7 days in Bhutan Itinerary

7 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bhutan trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Thimphu
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Punakha
— 1 night
Drive
3
Paro
— 3 nights
Fly

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Thimphu

— 2 nights
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
On the 14th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Druk Wangyel Monastery, then take a memorable drive along Dochula Pass, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), then don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, then pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, and finally make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten).

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Thimphu trip planner.

Darjeeling, India to Thimphu is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Bhutan Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Darjeeling in April; daily highs in Thimphu reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Punakha

— 1 night
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
On the 16th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and then snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge.

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Getting from Thimphu to Punakha by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Paro.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites

Paro

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinpung Dzong. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dzongdrakha Monastry, pause for some photo ops at Dasho Nishioka Chorten, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri, and finally cruise along Chele La Pass.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paro attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Punakha to Paro takes 3.5 hours. April in Paro sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums

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.