30 days in Bhutan & India Itinerary

30 days in Bhutan & India Itinerary

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Train to New York JFK, Fly to Paro
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Paro, Bhutan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Punakha, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Fly to Delhi, Train to Agra
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Agra, India
— 3 nights
Fly
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Jaipur, India
— 5 nights
Fly
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Udaipur, India
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jodhpur, India
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaisalmer, India
— 4 nights
Fly
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New Delhi, India
— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rinpung Dzong and National Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) and Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge. Venture out of the city with trips to Thimphu (Changangkha Lhakhang & Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten)). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang, pause for some photo ops at Dasho Nishioka Chorten, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang, and soothe aching muscles at Tshetob Ying Yum.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paro online trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paro is an approximately 30-hour combination of train and flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paro due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Paro, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Punakha.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
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Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

Punakha, Bhutan — 2 nights

The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
On the 25th (Wed), snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Punakha trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Paro to Punakha takes 3.5 hours. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Agra.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

Agra, India — 3 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tomb of Akbar the Great and Taj Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Taj Mahal and Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Agra Fort and don't miss a visit to Diwan-i-Am Agra Fort.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Agra online route builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Punakha to Agra takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Bhutan Time (BTT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Jaipur.
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Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

Jaipur, India — 5 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.
Amber Palace and Nahargarh Fort are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Jaigarh Fort and Spas. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Albert Hall Museum, don't miss a visit to Patrika Gate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Govind Dev Ji Temple, and admire the striking features of Jal Mahal.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Jaipur trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Agra to Jaipur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Jaipur can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to Udaipur.
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Udaipur, India — 3 nights

Venice of the East

Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
Get some cultural insight at Gothwal Art and Shahastrabahu Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Forum Celebration Mall. Step out of Udaipur to go to Delwara and see Art Haveli, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Ekling Ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Udaipur, and explore the activities along Lake Pichola.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Udaipur trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Udaipur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in December, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jodhpur.
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Jodhpur, India — 3 nights

Sun City

The blue-walled buildings in the old quarter of Jodhpur have a calming, quaint aesthetic when viewed from up high, but down on the streets the city bustles with a lively atmosphere that belies its toy-town color.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mehrangarh Fort and Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorji’s Step Well). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Off-Road Tours and Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Umaid Heritage Art School, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore the world behind art at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, and look for gifts at Mohanlal Verhomal Spices (MV SPICES).

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Jodhpur driving holiday app.

You can drive from Udaipur to Jodhpur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in December, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Jaisalmer.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Jaisalmer, India — 4 nights

Golden City of India

A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Step off the beaten path and head to Desert Art Gallery and Jain Temples. Get some cultural insight at Jaisalmer War Museum and Sonee Art Gallery. Spend the 14th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 12th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of The Thar Heritage Museum and contemplate the long history of Jaisalmer Fort.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Jaisalmer trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to fly to New Delhi.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:

New Delhi, India — 5 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 Rajpath. Get a sense of the local culture at Humayun's Tomb and Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Raj Ghat, make a trip to Red Fort, enjoy breathtaking views from Qutub Minar, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read New Delhi trip site.

Getting from Jaisalmer to New Delhi by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in December, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:

Bhutan travel guide

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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.
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India travel guide

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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.
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