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
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Khardung La and Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib. Do some cultural sightseeing at Likir Gompa and Hall of Fame. Take a break from Leh with a short trip to Hemis Monastery in Hemis, about 1h 5 min away. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Spituk Monastery.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Leh road trip planning app.

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 7th (Mon) 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 Akshardham. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Qutub Minar, steep yourself in history at India Gate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lotus Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Red Fort.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our New Delhi trip app.

Traveling by flight from Leh to New Delhi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. October in New Delhi sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): cruise along Chele La Pass, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri, and then steep yourself in history at Rinpung Dzong. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang, then steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong, and finally snap pictures at Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paro travel itinerary 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 (IST) to Bhutan Time (BTT) is 0.5 hours. In October, Paro is colder than New Delhi - with highs of 72°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) 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.
On the 13th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Punakha day trip app.

Drive from Paro to Punakha in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Agra.
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Agra, India — 3 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rail Tours and Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. Get a sense of the local culture at Taj Mahal and Bageshwarnath Temple. Take a break from Agra with a short trip to Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, don't miss a visit to Diwan E Aam, admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, and contemplate the long history of Tomb of Akbar the Great.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Agra planning website.

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. The time zone changes from Bhutan Time (BTT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in October, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Amber Palace and Nahargarh Fort. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chand Baori (Step well) and Silverfish Jewels & Art. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the world behind art at Jitesh Arts, browse the exhibits of Gallery Artchill, and tour the pleasant surroundings at EleSafari.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Jaipur tour itinerary website.

Getting from Agra to Jaipur by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jain Temples and Jaisalmer War Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tanot Mata Temple and Jaisalmer Fort.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jaisalmer day trip website.

You can fly from Jaipur to Jaisalmer in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can 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.
On the 25th (Fri), walk around Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park and then steep yourself in history at Mehrangarh Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Ganesh Handicrafts, then examine the collection at Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Jodhpur online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October in Jodhpur, expect temperatures between 97°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shri Ekling Ji Temple and Rakht-Talai (Haldighati). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like City Palace of Udaipur and Ranakpur Jain Temple. Step out of Udaipur with an excursion to Kumbhalgarh Fort in Kumbhalgarh--about 2h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Gothwal Art, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the activities along Lake Pichola, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagdish Temple.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Udaipur travel route planning tool.

Getting from Jodhpur to Udaipur by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 66°F. On the 31st (Thu), 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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