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
Fly
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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
Drive
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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.
Rinpung Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chele La Pass and National Museum. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang and take in the views from Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paro online vacation planner.

Washington, USA to Paro is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Washington to Paro due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

Agra, India

— 2 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
On the 15th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah and then explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Taj Gallery, then admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Jahangir Mahal.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Agra online trip builder.

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. Traveling from Paro to Agra, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Paro in May: high temperatures in Agra hover around 106°F and lows are around 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Jaipur Wax Museum and Albert Hall Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Govind Dev Ji Temple and Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, see the interesting displays at Amrapali Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Royal Spices And Tea.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Jaipur online holiday planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Leh.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay May 16 — 21:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shanti Stupa and Spituk Monastery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Likir Gompa and Hall of Fame. Change things up with these side-trips from Leh: Alchi Monastery (in Alchi) and Hemis Monastery (in Hemis). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Khardung La, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib, and examine the collection at Stok Palace Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Leh itinerary planner.

Fly from Jaipur to Leh in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 26:

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 Hidimba Devi Temple and Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rohtang Pass and Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Jogini Waterfall, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, appreciate the views at Solang Valley, and take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Manali visit 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.

Things to do in Manali

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 31:

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. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple, then deepen your understanding at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chowrasta.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Darjeeling online trip builder.

You can fly from Manali to Darjeeling in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ranka Monastery and Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple. Get some cultural insight at Enchey Monastery and MG Marg. The adventure continues: make a trip to Hanuman Tok, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gangtok attractions planning site.

You can drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Punakha.

Things to do in Gangtok

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:

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 6th (Sun): take in the views from 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 find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Punakha trip planner.

You can fly from Gangtok to Punakha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Thimphu.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:

Thimphu, Bhutan

— 2 nights
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
On the 8th (Tue), see the interesting displays at National Textile Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), then see the interesting displays at Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, and finally make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): get your bearings at National Library and Archives of Bhutan, pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, then don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Thimphu route website.

You can drive from Punakha to Thimphu in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:

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.