10 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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Jaipur, India
— 3 nights
Paro, Bhutan
— 3 nights
New Delhi, India
— 2 nights


Jaipur, India — 3 nights

Pink City

Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jaipur Wax Museum and Amber Palace. Explore hidden gems such as Albert Hall Museum and Satyam Silver. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, browse the exhibits of City Palace of Jaipur, and look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur.

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Washington, USA to Jaipur is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 10.5 hours. In May, Jaipur is much warmer than Washington - with highs of 106°F and lows of 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Paro.
Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Childrens Museums
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Paro, Bhutan — 3 nights

Get a sense of the local culture at Rinpung Dzong and Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kyichu Lhakhang and Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten). Get out of town with these interesting Paro side-trips: Thimphu (Changangkha Lhakhang & Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paro Taktsang and make a trip to Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

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You can fly from Jaipur to Paro in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Jaipur to Paro due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Jaipur in May; daily highs in Paro reach 72°F and lows reach 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to New Delhi.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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New Delhi, India — 2 nights

On the 21st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Humayun's Tomb, then make a trip to Red Fort, and then contemplate the long history of Raj Ghat.

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Fly from Paro to New Delhi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Bhutan Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Paro in May: high temperatures in New Delhi hover around 104°F and lows are around 78°F. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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India travel guide

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.

Bhutan travel guide

Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Scenic Drive
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.