Sikkim-Bhutan Motor Bike

Destinations: Sikkim Bhutan
Trip Duration: 17 days
Best Time: May to November
Grade: Moderate
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Sikkim-Bhutan Motor Bike

Day by Day Details Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival in Delhi, the capital of India.

Day 2     Flight to Bagdogra and transfer to hill station 4/hrs

Arrival in Delhi, connecting flight to Bagdogra. Welcome by our local crew and transfer via Siliguri to Mirik hill station (1,760 m). We’ll have a chance to relax and get acquainted at the welcome dinner. Overnight stay in  Hotel.

Day 3     Tour intro – warm-up, on to Darjeeling. 70KM

The next morning, the footpath around Mirik Lake will offer us our first view of the majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga. After a leisurely breakfast, the Enfields will be waiting for our first outing. We’ll be taking some time to get to know the bikes and practice a bit. After all, driving on the left and shifting on the right takes a bit of getting used to.  We’ll then start on the first leg of the tour, taking an adventurous back road through tea plantations along the border to Nepal up to Darjeeling (2,150 m), the renowned tea bazaar high in the Himalayan foothills.  Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 4     From Darjeeling to Sikkim 180 km

Optional early-morning excursion to watch the sunrise at Tiger Hill. After breakfast, we start by heading steeply downhill through tea plantations to Great Rangeet River, crossing the border into Sikkim at Jorethang after about 30 km. We’ll then continue through serene forests and fields back uphill to the renowned Pemayangtse Gompa Buddhist monastery (2,085 m), built in 1705 by the Nyangmapa order.Once again, we’ll have an outstanding panorama view of the Kanchenjunga Massif (8,598 m)

Day 5     West Sikkim, Katchapony Lake, Yuksam mountain monastery 120km

Today we’ll be taking adventurous mountain roads through the deep valleys and narrow passes of West Sikkim to the holy Katchapony Lake, then on to Yuksam, the Kanchenjunga trekking base camp. In the afternoon, we’ll be taking a short trek to the historical mountain monastery of Yuksam. After dinner, we’ll settle in around the campfire in the garden with the crew and have our first  )

Day 6     Onwards via Tashiding to the Rumtek Gompa monastery  200km

Today we’ll be taking winding mountain roads to Tashiding, a hamlet with a picturesque monastery – which we are unlikely to visit due to the steep 45-minute climb on foot needed to reach it – and the mountain village of Ravangla. After a long, twisty ride at various altitudes, we’ll reach the Gangtok–Siliguri national highway at Sigtam. From there, it’s not far to our destination for the day, Rumtek Gompa, the most renowned monastery in Sikkim. This expansive, wealthy monastery is the seat of the 17th Karmapa Lama, the head of the Tibetan-Buddhist Kagyupa order, who arrived in India a few years ago after an adventurous escape from Tibet via Mustang and Nepal. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 7     Ride to Tsongo Lake or sightseeing in Gangtok

After a short ride we’ll reach the Lingdum monastery, and after visiting it we’ll continue via Ranka to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Today, we’ll try to visit Tsongo Lake (3,570 m), about 50 km away. A special permit, which is not always available, is required for the trip. Alternatively, we can spend the afternoon visiting Sikkim’s capital and the Research Institute of Tibetology museum of Tibetan arts and crafts, as well as the renowned Orchid Gardens and another monastery.

Day 8     From Gangtok to Singhik monastery  90km

40 km northeast of Gangtok, we’ll reach the picturesquely situated Phodong monastery. We’ll then continue along the deep Tista River gorge to Mangan, the administrative capital of northern Sikkim. An exciting – and hopefully open – road leads to the fisherman’s paradise of Namprikdang at the confluence of the Talung into the Tista River. A bit further downstream, we’ll reach the Singhik monastery and spend the night in the simple but inviting Tourist Lodge. Once again, we can look forward to a campfire in the shadow of Kanchenjunga

Day 9     Through Sikkim’s North District 110km

At sunrise, the eastern side of the Kanchenjunga Massif reflects a brilliant glow – and we’ll have a perfect view. After breakfast, we’ll continue south, attempting to leave Sikkim’s North District via a small road to the south of the Dik River. Our destination is once again the state capital, Gangtok. Overnight stay in a well-appointed modern hotel with an outstanding view of the Gangtok Valley.

Day 10   Onward to Kalimpong 90km

We’ll be leaving Sikkim via Melli and Rangpo Check Post. Our destination for the day is the ancient bazaar town of Kalimgpong (1,250 m), once an important way station along the silk and spice route between Tibet and Bengal. We’ll be visiting the Durpin monastery, flower plantations and the bazaar of the old city during the afternoon.

Day 11   Onward to the border of Bhutan 200km

A long day’s riding will take us across Tiger Bridge, Mall Bazaa, Binaguri, Jaldapara and Hashimar to the Bhutanese border at Phutsoling. We’ll be spending the night in the Hotel, taking care of border formalities for ourselves and the bikes, and meeting our Bhutanese crew

Day 12   From Phuntsoling to Thimpu 200km

From Phuntsoling, we’ll be taking our bikes up the initially steep – and for the first 60 km relatively busy – main road into the Western Bhutanese mountains. After 70 km and arriving at an altitude of 2,000 meters, our street turns into a peaceful dream road that will take us into Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. (2,400 m, approx. 30,000 inhabitants)

Day 13   Through the Sangkosh Valley to Trongsa 210km

We’ll be starting the day with a ride through the mountains from Thimpu over the Dhochu La pass (3,400 m) into Sangkosh Valley. We’ll then climb back up the winding Pele La pass (3,300 m), enjoying a breathtaking view of Trongsa – the home of the royal family and our next overnight stay – on the way back down. The Sherubling Lodge, a friendly guest house with a unique charm and a view of the Dzong of Trongsa.

Day 14   From Trongsa to Punakha 160km

After our visit to Bhutan’s largest dzong, or fortress, we’ll be riding to Wangdue Phodrang to see the mighty, fortified monastery. 25 km further, we’ll be reaching Punakha (1,340 m), which was the winter capital of Bhutan up to the 1950s thanks to its virtually tropical climate.

Day 15   From Punakha to Paro 100km

After visiting the Punakha monastery, we’ll once again pass by Thimphu while riding through peaceful valleys filled with forests and farms on our way to Paro, a picturesque village with ancient temples, the royal palace, and Bhutan’s only airport. We’ve allotted a maximum of four hours riding time to cover just over 100 km

Day 16   Round trip through western Bhutan

Today we’ll be doing a fantastic tour around western Bhutan, crossing the Cheli La pass (3,990 m) into the Ha Valley, and to the Dobji monastery. Alternatively, we could take a short bike tour and a trek (two hours and a 500-meter ascent) to the Taktshang monastery view point, with a sensational view of the Eagle Nest monastery, then on to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong

Day 17 Delhi flight to Delhi

Morning transfer to Paro airport and flight to Delhi. In the afternoon visit old and new delhi later in the night transfer to the international air port




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