14 days in Darjeeling, Bhutan & Gangtok Itinerary

14 days in Darjeeling, Bhutan & Gangtok Itinerary

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Darjeeling, India
— 3 nights
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Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
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Thimphu, Bhutan
— 3 nights
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Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
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Gangtok, India
— 4 nights
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Darjeeling, India

— 3 nights

Queen of the Hills

The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
Step out of Darjeeling with an excursion to Tashiding Monastery in Yuksom--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: meet the residents at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, explore the world behind art at Himalayan Tibet Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Chowrasta.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Darjeeling travel itinerary planner.

Aurangabad to Darjeeling is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Aurangabad in March; daily highs in Darjeeling reach 35°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Punakha.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Punakha, Bhutan

— 1 night
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 17th (Wed): take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Punakha online tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Darjeeling to Punakha in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Darjeeling to Punakha. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Thimphu.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites

Thimphu, Bhutan

— 3 nights
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Thimphu is known for scenic drive, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Dochula Pass, don't miss a visit to Bhutan Post Office Headquarters, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

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Traveling by car from Punakha to Thimphu takes 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Thimphu can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Paro.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Paro, Bhutan

— 2 nights
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 21st (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang, then steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang, and then steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinpung Dzong, then soothe aching muscles at Tshetob Ying Yum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dzongdrakha Monastry, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri.

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Drive from Thimphu to Paro in 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Paro are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

Gangtok, India

— 4 nights
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
Gangtok is known for trails, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: squeeze the most out of the city with Tsongmo Lake, wander the streets of MG Marg, gain insight at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Himalayan Zoological Park.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Gangtok day trip website.

Fly from Paro to Gangtok in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Paro to Gangtok due to the time zone difference. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Bhutan travel guide

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Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Sacred & Religious Sites
Last Shangrila
Thanks to its location in the Himalayas, tiny Bhutan's main tourist attraction is its stunning natural scenery. The last of the world's Buddhist kingdoms, this mountainous country boasts stretches of fertile land and a small population surviving on subsistence farming. Visitors seeking culturally enriching experiences take a trip to Bhutan to discover a mysterious and magic mountain kingdom where traditional Buddhism slowly and carefully accepts the developments of the modern world. Popular things to do in this "Last Shangrila" include bird-watching, hiking, and biking through some of the planet's least-spoiled wilderness areas, where commercial tourism still seems a concept from a distant future.