If you’re looking for a holiday with a difference this year – a getaway set amongst rugged wilderness whilst offering exceptional luxury might be just the kind of break you’re looking for. Add to this challenge of putting your body though its paces across mountainous terrain and you’ve got an unforgettable experience that will enrich mind, body and soul. If you’ve not thought about it before, or indeed not even heard of it, start thinking about biking in Bhutan now!
Yes that’s right, Bhutan– a Himalayan kingdom located under Tibet and neighbouring Nepal is one of the most stunning environments known to man. The Elysium team has been busy scouring the globe in search of unique destinations worthy of highlighting for the discerning gent’s attention, and Bhutan certainly fits the bill on all scores. Where better to breathe in the fresh mountain air whilst discovering this ancient Buddhist land through a combination of mountain bike and hiking on foot.
As the first luxury hotel to open in the country, the place to stay is definitely the Uma Paro – set in the heart of Bhutan. Here you can rest the soul with a combination of yoga classes, swimming and relaxing in the steam room, before getting ready to test your spirit with a high-octane bike ride through picturesque landscapes. Dine in style at the hotel’s Bukhari restaurant to recap on the day’s adventures whilst refuelling the tank with sumptuous food and drink for future exertions.
The seven night Bike Bhutan package consists of accommodation on a full board basis with six and a half days of guided bike tours included. The experienced English-speaking Bhutanese guides are highly trained in bike maintenance so no punctures or loose chains will get in the way of your ride of discovery. You’ll be safe in the knowledge that all rides are vehicle-supported so there is little chance of being lost in the wild. All equipment, transfers and taxes are included as part of the package too. You’ll just need to arrange flights.
So what are you waiting for? The land of Bhutan offers so much cultural and natural beauty just waiting to be explored. So much so that it’s already starting to attract attention as UK visitor numbers for 2011 show a 38% increase over 2010. It’s set to increase further this year too as word spreads of such an inspirational destination.
For more information on the Uma Paro hotel, visit: www.uma.paro.como.bz
Seven night packages at the Uma Para start from £3,720 per room based on two sharing. If you’re feeling selfish and want to escape on your own, prices start from £2,226 for single occupancy.
Flights to Paro, Bhutan, available via connections through Delhi or Kolkata.