30 days in Bhutan & India Itinerary

30 days in Bhutan & India Itinerary

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Paro, Bhutan
— 4 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
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Manali, India
— 4 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 — 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rinpung Dzong and National Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Kyichu Lhakhang and Drukgyel Dzong. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paro Taktsang, don't miss a visit to Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, cruise along Chele La Pass, and relax and rejuvenate at Tshetob Ying Yum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paro day trip planning website.

Washington, USA to Paro is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Bhutan Time (BTT) 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) early enough to travel to Agra.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Spas
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Find places to stay May 6 — 10:

Agra, India — 2 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
On the 11th (Tue), admire the striking features of Jahangir Mahal, step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, and then admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Taj Gallery, then admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, and then admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Agra trip itinerary maker.

You can 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. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Paro in May; daily highs in Agra reach 106°F and lows reach 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Jaipur.
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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.
Albert Hall Museum and Moti Dungari Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jaipur Wax Museum and Govind Dev Ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Amber Palace, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the striking features of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, and steep yourself in history at Jaigarh Fort.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Jaipur trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Agra to Jaipur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Jaipur sees daily highs of 106°F and lows of 81°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shanti Stupa and Spituk Monastery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Khardung La and Likir Gompa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Leh: Alchi Monastery (in Alchi) and Hemis Monastery (in Hemis). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, and examine the collection at Hall of Fame.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Leh travel website.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Leh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manali.
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Manali, India — 4 nights

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib and Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jogini Waterfall and Rohtang Pass. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, and appreciate the views at Solang Valley.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Manali itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Leh to Manali takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly to Darjeeling.
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Find places to stay May 22 — 26:

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Barbotey Rock Garden and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple, see the interesting displays at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chowrasta.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling trip itinerary 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, daytime highs in Darjeeling are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gangtok.
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Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

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.
Ranka Monastery and Enchey Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hanuman Tok and Parasailing & Paragliding. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through MG Marg, don't miss a visit to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsongmo Lake.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gangtok road trip planning site.

You can drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to fly to Punakha.
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Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

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 1st (Tue), snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Punakha online attractions 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. Traveling from Gangtok to Punakha, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Thimphu.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:

Thimphu, Bhutan — 2 nights

The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
On the 3rd (Thu), make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), then get a sense of history and politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), then examine the collection at Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, and finally make a trip to Changangkha Lhakhang. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at National Textile Museum, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, then appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Thimphu online itinerary planner.

Drive from Punakha to Thimphu in 2.5 hours. June in Thimphu sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:

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.
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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.
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