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Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is a hidden kingdom nestled in the Himalayas. Often referred to as the “happiest country in the world,” Bhutan offers a unique blend of breathtaking landscapes, ancient traditions, and spiritual serenity. But what better way to experience the true essence of this mystical land than on a motorcycle adventure?

Bhutan on a Motorcycle

Bhutan’s winding roads, scenic mountain passes, and charming towns are tailor-made for motorcycle exploration. Imagine feeling the wind in your hair as you navigate through dramatic landscapes, the rumble of your engine the only sound breaking the peaceful tranquility. A motorcycle tour allows you to truly connect with the environment, stopping at hidden viewpoints and soaking in the raw beauty of Bhutan.

Must-Visit Spots on Your Bhutan Motorcycle Tour


Your Bhutanese odyssey begins in Phuentsholing, a bustling border town that serves as the gateway to the kingdom. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local markets and savor delicious Bhutanese cuisine, like Ema Datshi, a national dish featuring chilies and cheese, before embarking on your adventure.


Home to Paro Airport, Paro Valley is a sight to behold. Explore the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang Monastery), precariously perched on a cliffside. Hike through lush forests adorned with prayer flags and witness breathtaking panoramic views from this sacred landmark.


Experience the architectural grandeur of Punakha Dzong, also known as the “Palace of Great Happiness.” Standing tall and majestic beside the Mo Chhu River, this massive Dzong (fortress-monastery) is a testament to Bhutan’s rich heritage. Walk through the colossal wooden doors and explore the courtyards and shrines, soaking in the atmosphere of this historic landmark.

Phobjikha Valley:

Often called the “Gangtey Valley,” Phobjikha Valley boasts breathtaking scenery carpeted with wildflowers during spring. It serves as the winter home to the endangered Black-necked Cranes, some of the largest cranes in the world. Witness these majestic creatures gracefully gliding across the valley floor, a unique experience you won’t forget. Take a detour to visit the Gangtey Monastery, perched on a hilltop overlooking the valley, and learn more about the region’s cultural heritage.


Bhutan’s capital city offers a captivating blend of tradition and modernity. Explore bustling markets overflowing with local crafts and textiles. Be sure to visit the Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the Bhutanese government, and admire its intricate architecture. Immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere at monasteries like Buddha Dordenma, a colossal golden Buddha statue overlooking the city. Don’t miss the Dochula Pass, adorned with 108 chortens (religious monuments), offering breathtaking views of the Himalayan range. Take a moment to reflect at the chortens, prayer flags fluttering in the breeze, and soak in the serenity of the Himalayas.

Pele La:

Prayer Flags and a Tibetan-Style chorten marks the Pele La (La means Pass) (3420 m) in the Black Mountains of central Bhutan. The road leads to the beautiful Bumthang valleys.

As you ride further, conquer the Pele La pass, the highest motorable road in Bhutan. Take in the panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains, a sight that will leave you speechless. Pause for a cup of tea at a local tea stall and chat with friendly Bhutanese people, experiencing their warm hospitality.

Beyond the Destinations: Things to Keep in Mind

Permits and Visas:

Bhutan strictly controls tourist arrivals. Obtaining a visa is mandatory and requires booking your tour through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator.


The best time to visit Bhutan for a motorcycle tour is during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) months. These seasons offer pleasant weather and clear skies, perfect for exploring the mountains.

Riding Conditions:

Bhutanese roads can be narrow, winding, and sometimes unpaved. Experience riding on mountain roads is recommended.

Prepare Your Motorcycle:

Here’s a checklist to ensure your motorcycle is in top condition for the demanding Bhutanese terrain:

  • Tires: Check the tread depth and overall condition of the tires. Consider replacing them with knobby tires for better grip on unpaved roads.
  • Brakes: Inspect the brakes thoroughly, ensuring they function properly. Consider replacing worn-out brake pads or shoes before the trip.
  • Lights: Make sure all lights, including headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights, are working correctly. Replace any malfunctioning bulbs.
  • Suspension: The Bhutanese terrain can be demanding on your motorcycle’s suspension. Have a qualified mechanic inspect and service the suspension components, ensuring they are in good condition and properly adjusted for the rider’s weight and luggage you’ll be carrying.
  • Basic Toolkit: Pack a basic toolkit with essential tools for minor repairs on the road, such as a tire pressure gauge, a set of wrenches, screwdrivers, a spare spark plug, and a tire patch kit.

Packing Essentials:

Pack light but ensure you have all the necessary gear for the varying weather conditions in Bhutan. Here are some suggestions:

  • Helmet: A DOT-approved helmet is mandatory.
  • Riding jacket and pants: Opt for protective gear that is waterproof and breathable.
  • Gloves: Choose comfortable gloves that offer good grip.
  • Sturdy boots: Ankle-high boots with good traction are ideal.
  • Layered clothing: Pack thermals, a fleece layer, and a waterproof outer layer to accommodate changing temperatures.
  • Rain gear: A good quality rain suit is essential.
  • First-aid kit: Be prepared for minor injuries with a basic first-aid kit.

Are you ready to transform your dream Bhutan adventure into reality?

A motorcycle tour through Bhutan promises an unforgettable adventure, filled with breathtaking scenery, cultural immersion, and spiritual encounters. Imagine conquering mountain passes on your motorcycle, the wind carrying the whispers of ancient prayers.

Plan your dream Bhutan escape with Goodwind Moto Tours and experience the magic of Bhutan on two wheels alongside a community of like-minded riders. Our expert tour leaders, boasting extensive experience navigating the twists and turns of Bhutan’s roads, will guide you every step of the way. 

Escape the worry of luggage transportation – we’ll handle the transfers, allowing you to enjoy a lighter, more relaxed ride. Safety is our priority. You’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing our on-road mechanical support is readily available throughout the tour, prepared to address any technical issues that may arise.

Beyond the ride, we’ve carefully curated your itinerary to include exquisite stays in unique Bhutanese accommodations, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture and unwind in style. We understand the importance of savoring the flavors of Bhutan. Our tours feature scrumptious local meals, allowing you to tantalize your taste buds with delicious Bhutanese cuisine.

Join us on our expertly curated November tour departing from Siliguri, India on November 9th, 2024 and returning on November 18th, 2024. This exclusive tour is limited to only 12 spots, priced at INR 1,38,999 per rider (twin sharing). Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the magic of Bhutan on a motorcycle adventure of a lifetime!

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