9 days in Bhutan Itinerary

9 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dubai
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Thimphu
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Bumthang
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Trongsa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Gangtey
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Punakha
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Dubai

3
nights
Thimphu

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kyichu Lhakhang and Dzongdrakha Monastry. Step off the beaten path and head to Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan and Simply Bhutan Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Thimphu side-trips: Paro (Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge & Paro River). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Bhutan Postal Museum, deepen your understanding at National Institute for Zorig Chusum, contemplate the long history of Simtokha Dzong, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phajoding Monastery.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Thimphu trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Thimphu is an approximately 8.5- hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Thimphu due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Dubai in December: highs in Thimphu hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bumthang.

Things to do in Thimphu

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Paro, Phajoding Monastery
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Dzongdrakha Monastry ©
Dzongdrakha Monastry
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang
Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan ©
Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan

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 29th (Sun), make a trip to Ngang Lhakhang, sample the tasty concoctions at Bumthang Brewery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurje Lhakhang, and finally explore the activities along Burning Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Bumthang tour website.

Do a combination of car and flight from Thimphu to Bumthang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Trongsa.

Things to do in Bumthang

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Kurje Lhakhang ©
Kurje Lhakhang
Burning Lake ©
Burning Lake
Ngang Lhakhang ©
Ngang Lhakhang

1
night
Trongsa

Trongsa ©
On the 30th (Mon), make a trip to Tongsa Dzong, then take a memorable drive along Yutong La Pass, and then see the interesting displays at The Tower of Trongsa Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Trongsa online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Bumthang to Trongsa takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gangtey.

Things to do in Trongsa

Scenic Drive Outdoors Museums
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The Tower of Trongsa Museum ©
The Tower of Trongsa Museum
Yutong La Pass ©
Yutong La Pass
Tongsa Dzong ©
Tongsa Dzong

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): appreciate the views at Phobjikha Valley and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangtey Monastery.

To see reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Gangtey trip planner.

Getting from Trongsa to Gangtey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Gangtey

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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 1st (Wed), snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge, don't miss a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, and then admire the striking features of Wangdue Dzong.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Punakha trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Gangtey to Punakha by car takes about 2.5 hours. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wangdue Dzong
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Wangdue Dzong ©
Wangdue Dzong
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten ©
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

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