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    Default Tour de bhutan ,the land of the thunder dragons.

    TOUR DE BHUTAN ,THE LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGONS.

    23 FEB: TUESDAY-LATAGURI TO PHUNTSHOLING, (120 KMS) .
    Cross over into The Land of Thunder Dragon, Phuentsholing city, Bhutan. Phuentsholing is the point of entry for travelers arriving to the town, It functions is primarily as a place where Bhutanese and Indians do business. The architecture is modern, and there is no Dzong(type of fortress architecture), famous monastery or in fact anything of particular interest to tmyists.(in short it is a place where you can shop and get the permits for entering Bhutan and get a 7 day permit ),Did Stay overnight at Phuentsholing.

    24 FEB: IDNESDAY- PHUNTSHOLING TO PARO, (150 KMS).
    Had to wait in the line to get the visa and road permits ( from 8 Am to 1 pm I was at the emigration office )Got my visa and road permits. I started my ride by noon. Ride all the way uphill to Paro, visited Rinchending Monastery , national museum, kichu lhakhang, Drukyal Dzong, Ringpung Dzong.

    25 FEB: THURSDAY- AT PARO
    In the morning i had been to the Bhutans Height Motoreble Pass Chele La Pass 3988 Mtr.(1st pass in Bhutan) and in the afternoon i had a memorable trek to the renowned Taktshang monastery (the "Tigers nest") a Bhutanese national treasure, it took me about 4 hrs to climb and get down, got the step counter and it said 19682 steps.

    26 FEB: FRIDAY- PARO TO THIMPU, (65 KMS)
    Ride to the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. The ride is just 65km and it takes approx. 1 hmy to reach. 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. I head to get my Visa and road permits extended(as I had planned to be there for more than 7 days). Did ride to the best view point in the Thimpu valley - the Buddha point (Kuenselphodrang). It is a short ride from the town. The largest statue in the world and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.

    27FEB: SATURDAY- THIMPU TO PUNAKHA, (100 KMS)
    Today i start early as i head to my 2nd pass in this beautiful country From Thimphu you have about 2 hrs of uphill ride towards Dochula pass at 3,140Mtr. once you reach Dochula pass there are great views of the Bhutan Himalayas and also there are 108 beautiful stupas marked by a large array of prayer flags. Visit Chimey Lhakhang- the Temple of the Devine Mad Man. Lama Drukpa Kuenley is a deeply loved saint. He built this monastery in 1499 and it is also the temple of fertility. All the phallus painting and flying phallus on the farmhouses in Bhutan is his!

    28 FEB: SUNDAY- PUNAKHA TO BUMTHANG, (210 KMS)
    I then climb back up the winding Pele La pass (3,300 Mtr.) from there I did ride through the Black Mountains to the incomparable Phobjikhs Valley the winter habitat of Tibetan cranes and location of one of the largest fields of dwarf bamboo. I did have my lunch at Trongsa.

    29 FEB: MONDAY- BUMTHANG TO MONGAR (190KM)
    From Bhumthang, I heading towards the east. On the way to Mongar , I did cross the Tumsi La, one of Bhutan's highest road passes. During the =ride, i did observe the changes in the beautiful surrounding vegetation as i climb through the various climate zones. I did visit Ura, a village that is not typical for Bhutan. The houses are all built very close to one another, all facing in the same direction.

    01 MAR: TUESDAY-MONGAR TO TASHIGANG (120KM)
    Today I was going to Tashigang via Drametsi. I did cross the Korila pass and wind my way through refreshing evergreen forests in the Yadi Loops. From the hot Kanglung Chu valley,I did ride up to the quiet little mountain town of Tashigang.

    02 MAR: IDNESDAY-TASHIGANG TO SAMDRUP JONGKHAR 600M (180KM)
    Today I had to tackle the last leg of the Bhutan from Tashigang to Samdrup Jonghar.(if ur trying to look up via google maps then dont because there is No road shown on the map , still if u follow the road signs and ask local people they would guide you to the Samdrup Jonghar) 30 km into the day, l did reach Bhutan's only university in Kanglung. I once again experienced that Bhutan is a true paradise for bikers, with endless winding roads through the mountains. I did enjoy the view during my lunch, then I slowly descend to Samdrup Jonghar, a town on the border to the Indian state of Assam, at an altitude of only 200 meters. And that's the end Bhutan road trip.

    03 MAR: THRUSDAY- JONGKHAR - GUWAHATI (110KM)
    i did return to India. Start ride early morning and reach Guwahati as early as possible.

    THE HOTEL NAMES AND PLACE.

    23RD FEB (PHUENTSHOLING) - BHUTAN RESIDENCE

    24TH & 25TH (PARO) - SONAM TROPHEL

    26TH FEB (THIMPHU) - TAKSHANG

    27TH FEB (PUNAKHA) - PEMA KARPO

    28TH FEB (BUMTHANG) - GONGKHAR

    29TH FEB (MONGAR) - WANGCHUK

    1ST MARCH (TASHIGANG) - DOETHJUNG RESORT

    2ND MARCH (SAMDRUP JONGKHAR) - MENJONG

    3RD MARCH (GUWAHATI) - LILAWATI GRAND

    DONT FORGET TO CARRY-
    Original Passport or Voter Card + 02 copies of Xerox + 05Current Colmy Passport Size Photos.

    Bike Riders carry Original (RC TC book), Insurance Paper, PUC, Driver License and any Other Related Document if any.
    ADHAR CARD/ PAN CARD / RATION CARD WILL NOT ACCEPTED AS A VALID DOCUMENT IN BHUTAN FOR PERMIT.
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    Default Re: Tour de bhutan ,the land of the thunder dragons.

    Approved!

    Wonderful - conti GT in indeed going places.

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    Default Re: Tour de bhutan ,the land of the thunder dragons.

    Quote Originally Posted by Divya Sharan View Post
    Approved!

    Wonderful - conti GT in indeed going places.
    Thank u for the approval. . And yes the GT is going places, especially off road..

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    Default Re: Tour de bhutan ,the land of the thunder dragons.

    Another one from you! Awesome!

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    Default Re: Tour de bhutan ,the land of the thunder dragons.

    Wow...

    Looking forward to more pics!

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    Default Re: Tour de bhutan ,the land of the thunder dragons.

    Quote Originally Posted by rajpal View Post
    Wow...

    Looking forward to more pics!

    yes will be uploading them soon. bit of editing is going on.

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    Default Re: Tour de bhutan ,the land of the thunder dragons.

    Blissful ride on a Continental GT.
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    Default Re: Tour de bhutan ,the land of the thunder dragons.

    You were riding solo, with zero luggage

    Nice pics by the way!
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    Default Re: Tour de bhutan ,the land of the thunder dragons.

    Conti does look good in there! Awaiting for the detailed report.

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    Default Re: Tour de bhutan ,the land of the thunder dragons.

    Nice Pictures .
    Are they stock tyres ?

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