12 days in Bhutan Itinerary

12 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Punakha
— 2 nights
2
Gangtey
— 1 night
3
Thimphu
— 3 nights
4
Bumthang
— 2 nights
5
Paro
— 3 nights

2
nights
Punakha

Punakha ©
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and then don't miss a visit to Punakha Suspension Bridge. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery and then make a trip to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Punakha trip itinerary planner.

Bengaluru, India to Punakha is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and car. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Bhutan Time is 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Gangtey.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
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Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi Lhakhang Temple ©
Chimi Lhakhang Temple
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

1
night
Gangtey

Gangtey ©
Surrounded by towering mountains and traversed by two meandering rivers, Gangtey is one of the most pristine tourist sites in Bhutan, set in a wide, flat glacial valley.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangtey Monastery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Phobjikha Valley.

To plan Gangtey vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Punakha to Gangtey in 2.5 hours. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Gangtey

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Phobjikha Valley
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Phobjikha Valley ©
Phobjikha Valley
Gangtey Monastery ©
Gangtey Monastery

3
nights
Thimphu

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Thimphu is known for scenic drive, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Dochula Pass, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, stroll through Motithang Takin Preserve, and make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten).

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Thimphu trip planner.

Drive from Gangtey to Thimphu in 4 hours. In December in Thimphu, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bumthang.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang
Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten) ©
Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten)

2
nights
Bumthang

Bumthang ©
Plan a trip to Bumthang to discover an area as rich in culture as it is in sweeping valley views.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurje Lhakhang, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Jambay Lhakhang Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ngang Lhakhang, thenexamine the collection at Ogyen Choling Palace Museum, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bumthang Brewery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bumthang travel route planner.

You can drive from Thimphu to Bumthang in 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Bumthang

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Jakar
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Kurje Lhakhang ©
Kurje Lhakhang
Jambay Lhakhang Temple ©
Jambay Lhakhang Temple
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple ©
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple

3
nights
Paro

Paro ©
A charming historic town with many sacred sites cradled in a verdant valley, Paro offers a scenic base to explore the important Buddhist attractions and pristine nature around it.
Paro is known for historic sites, museums, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang, take in the views from Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, examine the collection at National Museum, and don't miss a visit to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang.

Before you visit Paro, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Bumthang to Paro in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Paro Taktsang ©
Paro Taktsang
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass
National Museum ©
National Museum

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