6 days in Bhutan Itinerary

6 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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6 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  1​h 45​min
1
Paro
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Phuentsholing
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Gangtey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Punakha
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Thimphu
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chele La Pass. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore and take pictures at Chele La Pass and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paro trip itinerary site .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Paro is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Paro: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Phuentsholing.

Things to do in Paro

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites
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Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang

1
night
Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing ©
Phuntsholing, also spelled as Phuentsholing is a border town in southern Bhutan and is the administrative seat of Chukha District. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along Torsa River Side, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zangto Pelri Lhakhang, and then don't miss a visit to Bhutan Gate.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Phuentsholing visit planning site .

You can drive from Paro to Phuentsholing in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gangtey.

Things to do in Phuentsholing

Historic Sites
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Bhutan Gate ©
Bhutan Gate
Torsa River Side ©
Torsa River Side

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.
On the 24th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangtey Monastery and then admire the verdant scenery at Phobjikha Valley.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gangtey trip maker website .

Drive from Phuentsholing to Gangtey in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Punakha.

Things to do in Gangtey

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi L'hakhang Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and then don't miss a visit to Punakha Suspension Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Punakha attractions website .

Traveling by car from Gangtey to Punakha takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow 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

2
nights
Thimphu

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), tour the pleasant surroundings at Motithang Takin Preserve, then appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, then admire all the interesting features of Dochula Pass, and finally don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): play a few rounds at Royal Thimphu Golf Course and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Thimphu online travel planner .

Getting from Punakha to Thimphu by car takes about 2.5 hours. December in Thimphu sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Motithang Takin Preserve ©
Motithang Takin Preserve

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