Nestled in the Himalayan range between Nepal and India, the Kingdom of Bhutan is a small country that’s big on nature. The Bhutanese fiercely protect the natural beauty and ancient culture of their country – an attitude reflected in how they limit the number of tourists to their country. Fortunately, this uncompromising attitude and the extremely friendly nature of the Bhutanese makes a ride to Bhutan an unforgettable experience. With curvy mountain roads, dirt tracks, picturesque valleys, high mountain passes, quaint villages and the immaculately preserved monasteries, Bhutan has a lot to offer to the adventure rider and the culture buff. But planning a ride to Bhutan is not easy by any means due to its strict tourism policy and the limited number of hotels. This is where we step in with our experience so you can call your motorbike ride to Bhutan as the “Ride of My Life”.
Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan. is a landlocked country and the second largest Himalayan State in Asia. Located in the Eastern Himalayas, it is bordered by China in the north and India in the south. Bhutan is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim and from Bangladesh by the Indian states of West Bengal and Assam. With over 700,000 inhabitants, its population is the seventh largest in South Asia. Thimpu is its capital and largest city, while Phuntsholing is its financial and commercial center. Situated on the ancient Silk Road between Tibet and the Indian subcontinent, the Bhutanese state was unified in the early 17th century and developed a distinct Mahayana Buddhist identity. Headed by a spiritual leader known as the Zhabdrung Rinpoche, the territory was composed of many fiefdoms and governed as a Buddhist theocracy. Following a civil war in the 19th century, the House of Wangchuk reunited the country and established relations with the British Empire. Bhutan fostered strong relations with the Republic of India during the rise of Chinese communism. In 2008, it transitioned from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy and held its first general election for the National Assembly The politics of Bhutan features a two part system. The King of Bhutan is known as the Druk Gyalpo, meaning the “Thunder Dragon King”. The country’s landscape ranges from lush subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan mountains in the north, where there are peaks in excess of 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). The highest mountain in Bhutan is the Gangkhar Puensum which is also a strong candidate for the highest un – climbed mountain in the world. Drive up to one of the highest hill stations in India home to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway World Heritage Site and of course the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga; the world’s third highest peak. You will get to visit all the major sights Darjeeling has to offer and ride your motorcycle down winding forested roads, following the river Teesta to the magnificent Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan. Druk Yul, the Bhutanese name for Bhutan means “Land of the Thunder Dragon”. The country is renowned for its monasteries, fortresses and dramatic topography.