This winter, my friend Jimmy Wang, a professional tennis player (currently ranked 124 in ATP singles ranking) called me and asked me to take him to a good vacation spot where he can recharge and disconnect from the rest of the world.
so we came up with an idea of going to Bhutan, afterall, it's an exotic location with a good reputation for cycling, so that we can also work on off-season training on his fitness, especially on his legs.
After 4 hours flight from Bangkok (via Kolkata in India), we finally arrived in Paro airport amidst the Himalayan mountain ranges
We were greeted by Jigme, a very good looking local Bhutanese tour guide
Our first stop, Tenzenlin resort, the wifi connection isn't that great, but luckily Jigme helped us to get a sim card with unlimited internet access.
(it's very important to stay connected while trying to be disconnected from the rest of the world :)
Our first aerial glimpse of Paro, most of the traditional houses are only 3 storeys tall.
Bhutanese food was spicy yet very delicious, we enjoyed all the meals for 7 days
This bench was too short for 5 of us
Hot stone bath was also a must try, it's very soothing and we had it almost every night
On the second day, the fun part begins with an uphill climb to the mountain where the Tiger's nest monastery resides.
Jigme and the driver helped us to assemble the front tyres to the bike and checked the bike to make sure it's ready to go every morning
This morning we rode for an hour of uphill climb from 2500m upto 3000m altitude base
almost passed out with high alititude thin air, should have taken the viagra pill....
After reaching the base with a bike, then another 2 hours hike up to the mountain top
but you can also have the option of riding the horses if you desire
Just to make the hike more interesting, we decided to practise dual yoga poses along the way
Yes it's very pleasurable
On the third day we rode north to the Haa village through a picturesque route downhill for 3 hours nonstop
lunch time break with a well prepared yummy picnic
On the third night we stayed at Soednam Zingkha cottage house in the Haa region, it's a heritage lodge with very traditional interior and exterior design, which we think it's the best accomodation we've had in Bhutan by a long shot.
serene view outside our window, Tibet is on the other side of this mountain
On the fourth day we went to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan
The only traffic signal in Bhutan
The post office in Thimphu is the only postoffice in the world where you can make personalized stamp, this is definitely a must-do !!
On the fifth morning we got up at 5:30am to see the sun rise with the Himalayan mountain ranges on the background
Then we rode all the way downhill for 50km, an absolutely exhilarating experience with unbelievable scenic views, I don't think there's any other place you can ride for 50km downhill nonstop.
we started at freezing -5C on the mountain top, and by the time we descended to the valley 3 hours later, the temperature was nice and warm at 20C
Another delicious picnic break
with also one of numerous toilet breaks
Then we visited the temple of Phallus, where we learned the tradition of penis worshipping
There's penises everywhere in all the buildings, even the food looks like a penis....
so we decided to pay respect to penis with our own ways
Jimmy seems to get a lot of pleasure from penetrating my anus with his humongous penis.....
All and all, we have had a lot of fun in the 7 days we spent with our Bhutanese tour guide Jigme, a very knowledgable young gentleman with very good manners and well-thought services.
Most importantly, he is fit enough to ride with you and guide you through mountain roads, so if you are craving for a bike trip in Bhutan, please visit Jigme's facebook, Bhutan Adventure with Jigme