20 days in Bhutan & India Itinerary

20 days in Bhutan & India Itinerary

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Paro, Bhutan
— 3 nights
Fly to Delhi, Train to Agra
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Agra, India
— 2 nights
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Jaipur, India
— 3 nights
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Leh, India
— 5 nights
Drive
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Manali, India
— 2 nights
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Gangtok, India
— 2 nights
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Thimphu, Bhutan
— 2 nights
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rinpung Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. Get a sense of the local culture at Paro Taktsang and National Museum. The adventure continues: cruise along Chele La Pass, contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong, and snap pictures at Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paro trip planning app.

Washington, USA to Paro is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Washington to Paro due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Paro are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Agra.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

Agra, India

— 2 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, don't miss a visit to Agra Fort, and then make a trip to Jahangir Mahal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, and then look for gifts at Taj Gallery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Agra trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Paro to Agra in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and train. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Paro to Agra due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Paro in May, with highs in Agra at 106°F and lows at 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can fly to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Jaipur, India

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jaipur Wax Museum and Jaigarh Fort. Get some cultural insight at Amber Palace and Albert Hall Museum. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Royal Spices And Tea, see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, and explore the historical opulence of Jal Mahal.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Jaipur trip planner.

Fly from Agra to Jaipur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Jaipur are 106°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Leh.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 12 — 15:

Leh, India

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shanti Stupa and Likir Gompa. Alchi Monastery and Spituk Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Leh to Hemis to see Hemis Monastery about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Khardung La, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, and see the interesting displays at Stok Palace Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Leh road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Leh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manali.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 20:

Manali, India

— 2 nights
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini Waterfall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Manali journey maker app.

Getting from Leh to Manali by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Gangtok.

Things to do in Manali

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Gangtok, India

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): make a trip to Hanuman Tok and then take a stroll through MG Marg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): make a trip to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple.

Plan trip to Gangtok with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Manali to Gangtok by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Thimphu.

Things to do in Gangtok

Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Thimphu, Bhutan

— 2 nights
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see the interesting displays at National Textile Museum, then appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and finally shop like a local with Junction Book Store. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), then see the interesting displays at Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, and finally make a trip to Changangkha Lhakhang.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Thimphu trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Gangtok to Thimphu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Gangtok to Thimphu due to the time zone difference. May in Thimphu sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

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

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.

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.