Bhutan - Sikkim

Bhutan is an extraordinary place where time seems to have stopped. Since the borders were opened in 1974 after decades of self-imposed isolation, more and more travellers are discovering this jewel almost completely spared by Western civilization.

Pricing

Price
per rider in shared twin/double room €3,480.00 $3,871.35 ?
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room €3,070.00 $3,415.25 ?
per person single room (surcharge) €490.00 $545.10 ?

Features

Features
15 x overnight stay in hotel
15 x breakfast
15 x dinner
Rent a motorcycle
Operating materials (petrol/oil)
Tour guide
Not included features
Everything that is not listed under services
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The conclusion of a travel cancellation insurance, travel health insurance and travel interruption insurance is recommended.

More details

More details
Total distance: about 1700 km
Level of difficulty: Medium to difficult
Asphalt throughout, also bad sections due to weather conditions
min: 6 - max: 10 drivers
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Visa
Swiss, Austrian and German nationals require a visa to enter India. Your passport must be valid for at least another six months. Obtaining a visa is relatively uncomplicated. A visa valid for six months or an e-Visa valid for 30 days is sufficient.
Vaccinations
No vaccinations are required for India. A valid international vaccination passport is required from persons entering from areas with yellow fever (certain countries in Africa and Central and South America). However, it is generally recommended to be vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis A and typhoid fever. As there are many different aspects to be considered in each individual case, it is always advisable to seek personal travel health advice from a doctor or pharmacist experienced in travel medicine in good time (about 4 to 6 weeks) before the trip. Here too, we recommend that you seek medical advice in good time.
driving licence
You need a valid German and an international driving licence of class 1 or A. Please note that the international driving licence is only valid in combination with the national driving licence.
Minimum number of participants
You will find the minimum number of participants next to the respective travel description. As an organizer we have a right of withdrawal if the minimum number of participants has not been reached 6 weeks before the start of the trip. In this case, we will refund the amounts paid on account.
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In practice, however, we always try to carry out the trip with fewer participants in your interest, if you agree. in this case, there is no service vehicle available and we charge a staggered small group surcharge:
1 participant: 10% of the travel price
2 participants: 5% of the travel price
3 participants: 2,5% of the travel price
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Half double room
For single travellers we offer the possibility to share a double room with another traveller. If there is no "half" double room available at the time of your booking, we will charge the single room supplement. You will be refunded as soon as a double room partner is found.
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Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Bhutan is an extraordinary place: the environment is unspoiled, the landscape and architecture overwhelming, the people hospitable and the culture unique in its purity.

Tour schedule

Day 1: ARRIVAL - Arrival in Siliguri (Bagdogra airport)

We will pick you up from the airport and take you to the Cindrella Hotel in Siliguri.

2nd day: Bagdogra - Darjeeling (90 km)

On the first day on motorcycles we wind our way up through the tea plantations to Darjeeling. Partly we follow the course of the "Toy Trains", a UNESCO world cultural heritage.

Day 3: Darjeeling - Pemayangtse Monastery (125 km)

In the early morning we will make an excursion to the "Tiger Hill" to admire the sunrise over the Himalayas. Then we descend through Darjeeling's tea plantations to the Teesta River. For a few kilometers we follow the course of the river before we drive uphill again at Naya Bazar to Pelling. The Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the most important and oldest monasteries in Sikkim. Founded in 1705, this monastery belongs to the Nyingma-pa sect.

4th day: Pemayangtse (Pelling) - Rumtek (120 km)

Yesterday we already got a first impression of the landscape of Sikkim which is still confirmed today - not a flat piece of land - a single winding uphill and downhill. On the way to Gangtok we stop at Rumtek Monastery. The monastery is the original seat of the "Karmapa Lama", after the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama the third high religious leader of Tibetan Buddhism.

Day 5: Rumtek - Gangtok - Rumtek (60 km)

We explore the surroundings of Rumtek, visit the capital of Sikkim, Gangtok, and if we get a permit we drive to the over 4000m high Changmu Lake. Maybe we will also receive an invitation for tea in the nunnery located directly next to the hotel.

Day 6: Rumtek - Kalimpong (110 km)

After a detour to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, we continue to the Hill Station Kalimpong. With 50.000 inhabitants it is a little smaller and more contemplative than Darjeeling. The protected location between Durpin Hill and Deolo Hill at an altitude of 1,200m leads to a very mild climate.

Day 7: Kalimpong - Jaigon/Phuntsholing (210 km)

The drive along the tea gardens in Assam's lowlands brings us to Jaigon/Phuntsholing. Phuntsholing is a good example of a border town where several ethnic groups meet: Bhutanese in their national costume suffering from the heat, Bengalese in light dhoti, Nepalese with their characteristic hats and Indian businessmen with briefcases.

Day 8: Phuntsholing (BHUTAN) - Paro (200 km)

The road climbs just after the border crossing and we wind our way through the forested mountains of the pre-Himalayas, past a hydroelectric power station (Bhutan's main export article) and over the 3000m high Changspa Pass to Paro. The village is small, because most of the people live in the surrounding area, where they cultivate the most fertile fields in the country. The avenue leading from the bridge of the Dzong to the village of Paro is lined with exceptionally large chortens. On the right - hardly visible - is the royal palace of Ugyen Pelri, which was built around 1930 by the Paro-Penlop Tshering Panjor.

Day 9: Paro - Thimphu (80 km)

The urban settlement of Paro was only established in 1985, and as is so often the case in Bhutan, there was no village in the immediate vicinity of the Dzong. The houses, which today stand on the main street, are built in the traditional style and painted with colourful patterns. On the ground level there are small shops typical of a mountain village, which supply the inhabitants with the most important goods. Later we will continue to the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu.

Day 10: Thimphu - Gangteng (135km)

Immediately after Thimphu the road climbs rapidly in many sharp bends to the highest point of our motorcycle tour, the 3,780m high Cheli La. The road down to the Punakha Valley and to Wangdi Phodrang is quite long, because the difference in altitude between pass and valley is 1700 meters.

Day 11: Gangteng to Bumthang via Trongsa. (170 km)

From Thimphu we climb up again, this time to 3.100 meters to Dochu La. We continue on to Trongsa where we will have our lunch break today, and like almost all cities, this one is dominated by its dzong, which makes the buildings in the surrounding area seem tiny. You can experience this already 8 km before Trongsa, when the road winds around a rock in a sharp left turn and offers a view of one of the most breathtaking sceneries: The Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648 as a defensive structure, stretches spectacularly down a steep hill. Then on to Bumthang. On the way there a short visit to the Chumey Yathra weavers.

Day 12: Bhumthang - Mongar (130 km)

From Bumthang the route continues to the east. Even if the west of Bhutan is hardly visited, tourists hardly ever get lost here. On the way to Mongolia at 1800 meters we cross the highest pass of Bhutan (4100m) and thus also different climate zones with beautiful, changing vegetation. Furthermore, a stop in Ura is planned, an untypical village for Bhutan. The houses here are built close to each other and are all oriented in one direction.

Day 13: Mongar - Tashigang (150 km)

From Mongar we will drive today in a relaxed way via Drametsi to Tashigang. We cross the 3000m high Korila Pass and then wind our way through beautiful coniferous forests in the Yadi Loops.

Day 14: Tashigang to Samdrupjonghar (180 km)

After 30km we reach the only colleague of Bhutan in Kanglung. Later in Khaling we visit a weaving mill, a craft that is very popular here in East Bhutan. As we are already used to, today you will be driving up and down through the country to Samdrupjongkhar which is situated at 200m above sea level on the border to the Indian state of Assam.

Day 15: Bhutan - Guwahati (130 km)

We leave Bhutan and move through the plains of Assam to its capital Guwahati/Gauhati where we board the plane to Delhi in the afternoon.

Day 16: Journey home