13 days in Bhutan, Shillong & Cherrapunjee Itinerary

13 days in Bhutan, Shillong & Cherrapunjee Itinerary

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13 days in Bhutan, Shillong & Cherrapunjee Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly + Drive:  7​h
1
Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Shillong, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cherrapunjee, India
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Mumbai, India

1
night
Punakha, Bhutan

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 L'hakhang Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and finally take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Punakha trip builder site .

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 Thimphu.

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

3
nights
Thimphu, Bhutan

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: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, and appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Thimphu journey website .

Traveling by car from Punakha to Thimphu takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paro.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Phajoding Monastery
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Photography Tours
Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang
Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass

2
nights
Paro, Bhutan

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.
On the 24th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Dasho Nishioka Chorten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, then steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong, and finally contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinpung Dzong, and then get outside with Chele La Pass.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paro trip planner .

You can drive from Thimphu to Paro in 1.5 hours. October in Paro sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Shillong.

Things to do in Paro

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

3
nights
Shillong, India

Shillong ©
Established as the capital of Assam by the British, the hill station of Shillong today serves as the capital of Meghalaya, created in 1972.
Shillong is known for nature, museums, wildlife, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Elephant Falls, examine the collection at Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, make a trip to Shillong View Point, and step off the mainland to explore Lumpongdeng Island.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Shillong trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Paro to Shillong in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paro in October: highs in Shillong hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cherrapunjee.

Things to do in Shillong

Parks Nature Museums
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Elephant Falls ©
Elephant Falls
Umiam Lake ©
Umiam Lake

3
nights
Cherrapunjee, India

Cherrapunjee ©
Cherrapunjee is known for nature, wildlife, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Double Decker Living Root Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at Nongsawlia Church, admire the sheer force of Nohkalikai Falls, and get great views at Duwan Sing Syiem View Point.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cherrapunjee itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Shillong to Cherrapunjee in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherrapunjee

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Nohkalikai Falls ©
Nohkalikai Falls
Double Decker Living Root Bridge ©
Double Decker Living Root Bridge
Mawsmai Cave ©
Mawsmai Cave

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