20 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

20 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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Jaipur, India
— 3 nights
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Agra, India
— 2 nights
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Paro, Bhutan
— 3 nights
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Gangtok, India
— 2 nights
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New Delhi, India
— 3 nights
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Leh, India
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Nahargarh Fort. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Amber Palace and Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind. There's much more to do: look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, look for gifts at Satyam Silver, explore the galleries of Pratap Celebrity Wax Museum Jaipur, and see the interesting displays at Jaipur Wax Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Jaipur travel route planner.

Washington, USA to Jaipur is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also travel. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time is 10.5 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Washington in April; daily highs in Jaipur reach 100°F and lows reach 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly to Agra.

Things to do in Jaipur

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:

Agra, India

— 2 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, then view the masterpieces at Taj Gallery, then admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, and finally admire the striking features of Jahangir Mahal. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort.

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Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Agra takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Agra are 100°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. On the 27th (Tue), 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 25 — 27:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rinpung Dzong and Paro Taktsang. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chele La Pass and Kyichu Lhakhang. Venture out of the city with trips to Thimphu (Changangkha Lhakhang, Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), &more). There's more to do: snap pictures at Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paro road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Agra to Paro in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Bhutan Time is 0.5 hours. In April, Paro is cooler than Agra - with highs of 69°F and lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Gangtok.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): make a trip to Hanuman Tok, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Enchey Monastery, and then wander the streets of MG Marg. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsongmo Lake and then make a trip to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gangtok trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paro to Gangtok takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Paro to Gangtok is minus 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to fly to New Delhi.

Things to do in Gangtok

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:

New Delhi, India

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gandhi Smriti and Raj Ghat. Humayun's Tomb and Red Fort are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham, contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lotus Temple, and don't miss a visit to India Gate.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our New Delhi journey app.

Getting from Gangtok to New Delhi by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daytime highs in New Delhi are 104°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Leh.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:

Leh, India

— 4 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.
Shanti Stupa and Likir Gompa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alchi Monastery and Hemis Monastery. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Spituk Monastery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and examine the collection at Hall of Fame.

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You can fly from New Delhi to Leh in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 9:

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.