana (4750 ft./ 1446 m.) famous for its beautiful cascading waterfall. Steeply ascend to Ghasa (6600 ft./ 2012m) and continue the ride on a dusty and one of the difficult section of the road towards lete and Kalopani.

Upon arrival at Kalopnai check in to the hotel.

Rest of the day is free to relax or explore the town.

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel

Day 05: Ride KalopanitoMuktinath (3710m) (approx. 46 Kilometers).

After an early breakfast, set out on the trail by following the Kali Gandaki River and passing the Thakali and Magar Villages Tukuche, Marpha , Jomsom and Kagbeni to Muktinath. En-route, there are fantastic views of the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Tukuche (6920m), and Nilgiri (7061m).

As we pass between the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna mountain range, a dramatic change in vegetation is witnessed from green forests, to dry arid desert. It takes gradual acclimatizing with the surrounding. The Thakali's are the dominant tribe of the valley, related to the Gurung and Magars of the southern slopes.

Continue the ride towards Jomsom through the dusty graveled “off” road passing smaller settlements and apple orchards. There are excellent views of Mt. Nilgiri and the Kali Gandaki River flows on the right hand side of the trail.

This day's journey is a tough one but the scenic views of the rugged landscape, beautiful cascading waterfalls, orange and apple orchards, scattered roadside villages, ancient Buddhist monasteries all make it 'One Hell of a Ride”.

Jomsom(2713 m) is more correctly known as Dzongsam or New Fort. It spreads over both the banks of the Kali Ghandaki. The towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri form an attractive backdrop. Being the district headquarters, it is primarily an administrative and commercial center with government officials and merchants rubbing shoulders with the local inhabitants of the region, known as the Thakalis. Jomsom is the Administrative center of the Mustang region and the gateway to the Annapurna region. A land of mystique, the rugged peaks of the Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagari gaze down in their awesome splendor at weathered landscapes that contrast with the deep river ravines over noisy riverbeds. Jomsom is a mixture of hard work, social frivolity tempered by culture founded on deep religious traditions. It has the only airport that operates daily scheduled flights to Pokhara in the early mornings before the winds build up.

From here continue ride passing through the village, past the High Altitude Mountain Warfare School of the Royal Nepal Army and through several restaurants, bhattis and a hospital. We pass through the old Jomsom village which boasts of several lodges, restaurants school and government offices. At the end of the village the valley opens wide, take the left side of the trail just after crossing the three ruined chorten and continue on the east bank of the Kali Ghandaki River. After about 20 minutes, arrive at Ekklaibhatti a small village with few lodges. There are two trail here. The left will lead to Kagbeni while the right one leads to Muktinath. We take the right trail and continue to ascend slowly to the settlement of Jharkot, which has a fort “Kot”.

From here, another 15 minutes ride on the desert plateau brings us to Muktinath.

Upon arrival at Muktinath check in to the guest house.

Late PM: Visit Muktinath Temple

The Muktinath Templeis a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists  and is located at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La (5416 m Pass), Mustang district, Nepal. The site is close to the village of Ranipauwa, which sometimes mistakenly is called Muktinath as well.

The Hindus call this sacred place Mukti Kshetra, which literally means “Place of Salvation". This temple is considered to be the 105thamong the available 108 Divya Desam. The ancient name of this place, before the Buddhist origin was known as Thiru Saligramam.

In Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa all the elements are represented and for this and reasons unseen, yogis from both religions do their meditation at Muktinath.

For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath (Chumig Gyatsa) is a place of Dakinis (goddess known as Sky Dancers). It is of great importance for Buddhists as Chumig Gyatsa is one of the 24 Tantric places.

For Hindus, beside the natural fire representing Brahman and the holy waters, the central meaning of the Muktinath area is veneration of the god Vishnu in the form of ammonites (shilas) called Salagrama – Shilas.

There are many stories which tell of Vishnu turning into stone and all of them are closely connected to the holy Kali Ghandaki River. According to contemporary geologists, the Salagrama – silas (found at the banks and river bed of the holy river Kali Ghandaki) are fossils of a prehistoric insect. This insect is mentioned in the Bhavisya Purana. Therein, Tulasi, the sacred plant so dear to Vishnu, cursed Vishnu to become a stone during one act of their eternal lila. Vishnu said, “To fulfill your curse, I will become a stone (Salagrama-sila) and will always live on the banks of the Ghandaki River. The millions of Vajrakita worms that live at that place will adorn those stones with the signs of my chakra by carving them with their sharp teeth”.

After the sightseeing tour of Muktinath Temple descend down to the Ranipauwa (Main Bazaar of Muktinath).

Res t of the day is free to relax or explore around the town.

Overnight at the guest house

Day 06: Ride Muktinath to Tatopani(approx. 61 Kilometers).

After leisurely breakfast ride down to Kagbeni (2800 m) which is the gateway to Upper Mustang. (Note: The Kaligandaki Valley becomes increasingly windy during the day as the winds blows south to north and makes it difficult for travelers.

Kagbeni at an altitude of 2840m is a fascinating medieval village with closely packed mud brick houses, dark alleys and imposing chortens lies along the Around Annapurna Trekking route and is the gateway to Upper Mustang. The village stands in a little green oasis dominated by its red monastery. Though the village has a very medieval look, it can provide all the modern amenities that a traveler requires. This is the only village after Jomsom where there is an internet facility for communication with the outside world. This village also boasts of a Monastery. The monks here are of the yellow hat or the Gelukpa Sect and have only recently opened their monastery to visitors with a legitimate entrance fee of Rs 100, which they collect for the maintenance of their school.

After spending some time at Kagbeni continue ride to Jomsom (approx. 11 Km)but we continue further 50 kilometers to Tatopani.

“Tato” means 'hot' and “Pani” means 'water', a name earned courtesy of the hot springs and is a popular place for trekker's to relax and dip their weary bodies in the natural hot springs.

Upon arrival at Tatopani check in to the guest house.

Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the village.

Overnight at the Guest House

Day 07: Ride Taopani to Pokhara (approx. 105 Kilometers).

It is a pleasant relief to be able to tackle the roughest section of the journey in the early morning. Descend to to the settlement of Jaleswor located close to the river and then continue on to beni. From here set out following the trail along the river and the after about an hour meet the main highway at Maldhunga and then continue of the metaled road to Pokhara.

Upon arrival at Pokhara check in to the hotel.

Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the Lakeside Bazaar.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 08: Free day or ride around Pokhara

Free day to relax or ride around Pokhara.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 09: Ride to Janakpur (Approx. 370 Km).

After breakfast meet at the hotel lobby and start ride towards Chitwan (Approx. 167 Kilometers). Retrace the road leading to Kathmandu till Mugling (Approx. 96 Kilometers from Pokhara) and then turn south at the junction where the highway bifurcates and ride to Narayangarh (Approx. 38 Kilometers).

Narayangarh is an important trading centre of the central Nepal. There is a domestic airport (Bharatpur Airport) with connections to Kathmandu and Pokhara, and is the gateway to the nearby Chitwan National Park. It is also a major road link for the eastern and western parts of the country to the capital city of Kathmandu. And also Narayangarh is very famous for "Taas", a spicy fried goat-meat lunch dish served with Bhuja or Cheura (Beaten Rice).

From here continue ride to Hetaunda, Pathlaiya, Sarlahi, Bardibas, Dhalkebar to Janakpur.

Janakpur is located southeast of Kathmandu. It is a bit inconvenient to reach unless you- fly directly from Kathmandu or happen to be passing through Birgunj. Janakpur is the historic capital of Mithila. It is revered as the birthplace of Sita, daughter of King Janak and beloved heroine of the ancient Hindu epic the Ramayana. Janakpur is famous for the Janaki Mandir and Ram Janaki Vivaha mandap.

Upon arrival check in to hotel.

Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around town.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 10: Ride Janakpur to Bagdogra (approx. 385 Km)

After breakfast, scenic ride to Kakarbhitta experiencing the Nepalese countryside. Cross the famous Mechi Bridge and head to the border town of Kakarbhitta. After clearing our papers from customs, complete immigration check and then ride to the Indian Customs, a kilometer away. Here complete Indian customs as well as Immigration and then ride towards Bagdogra.

Rest of the day is free to relax

Siliguri, incidentally is an important nerve centre also for Bhutan, the eastern part of Nepal and Darjeeling, another picturesque hill station 80 kms away. Siliguri has two railway stations: the new Jalpaiguri Railway station on the broad Gauge and the Siliguri Junction on the Meter Gauge Railways line. New Jalpaiguri Railway station in Siliguri is connected to almost all parts of India by train. The airport near Siliguri town is known as Bagdogra.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 11: Bagdogra to Gelephu (359 Kilometers approx)

After breakfast ride from Bagdogra to Gelephu - Bhutan. The long day's ride encompasses passing through the mighty plains of Bengal and riding through the tea gardens, then enter Assam amidst the tea gardens. The whole ride is through the plains and most of the highway is complete so the ride should be done in about 7-8hrs. It is advised that you start very early today, as the mornings are very pleasant to ride in the plains. Have lunch en-route in a “dhaba” a truckers stop or a way side restaurant.

When we enter Gelephu we are greeted by Lord Buddha which is built in the Gelephu Sports Association ground. Gelephu is one of the four towns which have Bhutanese Gate bordering with the Neighboring country, India. The other three being, Phuentsholing, Samtse, Samdrupjongkhar. Gelephu fall under Sarpang District but is has it's own Dungpa who looks after the Town.Gelephu town is so small that you can walk around in half an hour.

Dinner and Overnight at Hotel

Day 12: Ride Gelephu to Trongsa (approx. 244 Km)

After the plains you will get a fresh insight into the lush tropical vegetation. The Himalayas are here! Now the road is full of twists and turns as we continue to ascend on a mountain road that is cut on a rock face. Your ride today takes you through the Royal Manas National Park until you reach Tingtibi. This route is also rich in biodiversity and is known for epiphytic orchids and the endangered Golden Langur primate.

From here we will follow the new highway to Trongsa.

Trongsa, previously Tongsa is a town and capital of Trongsa District in central Bhutan. The name means "new village" in Dzongkha. The first temple was built in 1543 by the Drukpa Kagyu lama, Ngagi Wangchuk, who was the great-grandfather of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the person who unified Bhutan.

Upon arrival in Trongsa check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town.

Dinner and Overnight at Hotel

Day 13: Ride Trongsa to Bumthang (approx. 68 Km)

After breakfast, visit the majestic Trongsa dzong.

Trongsa Dzong. Built on a spur overlooking the gorge of the Mangde River, a temple was first established at the location in 1543 by the Drukpa lama, Ngagi Wangchuk son of Ngawang Chhojey. In 1647, his great-grandson Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (Shabdrung or Zhabdrung being his title), constructed the first dzong to replace it, called Chökhor Rabtentse Dzong with a shorter version of Choetse Dzong. It was enlarged several times during the 18th century; the Chenrezig Lhakang was built in 1715 and a whole complex, including the Maitreya (Jampa) temple, was added in 1771. The dzong has since been repaired on several occasions; it was damaged during the 1897 Assam earthquake and underwent extensive renovation in 1927 and 1999.

Trongsa Dzong, the largest dzong at a striking location, is an important administrative building, providing the headquarters of the government of Trongsa District. Its provides a strategic central location to control Bhutan and for centuries it was the seat of the Wangchuck dynasty of penlops (governors) who effectively ruled over much of eastern and central Bhutan, and from 1907 have been Kings of Bhutan. It is also a major monastic complex, with around 200 monks. During the summer months, the monastic community often relocates to Kurje Monastery in the Bumthang valley. It contains a notable printing house, responsible for the printing of many religious texts in Bhutan.

Later we also visit the Kuenga Rabten Palace, Home of the 2nd King, 25 Km from Trongsa. We now continue eastward towards central Bhutan; Bumthang. On our scenic drive we stop to visit Yatha Textile Centre; and we watch for yaks along the route. After crossing the Yotong-la pass (3,400m/11,322ft.), we descend to Bumthang.

Bumthang consists of the four mountain valleys of Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor ("Bumthang"), although occasionally the entire district is referred to as Bumthang valley.

Bumthang directly translates as "beautiful field" – thang means field or flat place, and bum is said be an abbreviation of either bumpa (a vessel for holy water, thus describing the shape and nature of the valley), or simply bum ("girl," indicating this is the valley of beautiful girls). The name is said to have arisen after construction of Jambay Lhakhang.

Bumthang valley is considered one of the most sacred in the kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area. It is here that the kings were cremated and the present royal families trace their ancestry back to a famous saint called Pemalingpa, who was also a smith in Jakar Township.

Upon arrival in Bumthang check in to the hotel.

Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town.

Dinner and Overnight at Hotel

Day 14: Ride Bumthang to Punakha (approx. 212 Km)

Retrace the route till trongsa and continue ride to Punakha on a pitch and winding road through the many interesting villages, forest and great scenery throughout the ride. En-route we will cross the Pele La pass 3390m.

Punakha is the administrative centre of Punakha dzongkhag, one of the 20 districts of Bhutan. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan and the seat of government until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu. It is located at an elevation of 1,200 metres above sea level and rice is grown as the main crop along the river valleys of two main rivers of Bhutan, the Pho Chu and Mo Chu. Dzongkha is widely spoken in this district.

Upon arrival check in to the hotel.

Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town.

Dinner and Overnight at Hotel

Day 15: Punakha to Thimpu (80 Kilometers approx)

After breakfast ride to Punkaha Dzong for the sightseeing tour. The Punakha Dzong, also known as Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong (meaning “the palace of great happiness or bliss). Constructed by Zhabdrung (Shabdrung) Ngawang Namgyal in 1637–38, it is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures. The Dzong houses the sacred relics of the southern Drukpa Kagyu school including the Rangjung Kasarpani, and the sacred remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Padma Lingpa. Punakha Dzong was the administrative centre and the seat of the Government of Bhutan until 1955, when the capital was moved to Thimphu.

Later continue ride to Thimpu via the Dochula pass. It takes about two hours to reach the pass. Dochula pass (3100 m), a place blessed by 108 chortens built on the middle of the road and strewn with prayer flags. From here, there are spectacular views of the Entire Eastern Himalayan Mountain ranges (weather permitting).

From the pass it's a ride of about only 26 kilometers to Thimpu.

Thimpu, perhaps the most unusual capital city in the world, is a bustling town on the banks of its own river and set gloriously in the hills of its own valley. A regal town. Thimpu is home to the revered Bhutanese Royal family and to several foreign missions and development projects. The capital city has a population of 45,000, five miles from the Thimpu stands the Simtokha Dzong on a lofty ridge and is the first Dzong built by the Shabdrung in 1629. The Tashichhodzong, the main secretariat building which houses the throne room of His Majesty the king of Bhutan and it is the country administrative headquarters and houses of the legislative body. The National Assembly lies deep in the valley in all its grandeur.

Upon arrival at Thimpu check in to the hotel.

PM: Visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Memorial Chorten: The Memorial Chorten dominates the skyline of Thimpu. This Chorten is dedicated to the Third Druk Gyalpo (King), Jigme Dorji Wangchuck after his sudden death while travelling abroad. A great amount of renovation is taking place for the 2008 celebrations to mark the Century of the Monarchy in Bhutan. While you are here in Thimpu, the Capital City of Bhutan, don't forget to take a stroll to the Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 in memory of the third king His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck which died in 1972. The Chorten looks tall and beautiful as you make round the chorten. The Chorten serves the right place for older people and religious people come to worship the god and pay homepage to the deities.

Later return to the hotel or explore around the city.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel

Day 16: Thimpu Sightseeingand Ride to Paro (approx. 64 km)

After breakfast met by the road captain and ride to Tashichho Dzong for the sightseeing tour.

Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion): First built in 1661, the Dzong dominates the town of Thimphu. Except the central keep, the entire structure was rebuilt in 1961-62 and now houses the main government departments, the National Assembly, the throne room of the king, and summer headquarters of the Central Monastic Body.

After visiting Tashichho Dzong ride towards Paro. On the way visit the Simthokha - Dzong, the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1627 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namyyal. In 1961, the third King turned the Dzong into a centre for traditional studies for law students who would be trained as a Dzonkha Teacher. It now houses the Buddhist University.

Upon arrival at Paro check in to the hotel.

Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town.

Dinner & Overnight at the Hotel

Day 17: Sightseeing tour of Paro

After leisurely breakfast drive for about 30 minutes to arrive at the road head from where the trail leads to the famous Taktsang, the Tiger's Nest was named after Guru Rimpoche miraculously flew to the cave on the back of a tigress from Khempajong in the region of Kurtoe. From here it is a steady climb of about 2 hours on a well-defined trail through wooded alpine forests to the Taktsang Monastery. According to the legend, the tigress was a form taken by a consort for the occasion.Guru Rimpoche meditated for three months in a cave in Taktsang and converted the Paro valley to Buddhism. Later, Longchen Pelki Singye, a student of Guru Rimpoche also meditated here in a cave which came to be known as Pelphug or “Pelki's Cave. Taktsang is one of the holiest pilgrim sites in the Himalayas. There are 13 holy places in the complex. His Holiness, the 69th Je Khenpo Late Gayshe Gaden Rinchen was born in a cave on the way to the last viewpoint of Taktsang.

Later visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear day, Mount Chomolhari (7320 meters) can be seen towering over the dzong. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. It was converted into the National museum in the 1960's by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century.

After the sightseeing tour return back to the hotel.

Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town.

Dinner &Overnight at the Hotel

Day 18: Final Departure

Free until final departure.

 

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Dates & Services

Departure Date:

Cost Table

Package Rider Pillion Backup Jeep Participant
Standard USD USD USD
Deluxe USD USD USD
Luxury USD USD USD 750

Terms and conditions

 

1. Online Booking
A deposit of 30% of the total estimated bill is requiredto hold the booking on a confirm basis at least 90 days before the tour starts.

2. Security deposit
Required deposit: Rs. 10000/- per bike & one original ID proof. Refundable if there is no damage on the bike.

3. Cancellation and refunds
40% of the total estimated bill is refundable until 30 days before the tour starts. Above the stipulated time, 20% will be reimbursed.

4. Responsibility of the applicant
-The company is not responsible in case of physical or fatal injuries.

-The company is not responsible for the bikes damages. If the body, clutch plates or riding gears are damaged because of rough riding the applicant will be charged.

5. Trip extension
If unforeseen circumstances necessitate a trip extension or if the participants decide to extend the motorbike tour, additional costs will be charged to them.

6. Unexpected disruptions
Hardev Motors organizes guided motorcycle tours in some of the wildest areas on earth, accordingly the weather and environment can be unstable especially in the Himalayas.
Company is not responsible for changes in the itinerary or program  that are a result of roadblocks, landslides, monsoon, heavy rain or snow fall and any natural crisis.

7. Rights
HM Holds the rights to refuse/ remove you while on a tour In case of   not follow the rules of ride /command of team leader/Unacceptable behavior with other group members etc. No amount is refundable in that situation.

8. Conditions to participate in our rides
To participate as a rider an individual has to be equal or above the age of 18 years at the time of the tour and be in possession of a valid motorcycle driving license and international driving license (for foreigners), be in good health condition and have at least 2 or 3 years experience in riding a motorcycle.

As a pillion, an individual has to be equal or above the age of 12 years at the time of the tour, in good health condition and with at least some motorcycle co-riding experience.

9.Number of participants
A minimum of 6 riders is required to start a tour.

 

Bank details
HARDEV MOTORS A/C 790920110000215
(Bank of India) Manali Distt. Kullu (H.P) INDIA.
Swift Code (BKIDINBBCHD)
IFSC: BKID0007909

Contact Info

Contacts

+91 8262800005
+91 9805318889
+91 9805888458
+91-1902 250115
hardevmotorsinfo@gmail.com
On the way to Vashisht,
opposite of Sita Cottage
Manali, Distt. Kullu (H.P.) 175131, India

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