8 days in Bhutan Itinerary

8 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paro
— 1 night
2
Phuentsholing
— 1 night
3
Wangdue
— 1 night
4
Gangtey
— 1 night
5
Punakha
— 1 night
6
Thimphu
— 2 nights

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paro travel itinerary planner.

Pune, India to Paro is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Pune to Paro due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Paro can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Phuentsholing.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Museums
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Paro Taktsang ©
Paro Taktsang
National Museum ©
National Museum
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang

1
night
Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Torsa River Side, tour the pleasant surroundings at Amo Chhu Crocodile Breeding Centre, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Zangto Pelri Lhakhang, and finally make a trip to Bhutan Gate.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Phuentsholing online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Paro to Phuentsholing in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Wangdue.

Things to do in Phuentsholing

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

1
night
Wangdue

Wangdue ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Wangdue Dzong.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Wangdue trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Phuentsholing to Wangdue takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gangtey.

Things to do in Wangdue

Historic Sites
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Wangdue Dzong ©
Wangdue Dzong

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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 29th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Gangtey Monastery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Phobjikha Valley.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gangtey day trip website.

Gangtey is just a short distance from Wangdue. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Gangtey

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

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

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night
Punakha

Punakha ©
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and then make a trip to Punakha Suspension Bridge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Punakha itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gangtey to Punakha takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Thimphu.

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

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nights
Thimphu

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
On the 31st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Motithang Takin Preserve, take an in-depth tour of Simply Bhutan Museum, and then explore and take pictures at Dochula Pass. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Thimphu travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Punakha to Thimphu takes 2.5 hours. December in Thimphu sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can 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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