12 days in Bhutan Itinerary

12 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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Route & dates

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): don't miss a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and finally snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Punakha trip maker tool.

Mumbai, India to Punakha is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, train, flight, and car; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Punakha. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (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 21st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangtey Monastery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Phobjikha Valley.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gangtey trip app.

You can drive from Punakha to Gangtey in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car 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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Dochula Pass, don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), admire the striking features of Tango Buddhist College, and appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Thimphu trip planner.

You can drive from Gangtey to Thimphu in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Thimphu are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. 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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Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang
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), don't miss a visit to Ngang Lhakhang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurje Lhakhang, then don't miss a visit to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bumthang Brewery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bumthang online road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Thimphu to Bumthang takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to 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, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang, see the interesting displays at National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinpung Dzong, and take in the views from Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paro online travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bumthang to Paro takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Paro, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off 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 ©
Paro Taktsang
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass
National Museum ©
National Museum

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