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 Shanti Stupa. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Khardung La and Hemis Monastery. Step out of Leh with an excursion to Likir Gompa in Likir--about 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spituk Monastery and examine the collection at Hall of Fame.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Leh driving holiday website.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Humayun's Tomb and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Akshardham, step into the grandiose world of Red Fort, take in panoramic vistas at Qutub Minar, and steep yourself in history at India Gate.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New Delhi online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Leh to New Delhi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly 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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinpung Dzong. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang, then contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong, and finally snap pictures at Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paro online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Paro takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Bhutan Time is 0.5 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from New Delhi in October, with highs in Paro at 72°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive 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 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Punakha itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Paro to Punakha takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Agra.
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Agra, India — 3 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Get a sense of the local culture at Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rail Tours and Tomb of Akbar the Great. Change things up with a short trip to Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, take in the history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, explore the galleries of Taj Gallery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mina Masjid.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Agra online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Punakha to Agra in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Punakha to Agra due to the time zone difference. October in Agra sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nahargarh Fort and Chand Baori (Step well). Get a sense of the local culture at Amber Palace and Spas. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at EleSafari, admire the masterpieces at Gallery Artchill, don't miss a visit to City Palace of Jaipur, and contemplate the long history of Jal Mahal.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaipur vacation planner.

You can fly from Agra to Jaipur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jain Temples and Tanot Mata Temple. Jaisalmer War Museum and Jaisalmer Fort are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Jaisalmer online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Jaisalmer takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car 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.
On the 24th (Thu), stroll around Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park and then contemplate the long history of Mehrangarh Fort. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Ganesh Handicrafts, explore the world behind art at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Jodhpur tour itinerary builder site.

Getting from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Jodhpur are 97°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car 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.
City Palace of Udaipur and Kumbhalgarh Fort are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Shri Ekling Ji Temple and Gothwal Art. Get out of town with these interesting Udaipur side-trips: Ranakpur Jain Temple (in Sadri) and Rakht-Talai (Haldighati) (in Nathdwara). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pichola, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagdish Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Udaipur road trip website.

Getting from Jodhpur to Udaipur by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October in Udaipur, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 66°F at night. You'll set off 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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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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