30 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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Leh, India
— 5 nights
Fly to Delhi, Train to Agra
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Agra, India
— 4 nights
Train to New Delhi Station, Fly to Punakha
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Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive
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Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
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Gangtok, India
— 3 nights
Drive
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Darjeeling, India
— 3 nights
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Jaipur, India
— 4 nights
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Jaisalmer, India
— 4 nights
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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Alchi Monastery and Khardung La. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, stop by De Pashmina Emporium, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Samstanling Monastery.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Leh journey builder app.

Washington DC, USA to Leh is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Leh due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Agra.
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Agra, India — 4 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Explore hidden gems such as Rail Tours and Kailash Temple. When in Agra, make a side trip to see Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, approximately Bharatpur away. The adventure continues: take in the history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, admire the landmark architecture of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, make a trip to Jahangir Mahal, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mina Masjid.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Agra trip builder.

Getting from Leh to Agra by combination of flight and train takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 100°F in April, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Punakha.
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Punakha, Bhutan — 1 night

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 26th (Sun): make a trip to Punakha Suspension Bridge. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Punakha online sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Agra to Punakha in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Agra to Punakha is 0.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Paro.
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Paro, Bhutan — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Rinpung Dzong and then contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Chele La Pass and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paro vacation planner.

Getting from Punakha to Paro by car takes about 3.5 hours. In April in Paro, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rumtek Monastery Sikkim and Ranka Monastery. Get some cultural insight at Enchey Monastery and MG Marg. It doesn't end there: make a trip to Hanuman Tok and deepen your understanding at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gangtok trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Paro to Gangtok in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Bhutan Time (BTT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Darjeeling.
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Darjeeling, India — 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Japanese Peace Pagoda and Tashiding Monastery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Chowrasta. The adventure continues: pedal to the sights with Bike Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Barbotey Rock Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Darjeeling trip maker.

You can drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling in 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elefriend and Jaigarh Fort. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Amber Palace and Jantar Mantar - Jaipur. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at City Palace of Jaipur, admire the striking features of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, examine the collection at Amrapali Museum, and learn about all things military at Nahargarh Fort.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Jaipur trip tool.

You can fly from Darjeeling to Jaipur in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Darjeeling in May, expect Jaipur to be a bit warmer, temps between 106°F and 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Jaisalmer.
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Jaisalmer, India — 4 nights

Golden City of India

A World Heritage Site, the desert city of Jaisalmer has a number of historical attractions, buildings, and legends worthy of protection.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Desert Art Gallery and Jain Temples. Get a sense of the local culture at Jaisalmer War Museum and Desert Culture Centre & Museum. Spend the 13th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Jaisalmer Fort.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jaisalmer driving holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Jaipur to Jaisalmer in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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India travel guide

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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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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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