11 days in Bhutan Itinerary

11 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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11 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  1​h 45​min
1
Paro
— 2 nights
Fly:  45​min
2
Jakar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Trongsa District
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Gangtey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Punakha
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Thimphu
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

2
nights
Paro

Paro ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum and Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest). Visit Kyichu Lhakhang and Rinpung Dzong for their historical value. There's much more to do: cruise along Chele La Pass, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dzongdrakha Temple, don't miss a visit to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, and get engrossed in the history at Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Memorial House.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paro road trip app .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Paro is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in September: high temperatures in Paro hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Jakar.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
National Museum ©
National Museum
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang

1
night
Jakar

Jakar ©
Jakar is a town in the central-eastern region of Bhutan. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jambay Lhakhang Temple, examine the collection at Ogyen Choling Palace Museum, and then make a trip to Wangduechhoeling Palace.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Jakar trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Paro to Jakar by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Trongsa District.

Things to do in Jakar

Museums Historic Sites
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Ogyen Choling Palace Museum ©
Ogyen Choling Palace Museum
Jambay Lhakhang Temple ©
Jambay Lhakhang Temple
Wangduechhoeling Palace ©
Wangduechhoeling Palace

1
night
Trongsa District

Trongsa District ©
Trongsa District is one of the districts of Bhutan. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Chendebji Chorten, then make a trip to Tongsa Dzong, then see the interesting displays at The Tower of Trongsa Museum, and finally take a memorable drive along Yutong La Pass.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Trongsa District holiday maker website .

Traveling by car from Jakar to Trongsa District takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gangtey.

Things to do in Trongsa District

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums
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Yutong La Pass ©
Yutong La Pass
The Tower of Trongsa Museum ©
The Tower of Trongsa Museum
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangtey Monastery and then admire the verdant scenery at Phobjikha Valley.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gangtey attractions planner .

You can drive from Trongsa District to Gangtey in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Gangtey

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
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 2nd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi L'hakhang Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and finally take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Punakha vacation maker tool .

You can drive from Gangtey to Punakha in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
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Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi L'hakhang Temple ©
Chimi L'hakhang Temple
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

4
nights
Thimphu

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) and Folk Heritage Museum Kawajangsa. Head to Terton Gallery and Junction Book Storefor some retail therapy. Spend the 6th (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: cruise along Dochula Pass, take an in-depth tour of Simply Bhutan Museum, pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Phajoding Monastery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Thimphu online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Punakha to Thimphu takes 2.5 hours. In October in Thimphu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Phajoding Monastery
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Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Motithang Takin Preserve ©
Motithang Takin Preserve
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)

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