12 days in Bhutan Itinerary

12 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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12 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Drive:  7​h
1
Punakha
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Gangtey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Thimphu
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Bumthang
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  1​h
5
Paro
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

1
night
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 20th (Sun): make a trip to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi L'hakhang Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and finally make a trip to Punakha Suspension Bridge.

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Mumbai, India to Punakha is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gangtey.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
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Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi L'hakhang Temple ©
Chimi L'hakhang 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 21st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangtey Monastery and then appreciate the views at Phobjikha Valley.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Gangtey road trip planner .

You can drive from Punakha to Gangtey in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Gangtey

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

5
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, wildlife, museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, and cruise along Dochula Pass.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Thimphu vacation planning app .

Traveling by car from Gangtey to Thimphu takes 4 hours. In October in Thimphu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bumthang.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Phajoding Monastery
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Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang
Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)

1
night
Bumthang

Bumthang ©
Plan a trip to Bumthang to discover an area as rich in culture as it is in sweeping valley views.
On the 27th (Sun), make a trip to Ngang Lhakhang, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurje Lhakhang, then don't miss a visit to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Bumthang Brewery.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bumthang road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Thimphu to Bumthang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Paro.

Things to do in Bumthang

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Kurje Lhakhang ©
Kurje Lhakhang
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple ©
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple
Ngang Lhakhang ©
Ngang Lhakhang

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, scenic drive, nature, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), take an in-depth tour of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Memorial House, examine the collection at National Museum, and get great views at Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point.

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

You can do a combination of car and flight from Bumthang to Paro in an hour. Another option is to drive. In October in Paro, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive
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Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass
National Museum ©
National Museum

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