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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shanti Stupa and Spituk Monastery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alchi Monastery and Thiksey Monastery. And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, cruise along Khardung La, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib, and examine the collection at Old Raku House.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Leh trip itinerary planning site.

Washington DC, USA to Leh is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Leh is 10.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Agra.
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Agra, India — 4 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rail Tours and Keoladeo National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Taj Mahal and Mina Masjid. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, admire the striking features of Jahangir Mahal, see the interesting displays at Imperial Wax Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kailash Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Agra visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Leh to Agra takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 100°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can 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.
On the 25th (Sat), take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Punakha travel planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Agra to Punakha takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Agra to Punakha due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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 27th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Rinpung Dzong and then contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Chele La Pass and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Paro trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Punakha to Paro takes 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Paro can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rumtek Monastery Sikkim and Enchey Monastery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hanuman Tok and Ranka Monastery. The adventure continues: gain insight at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and visit MG Marg.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gangtok road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Paro to Gangtok takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Japanese Peace Pagoda and Barbotey Rock Garden. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Mahakal Temple. When in Darjeeling, make a side trip to see Tashiding Monastery in Yuksom, approximately Yuksom away. It doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Chowrasta and pedal to the sights with Bike Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Darjeeling travel route planner.

You can drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling in 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough 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.
Amber Palace and Mukesh Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Jaigarh Fort and Museum of Legacies. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, admire the landmark architecture of Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, explore the world behind art at Jitesh Arts, and examine the collection at Amrapali Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaipur visit planner.

You can fly from Darjeeling to Jaipur in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Darjeeling in May; daily highs in Jaipur reach 106°F and lows reach 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Desert Art Gallery and Jaisalmer Fort. Step off the beaten path and head to Jaisalmer War Museum and Jain Temples. Spend the 12th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Desert Culture Centre & Museum and contemplate the long history of Kuldhara Abandoned Village.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Jaisalmer trip planning site.

Fly from Jaipur to Jaisalmer in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) 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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