21 Days The Thunder Dragon Expedition

Destination Covers: Delhi - Thimphu - Paro - Punakha - Samdrup Jongkhar
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The Thunder Dragon Expedition takes you into the deep interiors of Bhutan. A great insight into the life in land also called the last shangrila by many is an amazing journey. This is one the best tours to experience the beauty of Bhutan at its pristine best...

Arrive Delhi IGI AirportOn arrival met by representative and transfer to hotel. Overnight hotel at Delhi. 

Delhi Sightseeing-Delhi-Paro: Full day sightseeing of New and old Delhi historical monuments also including the parliament house, India Gate and the National Museum. Evening transfer to International airport. Fly Delhi Paro. Arrive at Paro Airport, met by our Bhutan representative and transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight hotel at Paro.

Paro Acclimatization RideMorning visit Drugyel Dzong, 18 kilometers away from Paro town. On a clear day one can get a glimpse of the sacred Mount Chhomolhari, Mountain of Goddess, (24,000 ft). Visit a typical Bhutanese farm house and sightseeing trip to the Paro Bazaar. Visit also Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum followed by a short walk to Paro Rimpung Dzong. Overnight hotel at Paro.

Paro-Thimphu ( 65 Kms / 02 Hrs): The ride starts out of Paro through lush green rice fields along the Paro river which cut through the valley. Just a 02 hrs of pleasant ride takes us to the wide valley of Thimphu, dotted with traditional houses and Dzongs. Afternoon at lisure, evening visit the Zilukha Nunnery. Thimphu is the happening place of Bhutan and a ride through the town market will give you the feeling . Overnight at Thimphu.

Thimpu : Morning after breakfast visit to the National Library, Zelukha Nunnery, Painting School, Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion) and Memorial Chorten. Afternoon, stroll through Thimphu town. Dinner and overnight hotel in Thimpu.

Thimphu to Punakha (77 Kms./ 03 Hrs./ 1350 M) :  Morning after breakfast drive to Punakha via Dochula -Pass 3150m  If the weather is clear, the Dochu- la pass offers the most spectacular views of the eastern Himalayas mountain ranges. we stop for lunch at Punakha. Visits includes the exquisite Punakha Dzong, which it was the old capital of Bhutan. On the 17th December 1907, the first king of Bhutan was crowned here and every consecutive year on this date we celebrate national day in Bhutan. After visiting the Dzong drive further to do a mini hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten and once you reach the top you will see the winding view of the Mo-Chu River and villages below. If you look towards the north you will see the snow capped mountains. Overnight camp at Punakha.

Punakha-Wangdue-Gangtey (83 Kms / 03-04 Hrs): For and adventure variation cross the suspension bridge and ride towards Wangdue through a little dirt road. Explore a little of the Shengana village. Visit the Wangdue town and head towards the Phobjikha Valley, the valley of the black neck cranes. Depending on the time you will encounter yaks at the small pass at near 3000m. Gangtey is also home to the Gangtey Monastery and village. Explore the Phobjikha valley.  Enroute can visit the Wangdue Dzong which stands proudly on a ridge. Overnight camp at Phobjikha valley.

Gangtey-Trongsa (73 Kms / 03 Hrs):  Today we cross the Pelila pass 3420 M. You will encounter yaks depending on the season,  experience vegetation from high alpine forests to dwarf bamboo vegetation to subtropical as you reach Trongsa while riding through many settlements. After reaching Trongsa can visit the Trongsa Dzong, which is the largest Dzong in the country, which is of particular importance to the Monarchy in Bhutan, it was from this Dzong that the present Wangchuck dynasty started its rule. Time permitting can also ride towards the south to Kungarapten Palace through the villages and warm weather.Overnight camp at.Trongsa.

Trongsa-Kungarapten-Zhemgang: (50 Kms / 02 Hrs) We also have option of another 25km ride to Kungarapten palace of the 2nd King. You can also take a day excursion to the Kheng district of Zhemgang. The ride to Zhemgang is through the lush and green rice terraced villages throughout. Zhemgang is also a paradise for bird watching, given the dramatic climatic conditions and rich vegetation its rich in avi fauna. Overnight camp at Trongsa.

Trongsa-Jakar-Bumthang (68 Kms / 02-03 Hrs): Morning visit the Watch tower and continue uphill ride until you reach the Yotongla pass 3425m. From then on its downhill until you reach the broad Chumey valley. Bumthang is also called the Switzerland of Bhutan given the similarity of the views and landscape. Stop at the Yathra-traditional Bumthang woolen fabric at Chumey. Ride through pine forests and villages of Bumthang until we reach Jakar or Chamkhar Valley.  Overnight camp at Bumthang.

Bumthang: Bumthang region encompasses four major valleys and there are many places of interest to visit Bumthang. You can start visiting the important and ancient monasteries like the Kurgye Monastery, Jakar Dzong and Jambay Lhakhang Monastery. Overnight camp at Bumthang.

Bumthang: Explore the valley of Tang today, visit the Ugencholing muesuem in Tang valley, visit the mebar tso or the burning lake where Guru Rimpoche hid treasures and Terton Pema Linpa or the Treasure Reveler discovered them. Overnight camp at Bumthang.

Bumthang-Mongar ( 198 Kms / 07 Hrs): We will begin early as we have a long day. Nevertheless there are a great many sights as we ride through different types of landscape. We will ride through cold conditions through pine forests and beautiful villages of Ura until we reach the Thrumshingla pass at 3750m, from then on you are now officially at eastern Bhutan, we now have to descend into warm weather passing villages like Sengkhor until we reach Mongar. Overnight camp at Mongar.

Mongar-Lhuentse (76 Kms / 03 Hrs): Visit one of the most isolated and remote districts of Bhutan. Your ride will take you across many remote and sizable villages of Lhuentse. Lhuentse was formally known as Kurtoe and this region is the ancestral home of Bhutan royal family. Your excursion today is 152km and about 6hrs on the road. Overnight camp at  Mongar.

Mogar-Trashigang (90 Kms / 04 Hrs: Visit the Mongar Dzong and the neat and lively town. Trashigang is the heart of eastern Bhutan and was once the centre of important trade with Tibet. There are several Monasteries and villages where life is very interesting and lively as it is more populated than the western part of Bhutan.  The Mongar to Trashigang stretch is easier and shorter than the journey from Jakar to Mongar, still requires about 3.5 hrs to cover the 92km, but makes it easier on a motorcycle as you can stop on the places through the village of Yadi and small settlements on the way. Overnight camp at Trashigang.

Trashigang-Yangtse ( 53 Kms / 02 Hrs): Take a day excursion to the beautiful valley of Yangtsi enroute visit places like Chorten kora and Gom kora. Yangtsi also borders the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The excursion is about 106km and will take about 5hrs. Overnight camp at Trashigang.

Trashigang: You can be at leisure or be at ease to explore other villages around Trashigang area. Trashigang is a large district and many places are there to be explored. Overnight camp at Trashigang.

Trashigang-Khaling (54 Kms / 02 Hrs): Visit Khaling and enroute visit Sherubtse College and monasteries and sightsee places throughout. Sherubtse college is the only Degree college in the whole country, the University students will be thrilled to meet you and curious to talk and interact with you.   Overnight camp at Khaling.

Khaling-Samdrup Jongkhar (120 Kms / 05 Hrs): Your ride now begins downhill to the foothills of Assam, all along you cross many small towns and settlements with stops at your convenience. Your ride now officially comes to an end today. There is a vast change in vegetation, climate and emotions as one heads towards the plains after so many valleys and hills. With this you would have seen the whole of the Himalayan Kingdom from west to east, villages to lifestyles and you will wonder at the end how a small country has such dramatic changes in all aspects.   Overnight camp at Samdrup Jongkhar.

Samdrup Jongkhar-Guwahati: (03-04 Hrs) : Morning after breakfast drive by car to Guwahati in India. Guwahati often considered as the gateway to the North-East Region Guwahati is also one of the most beautiful cities in South Asia with the mighty and picturesque Brahmaputra, river islands (e.g. Umananda), beaches, beach-islands (balicapori), thick tropical green cover, natural sweetwater lakes, hills with thick forests and with beautiful and lively native population. Overnight hotel at Guwahati.

Guwahati-Delhi-Home: Transfer to Guwahati aiport and fly to Delhi. On arrival met by representative and transfer to hotel. Day free for shopping or exploring the markets. Late at night transfer to International airport Fly Delhi-Home.



Price Includes :

•          All accommodation at mentioned hotel of similar with breakfast and dinner.
•          All lunches at hotel / restaurants and camp on the way.
•          Transportation for transfers by Scorpio/Gypsy/Sumo/ Japanese van / car. 
•          Supporting / Backup and team vehicles.  (Applicable for groups only)
•          All camping gears and meals during the camping if done. 
•          Escort .
•          Two way radio sets.
•          First Aid Box (No imported medicines or accessories).
•          Portable oxygen cylinders.
•          The Bhutan gov. royalty
•          English Speaking monastery guide for sightseeing.
•          Arrival and departure transfers at airports 
•          Any Inner-line permits applicable as per the regions.

Price Excludes :

•         Airfares
•         Visa fee of US$20, Paro airport tax of $18
•         Bikes and spare parts, Helmets and Safety guards etc
•         Accommodation in Delhi***.
•         Government Service tax 3.09% on package
•         Medical and insurance of any kind.
•         Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation, strike or any other natural calamities.
•         Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges and items of personal nature 

***Accommodation in Delhi is not calculated due to huge variation and difference in price and type of accommodation. We shall quote once we know of your choice.

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