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    Question [Help]: Bike trip to the "Land of the THunder Dragon": Bhutan

    We have decided on a trip to BHutan on Feb 19th all the way from Pune and then drive all the way through Bhutan from Phuentsholing to Samdrup Jongkhar and finally to Guwahati and board our bikes in train and get to Mumbai (no trains go direclty to Pune ). Have prepared an itinerary. Experienced ppl on the terrain, can you plz advice on the itinerary and if a couple of guys want to join in you are more than welcome!

    Here is itinerary

    Day Date Job Distance (kms)
    Route
    Day 1 17-Feb Leave early from office. Reach Aurangabad by night fall 240
    Pune - Nagar - Aurangabad

    Day 2 18-Feb Aurangabad to Nagpu 472
    Aurangabad - Jalna - Mehkar - Malegaon - Karanja - Nagpur

    Day 3 19-Feb Nagpur to Sambalpur 559
    Nagpur - Bhandara - Sondad - Nandgaon - Bhilai - Raipur - Jhalap - Godabhaga - Sambalpur

    Day 4 20-Feb Sambalpur to Kharagpur 438
    Sambalpur - Balam - Rajnagar - Jashipur - Baharagora - Kharagpur

    Day 5 21-Feb Kharagpur to Siliguri 657
    Kharagpur - Bardhaman - Bhabta - Jangipur - Malda - Siliguri

    Day6 22-Feb Siliguri to Phuentsholing 146
    Siliguri - Belacoba - Jalpaiguri - Dhupguri - Goyerkata - Birpara - Hasimara - Jaigaon - PHTG
    Day6 22-Feb Phuentsholing to Thimphu 176
    PHTG - Lobnekha - Thimphu

    Day 7 23-Feb Thimphu sightseeing +Permits work

    Day 8 24-Feb Thimphu to Trongsa 200
    Thimphu - Punaka - Wangdue Phodrang - Trongsa

    Day 9 25-Feb Trongsa to Mongar 200
    Trongsa - Bumthang - Mongar

    Day 10 26-Feb Mongar to Samdrup Jongkhar 271

    Day 11 27-Feb Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati 130
    Take train from GWH at 1530

    Day 12 28-Feb In train

    Day 13 1-Mar Rch Mumbai

    Day 14 2-Mar Mumbai to Pune 160
    Last edited by JAKRAP; 02-02-2010 at 04:03 PM.

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    Query Moved and Approved.

    It would really be good if you could edit your post and format the plan that you have put up, properly. It is almost illegible at the current format.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAKRAP View Post
    DayDateDayJobDistanceTimeDay 119-FebFridayLeave early from office. Reach Aurangabad by night fall240 kmsDay 220-FebSaturdayAurangabad to Raipur757 kmsDay 321-FebSundayRaipur to Kharagpur708 kmsDay 422-FebMondayKharagpur to Siliguri657 kmsDay 523-FebTuesdaySiliguri to Phuentsholing171 kmsDay 624-FebWednesdayPhuentsholing to Thimphu200 kmsDay 725-FebThursdayThimphu sightseeing +Permits workDay 826-FebFridayThimpu to Bumthang270 kms10 hrsDay 927-FebSaturdayBumthang to Mongar200 kms8 hrsDay 1028-FebSundayMongar to Samdrup Jongkhar271 kms11 hrsDay 1101-MarMondayBuffer dayDay 1202-MarTuesdayTrain from GuwahatiDay 1303-MarWednesdayIn trainDay1404-MarThursdayRch Mumbai
    Decoding the above into the attached .JPG for better readability

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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    Decoding the above into the attached .JPG for better readability
    Thanks Aargee ... Well there was a change to the plan so have updated the edited version.

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    Good one there. Ride safe. I will only tell you about the places that I have covered.

    Day 4 20-Feb Sambalpur to Kharagpur 438

    Sambalpur - Balam - Rajnagar - Jashipur - Baharagora - Kharagpur

    Doable. Start early. You will face bad roads in certain places close to Baharogora. So, maintain decent pace when you get very good road.

    Day 5 21-Feb Kharagpur to Siliguri 657
    Kharagpur - Bardhaman - Bhabta - Jangipur - Malda - Siliguri

    This is little difficult. Start as early as possible. Recently I have done Kolkata to Siliguri in 11 hours. after dark it's very difficult to ride in this road. If you can't reach Siliguri, stay at Dalkhola.

    Day6 22-Feb Siliguri to Phuentsholing 146
    Siliguri - Belacoba - Jalpaiguri - Dhupguri - Goyerkata - Birpara - Hasimara - Jaigaon - PHTG

    The road in this part is in very very bad condition. So, be prepared. You do not have to enter Jalpaiguri. Take the bypass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonak View Post
    Good one there. Ride safe. I will only tell you about the places that I have covered.

    Day 4 20-Feb Sambalpur to Kharagpur 438
    Sambalpur - Balam - Rajnagar - Jashipur - Baharagora - Kharagpur

    Doable. Start early. You will face bad roads in certain places close to Baharogora. So, maintain decent pace when you get very good road.

    Day 5 21-Feb Kharagpur to Siliguri 657
    Kharagpur - Bardhaman - Bhabta - Jangipur - Malda - Siliguri

    This is little difficult. Start as early as possible. Recently I have done Kolkata to Siliguri in 11 hours. after dark it's very difficult to ride in this road. If you can't reach Siliguri, stay at Dalkhola.

    Day6 22-Feb Siliguri to Phuentsholing 146
    Siliguri - Belacoba - Jalpaiguri - Dhupguri - Goyerkata - Birpara - Hasimara - Jaigaon - PHTG

    The road in this part is in very very bad condition. So, be prepared. You do not have to enter Jalpaiguri. Take the bypass.

    Thanks Jonak . Well the plan has been delayed by onw week now due to official commitments. So we leave on Feb 24th!!
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    @JAKRAP: Never seen you at any g2g!
    Anyways, whats the estimated cost of this ride?

    Suggestion: dont ride from pune, its damn boring + risky. Highways will be damn hot till kolkata. You'll get bored n exausted too. ride till mumbai, put your bike on train n ride together till NJP/kolkata.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiderweb View Post
    @JAKRAP: Never seen you at any g2g!
    Anyways, whats the estimated cost of this ride?

    Suggestion: dont ride from pune, its damn boring + risky. Highways will be damn hot till kolkata. You'll get bored n exausted too. ride till mumbai, put your bike on train n ride together till NJP/kolkata.
    @ Spiderweb Thx for the suggestion! I know its hot...but i kinda like the heat

    Long rides at high speeds is my cup of tea. Did a 3200km round trip to kerala..that too alone. So u now know the madmax.

    Never been to any G2G's bcos i have been too busy riding. If I dont ride 500 kms a weekend(not all b ut atleast alternate)..i guess there is something missing in my life.

    No cost estimation. We just ride from here and incur the costs. But am roughly estimating in the range of 20 grand. (Assuming I would need around 140 litres of petrol that makes it a minimum of 7K + 1 way train ticket is 1.5K bucks + Accomodation 8K + Food + Drinks 4K = 20.5K Approx)!!
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    Thats kool mate. Still Heat causes dehydration, ofcourse you must be knowing that, so drink loads n loads of water while riding.
    RIDE SAFE

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    Day 2 18-Feb Aurangabad to Nagpu 472
    Aurangabad - Jalna - Mehkar - Malegaon - Karanja - Nagpur

    Day 3 19-Feb Nagpur to Sambalpur 559
    Nagpur - Bhandara - Sondad - Nandgaon - Bhilai - Raipur - Jhalap - Godabhaga - Sambalpur

    Day 4 20-Feb Sambalpur to Kharagpur 438
    Sambalpur - Balam - Rajnagar - Jashipur - Baharagora - Kharagpur

    Day 5 21-Feb Kharagpur to Siliguri 657
    Kharagpur - Bardhaman - Bhabta - Jangipur - Malda - Siliguri
    472+559+438+657 = 2126 Kilometers in 4 days? I'm not saying its not possible, But you can still take it lightly as its a BIG Trip and you & your ride should not take a beating in the first few days itself.

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