30 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

30 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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Leh, India
— 4 nights
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New Delhi, India
— 3 nights
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Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
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Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
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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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Jodhpur, India
— 2 nights
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Udaipur, India
— 5 nights
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib and Likir Gompa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Khardung La and Spituk Monastery. Change things up with a short trip to Hemis Monastery in Hemis (about 1h 5 min away). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shanti Stupa and see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Leh vacation builder site.

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 6th (Sun) 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Humayun's Tomb and India Gate. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham, step into the grandiose world of Red Fort, take in panoramic vistas at Qutub Minar, and contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our New Delhi trip planner.

Getting from Leh to New Delhi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. In October in New Delhi, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight 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.
On the 10th (Thu), cruise along Chele La Pass, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri, and then contemplate the long history of Rinpung Dzong. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, then contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong, and finally snap pictures at Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Paro tour website.

Fly from New Delhi to Paro in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Paro due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from New Delhi in October, with highs in Paro at 72°F and lows at 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car 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.
On the 12th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Punakha online vacation builder.

Getting from Paro to Punakha by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Agra.
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Agra, India — 3 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal and Agra Fort are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rail Tours and Keoladeo National Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Akbar the Great, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mina Masjid, and admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.

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Getting from Punakha to Agra by combination of flight and train takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Punakha to Agra is minus 0.5 hours. In October in Agra, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly 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.
Get some cultural insight at Amber Palace and Nahargarh Fort. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chand Baori (Step well) and Jitesh Arts. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to City Palace of Jaipur, stop by Silverfish Jewels & Art, and explore the world behind art at Gallery Artchill.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jaipur trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Agra to Jaipur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Jaipur are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jain Temples and Jaisalmer Fort. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tanot Mata Temple and Jaisalmer War Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Jaisalmer online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Jaisalmer takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jodhpur.
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Jodhpur, India — 2 nights

Sun City

The blue-walled buildings in the old quarter of Jodhpur have a calming, quaint aesthetic when viewed from up high, but down on the streets the city bustles with a lively atmosphere that belies its toy-town color.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stroll around Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park and then contemplate the long history of Mehrangarh Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Ganesh Handicrafts, admire the masterpieces at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Jodhpur holiday planner.

You can drive from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 97°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Get some cultural insight at City Palace of Udaipur and Shri Ekling Ji Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Gothwal Art and Spas. Explore Udaipur's surroundings by going to Ranakpur Jain Temple (in Sadri), Rakht-Talai (Haldighati) (in Nathdwara) and Kumbhalgarh Fort (in Kumbhalgarh). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Pichola and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagdish Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Udaipur route site.

You can drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in October, and nighttime lows around 66°F. You will leave for home on the 30th (Wed).
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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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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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