14 days in Darjeeling, Gangtok & Bhutan Itinerary

14 days in Darjeeling, Gangtok & Bhutan Itinerary

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Darjeeling, India
— 3 nights
Gangtok, India
— 2 nights
Paro, Bhutan
— 3 nights
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 4 nights
Drive to Phuentsholing - Bhutan Post, Bus to Siliguri, Taxi to Bagdogra, Fly to Aurangabad


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.
Darjeeling is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, get to know the fascinating history of Chowrasta, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Observatory Hill, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guru Sakya Monastery.

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Aurangabad to Darjeeling is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Aurangabad in March: high temperatures in Darjeeling hover around 35°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Gangtok, India

— 2 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, stop by Handicraft Emporium, meet the residents at Himalayan Zoological Park, and take in the views from Deorali Butterfly Bridge.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Gangtok route maker site.

You can drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Trails

Paro, Bhutan

— 3 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.
Paro is known for historic sites, museums, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang, examine the collection at National Museum, make a trip to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paro online travel route builder.

You can fly from Gangtok to Paro in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Gangtok to Paro, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Thimphu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums

Thimphu, Bhutan

— 4 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 Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Thimphu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paro to Thimphu takes 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Thimphu are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Bhutan travel guide

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.