20 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

20 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Leh, India
— 5 nights
2
Agra, India
— 4 nights
3
Punakha, Bhutan
— 2 nights
4
Darjeeling, India
— 2 nights
5
Manali, India
— 4 nights


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5
nights
Leh, India

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Shanti Stupa and Alchi Monastary are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Khardung La and Alchi Choskor Monastery. When in Leh, make a side trip to see Hemis Monastery in Hemis, approximately Hemis away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spituk Monastery, look for gifts at De Pashmina Emporium, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and appreciate the views at Nubra Valley.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Leh travel route planner.

Washington DC, USA to Leh is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 10.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Khardung La, Hemis Monastery, Alchi Monastary, Nubra Valley
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Khardung La ©
Khardung La
Shanti Stupa ©
Shanti Stupa
Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery

4
nights
Agra, India

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity and Jama Masjid. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Taj Mahal and Taj Gallery. The adventure continues: make a trip to Agra Fort and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mina Masjid.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Agra tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Leh to Agra takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Agra, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 80°F at night. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Punakha.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Gallery ©
Taj Gallery

2
nights
Punakha, Bhutan

Punakha ©
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Punakha trip maker.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Agra to Punakha in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Agra to Punakha is 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
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Chimi Lhakhang Temple ©
Chimi Lhakhang Temple
Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

2
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Darjeeling, India

Darjeeling ©
The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
On the 12th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple, examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chowrasta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Darjeeling day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Punakha to Darjeeling takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Punakha to Darjeeling is minus 0.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 78°F. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Manali.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Historic Sites · Museums
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Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Chowrasta ©
Chowrasta
Mahakal Temple ©
Mahakal Temple

4
nights
Manali, India

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hidimba Devi Temple and Gayatri Temple. Step out of Manali to go to Kullu and see Hampta, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini Waterfall, identify plant and animal life at Rani Nallah, explore the activities along Beas River, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ghatotkach Tree Templ.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Manali trip planner.

You can fly from Darjeeling to Manali in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manali

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Rohtang Pass, Hampta
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib

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