Around midnight arrival in New Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travellers. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.
In the morning we drive to the airport for the flight to Paro. This beautiful valley with its rich terraced farmland, is home to some of the Bhutan's oldest temples and monastries. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Paro. In the afternoon we will visit the Rinpung Dzong. It was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngwang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. Rinpung Dzong means the fortress on a heap of jewels. This fortress now houses the Paro monastic school and the office of the civil administration. Then we visit the National Museum. After the visit of the National museum we go for an excursion to Taktstang monastery. In April 1998 a fire destroyed the main structure of Taktstang Monastery, perched on the side of a cliff 900 m above the valley floor. It is also known as 'tiger's den' because Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site on the back of a tigress in the eighth century.
In the morning we will visit the Ta Dzong. Looking down upon the Rinpung Dzong is the Ta Dzong. This Dzong was built in 1651 as a watch tower. This dzong is round more like parts of an European castle. In the afternoon we visit the Drugyal Dzong. It means the victorious fortress which was built in 1647 by Shabdrung to celebrate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Strategically built over the only passage into the Paro valley, the dzong helped to rebel various invasions through the course of Bhutanese history. Evening free for leisure.
Today we start the bicycle tour towards the east of Bhutan. Across lies the Dochula pass situated at an altitude of 3050 m. After having a six to seven hours ride on our bicycles we have stay at Punakha.
In the morning visit Punakha dzong. This dzong houses sacred artifacts and embalmed body of Shabdrung. It was built between the two rivers in the 17th century by Shabdrung and served as the winter residence of the central monk body. After visiting the Dzong we continue towards Gangtey Gompa. Enroute we stop at Wangdiphodrang for lunch. It is the last town on the central highway before entering central Bhutan. The Wangdiphodrang Dzong was built during the 17th century. It played a critical role in unifying the western, central and southern Bhutanese districts. After visiting the Dzong we drive to Gangtey. In the evening arrive in Gangtey.
In the Gangtey we visit the Gangtey Gompa. This monastery follows the Pelling Nyingmapa sect of school and was built in the 16th century. Then we ride down to Norbuling. While riding we cross the Pelela pass which is situated at an altitude of 3300 m. Then we ride further to Trongsa. Trongsa is situated at an altitude of 2200 m. and forms the central hub of the nation. It is historically the place from where attempts at unifying the country were launched.
After breakfast visit the Trongsa Dzong. Trongsa Dzong was built in 1648 as an impregnable fortress. The massive structure is built on many levels into the side of the hill that includes various courtyards, passage ways and temples. Then we start cycling and cross the Yotola pass at an altitude 3600 m. After passing the pass ride down to Dumkhar, Chumi and then stop at Bumthang. To the east of Trongsa lies the Bumthang valley at an altitude of 2600 m. It is comprised of four smaller valleys.
Today we drive through the picturesque valley of Bumthang to view Kurje Lhakhang. It consists of three temples. These temples are surrounded by 108 stupa wall which symbolises each joint of the human body.
Today we cycle to Ura Valley. While riding we cross the Thrumshing La situated at an altitude of 4050 m. This valley lies in the east of Bumthang and has a small village. A small but old dzong gives the village a medieval feel. There visit the Ura Lhakhang and have lunch there. After visiting the dzong we ride downhill to Sengor.
Today we ride on our bicycles and cross the Korila pass at an altitude of 2600 m and drive to Trashigang. Trashigang lies above the Gumri river and is the largest district in Bhutan. The 17th century Dzong is built on top of a cliff and serves as an administrative centre.
Today we ride on our bicycles to Samdrupjongkhar. It is a border town in the southern east Bhutan. This town acts as a commercial hub and entry and exit point in the south east. Overnight stay in Samdrupjongkhar.
Day 15: Samdrupjongkhar - Guwahati (about 110 km) - New Delhi (by air)
Today we end our cycling tour in Samdrupjongkhar in Bhutan and drive to Guwahati. After a journey for 3 to 4 hours we reach Guwahati. In the afternoon we drive to the airport for the flight to New Delhi. In the evening arrive in New Delhi. Rooms are available to get refresh before departing for the airport. After dinner we leave the hotel for the airport.