“I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me” – Walt Whitman.
A bike road trip to Bhutan is what you need this summer! The only time you switch off from your daily life physically and mentally is when you are travelling! Once a year you should visit a place, you have never seen before. We bring you a 6,000 km bike road trip from Uttar Pradesh to the land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan. We hope it gears you up for your next vacation!
Days: 16 adventurous days.
Bike: Kawasaki Ninja 650.
Places Crossed/Roads Taken: Uttar Pradesh–Bihar–West Bengal–Sikkim–Bhutan.
Budget: INR 30,000
Day 1: Lucknow
The bike road trip to Bhutan starts from the City of Nawabs. Being one of the oldest cities of India, Lucknow is known for its tehzeeb. Though there are several reasons you can visit this place, one of the top 10 reasons to visit Lucknow is you can gorge on some yummilicious food of the Nawabi people.
Day 2: Patna, Bihar
According to the rider, one of the best highways in India to drive on is in Bihar. The roads have no potholes, cows, or dogs. Not to forget, a brief stopover at the dhabas should be on your list to gulp down some garam garam aloo parathas with chai.
Day 3: Makaibari, West Bengal
The 3rd day of the trip makes it’s way to Makaibari Tea Estate, West Bengal. The main sound that rings through your ears are the sounds of hands picking tea leaves. The sight is so alluring that it will make any traveller fascinated. Don’t forget to read the West Bengal –The 5 Senses Trip story before you arrive in this beautiful state.
Day 4–8 Sikkim
Places Crossed: Gangtok–Lachung–Yumthang Valley–Lachen–Gurudongmar Lake.
The next destination after West Bengal is the wonderful Sikkim. One can explore the unexplored in Sikkim. With places like Lachung, a small riverside village or Yumthang, a beautiful valley situated in north Sikkim, there is so much to see and explore for everyone here.
While crossing Sikkim, do visit the Gurudongmar Lake, it is one of the highest lakes in the world, which is located at an altitude of 17,800 ft . This place is still untouched and unexplored, leaving a lot to be seen and experienced.
Day 9–14 Bhutan
Places Crossed: Phuentsholing–Thimphu–Punakha–Haa Valley–Phobjikha–Paro.
Day 9th is the day when you step on the land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan. It being the happiest country in Asia, there are several reasons you should make a trip to this place. One of the 10 reasons why you should visit Bhutan is that you can give the gift of clean air to your lungs as smoking is absolutely banned in public places in Bhutan.
And if you are wondering– is a visa needed to travel to Bhutan? The answer will make you happy as the visa can be obtained on entry itself for Indians, Bangladeshi nationals, and the people from Maldives.
Note: Day 15 you’re back in West Bengal and by day 16, the mundane schedule will be back to your life yet again!
So gear up, it’s time you shed your old skin, forget all the troubles you have, de-stress and live a little for yourself this time when you take a bike road trip to Bhutan. Make some amazing memories and keep us posted. Happy travels!
Pictures Courtesy: Sayan Nath.