Amongst others travellers can participate in annual events such as the Tour of Dragon covering four districts including Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangdue Phodrang and Thimphu in a one-day biking race. It passes through an elevation of 1,200 meters to as high as 2,950 meters above sea level.

The annual International marathon is also organized for the more sporty tourists to participate in a marathon and half marathon race enjoying picturesque scenes of valleys, lush green forests and mountains crystal clear streams in Punakha.

International MarathoneThe Bhutan International Marathon is a scenic treat and a health booster for all of its 40 plus or so kilometers stretch. At the same time it will also most definitely come across as an adrenaline-pumping experience on one of the highest running routes in the world.

The event draws closer as it is scheduled to be held in March 2016.

Runners will begin their race from Gasa dzongkhag and conclude it at the Punakha Dzong, a most historically and naturally rich track route, if one may say so, since it is unavoidable that a historical initiation with the landmarks and venues is on cue.

The Bhutan International Marathon runners will follow the river MoChhu’s path as it visibly goes winding along rural Punakha valley. Take time out in the middle of catching your breath to get unforgettable glimpses of the quaint villages, some of them almost wearing the same medieval look from times then.

A chief landmark for Bhutan International Marathon course is the Punakha Dzong at the end of the race, but make sure you don’t miss out on the Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, a temple or stupa built for His Majesty the King.

The race route is proportionately distributed half and half on rough terrains of hard pack dirt with some rocky terrains and then on pavement while the finish point is a magnificent greeting from the Punakha Dzong. Runners must reach the Pho Chhu suspension bridge by 1:30 PM and the finish line by 3:00 PM.

The first male and female runners will receive Nu 40,000 each in the full marathon category with a round trip to Bangkok courtesy of Bhutan Airlines. The top position holders in the half marathon category will receive Nu 20,000 each and gift vouchers sponsored by Uma Resorts.

tour of the dragonBiking in Bhutan has increasingly become popular in recent times. Many travellers consider biking an excellent choice for exploring the Himalayan nation. One gets to enjoy picturesque scenes of valleys, lush green forests, mountains crystal clear streams and high mountain passes.

Given its popularity and increasing demand, many bike shops have come up in Thimphu that caters to both hiring and selling of different kinds of bikes and biking accessories for locals and tourists.

During the annual tour of the dragon biking race, thousands, including locals and foreigners participate to race their mountain bikes from central Bhutan to Thimphu. The 268-kilometer race is considered one of the most difficult races in the world as it takes bikers through winding roads, slopes and High Mountain passes.

It covers four districts including Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangdue Phodrang and Thimphu in a one-day race. It passes through an elevation of 1,200 meters to as high as 2,950 meters above sea level.

Started by HRH Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, the tour of the dragon is held in the first week of September every year. The mountain bike race starts from Bumthang and ends in Thimphu’s clock tower square.

This year, the sixth tour of the dragon race will be held on September 5. Riders will start from Bumthang at around 2 am in the morning and are required to reach Dochula before 6 pm, the last mountain pass before reaching Thimphu.

Participants pay a registration fee to compete in the race.

The top-ten position holders receive attractive cash prizes and biking accessories. The existing record for men remains at 10 hours 42 minutes for men and 14 hours, 43 minutes for women.

Bonus prizes are awarded to those who may break the record. All prizes are awarded on the same day.


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