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Destination » India Subcontinent » Bhutan Thunder Dragon Motorcycle Tour

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Bhutan Thunder Dragon Motorcycle Tour

The hidden magical Buddhist Kingdom of the Eastern Himalayas

This Bhutan motorcycle tour is for the adventurous traveler and can be acceptable for an equally spirited riding passenger. Roads are largely paved however expect sections to be unpaved in varying conditions of disrepair. For this reason, we classify the Thunder Dragon Tour as ADVENTURE+ This unique travel experience launches out of Delhi, India with a domestic flight (included) positioning the tour in East Bagdogra, where you enter Bhutan riding in the heights of the Eastern Himalayas, experiencing a special culture, largely removed from the modern world until around the 1970’s. The population is extremely welcoming however foreign visitation from the is limited and controlled in an effort to preserve their peaceful and unmolested Buddhist lifestyle. Things are changing in the kingdom; however, you will still find Bhutan one of the most fascinating little countries in the world.

  • The Kingdom of Bhutan is a destination known to but a privileged few. Only in the 1970’s was the country opened to outsiders with modern influences such as television and telephones virtually unheard of. It is exactly for this reason that this devout Tibetan Buddhist little nation is so attractive and intriguing.
  • Your tour will start with your arrival in Delhi, India. If desired, you can come in early for an optional overnight excursion to experience the wonder of the Taj-Mahal in Agra.
  • From Delhi the group fly domestic airlines to West Bengal, India where you are staged for entry into Bhutan. 
  • Bhutan is nestled beneath the mighty Himalayas, a geographical fortress separating it from Tibetan China. The views are magnificent. The people you will find to be extremely welcoming to outsiders, timid and deeply spiritual.
  • Peace and tranquility are so revered here that the government has created a barometer for measuring what is referred to as GNH…Gross National Happiness. 
  • When not riding and interacting with the locals, there are visits to such highlights as the 17th-century Drukgyel Dzong (Monastery fortress), only one of many such religious edifices you’ll encounter in your travels.
  • The renowned Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Hermitage on the face of a sheer 3,000 ft. cliff will be forever etched in your mind … an incredible photo opportunity.
  • The service. It is the best and you will be accompanied by the most knowledgeable and experienced teams in India.
  • Budget tour operators are proliferating. If you prefer better style, service, and the best maintained motorcycles in India, there is only MotoDiscovery. Call us anytime for consultation.
  • This tour is the ideal platform for a customized private tour just for you and your friends. Interested? Fill out this easy Custom Motorcycle Tour Questionnaire, and let’s get started.

NOTE: Sign up early. You will need to apply for an India visa. We will obtain your Bhutan visa and the necessary permissions to enter the country but the process is involved and requires lead time.

Tour Dates


April 30 – May 13, 2023

October 2023
 
14 days/13 nights

14 days/13 nights

Tour Registration

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE
By requesting a booking, you'll be able to reserve your spot on this tour. Closer to the tour date you will receive an email with payment information and you will be able to make a deposit or pay the entire balance.

CUSTOMIZE THIS JOURNEY
If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to our travel professionals.

Tour Style

Adventure Plus - a mix of paved and unpaved roads however heavily biased to touring off road and demands a dual purpose (on-off road) motorcycle equipped with tires having a more aggressive tread pattern for off road traction. Prior off road riding experience is essential. No single track. In addition to prior off road riding experience the riders physical condition, riding skills, and tolerance to more primitive and possibly unpredictable travel scenarios may be tested.

Dates


April 30 – May 13, 2023

October 2023
 
Starts at $6,595 USD

Starts at $6,595 USD

FAQs

Is Bhutan Safe?

It would be hard to imagine anywhere safer in the world. This tiny kingdom zealously wishes to retain its deeply rooted Buddhist culture and traditions.  It is so important that they have developed a metric to determine what is called Gross National Happiness to measure the contentment of its population.

What are the roads like?

You will get a little of everything thrown at you. Rains tend to deteriorate surfaces and certain mountain passes seem to be eternally under some state of repair and maintenance. Traffic is not a big issue but you may encounter an elephant or two along with wandering pedestrians and automobile traffic.

What about the motorcycles?

We are thrilled with the Royal Enfield Himalaya 400 cc motorcycle. It is perfect for this part of the world. A Royal Enfield Bullet 500, that classic styled motorcycle with its British heritage, can also be made available on request.

Is this a good tour for couples?

Yes. We have had many over the years. The small bike may be a stretch for two large people. The support van easily accommodates any non riding participants or family members who you may wish to have join you. It is an experience that you will definitely want to share. Contact us for further consultation.

Do I need a visa?

Yes. We obtain that for you. This will not require you to send your passport anywhere but we will need a clean color scan of your passport along with other information to perform this process. This makes it even more urgent for you to book your tour early.

What about India?

Yes again, a multi-entry visa which you will have to apply for and send out your passport. We will walk you through the entire process.

Are there any health concerns?

No, not beyond our usual recommendations to get inoculations for hepatitis and to keep your tetanus current.

Is there a risk of altitude sickness?

You are riding in the shadows of the Himalayas and there are a few mountain passes that approach 10,000 feet however we do not spend the night at those higher altitudes. If you are sensitive to higher elevations we will provide you with further consultation and urge you to speak with your physician.

When is the best time to go to Bhutan?

We typically run our tours in the spring and fall. Global warming is having an impact, shifting rain seasons so we are adjusting accordingly.

We fly into Delhi, India. What can we expect?

From Delhi we stage the gathering of the group and then a domestic flight is secured( and included in the tour package) to West Bengal. Here the bikes are stationed for entry into Bhutan. When you arrive in Delhi you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred in private transportation to your hotel (also included). We suggest you come in a day or two early and consider an optional excursion to Agra to experience the wonder of the Taj Mahal and other highlights of India. We will facilitate that for you as well.

How big are the groups?

We cap our tours at 10 motorcycles. On this tour we have taken as few as five guests. Why not network with your friends and have them join you. We can, with advance planning, also arrange a custom private tour just for your group.

Are there any self guided tours available for Bhutan?

Now. Please. Early sign ups are essential in order that we can secure the best of high demand accommodations during this holiday period. Organize a group. Start your planning today.