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Cultural Cycling Tour of Bhutan          

Just brilliant fun!

I very recently cycled the majority of this fantastic cycling adventure. From the first few minutes to the very end it was just brilliant fun! The bikes we provide in Bhutan are modern mountain bikes with disk brakes and good gear ratios. This cycling holiday is not a non-stop endurance exercise. It combines exciting cycling with meeting local Bhutanese people, seeing their culture and daily traditions, and visiting some of the kingdom's famous sights. You also get off-the-beaten-track and really close up and personal with their amazing scenery. It is such a thrill to whistle down the long descents from high passes and see friendly people waving and bowing to you as you pass by. The air is clean in the mountains and every leg of the journey is a fresh challenge. We were lucky inasmuch as we enjoyed wall to wall sunshine every day but if you did encounter rain you can always scramble into the back-up vehicle/s which stays behind you at a respectful distance all the way. Your Guide leads the route and is there to show you around and be an interpreter as well. In the many days cycling he had to mend only one puncture. You can if you want avoid toiling up to the top of the big passes and simply ride all the downhills. For instance the road down from the Dochu La Pass is all of 40kms downhill and never boring!! The hotels are of a high standard and there is plenty of time to rest and relax. The people in their cars and buses look at you with envy. Of course the 4th king (now retired), and the 5th king are keen cyclists and are often seen cycling the tracks north of Thimphu. The present king is very much involved with the 'Tour of the Dragon' - the annual cycle race from Jakar to Thimphu. There is little in the way of really busy traffic in Bhutan and certainly going east from Punakha there is very little traffic at all. I never felt traffic was remotely a problem. I would give this trip my highest recommendation for sheer excitement and pleasure.

Cultural Cycling Tour of Bhutan          

Enjoyable experience

I really enjoyed the whole experience of cycling, seeing the country and the sights, and learning about Bhutan from our guide who was very informative. I enjoyed going to a country which is still off-the-beaten-track and seeing its culture and how it is developing.

Cultural Cycling Tour of Bhutan          

Cycling Bhutan

All the arrangements went well. Good choice of hotels with some local characteristics.

Cultural Cycling Tour of Bhutan          

Lived up to expectations

...the walk to TigerÕs Nest Monastery on our return to Paro was another highlight. It is the iconic sight of Bhutan for me and it lived up to expectations.

Cultural Cycling Tour of Bhutan          

Off-the-beaten-track Bhutan

For me, cycling is a fantastic way to see the country, get off the beaten track and have the opportunity to interact with some of the people that you meet on the way. The other tourists are welcome to their air conditioned vehicles - I will keep on pedalling!

Cultural Cycling Tour of Bhutan          

Bhutan on two wheels

We experience the wonders of Bhutan on two wheels and joined the celebrations at the Punakha Tsechu, one of BhutanÕs most impressive festivals.