30 days in Bhutan & India Itinerary

30 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
— 5 nights
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Leh, India
— 5 nights
Drive
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Manali, India
— 5 nights
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Darjeeling, India
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gangtok, India
— 3 nights
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Punakha, Bhutan
— 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rinpung Dzong and National Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kyichu Lhakhang and Paro Taktsang. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Chele La Pass, pause for some photo ops at Dasho Nishioka Chorten, steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong, and snap pictures at Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paro online road trip planner.

Washington, USA to Paro is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Bhutan Time is 11 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): make a trip to Jahangir Mahal, then step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, and then admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, then admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, and then browse the exhibits of Taj Gallery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Agra trip itinerary builder tool.

Do a combination of flight and train from Paro to Agra in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Bhutan Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Paro in May, with highs in Agra at 106°F and lows at 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

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

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Jaipur Wax Museum and Govind Dev Ji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Moti Dungari Temple and Amrapali Museum. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur, stop by Satyam Silver, and admire the striking features of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Jaipur tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Agra to Jaipur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 106°F, and evening lows to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to Leh.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay May 12 — 17:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shanti Stupa and Alchi Monastery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Likir Gompa and Khardung La. Step out of Leh with an excursion to Hemis Monastery in Hemis--about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Spituk Monastery, see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Leh online journey planner.

You can fly from Jaipur to Leh in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 22:

Manali, India

— 5 nights
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 Rohtang Pass and Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery. Get a sense of the local culture at Hidimba Devi Temple and Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Jogini Waterfall, appreciate the views at Solang Valley, take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths, and contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Manali tour planner.

Traveling by car from Leh to Manali takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Manali

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 27:

Darjeeling, India

— 2 nights

Queen of the Hills

The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Barbotey Rock Garden and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple, then deepen your understanding at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chowrasta.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Darjeeling online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Manali to Darjeeling takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In May, daily temperatures in Darjeeling can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:

Gangtok, India

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ranka Monastery and MG Marg. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Enchey Monastery, make a trip to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and grab your bike and head to Tsongmo Lake.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gangtok trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Punakha.

Things to do in Gangtok

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong.

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Fly from Gangtok to Punakha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Gangtok to Punakha is 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

Thimphu, Bhutan

— 2 nights
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): see the interesting displays at National Textile Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), then see the interesting displays at Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, and finally don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, make a trip to Changangkha Lhakhang, then pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

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Getting from Punakha to Thimphu by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 5:

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.