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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shanti Stupa and Alchi Monastery. Get some cultural insight at Spituk Monastery and Old Raku House. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, examine the collection at Hall of Fame, take a memorable drive along Khardung La, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Samstanling Monastery.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Leh online attractions planner.

Washington DC, USA to Leh is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 10.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Agra.
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Agra, India — 4 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Get some cultural insight at Taj Mahal and Kailash Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rail Tours and Taj Gallery. Step out of Agra with an excursion to Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, make a trip to Jahangir Mahal, and admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

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Do a combination of flight and train from Leh to Agra in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 100°F in April, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Punakha travel planning site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Agra to Punakha in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Bhutan Time is 0.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can 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: take a memorable drive along Chele La Pass and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paro journey planner.

Getting from Punakha to Paro by car takes about 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Paro can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rumtek Monastery Sikkim and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Enchey Monastery and MG Marg. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Hanuman Tok and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ranka Monastery.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gangtok trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Paro to Gangtok in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Paro to Gangtok. 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Japanese Peace Pagoda and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Tashiding Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Chowrasta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Barbotey Rock Garden.

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You can drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in May, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mukesh Art Gallery and Jaipur Wax Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Amber Palace and Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, steep yourself in history at Jal Mahal, see the interesting displays at Amrapali Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Jitesh Arts.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Jaipur online itinerary planner.

Getting from Darjeeling to Jaipur by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, Jaipur is somewhat warmer than Darjeeling - with highs of 106°F and lows of 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Jaisalmer road trip planning site.

You can fly from Jaipur to Jaisalmer in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can 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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