15 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

15 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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Jaipur, India
— 2 nights
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Agra, India
— 2 nights
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Paro, Bhutan
— 3 nights
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Gangtok, India
— 1 night
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New Delhi, India
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Leh, India
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Jaipur, India

— 2 nights

Pink City

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Satyam Silver. Get some cultural insight at Amber Palace and Jantar Mantar - Jaipur. There's much more to do: make a trip to City Palace of Jaipur, admire the striking features of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, learn about all things military at Nahargarh Fort, and examine the collection at Jaipur Wax Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Jaipur trip itinerary maker site.

Washington, USA to Jaipur is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also travel. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Washington to Jaipur. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Washington in April; daily highs in Jaipur reach 100°F and lows reach 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly to Agra.

Things to do in Jaipur

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:

Agra, India

— 2 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
On the 25th (Sun), take in the history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, view the masterpieces at Taj Gallery, then make a trip to Taj Mahal, and finally don't miss a visit to Jahangir Mahal. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Agra day trip planner.

Fly from Jaipur to Agra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. April in Agra sees daily highs of 100°F and lows of 70°F at night. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paro.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

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.
Rinpung Dzong and Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chele La Pass and Changangkha Lhakhang. Change things up with a short trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten) in Thimphu (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paro Taktsang and snap pictures at Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paro online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Agra to Paro takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Agra to Paro, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Agra in April; daily highs in Paro reach 69°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Gangtok.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:

Gangtok, India

— 1 night
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hanuman Tok, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Phensong Monastery, and then visit MG Marg.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Gangtok trip itinerary site.

Fly from Paro to Gangtok in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Paro to Gangtok. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly to New Delhi.

Things to do in Gangtok

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:

New Delhi, India

— 2 nights
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): steep yourself in history at India Gate, then admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb, then see the interesting displays at Gandhi Smriti, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): admire the striking features of Rashtrapati Bhavan, steep yourself in history at Raj Ghat, then make a trip to Red Fort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New Delhi online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Gangtok to New Delhi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 98°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Leh.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:

Leh, India

— 2 nights
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Shanti Stupa and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Spituk Monastery.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Leh vacation planner.

Getting from New Delhi to Leh by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

India travel guide

4.6
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

4.2
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.