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
— 4 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
— 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.
Rinpung Dzong and Drukgyel Dzong are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kyichu Lhakhang and National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang, make a trip to Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, and take a memorable drive along Chele La Pass.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paro trip maker tool.

Washington, USA to Paro is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Bhutan Time, which is usually a 11 hour difference. May in Paro sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

Agra, India

— 2 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to Jahangir Mahal, explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, and then take in the history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, make a trip to Taj Mahal, and then view the masterpieces at Taj Gallery.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Agra trip planning tool.

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. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Paro to Agra due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Paro in May, with highs in Agra at 106°F and lows at 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jaipur Wax Museum and Royal Spices And Tea. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Albert Hall Museum and Jaigarh Fort. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Amber Palace, look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, examine the collection at Amrapali Museum, and don't miss a visit to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Jaipur online day trip planner.

You can fly from Agra to Jaipur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Jaipur can reach 106°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Leh.

Things to do in Jaipur

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay May 15 — 19:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shanti Stupa and Hemis Monastery. Likir Gompa and Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Leh to go to Alchi and see Alchi Monastery, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Khardung La, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spituk Monastery, examine the collection at Hall of Fame, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Leh road trip site.

You can fly from Jaipur to Leh in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manali.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 24:

Manali, India

— 5 nights
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hidimba Devi Temple and Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rohtang Pass and Jogini Waterfall. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib, contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, and admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manali travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Leh to Manali takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) 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 24 — 29:

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 30th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Barbotey Rock Garden and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple, examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and then get to know the fascinating history of Chowrasta.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Darjeeling trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Manali to Darjeeling in 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 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ranka Monastery and MG Marg. Explore hidden gems such as Enchey Monastery and Parasailing & Paragliding. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Hanuman Tok and grab your bike and head to Tsongmo Lake.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gangtok online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can fly to Punakha.

Things to do in Gangtok

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:

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 4th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Punakha Suspension Bridge and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Punakha holiday app.

You can fly from Gangtok to Punakha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Bhutan Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 5:

Thimphu, Bhutan

— 3 nights
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Step off the beaten path and head to Simtokha Dzong and Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong). Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan and National Textile Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower Square, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lungta Handicraft.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Thimphu trip planner.

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 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:

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.