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Tour of The Dragon
The Tour of the Dragon starts in Bumthang, central Bhutan (2610m, 8560 ft), and takes you to Thimphu across four mountain passes or las as they are called in Dzongkha. The riders follow the Bumthang chhu (river in Dzongkha) for a couple of kilometers and then climb 6km through blue pine forest to Kiki La at 2870m (9420 ft). From there it is down to Nangar. Through more blue pine forest and agricultural land you follow a gentle road through Chumey and up to Gaytsha (2950m, 9680ft). The road then climbs 7 km up through blue pine forest to Bong Bridge and then gets a little steeper for about 5 km through mixed conifer and rhododendron forests and pastures till you reach Yotongla at 3430m (11250 ft). From Yotongla it is a 29 km downhill ride to Trongsa. The pass is dominated by fir and rhododendron forest, open pastures and rock outcrops. As you go down to Dorji Gonpa, which is almost halfway, firs give way to spruce and hemlock and mixed broadleaved forest dominated by birch and oaks and rhododendrons. Below Dorji Gonpa, the road passes though broadleaved forest and agricultural fields. There are some excellent viewpoints to see Trongsa, the Dzong and the extensive forests and agricultural fields beyond. Just before reaching Trongsa (2150m, 7050ft) you pass right below the Ta Dzong (a watchtower to guard the dzong from enemies). From Trongsa the road descents gently for 7 km to the Bjee Zam bridge at 1900m (6230 ft) and then climbs 6 km through broadleaved forest to a view point from where the Trongsa Dzong seems just a stone throw away. The road continues climbing for another 10km along cliffs and through broadleaved forests and agricultural settlements. At Tshangkha it passes the headquarters of the Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park. After reaching Tashiling, a few km further, most of the climbing is done. For the last 20km you will only climb some 150m (500 ft), but there are some ups and downs. As you near Chendebji, hemlock replaces broadleaved species on some of the ridges and in the valley. You pass Chendebji chorten and a little later will reach Chendebji village (2430m, 7970 ft). The road climbs through mixed conifer forest past Nikachu bridge at Chazam and Rukubji to the small settlement of Longte. By this time much of the trees have been replaced by pastures and agricultural fields. Through these pastures dominated by dwarf bamboo you reach Pelela (3430m, 11250 ft). You then continue your long descent through fir, birch, rhododendron forest and many small waterfalls to Wangdue Phodrang. After passing the village of Nobding, 12 km down, there is a single restaurant a further 12 km down and then a few shops at Teki Zampa another 15 km further. Just past here a new Japanese bridge spans the Dang Chhu. At Chuzomsa, there is a side road to an abandoned slate mine. After a long almost flat stretch you reach Wangdue Phodrang. From Wangdue Phodrang, you continue to Metshina, an altitude of 1410m (4625 ft). From Metshina, the distance to Dochula at 3150m (10,330 ft) is 38.3 km and the race is all uphill with an average slope of 5% and a few short sections of up to 10%. You will pass Thinleygang (11 km), Lumitsawa (15km), Lampiri (28km) and a memorial chorten for traffic accident victims (32km). Thinleygang is the only place recognizable as a village, having a couple of shops and a BHU (Basic Health Unit). Racing 1700 m (5575 ft) uphill is as breathtaking as the views. After Dochula, it all downhill to Thimphu at 2330 m (7640 ft) with a small climb only at the end to the Thimphu city square.
Thimphu Tsechu

TENTATIVE FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2015

SL# FESTIVAL PLACE DATES
 1 NOMAD FESTIVAL BUMTHANG 23rd February
 2 BHUTAN INTERNATIONAL MARATHON (Annual event organized by Bhutan Olympic Committee) 23rd February
 3 PUNAKHA DRUBCHEN Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA 25th -27th February 
 4 PUNAKHA TSHECHU Punakha Dzong, PUNAKHA 28th February -2nd March 
 5 THARPALING THONGDROL Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chhumi, BUMTHANG 5th March
 6 CHHORTEN KORA Chorten Kora,TRASHIYANGTSHE 5th March and 20th March 
 7 GOMPHU KORA Gom Kora Lhakhang,TRASHIGANG 28th -29th March
 8 TALO TSHECHU Talo Gonpo, PUNAKHA 27th -29th March
 9 GASA TSHECHU Gasa Dzong,GASA 26th -29th March
 10 ZHEMGANG TSHECHU Zhemgang Dzong, ZHEMGANG 27th March
 11 PARO TSHECHU Rinpung Dzong,PARO 31st March-4th April
12 RHODODENDRONFESTIVAL Lamperi Botanical Garden,Dochula, THIMPHU 18th -20th April
 13 DOMKHAR TSHECHU Domkhar, Chummi, BUMTHANG 28th – 29th April
 14 URA YAKCHOE Ura Lhakhang,BUMTHANG 30th April -4th May
15 SAKTANG FESTIVAL Saktang Khakhang,TRASHIGANG 24th -27th June
 16 NIMALUNG TSHECHU Nimalung Dratshang,Chummi, BUMTHANG 24th -26th June
 17 TRELDA TSHECHU Drametse, MONGAR 24th -26th June
 18 KURJEY TSHECHU Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor 26th June
19 HAA SUMMERFESTIVAL Town Festival Ground, HAA 5th – 6th July
20 MERAK TSHECHU Merak Lhakhang,TRASHIGANG 14th -15th August
 21 MASUTAKEMUSHROOM FESTIVAL Ura, BUMTHANG 23rd – 24th August
 22 CHHA FESTIVAL Tagmochhu,LHUENTSE 27th -30th August
 23 TOUR OF THE DRAGON(BICYCLE RACE) Bumthang to Thimphu 5th September
24 THIMPHU DRUBCHEN Tashi Chhodzong,THIMPHU 19th September
 25 WANGDUE TSHECHU Tencholing Army Ground,WANGDUEPHODRANG 21st -23rd September
 26 GANGTEY TSHECHU Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, WANDUEPHODRANG 26th -29th September
 27 TAMSHING PHALACHHOEPA Tamshing Lhakhang,Choekhor, BUMTHANG 23rd -25th September
 28 THIMPHU TSHECHU Tashi Chhodzong,THIMPHU 23rd -25th September
 29 THANGBI MANI Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor,BUMTHANG 26th -28th September
 30 JOMOLHARI MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL Dangojang 7th -8th October
 31 CHHUKHA TSHECHU Chhukha Dzong, CHHUKHA 20th -22nd October
 32 JAKAR TSHECHU Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, BUMTHANG 21st   -23rd October
 33 PEMAGATSHEL TSHECHU Pemagatshel Dzong,PEMAGATSHEL 20th -23rd October
 34 JAMBAY LHAKHANGDRUP Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor,BUMTHANG 27th -30th October
 35 PRAKHAR DUCHHOED Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi,BUMTHANG 28th -30th October
 36 BLACK NECKED CRANEFESTIVAL Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha,WANGDUEPHODRANG 11th November
 37 MONGAR TSHECHU Mongar Dzong, MONGAR 17th – 21st November
 38 TRASHIGANG TSHECHU Trashigang Dzong, TRASHIGANG 18th – 22nd November 
 39 KANGSO TSHECHU Drametse, MONGAR 23rd -26th November 
 40 NALAKHAR TSHECHU Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, BUMTHANG 25th -27th November
 41 DRUK WANGYELTSHECHU Dochula, THIMPHU 13th December
 42 TRONGSA TSHECHU Trongsa Dzong, TRONGSA 20th -22nd December 
 43 LHUENTSE TSHECHU Lhuentse Dzong,LHUENTSE 18th – 22nd December
 44 DAGANA TSHECHU Dagana Dzong, DAGANA 21st -25th December