30 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

30 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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Leh, India
— 4 nights
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Manali, India
— 2 nights
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New Delhi, India
— 3 nights
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Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
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Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
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Agra, India
— 3 nights
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Jaipur, India
— 4 nights
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Jaisalmer, India
— 3 nights
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Udaipur, India
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Leh, India — 4 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 some cultural insight at Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib and Shanti Stupa. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hemis Monastery and Chokhang Vihara Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Likir Gompa in Likir (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Khardung La, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spituk Monastery, and see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Leh travel route planner.

Washington DC, USA to Leh is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Leh. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manali.
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Manali, India — 2 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 Gayatri Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rohtang Pass and International Roerich Memorial Trust. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini Waterfall and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read Manali trip planner.

Drive from Leh to Manali in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly to New Delhi.
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New Delhi, India — 3 nights

Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
Get some cultural insight at Humayun's Tomb and Red Fort. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Akshardham, don't miss a visit to India Gate, enjoy breathtaking views from Qutub Minar, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Lotus Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the New Delhi travel route planner.

You can fly from Manali to New Delhi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In October in New Delhi, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Punakha journey planning app.

You can fly from New Delhi to Punakha in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Punakha is 0.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time 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 10th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Chele La Pass, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri, and then contemplate the long history of Rinpung Dzong. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, then steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong, and finally don't miss a visit to Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paro tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Punakha to Paro takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Agra.
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Agra, India — 3 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tomb of Akbar the Great and Keoladeo National Park. Taj Mahal and Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, view the masterpieces at Taj Gallery, admire the landmark architecture of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mina Masjid.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Agra road trip planner.

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 difference when traveling from Paro to Agra is minus 0.5 hours. Traveling from Paro in October, you will find days in Agra are much warmer (94°F), and nights are a bit warmer (68°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chand Baori (Step well) and EleSafari. Amber Palace and Jaipur Wax Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, take an in-depth tour of General Amar Singh Kanota Museum & Library, and brush up on your military savvy at Nahargarh Fort.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaipur online trip planner.

You can fly from Agra to Jaipur in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 95°F in October, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Jaisalmer.
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Jaisalmer, India — 3 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.
Jain Temples and Tanot Mata Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. It doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Jaisalmer War Museum and contemplate the long history of Jaisalmer Fort.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Jaisalmer trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Jaisalmer takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Udaipur.
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Udaipur, India — 5 nights

Venice of the East

Tourism in Udaipur, a picturesque city known for its lake system, thrives due to the area's numerous historic and cultural relics.
Explore hidden gems such as Shri Ekling Ji Temple and Gothwal Art. Get some cultural insight at City Palace of Udaipur and Kumbhalgarh Fort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Udaipur: Ranakpur Jain Temple (in Sadri) and Rakht-Talai (Haldighati) (in Nathdwara). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagdish Temple.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Udaipur journey builder app.

You can fly from Jaisalmer to Udaipur in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 66°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel back home.
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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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Bhutan travel guide

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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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