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
— 5 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
— 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 Paro Taktsang are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kyichu Lhakhang and Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Chele La Pass, examine the collection at National Museum, and contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong.

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.
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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.
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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 Albert Hall Museum and Amrapali Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jaipur Wax Museum and Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Govind Dev Ji Temple, look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, and stop by Royal Spices And Tea.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jaipur trip planner.

Getting from Agra to Jaipur by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 106°F in May, and nighttime lows around 81°F. 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shanti Stupa and Hemis Monastery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Likir Gompa and Alchi Monastery. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Khardung La, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib, and see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Leh tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Leh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jogini Waterfall and Rohtang Pass. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, appreciate the views at Solang Valley, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple.

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.
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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. 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.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ranka Monastery and MG Marg. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Enchey Monastery, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, don't miss a visit to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, and grab your bike and head to Tsongmo Lake.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gangtok visit planner.

You can drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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.
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 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Thimphu.
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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.
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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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