Luxury Bhutan Motorcycle Tour For The Discerning

 

Dates October 8th - 23rd 2019
October 18th - November 1st 2020

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Almost unheard of, this idyllic country is nestled between Tibet and India and sits below the huge mountains of the Great Himalayan Range. The landscape gently descends from the 7000 metre peaks on its northern borders in undulating waves of green forested hills through a patchwork of mountain ranges and valleys that were cut over the centuries by a rush of streams and rivers until it settles into open savannah on the Indian plains in the South.

Today, approximately 72% of the total land area of Bhutan is under forest cover, 60% of which falls under protected areas comprising of 10 national parks and sanctuaries. It would be hard to find any other nation that has so successfully managed to preserve and protect its rare ecology. It is in these far-flung, barely visited parts of Bhutan where you will experience many unrivalled days motorcycling on small winding roads through breath-taking scenery.

Perhaps Bhutan’s greatest gift to our modern world came back in the early days of 1972 when the fourth King of Bhutan introduced the unique concept of GNH or Gross National Happiness instead of only focussing on Gross Domestic Product as an indicator of national wealth. Bhutan is the only place on Earth with a Ministry of Happiness.

Bhutan only cautiously opened its doors to foreign visitors in 1974, making a decision to follow a policy of “high value, low volume” tourism in order to limit the number of visitors and protect itself from the negative effects of tourism. Each foreign visitor is required to spend a minimum of US$250 per day and the government uses US$95 of this daily minimum payment to fund free education and health services for all its citizens and to upgrade the national infrastructure. Therefore, a trip to Bhutan is a rare privilege, unlike other countries where anyone can easily travel.

Roughly the size of Switzerland with a small population of 700,000 Bhutan’s almost untouched natural beauty is unparalleled anywhere in the world.

We have created a one-off route for you, riding the whole length of the country from east to west and visiting remote, eastern Bhutan which very few other visitors have time to see. Distilled to capture the very best of everything Bhutan has to offer, your bespoke itinerary combines extensive mountain riding through spectacular primordial forests, enchanting architecture and charming villages, as well as days off to enjoy some local riding and exploration giving you an intimate insight into the ancient culture and pristine wilderness of Bhutan, rarely seen by visitors to this unbelievably beautiful Shangri La.

The trip is especially timed to allow you to be present at one of Bhutan’s most exciting annual festivals dating back to the Middle Ages, Jampay Lakhang, which takes place at a 1000-year-old monastery, which is an architectural wonder stunningly located in a valley deep in the Bhutanese heartlands. To be at this amazing event is a highlight of the tour.

You will have with you your skilled and caring support team with vehicles including our fully qualified doctor Avneesh, tour mechanic, English guide as well as our English-speaking Bhutanese guide, who is always there ready to reveal the mysteries of this magical land.

Your trusty steed to carry you on this remarkable journey is the legendary Royal Enfield 500cc motorcycle which has proved itself time and again to be the most enjoyable and sturdy bike capable of handing the Himalayas at every level.

With a stable low center of gravity and easy handling, the Enfield is a pure pleasure to travel on and still the number one choice of riders anywhere in the Himalayas today.

The roads in Bhutan are mostly in excellent condition with virtually no traffic to be seen. The average riding altitude of 2000m (6000ft), is just right at this time of year when the trees will be changing to a riot of autumn hues in the crystal-clear Himalayan air as you cruise through the immense, wild and heavily forested, national parks.

You can expect clear blue-skied days and cool nights with traditional wood-burning stoves being used in some of the places you stay along the route. The average daytime temperatures will be 10, to 20C… just perfect for riding.

The culture of Bhutan is based on the ancient way of Tibetan Buddhism and there will be ample opportunity to step back in time to visit some of the many stupendous monastery forts known as Dzongs including world renowned Tigers Nest, where you will find a vibrant, alive body of monks still practising the ancient Buddhist traditions that were introduced to Bhutan by the visit of the enlightened Indian master Padmasambhava back in the 8th century.

As tourism is limited to the exclusive few, the inhabitants of Bhutan do not feel overwhelmed by visitors and offer a genuinely warm welcome everywhere to those who do make the journey. The happiness of the Bhutanese people is infectious and cannot help but permeate your soul and invigorate you. We guarantee that this is a trip of a lifetime that will keep you smiling for many years to come.

Picture yourself breathing in the fresh morning Himalayan air, the sound of the village cockerels in the distance, cattle bells gently clanking and the fragrant smell of cedar wood smoke from the stove, blue skies emerging as the mist rises above the quiet forests and streams. You start your bike’s engine, pre-warmed by your attentive team, and appreciate the gentle thud thud of this classic machine. You open the throttle and move off onto the small empty mountain road. Looking around you at the awe-inspiring, crisp white peaks towering above and the beaming faces of your small group of fellow riders. Your spirit soars as you wonder what this incredible day has in store for you. This is the stuff of dreams, life doesn’t get any better than this!

There are only a few places available each year on this trip. Click below to join us on this unique and deeply inspiring adventure that will rest in your heart forever.

The Route

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Accomodation

Accommodation is the most luxurious available to us each day with a tantalising mixture of hotels and lodges giving you the possibility of seeing all aspects of life in the communities we stay in. We have as ever carefully selected an excellent range of options for you in every location taking into account views, architecture, charm and amenities. You will always have your own room with en-suite bathroom.

Food

A variety of delicious food choices both Eastern and Western, as well as traditional Bhutanese cuisine is prepared buffet style each day for both breakfast and dinner, with lunch taken at selected eateries along the road or in the form of a packed lunch when we are in one of the many wilderness areas with no habitation.

Road Conditions

As ever you are riding latest model Royal Enfield 500s supported by our local friendly team of experts. Your luggage is carried in the support vehicles during the trip to keep you light and comfortable on the road. Our ethos is your comfort and wellbeing, so to that end we keep our groups small to be able offer you an elevated level of service and care. With LiveIndia you travel as friends and we look after you as such.

We ride gently at reasonable speeds with regular stops at beautiful viewpoints for photography, and refreshment. The level of your riding ability does not have to be high but at least a couple of years’ experience would be ideal. Riding conditions are good, (for the Himalayas) with most areas tarmacked. The roads can be rough in places but there is no off-road riding, and as mentioned, the traffic is almost non-existent everywhere. 

The Booking Process

Once we receive your deposit, your place is secured on the trip. We will give you all the help and support you need in the lead up to your adventure by email, phone or text as is your wish. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you at the start of this incredible adventure!

Once we receive your deposit, your place is secured on the trip. We will give you all the help and support you need in the lead up to your adventure by email, phone or text as is your wish. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you at the start of this incredible adventure!

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Below you'll find, at a glance, what's included in the price of the tour, and what isn't. This trip is ALL INCLUSIVE with no hidden extras. From the moment you touch down in India to the moment you leave you will be looked after and catered for in splendid style every step of the way.

  • All accommodation (15 nights), in your very own room unless you specify otherwise.
  • All your food, drinks (except alcohol), breakfasts, lunches, dinners... and snacks along the way at the best eateries around.
  • All of your drinking water tea/coffee/juice, soft drinks while you are on the road.

  • 12 days use of a professionally maintained recent model Royal Enfield Bullet 500cc with electric start, five gears with the gear selector and rear brake in the “correct” positions.
  • Bhutanese Visa and Daily Tariff
  • Small group size limited to 12 riders.
  • All of your petrol which we fill for you at night to save you waiting in hot forecourts.
  • Our fully equipped support team including luggage vehicles, guides, tour manager, drivers, doctor, and mechanic.
  • Staff to client ratio of 1:1 (or very close), giving you an exceptional level of service.
  • Two expert guides. One Bhutanese, one English.
  • All Airport transfers in comfortable, executive style air-conditioned vehicles.
  • 2x Local Flights India – Bhutan, Bhutan - India
  • All parking fees.
  • All permit fees.
  • All entrance fees.
  • All tips on your behalf for waiters/porters/room-staff en-route.
  • As much pre-trip preparation help as you need with visas, flights and insurance etc.
  • A set of professional photographs of your journey after you return
  • International Flights to arrive/depart Delhi (Approx £500 from UK),
  • Indian visa (£50),
  • Medical Insurance (Our recommended package is £80)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Team tips at end of tour (£50 all in)

Bhutan Tour

Rider
£6000 Own room
£5750 Shared room

Pillion
£5700 Own room
£5400 Shared room

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M.Taylor
Roof Of The World - March 2019
Highly recommend this trip, its the most amazing experience.

Roger Turner
Bhutan Tour - November 2018
Just to say thank you to you all for your fun and cheerful company on what was an amazing and unforgettable trip.

Paul Hanson: Roof Of The World - August 2018

It's been about 6 years since I did this and it's still one of the best things that I've ever done.

Tom B. Little Tibet Tour - October 2018

Certainly, the highlight of my year was our Himalayan adventure! Still working on a return to India....Leh and Nubra Valley need to be ridden! (2020?)

Ben Williamson January 2018

What a trip we had though, I miss it everyday. Was the best trip I have ever been on.

Susan J. December 2017

Big big thanks Andy & LiveIndia for another amazing wonderful experience in India.

Chris Edmunds
Goa & Beyond - December 2017

Thank you, Andy, thank you India, t’was another amazing trip. I’m truly grateful for everything - it was great to see some familiar faces and meet some new! Love to you all.

Ciaran Gannon.
Goa & Beyond - December 2017

Thanks Andy, another awesome Indian adventure.

Philip Deacon July 2017

I'm struggling to decide which was my favourite place and moment. There isn't a day that goes by without us reflecting on where we have been and what we have seen.

R. Hine
Malabar Coast Kerala - Jan 2017

Thanks for pictures...was indeed a fantastic trip and thank you for making it a great experience...Hopefully we will meet again.

Peter Daniels
Roof Of The World - March 2017

I keep getting wonderful flash back images of our trip and that unique countryside

Peter Laws 
Rajasthan - October 2016

Thanks from Will and I for a fantastic trip. I can only endorse Roger’s comments below: It really was a very special time.

Ciaran G. October 2016

You did everything you could to ensure an amazing experience, always with the safety of the group in mind. The team of people you have built there, to cover all aspects of the tour, is superb. Awesome job!

Roger T.
Rajasthan - October 2016

Most of all it was lovely to share the experience with such good company. Many thanks for all your hard work which succeeded in making it such a success.

Michelle R.
Roof Of The World - July 2016

I have been on a lot of motorcycle tours in my life but I just wanted to tell you that this was the best one I have ever been on.

Valerie F.
Goa & Beyond - January 2015

India was never on my bucket list. And now I want to go back and see it all.

Nick A.
Little Tibet - November 2014

We often talk about our Indian adventure and have nothing but fond memories of the trip.

John Fisher
Himalayas Tour - October 2014

What a great time was had by all, I hope. A great adventure. Thank you all for making my birthday special.

Dick & Ruth B.
Himalayas Tour - April 2014

We still have to pinch ourselves when we think back to what really was a trip of a life time. Would we do it again – Yes.

David Armand
Goa & Beyond - January 2014

Thanks again for encouraging me to do this and taking care of a newbie. Was brilliant!

Jon Mitchell - Himalayas Tour - April 2013

Hi Andy, can’t tell you how much I enjoyed my trip, it has help me appreciate the life and challenges of the beautiful people of India, and hope to join you for your Bhutan trip in 2014.
Again many thanks for a life altering experience, something that I will never forget, and I think you may get a few interests from Aussie, on my recommendation.

Paul Kemp
Roof Of The World - August 2012

Dear Andrew,
I can’t thank you and all the boys enough for the great adventure
and the friendships formed during the trek was magic.

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