13 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

13 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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13 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Paro, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Bumthang, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
5
Kaziranga National Park, India
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Cherrapunjee, India
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
Mumbai, India
— 2 nights
End: Mumbai, India

1
night
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 19th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paro trip maker .

Mumbai, India to Paro is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Mumbai in October, expect Paro to be much colder, temps between 26°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Museums
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Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
National Museum ©
National Museum
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang

2
nights
Thimphu, Bhutan

The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
On the 21st (Mon), get a sense of history and politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), make a trip to Changangkha Lhakhang, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, steep yourself in history at Simtokha Dzong, then cruise along Dochula Pass, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Druk Wangyel Monastery.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Thimphu driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Paro to Thimphu takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
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Photography Tours
Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi L'hakhang Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and finally don't miss a visit to Punakha Suspension Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Punakha day trip app .

You can drive from Thimphu to Punakha in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Bumthang.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
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Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi L'hakhang Temple ©
Chimi L'hakhang Temple
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten ©
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

1
night
Bumthang, Bhutan

Bumthang ©
Plan a trip to Bumthang to discover an area as rich in culture as it is in sweeping valley views.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): make a trip to Ngang Lhakhang, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurje Lhakhang, then make a trip to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Bumthang Brewery.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bumthang trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Punakha to Bumthang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kaziranga National Park.

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

1
night
Kaziranga National Park, India

Kaziranga National Park ©
A World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park provides a habitat for a significant percentage of the world's greater one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as a notably high density of tigers.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Kaziranga National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Kaziranga National Orchid And Biodiversity Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kaziranga National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Bumthang to Kaziranga National Park in 19.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cherrapunjee.

Things to do in Kaziranga National Park

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kaziranga National Park
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Kaziranga National Park ©
Kaziranga National Park

2
nights
Cherrapunjee, India

Cherrapunjee ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls and then snap pictures at Double Decker Living Root Bridge. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Nohkalikai Falls, then Head underground at Arwah Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Mawsmai Cave, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Nongsawlia Church.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cherrapunjee driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Kaziranga National Park to Cherrapunjee takes 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Mumbai.

Things to do in Cherrapunjee

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Nohkalikai Falls ©
Nohkalikai Falls
Double Decker Living Root Bridge ©
Double Decker Living Root Bridge
Nongsawlia Church ©
Nongsawlia Church

2
nights
Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Mumbai is known for historic sites, scenic drive, shopping, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Gateway of India, admire the striking features of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, get engrossed in the history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, and take a stroll through Dharavi.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mumbai online trip maker .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Cherrapunjee to Mumbai in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mumbai

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Bandra-Worli Sea Link ©
Bandra-Worli Sea Link

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