10 days in Darjeeling, Gangtok & Bhutan Itinerary

10 days in Darjeeling, Gangtok & Bhutan Itinerary

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10 days in Darjeeling, Gangtok & Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Dallas, United States
Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
Darjeeling, India
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Gangtok, India
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Paro, Bhutan
— 3 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Dallas, United States

1
day
Darjeeling, India

Darjeeling ©
The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ghoom Monastery, then explore the galleries of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and finally meet the residents at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling journey planning site .

Dallas, USA to Darjeeling is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Dallas to Darjeeling due to the time zone difference. In December, Darjeeling is somewhat warmer than Dallas - with highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

2
nights
Gangtok, India

Gangtok ©
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
On the 25th (Wed), get great views at Ganesh Tok View Point, steep yourself in history at Nathula, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gangtok trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Darjeeling to Gangtok takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Thimphu.

Things to do in Gangtok

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Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula ©
Nathula
Ganesh Tok View Point ©
Ganesh Tok View Point

1
night
Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Motithang Takin Preserve, then appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, and then cruise along Dochula Pass. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Bhutan Post Office Headquarters, don't miss a visit to Clock Tower Square, then don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), then ponder the world of politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), and finally don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Thimphu planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Gangtok to Thimphu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Paro.

Things to do in Thimphu

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Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Motithang Takin Preserve ©
Motithang Takin Preserve
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)

3
nights
Paro, Bhutan

Paro ©
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 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Druk Choeding, and then steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at National Museum, then steep yourself in history at Rinpung Dzong, and then take a memorable drive along Chele La Pass.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paro trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Thimphu to Paro takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Paro are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paro

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Rinpung Dzong ©
Rinpung Dzong
National Museum ©
National Museum
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang

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