30 days in Bhutan & India Itinerary

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Paro, Bhutan
— 3 nights
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Agra, India
— 2 nights
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Jaipur, India
— 4 nights
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Leh, India
— 5 nights
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Manali, India
— 5 nights
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Darjeeling, India
— 2 nights
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Gangtok, India
— 3 nights
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Punakha, Bhutan
— 2 nights
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Thimphu, Bhutan
— 3 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 some cultural insight at Rinpung Dzong and National Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kyichu Lhakhang and Chele La Pass. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paro Taktsang, snap pictures at Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, and steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paro trip itinerary 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. May in Paro sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Agra.
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Agra, India — 2 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah and then make a trip to Agra Fort. On the next day, look for gifts at Taj Gallery, admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, then take in the history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, and finally admire the striking features of Jahangir Mahal.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Agra travel route planner.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Paro to Agra. Traveling from Paro in May, things will get much warmer in Agra: highs are around 106°F and lows about 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Jaipur.
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Jaipur, India — 4 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 Albert Hall Museum and Jaipur Blue Pottery Art Centre. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jaipur Wax Museum and Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Amber Palace, look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, contemplate the long history of Jal Mahal, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Jaipur visit planning site.

Traveling by flight from Agra to Jaipur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Jaipur, expect temperatures between 106°F during the day and 81°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Leh.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shanti Stupa and Likir Gompa. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alchi Monastery and Hall of Fame. Change things up with a short trip to Hemis Monastery in Hemis (about 1h 5 min away). There's still lots to do: cruise along Khardung La, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spituk Monastery, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Leh trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Leh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Manali.
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Manali, India — 5 nights

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib and Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery. Explore hidden gems such as Jogini Waterfall and Rohtang Pass. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, see the interesting displays at Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple, and contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Manali road trip planner.

You can drive from Leh to Manali in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Darjeeling.
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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.
On the 1st (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Barbotey Rock Garden and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple, see the interesting displays at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and then get to know the fascinating history of Chowrasta.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Darjeeling online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Manali to Darjeeling takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in May, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gangtok.
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Ranka Monastery and Enchey Monastery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hanuman Tok and Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of MG Marg, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and grab your bike and head to Tsongmo Lake.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gangtok, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly to Punakha.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Punakha trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Gangtok to Punakha by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Gangtok to Punakha. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Thimphu.
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Thimphu, Bhutan — 3 nights

The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Simtokha Dzong and National Textile Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) and Changangkha Lhakhang. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, cruise along Dochula Pass, take in the spiritual surroundings of Druk Wangyel Monastery, and shop like a local with Junction Book Store.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Thimphu day trip planner.

Getting from Punakha to Thimphu by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Thimphu can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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Bhutan travel guide

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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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