India Nepal Bhutan Motor bike safari. (The Thunder Dragon)

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India Nepal Bhutan Motor bike safari. (The Thunder Dragon)

The Nepal leg of our motorcycle tour starts from the country’s capital, the mystical Kathmandu. Our first day begins with a scenic flight to Mt. Everest and a visit to ceremonial Buddhist and Hindu temples. We then ride west to Pokhara where you can take a paragliding leap off Sarangkot Hill!

India Nepal Bhutan Motor bike safari. (The Thunder Dragon)

The Nepal leg of our motorcycle tour starts from the country’s capital, the mystical Kathmandu. Our first day begins with a scenic flight to Mt. Everest and a visit to ceremonial Buddhist and Hindu temples. We then ride west to Pokhara where you can take a paragliding leap off Sarangkot Hill!

We then travel the length of the Terai into India, visit the legendary tea gardens of Darjeeling and the famous snow leopards of the zoo, then strike further east to the last Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Rhododendron forests greet us as we climb to Tiger’s Nest monastery, and visit several spectacular dzongs. We traverse the entire length of this Land of the Thunder Dragon, finishing in the tea plantations of the Indian state of Assam. You won’t experience anything like this back home so take our guided tour through Nepal, India and Bhutan today, with Revellers Paradise Pvt Ltd.

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Day 1 – Arrival In Kathmandu

Arrival Transfer in Kathmandu Check paging at Airport REVELLERS PARADISE . It’s not quite the mystical magical capital it was in its heyday of the 50’s and 60’s but it still has an olde worlde charm to its dilapidated facade. The traffic is chaotic, the congestion is crazy, but the temples are exquisite, the people gorgeous, the atmosphere electrifying. We’re taking you a little closer to the edge of your comfort zone. There are two other large cities in the Kathmandu Valley, but they are so close as to be almost suburbs of Kathmandu itself. Patan is just across the river and Bhaktapur is only 12km away; depending on your arrival flight we can visit one or both to examine their ancient temples and splendid artisan works, much of which is still being produced in the local streets and bazaars today. Another option is the huge Bodhnath (Boudha) Stupa, the largest in Nepal and one of the largest in the world. It is the main religious centre for Nepal’s considerable Tibetan population. Then there are the shops!! Don’t be afraid to bargain hard, as the prices are often inflated and very negotiable.

Day 2—In Kathmandu (Optional joy flight of Everest)

The whole majestic panorama of the world’s greatest mountain range spreads out before us for an hour, and it is a totally captivating experience. Then when we come back down to earth, we have the rest of the day to explore Kathmandu’s bustling bazaars and streets, visit the city’s Durbar Square, roam through the surrounding area of Thamel, drop in for a quick drink at the Rum Doodle Bar (the traditional watering hole for mountaineering expedition teams) or simply relax in the garden of our hotel. And in the afternoon we’ll introduce you to the Royal Enfield 500cc Bullet, your weapon of choice for the next three weeks. There’ll be a briefing in the hotel car park, followed by a short familiarisation run to acquaint you with the nostalgia of golden-era Brit Biking.

Day 3—Kathmandu to Pokhra ( 200 Km )

After Breakfast we have to leave early to escape Kathmandu before the traffic gets into full swing. Heading to the Trekker Mecca destination of Pokhara, the scenery along the route is spectacular, with terraced hills, rushing rivers, steep gorges and green hills back-dropped by the magnificent Himalaya. Be careful not to run into the back of a fellow rider when, in the latter part of the ride, you come around a corner and there in all its glory is Machhapuchare (the Fishtail Mountain), lit to perfection by the slanting rays of the afternoon sunshine.

Day 4 – In Pokhra

Many popular Himalayan treks start from Pokhara, including the Annapurna Circuit, Jomson Trail and Dhaulagiri Base Camp treks for the serious walker. We take a half-day ride up a nearby ridge to Sarangkot for a bird’s-eye view of Machhapuchare, Annapurna and Pokhara with its picturesque Phewa Tal (lake). For the energetic or adventurous there’s the option of trying your hand at paragliding – a more spectacular setting would be difficult to imagine! For the serious shopper, there’s some pretty serious souvenir hunting to be done in the markets this afternoon.

Day 5—Pokhra to Lumbini (195 Km)

Today after breakfast we drive out of the mountains to the Terai, as the lowlands of Nepal are known. Although very much the ‘poor cousin’ of Nepal’s main attraction (the Himalaya) and thus to a large extent ignored, the Terai has its own beauty and is a very fertile and prosperous area, home to half the population. We pass through mudwalled villages, rice paddies and thatched houses built high above the floodplains of the numerous rivers bursting out of the foothills. The plains are a mere 100m above sea level, but over 1000 km away from the rivers’ final destination, the Bay of Bengal. Our destination for the night is Lumbini, the revered birthplace of Lord Buddha, and the subsequent huge temple complex is very close to our hotel.

Day 6 – Lumbini to Hetauda ( 205 Km )

Huge tracts of these floodplains were uninhabitable until the early 1950’s, when a successful malaria eradication program was introduced. The subsequent land-grab rush from the hill tribes saw much of the wilderness cultivated almost overnight, which in turn had a devastating effect on the habitat of large animals such as the tiger and the Indian one-horned rhino. We traverse the northern extremities of the great Gangetic plain to the small trading centre of Hetauda, on the main Tribhuvan National Highway coming out of India.

Day 7 – Hetauda to Biratnagar (325 KM) Long Day

Today after early breakfast we continue through the eastern Terai for a long day’s ride to Biratnagar. On the way if the skies are clear, Everest can be seen again on the northern horizon, standing proud of her companions. Sagarmatha she is known as in these parts, the Mother Goddess of the Universe. The road and the ride is straightforward and we usually just turn everyone loose on such a day. See you in the beer garden at the hotel this afternoon.

Day 8 – Biratnagar to Darjeeling (245 Km)

Today after breakfast we involves the potentially bureaucratic hassle and all legal formalities of crossing into India. Passports and visas will be double checked, road tax has to be paid, bike ownership and registration papers will be double-checked, our staff will be scrutinised and take care. Always a time consuming exercise, but soon enough we’ll be into the next chapter of this tour. We’re off to Darjeeling, following some of the same route as the narrow-gauge ‘Toy Train’ up into the hills. The only (non-tourist) steam locomotive still in active service in India criss-crosses the road dozens of times and is a very impressive sight and sound accompanying us on the final part of our climb.

Day 9 – In Darjeeling

Today after breakfast if you feel like an early start, we can amble along to the nearby lookout to watch the sun rise over the Himalayan massif including Mt. Kangchenjunga, The Kangchenjunga is the highest mountain peak in India and ranked 3rd highest summit in the world with an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft). The highest mountain Kangchenjunga is located at the border of India and Nepal in the great Himalayas range,Sikkim. Kangchenjunga section contains five peaks and the region has twelve more peaks over 7,000 m (23,000 ft).. We shall then visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, established by Darjeeling’s most famous son, Tenzing Norgay following his ascent of Everest with Edmund Hillary in 1953, and the associated Darjeeling Zoo, centre of the world breeding program for the endangered and stunningly beautiful snow leopard.

Day 10 – Darjeeling to Teesta Bazaar/Phuentsholing . ( 190 Km)

Today after breakfast we drive towards small backroads winding from Darjeeling to Teesta Bazaar, we’re on National Highway 31 most of the way across the Great Gangetic Plateau, crossing a few more rivers as they burst forth from the mountains just above us. These rivers of course, all end up crossing into Bangladesh where they annually wreak havoc in this low lying, impoverished country. Our destination tonight is the border town of Phuentsholing, where we cross and spend the night on the Bhutan side of the border, because the hotels are much nicer.

Day 11 – Phuentsholing to Paro ( 170 Km)

Border formalities are refreshingly straightforward and efficient, so we’ll soon be on our way into Bhutan. The first thing we’ll notice upon leaving India is, there’s virtually no traffic! The few vehicles we do encounter are well-maintained and well-mannered. The roads are great, the scenery is spectacular, the air is clean and fresh. We have a couple of ‘foreigner registration’ check-posts to pass through today but they don’t slow us much as we wind our way along to third-largest town of Paro.

Day 12 – In Paro

Today we shall spend our time in and around Paro. As well as boasting the only airport in the country, the National Museum is also located here, housing an impressive collection of artefacts. Just a few k’s out of town for the more physically-inclined, is the start of an arduous 4-hour trek up to the spectacular Tiger’s Nest dzong perched high on a rocky ledge. Optional of course, but it just has to be done.

Day 13 – Paro to Thimpu ( 70 Km)

Today after breakfast we ride a short drive towards the capital, Thimpu, and it’s a short enough ride to give us the afternoon doing some local sightseeing and souvenir shopping, as Thimpu is about the only commercial centre in the country. We’ll visit a viewpoint overlooking the town and then the nearby ‘zoo’ containing maybe half a dozen Takin. This strange beast, the national animal of Bhutan, is said to be the result of a god known as The Divine Madman having a huge feast, getting a little intoxicated, and sticking the head of a goat on the body of an ox.

Day 14 – Thimpu to Punakha ( 112 Km)

Today after breakfast we are rolling out of Thimpu in the direction of Punakha, which has a stupendous dzong on the confluence of two rivers. (To get there we must first of all conquer our first serious mountain pass in Bhutan, the Dochu La at just over 3,000 metres). The dzong is the administrative head of both state and religion for the district, and this one is nothing short of sensational. We can spend a couple of hours strolling through its courtyards and temples. Then in the afternoon we proceed further, passing through Wangdue Phodrang on the way to our beautiful resort hotel at Chuzomsa, on the very banks of a raging torrent of a young river.

Day 15 – Punakha to Mighty Trongsa dzong (122 Km)

Today after breakfast our bikes keep us heading east, through rhododendron forests and another pass (Pele La 3,300 m), as we come to Trongsa with yet another magnificent dzong, perhaps the most spectacular in the country, an imposing fortress of a structure built on several levels up a hillside. We can have a look around if you’re not already dzonged out at this stage (you will have passed 5 or 6 by now), and our hotel is just outside of town.

Day 16 – Trongsa dzong to Jakar (90 Km)

Today after breakfast we climbing another pass, the Yutong La (3,400m) then we arrive at Jakar in the wilderness of the Bumthang Valley in time to check into our hotel and have a look around the town. The region is renowned for its local cheese production and perhaps we can find a small factory open for a visit.

Day 17 — Jakar to Mongar (195 Km)

Today after breakfast start our cold bikes we will probably see a cold start to the day (sometimes we’ve had ice on the seats of the Enfields….) so have your hand warmers in your pockets. We’re getting into more remote areas now and it’s another long day but we spend most of it riding through a national park on superb roads with no traffic. Overnight is a spotless little town called Mongar, the capital of the same named district.

Day 18 – Mongar to Trashigang (90 Km)

Today is a more leisurely paced day. With only 90k to Trashigang, we can cover this before lunch and then have the afternoon to stroll around and enjoy the second largest town in Bhutan. A good time to catch up with writing those promised postcards back home, or watching the locals practicing their archery skills, or sitting in the tiny town square, a great place to enjoy an evening drink and watch the locals going about their business.

Day 19 – Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar (182 Km)

Today after breakfast we have another superlative day in the saddle on the road less travelled. We head directly south for nearly 200k, completing our traverse of Bhutan from one border to the other. Traffic out here is so rare that some of the locals take off their hat at the sight of an approaching car. Our destination is the frontier town of Samdrup Jongkhar which, whilst still actually in Bhutan, has a distinctly Indian feeling.

Day 20 – Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati (110 Km)

Today After breakfast again we have a day for registering at the Indian side of the border crossing, which for some reason takes about five times as long as on the other side. We have a fairly short ride through more of the beautiful tea gardens to Guwahati, the state capital of Assam. It’s a fairly typical Indian ‘small city’ of about a million people and we’ll need to bunch up and follow our minibus in order to find the hotel. We scrub up for cleansing ale and a celebratory farewell dinner we’ve certainly earned it.

Day 21 – Final Day — Say Good Bye to Mighty Himalayas

Today is your last day in this tour . Kiss the bikes and take last minute selfie say goodbye as we head to Guwahati airport for a domestic flight to Chennai where our charter bus is waiting to take us to the Royal Enfield factory. We can regale the production line workers with stories of what you’ve been doing to their bikes over the past three weeks. Then there’s just enough time to catch your breath before its back to the airport for your international connection back to home town. You’re heading for home sweet home – thanks for your company, it’s been a lot of fun with so much unforgettable memories.

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