19 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

19 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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Hyderabad, India
— 2 nights
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Darjeeling, India
— 2 nights
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Gangtok, India
— 3 nights
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Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thimphu, Bhutan
— 2 nights
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Guwahati, India
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tawang, India
— 2 nights
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Shillong, India
— 2 nights
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Hyderabad, India

— 2 nights

City of Pearls

Teeming with history and heritage, Hyderabad draws visitors from all over the world with its old Indo-Islamic buildings, forts, and museums.
Pack the 26th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Ramoji Film City. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir, appreciate the history behind Charminar, don't miss a visit to Tadbund Sri Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple, and stop by Modi Pearls.

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If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. In March, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Hyderabad

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Darjeeling, India

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Himalayan Tibet Museum, then gain insight at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Chowrasta. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Tiger Hill, make a trip to Batasia Loop, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Darjeeling trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Hyderabad to Darjeeling in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and taxi. In March, Darjeeling is slightly colder than Hyderabad - with highs of 35°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Gangtok, India

— 3 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: explore the landscape on two wheels at Tsongmo Lake, don't miss a visit to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rumtek Monastery Sikkim, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kyongnosla Waterfall.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gangtok trip builder site.

You can drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Gangtok

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Trails

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong, then contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at National Museum, then don't miss a visit to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinpung Dzong, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paro planning site.

Traveling by flight from Gangtok to Paro takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Bhutan Time (BTT) is 0.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Paro are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Thimphu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Museums

Thimphu, Bhutan

— 2 nights
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
On the 4th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Druk Wangyel Monastery, cruise along Dochula Pass, then shop like a local with Junction Book Store, then pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Motithang Takin Preserve, see the interesting displays at Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), then don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, and finally don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten).

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Thimphu online trip builder.

You can drive from Paro to Thimphu in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Thimphu are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Guwahati.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Wildlife · Parks · Scenic Drive

Guwahati, India

— 3 nights

Gateway to Northeast India

A place to engage with the culture of the northeast, Guwahati represents the largest city in the region, and acts as a stepping stone for wider explorations.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Purva Tirupati Shri Balaji temple, make a trip to Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Samadhi Khetra Memorial, steep yourself in history at Kamakhya Temple, then view the masterpieces at The Maati Centre, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ugratara Temple. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Assam Rajyik State Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Umananda Temple, then stroll the grounds of Guwahati War Cemetery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Unora By Tattva Spa.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Guwahati day trip planning app.

You can fly from Thimphu to Guwahati in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Thimphu to Guwahati. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Thimphu in April: high temperatures in Guwahati hover around 37°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tawang.

Things to do in Guwahati

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Shopping

Side Trip

Tawang, India

— 2 nights
A strong sense of Buddhist spirituality and dramatic mountain scenery combine to create a memorable atmosphere in Tawang, a Himalayan town best known as the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Tawang War Memorial, appreciate the history behind Gorsam Chorten, then take in the awesome beauty at Gorichen Peak, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Gyangong Ani Gompa.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tawang trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Guwahati to Tawang in 13 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Shillong.

Things to do in Tawang

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Shillong, India

— 2 nights
Established as the capital of Assam by the British, the hill station of Shillong today serves as the capital of Meghalaya, created in 1972.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Elephant Falls, then don't miss a visit to Shillong View Point, and then stop by Smit Village. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ward's Lake.

Before you visit Shillong, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Tawang to Shillong in 14.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shillong

Nature · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

India travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.

Sikkim travel guide

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Landmarks · Biking Trails · Waterfalls
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas in northeast India, Sikkim revels in its abundance of beautiful nature, with a plethora of scenic lakes, waterfalls, and lush green valleys. Apart from adventurous treks through mountain passes and around pristine lakes, a vacation in Sikkim usually involves visitng Hindu temples and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, and mountaineering feature prominently on tourist agendas, with a visit to a hot spa providing the perfect way to relax after an exhausting day. Yak safaris and high ropeways provide interesting ways to see high-altitude cities and the surrounding nature, which includes the state's natural symbols: the noble orchid and the red panda. Bordering Tibet and sandwiched between Nepal and Bhutan, Sikkim is known for its diverse blend of cultures.

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.

Assam travel guide

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Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Wildlife Areas
Stretching along the length of the mighty Brahmaputra River, Assam features green valleys and blue hills, serving as a gateway to northeast Indian states. An Assam itinerary can lead from important Hindu pilgrimage sites and Buddhist temples to an elephant safari in the World Heritage-listed national park. With its thriving rural life, the state offers a number of picturesque ethnic villages, as well as world-famous tea plantations. Whether it's hiking around South Asia's largest freshwater island or exploring India's only coal museum, a trip to Assam will satisfy a wide range of interests.

Meghalaya travel guide

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Waterfalls · Bodies of Water · Caves
A hilly and mountainous state with valleys and highland plateaus, Meghalaya offers a treat for nature lovers. A holiday in Meghalaya usually involves some combination of trekking, mountaineering, river canyoning, and swimming, plus a tour of ethnic villages and sampling of local cuisine. Visit the wettest place on earth, where subtropical forests hide living root bridges, impressive waterfalls, spectacular rock formations, and long cave systems. Sacred groves, lakes, and national parks harbor abundant wildlife, while year-round ethnic festivals and fairs keep alive traditional lifestyles.