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    Default Bhutan - EXPERIENCE TO LEARN FROM

    Bhutan - A normal planned exciting and fun trip, for experienced me!

    The above was what I was planning but, the nature and trip has its own plans too. All trips are fun, good experience about travelling, bike, us, our limits, people, culture, food & nature - connecting our souls with the roads and paths all over the world.

    But there are some trips which will let you know where we and our will stands, pushes your limits and lets u level up on limits and experience.
    These need not be a 40-50 day or 10-20,000 km trip, but can also be a shorter few days and few hundreds/thousands of km ones.

    Our trip was such. And we had this opportunity in Bhutan and North bengal in a span of a week.

    The trip log to continue after Mod approval.

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    Travelogue Approved

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    Default Re: Bhutan - EXPERIENCE TO LEARN FROM

    Promising. Bhutan is always on top of lists of bikers. Bring it up.

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    Default Re: Bhutan - EXPERIENCE TO LEARN FROM

    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Travelogue Approved

    Waiting for more from Bhutan!
    Thanks AV.

    Quote Originally Posted by amods View Post
    Promising. Bhutan is always on top of lists of bikers. Bring it up.
    Yup, the place is awesome and the people too. But our trip had a lot of unexpected twists and was a experience gainer than a regular one.
    Will explain in the log. waiting for DSLR pics from my friend - very less pics taken too.

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    Let me start the log with the plan and stats as it has become my superstition, no matter how much I try to be not superstitious.

    Planned route: Siliguri - Phentsholing - Paro - Thimphu - Phobjika - Bumthang - Gelupu - Return (If time permits - darjeeling and gangtok)
    Actual route: Siliguri - Phuentsholing - Paro (A little ahead of Paro - donno the place) - Thimphu - Darjeeling (Jorehouse) - Siliguri.
    Bikers: 2
    Bikes: CBR 250R, RE 350
    Budget: 35k ( includes bike shipping/flights from Mumbai & trip cost)
    Duration: 9 days (including flying days)

    Now that I have made myself satisfied with my superstitious act, let us get down to business.

    The trip was planned just when I was whining with my friends that we haven't done any epic trips this year and some of my friends didn't do even last year. One fellow was suggesting a promising ride to nepal to Mustang range on rented CRFs/local made dirt bikes. The plan was good, but my itch was immediate and I needed to scratch it sooner. I have been to Nepal but, I was never been to west or Bhutan. So I propose the plan to my regular rider friends and they turn it down with silly reason and one guy fixed on Nepal. So I managed to pull in a guy who wanted to do Bhutan and it will be his first big trip.

    So, we booked our flights and started searching for bike rentals. We could find only REs and am not into them (no offence - just not my ride). So I decided to ship my bike to siliguri and enquired the prices, the other fellow booked a RE 350 for 1.4k/day through a rental guy named Amit (Darjeeling riders). I packed my bike and shipped it through "safexpress".

    The packing was good and the bike had only minor damages like - stand peg bent, mirror mount broken and side indicator broken.

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    Prepped myself for the trip and didn't risk sending the riding gear with the transporter and took it with myself on flight.
    I took my jacket in cabin and put all the tools/helmet in check-in luggage. It was a connecting flight and I had the whole day wasted in lay offs. But was able to see one of the beautiful in flight views of the clouds in distinct patterns.

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    Was trying some filters and stuff when I got boring on flight.

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    Looking forward to more pics and this travelogue...

    Once I have donned my black helmet, I become anonymous. My face ceases to identify me. My black visor shields others from the rigours of my passing glance while shielding me from their attempts to peer into my soul. I am an anonymous rider shrouded in black. I am no longer a specific self. I am a passing Traveller.

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    nice start
    Waiting for more pictures @saikarthik ji


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    gr8 start plz keep coming more info
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    Default Re: Bhutan - EXPERIENCE TO LEARN FROM

    Nice startup. Waiting to share more of your experiences.

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    Subscribed. Waiting for more. Keep the juices flowing...
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    DAY ZERO:

    This is the same day I was cribbing about the flights and lay offs, but then after landing in Bagdogra airport, I went to Siliguri "Fulbari hat" to collect my bike. I was joined by my trip partner on his rented RE.
    This place Fulbari hat is just 5 kms from New jalpaiguri station and is pretty remote - when we reached the safexpress office, we could see all the transport Cos' like GATI, DTDC etc... in a single place. The reason I am telling this boring stuff is also important for sending my bike back incase safexpress screws up.


    Luckily my bike was safe enough and did minor adjustments myself and left for the hotel where we stayed the night (Park haven).


    DAY 1:


    Now the plan was to start early, reach phuentsholing, get permits and reach Paro by the nightfall. So we started early and filled up our tanks, packed our bags on bikes and rode towards Jaigaon (Border on Indian side).

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    With some local guidance, w got out of siliguri through sevoke and onto the jaigaon border. The road was a two lane beautiful surface and guarded by the tree lined forest zones & army camps. So no problem of time over there to hurry up. One can do 80 kmph with ease and good visibility, and if lucky may see some elephants crossing too. We didn't have that luck but nonetheless the road itself was interesting to ride unlike regular boring highways.

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    That's the road and it gets even more beautiful. And as always eyes are the best lenses and you cannot reproduce the experience similar in a pic.
    On route we stopped only in towns to complete our purchase of some left out things from our shopping list (meds, chocolates). Once crossing binnaguri, there comes another awesome highway, this one is different though like no trees around, but its elevated and can see a lot of distance around and ahead. we saw some speed junkies doing 120 kmphs too. But we stick the needle onto 90 kmph.

    Then comes the town of Hashimara, in and around the place there are lot of tea gardens, green lush, railway tracks running parallel to the road. Not much traffic and a relaxing ride. In between you get to see some villages which are built around palm kind of trees with lush vegetation and wooden houses - This was a sight like what I have seen in the movie RAMBO (FB part 2) with little less moist/greenness. Puts a feel that you are in a different place.

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    On crossing Hashimara the traffic slowly increases with the Bhutanese & Indian trucks with supplies, on narrow roads at few places. We reached Jaigaon and its hell broken loose kind of traffic, the share autos are the most dangerous like anywhere in India. It gives you a reminder that you are still in India no matter how close to another country. We then had lunch at dominos as we didn't wanna lose time searching for hotels. And drew some cash before entering Bhutan. Now this was another struggle. The ATMs were dry in Jaigaon. People suggested to go back to hashimara, but luckily we saw a half open ATM in IMRAT (Some Army area) and withdrew cash, after a small argument with the security personnel.

    We then crossed the border with all necessary forms and papers, but dumb "us". We were informed or rather reminded that it was sunday and can't get permits.
    So down on thoughts and frustrated, we took a room in phuentsholing (Hotel Namgay) and roamed around the streets for the night.
    The Bhutan side is completely different from the Indian side though just a few hundred meters away. Everyone follows rules, no honking, patient, clean.

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    Smoking is not allowed in Bhutan officially and the liquor is damn cheap - If anyone interested.
    We then went into cafe and spent some time for Wi-fi, (Our mobile networks work too till some distance) and roamed the streets with pleasant climate. We saw some interesting signs on roads like,

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    One more interesting observation was they had very good cars - Toyota land cruiser prados, hilux, navaras, ssangyangs. Bikes were pretty less in numbers. With atleast crossing the border, we went to sleep hoping to get the permits early the next day. MONDAY!!!

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