Tergo Travels, Bhutan

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This is a shorter version of the bicycle tour targeted to those who do not want to do long bike riding. Season stars from March till end May. This tour gives you a mixture of cultural, historical and biking experience. You can bike all the way or take occasional breaks in the vehicle depending on your endurance.

Minimum 2 people maximum 6 people in a group

7 nights  8 days

US$ 4,980 for 2 (twin sharing accommodation)

US$  5,400 for 2 (separate accommodation)

Day 1                                     Arrival at the Paro International Airport

Druk Air flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills, each flight is a mesmerizing feat and offers exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at the airport you will be received by our representative and driver with a car. Paro is at an altitude of 2,350 m.

Visit the Ta Dzong

Located in a former tower (Ta Dzong means Watch Tower in Dzongkha) above the Rinpung Dzong, the museum displays artifacts from Bhutan’s history as well as examples of indigenous flora and fauna.

Visit the Rinpung Dzong

This fortress is also known as the “fortress of the heap of jewels”. It was built in 1646. The approach to this Dzong is through a traditional covered cantilever bridge. A walk through the bridge to the Dzong, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it.

Visit the Kichu Lhakhang

This is one of the oldest monasteries built in the 7th century to subdue the ogress that lay across the whole of the Himalayas. There is another monastery which is said to be built on the same day called Jambay Monastery in Bumthang. It is believed that Kichu was built over her left foot.

Night halt in Paro

Day 2                                     Bike from Paro to Haa

The distance from Paro to Haa is 70 km. Today you will be biking mostly uphill till you reach Chelala pass which is 3,400 metres. A beautiful ride with breathtaking views.

Brief stop at Chelala

Night halt in a farmhouse, Haa

Day 3                                     Bike from Haa to Thimphu

The distance from Haa to Thimphu is 115 km. Though the distance seems long, the ride is mostly gradual with no mountain passes in between.

Night halt in Thimphu

Day 4 Bike to Dochula

Today you will be biking to Dochula, a mountain pass (3,150 metres) which is 16 km from Thimphu.If the weather is clear you will get some spectacular views of the mountain ranges from Dochula.

Brief stop at Dochula

La” means pass in Bhutanese.  The mountain pass of Dochula offers you a view of the chain of Himalayan Mountains ranges on a clear sunny day. The 108 chortens were built under the initiative of Her Majesty the Queen Mother to honor His Majesty the 4th King’s and his people for their victory in the war fought in the southern Bhutan in 2003 and for the benefit of all sentient beings. This pass is at a height of 3,150 metres and is the first pass in the western region.

PM                  Visit Trashichho Dzong

Trashichho Dzong is the centre of government and religion, site of King’s throne room and the seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1961 in traditional Bhutanese manner, without any nails or architectural plans.

Visit the National Memorial Chorten

This chorten or stupa serves as a gathering for the young and old. This stupa was built in 1974 by Her Majesty the Royal Grand Mother in memory of her late son, Bhutan’s third King, who is popularly regarded as the Father of Modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the stupa provide deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Night halt in Thimphu

Day 5                         Bike to Genekha

Today you will bike 40 km to the beautiful village of Genekha.

PM                  Visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum

“Zorig Chusum” means the Thirteen Crafts. To preserve Bhutan’s invaluable heritage and to promote arts, the Government initiated this institute in 1971.The thirteen arts and crafts comprises of: painting, carpentry, carving, sculpture, casting, black-smiting, bamboo work, gold and silver-smiting, weaving, embroidery, masonry, leather-work and paper-making. The institute teaches students the Thirteen Crafts. They also learn to understand the traditional meaning and spiritual values enshrined in Buddhist art.

Visit the Folk Heritage Museum

This museum is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibits, demonstrations, educational programmes and documentations of Bhutanese rural life. The principal exhibit in the museum is a restored three-storey traditional building rammed with mud and timber which dates back to the mid 19th century. In order to present a typical Bhutanese rural setting and flavor, paddy, wheat and millet fields, a traditional watermill (with mill stones that date back to more than 150 years), traditional style kitchen gardens with vegetables that were grown and consumed over hundreds of years, and the famous traditional hot stone bath complement the museum building and the exhibitions within

Stroll in Thimphu town (incense factory, handicrafts shops)

Night halt in Thimphu

Day 6                                     Bike to Tango and then the Tango Dolay Gyempa walk

Tango Monastery is 12 km from Thimphu. You will bike till the Tango road point and then take a beautiful 4 hour walk through forest with a picnic lunch in between.

PM      Drive to Paro (1 hour drive)

Night halt in Paro

Day 7                         Trek to the Tiger’s Nest (4 hours walk)

Constructed in 1692, Taktsang is one of Bhutan’s most famous monasteries.  It is perched on the mountainside at an elevation of 3,120 metres (10,200 feet).  Taktsang meaning “Tiger’s Nest” was named after the legend where Tibetan Buddhist saint Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tigress before finally landing at the very spot that Taktsang was built.

PM      Local bike ride in the Paro valley

Night halt in Paro

Day 8                                     Departure