12 days in Bhutan & Kolkata (Calcutta) Itinerary

12 days in Bhutan & Kolkata (Calcutta) Itinerary

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12 days in Bhutan & Kolkata (Calcutta) Itinerary

Bhubaneswar, India
Drive:  14​h 45​min
Punakha, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 15​min
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
Bhubaneswar, India

1
day
Punakha, Bhutan

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 19th (Thu): take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge, make a trip to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi L'hakhang Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Punakha custom trip planner.

Bhubaneswar, India to Punakha is an approximately 29-hour car ride. You can also fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bhubaneswar in October: highs in Punakha hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Thimphu.

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Punakha Dzong
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Punakha Suspension Bridge

4
days
Thimphu, Bhutan

The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Thimphu: Paro (Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Rinpung Dzong, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Dochula Pass, don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, get lost in a book at National Library and Archives of Bhutan, and look for all kinds of wild species at Motithang Takin Preserve.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Thimphu vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Punakha to Thimphu takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Thimphu can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Thimphu

Sightseeing Historic Sites Parks

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Paro
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Taktsang Palphug Monastery
Dochula Pass
Kuenselphodrang

6
days
Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Take a break from Kolkata (Calcutta) with a short trip to Second Hooghly Bridge in Howrah, about 44 minutes away. Pack the 29th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Nicco Parks & Resorts Limited. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Victoria Memorial Hall, make a trip to College Street (Boi Para), wander the streets of Park Street, and snap pictures at Howrah Bridge.

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You can do a combination of car and flight from Thimphu to Kolkata (Calcutta) in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Thimphu in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Kolkata (Calcutta): temperatures range from 38°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Sightseeing Theme Parks Shopping

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Second Hooghly Bridge
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Dakshineswar Kali Temple
Victoria Memorial Hall
Howrah Bridge

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