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WSR BHUTAN BIKE RIDE 2017

 

It is believed that the name Bhutan is derived from the Sanskrit Bhotant, meaning “the end of Tibet” or from Bhu-uttan, meaning “high land,” Historically the Bhutanese have referred to their country as Druk Yul,” land of the thunder dragon.” Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to  Steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.  

 

Short Info:

Fixed date:  1st Oct to 11th Oct 2017

Days: 11days (New Jalpaiguri to Guwahati)

Total Distance: 1400km

Route plan: New Jalpaiguri - Phuntsholing - Paro - Thimpu - Punakha - Gangtey  - Trongsa -  Bumthang  - Trashigang - Samdrup Jongkhar - Guwahati

 

Short Itinerary:

Day 01: New Jalpaiguri to Phuntsholing, (150 km / 1st Oct)

Day 02: Phuntsholing to Paro, ( 148 km / 2nd Oct)

Day 03: Paro to Thimpu (65 km / 3rd Oct)

Day 04: Timphu (4th Oct)

Day 05: Thimpu to Punakha to Gangtey (160km / 5th Oct)

Day 06: Gangtey to Bumthang (160kms / 6th Oct)

Day 07: Bumthang to Mongar, (180km / 7th Oct)

Day 08: Mongar to Trashigang, (70km / 8th Oct)

Day 09: Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar (180km / 9th Oct)

Day 10: Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati (185km / 10th Oct)                                                

Day 11: Spare day.

 

Ride Details

Day 0: Reporting at NJP (base town)

We will collect own bike from NJP Railway station. Introduction and Briefing for bike ride. Sing declaration form. Overnight at NJP.  

Day 1:  New Jalpaiguri to Phuntsholing, (150 km / 1st Oct)

Aftre breakfast we are leaving from NJP. Cross over into The Land of Thunder Dragon, Phuntsholing city, Bhutan. Phuntsholing is the point of entry for travelers arriving by bus from Kolkata and Siliguri and the town functions primarily as a place where Bhutanese and Indians do business. The architecture is modern, and there is no dzong, famous monastery or in fact anything of particular interest to tourists. However, like all of Bhutan, it does offer a clean, pleasant and safe environment in which to go about your business. NB: Until 2005, it was possible for overseas visitors to enter the town without a Bhutanese visa. Except for Indian nationals, this is no longer possible. Indians are denied entry beyond the check post in the permit. Stay overnight at phuntsholing

Day 2: Phuntsholing to Paro, ( 148 km / 2nd Oct)

After the breakfast visit to an immigration office for travel permit and then embark towards Paro, En-route stop at the beautiful Gedu University for photos and visit Rinchending Monastery, other villages and towns along the way. Lunch at hotel on arrival Evening free for local sightseeing in Paro - Dzong/ National Museum/ River etc. The day will begin by sightseeing in Paro. Start your ride and sightseeing of the Paro valley, visit DrugyalDzong, National Muesuem and Kichu Monastery. Today is also the day to get familiar with the Bhutanese traffic conditions. Time permitting we can also visit the Chelila pass at 4,000m to get great views of Mt. Jhomolhari and great Himalayan landscape views. Stay overnight at Paro. Halt at Paro includes riding towards Chelela PASS.One of the highest PASS in the Country.An hour drives from the Paro.Later afternoon   ride towards Drugyel Dzong.An hour ride afternoon. hike to Tigers Nest monastery.

Day 3: Paro to Thimpu, (65 km / 3rd Oct)

After the breakfast drive towards Thimphu.The capital of Bhutan.The drives takes an hour along the rivers in Paro and Thimphu Valley respectively. You ride through the fertile plains of Paro to have great views of the rich farms of terraced rice fields. All along you ride parallel to the Paro River and then the Thimphu River.Upon reaching Thimpu will check into our hotel and be at leisure to explore the city. We head to get our Visas and road permits extended.

Day 4: Timphu (4th Oct)

We the ride to the best view point in the Thimpu valley - the Buddha point (Kuenselphodrang). It is a short ride from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the world and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley. Overnight hotel in Thimpu.

Day 5: Thimpu to Punakha to Gangtey, (160km / 5th Oct)

After the breakfast drive towards Punakha.It takes an hour.En route stop at Dochula PASS 3100M.We can see many eastern Himalayas from the PASS.Then the road descends to Punakha Valley.One ơf the most beautiful Valley in the Country.In the Punakha visit to the Fortress in Punakha.Which is one of the most beautiful and significant fortress in the Country. Over Night camp at one of the beautiful Valley.1500M above the sea level. The Gangteng Monastery, generally known as Gangtey Gonpa or Gangtey Monastery, is an important monastery of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism, the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition. located in the Wangdue Phodrang District in central Bhutan. Riding along this highway will allow you to experience the chilly winter winds but also observe the blessings of spring blossoming. Explore the village through a series of walking trails around. This place is world famous for the Tibetan This is one of the beautiful Valley looks like Switzerland.

Day 6: Gangtey to Bumthang (160km / 6th oct)

After an early breakfast we ride towards Trongsa, on the way visit ChendebjiChorten patterned on Nepal's Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. Legend says that the evil spirit manifested as a gigantic snake. Today is one of the longest days of this trip, yet a pleasure to the eyes. We also go across Pele La &Yotong La - two of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. Your visit in Bumthang includes JakarDzong, the administrative center of the valley; JambeyLhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, dating from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and KurjeLhakhang, one of the most sacred places, where Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. Post lunch we visit the all over Bhutan's world famous Red Panda Brewery and Swiss cheese factory. Go to the Mystery Lake if time permits. Overnight stay in camp at Bumthang.

Day 7: Bumthang to Mongar, (180km / 7th Oct)

Post a hearty Breakfast get ready to ride. Mongar is a town and the seat of Mongar District in eastern Bhutan. As of 2005 it had a population of 3502. Mongar is on the road from Thimphu to Trashigang. It is one of the oldest educational hubs of the country. Mongar Dzong. It is site of one of Bhutan's newest Dzong built in 1930s. Yet the Dzong is built in the same method and traditions of all the other Dzongs; no drawings and nails have been used. A visit gives visitors an impression of how traditional Bhutanese architecture has continued to thrive through the centuries. Night stay at Mongar.

 

Day 8: Mongar to Trashigang, (70km / 8th Oct)

After an early breakfast we ride towards Trashigang, Trashigang is a town in eastern Bhutan and the district capital of the Trashigang Dzongkhag. The town lies to the east side of the valley above the Drangme Chhu river just south of where it is joined by the Gamri River. Trashigang Dzong or ‘The Fortress of the Auspicious Hill’ was built in 1659, to defend against Tibetan invasions. This imposing fortress is strategically situated high atop a spur overlooking the Dangmechu River. According to legend it is said that upon seeing the Dzong, invading Tibetan armies remarked that the Dzong was “not on the ground. It is a Sky Dzong” before retreating. It has been the political stronghold of Eastern Bhutan for over 300 years. Night stay at Trashigang.

Day 9: Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar (180km / 9th Oct)

Samdrup Jongkhar is a town and seat of Samdrup Jongkhar District in Bhutan. The town is located at the south-eastern part of Bhutan and borders the Indian state of Assam. The gate way to Eastern Bhutan, Samdrup Jongkhar is situated in the south eastern region of the country and shares borders with the Indian state of Assam. It is by far the largest urban center in eastern Bhutan. It lies at elevations ranging from 200m to 3,500m. In the past, many British Political Officers stationed in Sikkim took the route from Samdrup Jongkhar to enter into Bhutan. Historically the region was administered by the Gyadrung stationed at Dewangiri. Night stay at Samdrup Jongkhar.

Day 10: Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati (185km / 10th Oct)

This morning we will have our last Bhutanese breakfast and then ride to Guwahati for our onward journey to respective cities. Night stay in hotel.

Day 11: Spare Day (11th Oct)

 

Trip schedule is subjected to change as per roads & weather condition so we take spare day.

 

Cost: (Including all Govt. Tax)

For Own Bike/ Pillion.

WSR Member/Rider : 24000/- & 24500/-non member

For Suv

WSR Member: 26000/ & 26500/- non member.

 

Include:-

Accommodation on Triple/four Sharing Basis in Hotel & Tent.

Daily Breakfast and Dinner at Hotel and Camp.

   Sleeping bag in Tent.

Bhutan Visa Process (Visa on arrival. Documents required for visa are passport or voting card).

Service Back up Vehicle.

Experienced Road captain and Mechanic Back Up.

Camp Fire Activity

Medical facilities

   All required Bike Permit.

Exclude:-

 Any Airfare / Rail fare

 Hotel Stay at NJP and Guwahati.

 Safari Charges or Any Entry fees if Applicable

 Fuel

 It at all unavoidable circumstances or natural calamities arises due to which the trip gets

 Extended then extra charge will be taken for the same.

Limited seats, entry on first come first served basis.

Last Day for Booking: 20st July 2017

 Note:

(a) All our events are Eco-friendly; kindly take care of nature around us. Respect the Heritage and culture.

(b) Do Not Litter, Participants are requested to carry the waste back to the city and dispose it off in dustbins.

(c) Leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members.

(d) Group discounts (5%) available on booking of minimum 3 participants.

(e) Customization available with dates and schedule as per requirements for minimum booking of 6.

 

Before joining for any events please check our "Rules and Regulation" page.

 

For more inquiries and Registrations, please contact Team WSR:

Harshal: +91 9967899156 /+91 9173664008(whatsapp)

Deepak:  +91 9699648235

if not reachable do sms or watsapp.

Email id: wanderingsoulriders@gmail.com

Website: www.wanderingsoulriders.jimdo.com

 

Payment details:

To Confirm your Seats please deposit Rs.10,000/- in the bank details mentioned below.

ICICI Bank Account No: 363401000047

Type: Saving

Name: Harshal Modi

IFS code: ICIC0003634

Once payment is done, please send an email to wanderingsoulriders@gmail.com with Transaction ID, Participant Name, Email ID, Cell Number

 

Cancellation and Refund:

1. If cancellation done prior to 45 Days of outing 75% will be refunded.

2. If done prior to 30 Days of outing 50% will be refunded

3. After that no refund will be provided

 

Medical Disclaimer:

It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for riding. While planning your riding trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness check-up done. If suffering from any kind of allergy or ailment, do carry proper prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, severe headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia. Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma, bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes etc. should seek their physician’s advice before coming.

 

For Bikers:

Rules and Regulations:

1) All Rider need to carry identity proof (MUST)                                                             

2) Without gear not be allowed to ride with us (Halmet, safety jacket, knee guard, hand gloves) (MUST)

3) Alcohol is strictly prohibited on the rides. Anyone found in possession of the same or consuming it will be expelled from the ride.

4) Over speeding will not be tolerated as usual.

5) Riders have carry to Medical certificate at the time of reporting to Day 1.  (MUST)

 Some Important Tips:

1) Rider should be mentally as well as physically fit for this ride.

2) Never underestimate mountain roads.

3) Expect the unexpected.

4) Be prepared for sudden weather change.

5) Respect the mountains; respect the road.

6) Don’t be in haste; ride relaxed.

7) Share experiences of any discomfort with fellow rider/s.

8) Take care of self; take care of bike; take care of fellow riders.

9) Do not push yourself or the bike over the limit.

10) Conserve water and body energy; it’s precious.

 Documents to be carried with you:

1) Vehicle registration certificate

2) Pollution under control certificate.

3) Insurance of vehicle.

4) Driving License

5) Voter ID card/ Aadhar Card/ Passport

6) Passport size photographs (4)

7) Emergency contact details.

 Note:-

1) Above mentioned documents should be carried in original copy along with the sufficient

2) Xerox copy

3) All the above mentioned Registration Fees are inclusive Indian /Bhutan Govt. Service Tax .

 

Royal Enfield 500/350cc is available on rent basis for all the above mentioned options to join this bike ride to Bhutan Please contact our team to know more about it.

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