10 days in Sikkim, Bhutan & Kolkata (Calcutta) Itinerary

10 days in Sikkim, Bhutan & Kolkata (Calcutta) Itinerary

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10 days in Sikkim, Bhutan & Kolkata (Calcutta) Itinerary

Start: Pune, India
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Gangtok, India
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
— 2 nights
End: Kolkata (Calcutta), India


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2
nights
Gangtok, India

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 30th (Sat), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Hanuman Tok, and then take a stroll through MG Marg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Kyongnosla Waterfall, then contemplate the long history of Nathula, and then make a trip to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gangtok trip planner .

Pune to Gangtok is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paro.

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Nathula ©
Nathula
MG Marg ©
MG Marg

2
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.
You've now added Sacred Himalaya Travel to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the views from Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Rinpung Dzong, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang and then see Sacred Himalaya Travel.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paro visit planning tool .

Getting from Gangtok to Paro by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Paro can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Thimphu.

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Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang
Rinpung Dzong ©
Rinpung Dzong

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Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
On the 4th (Wed), stroll through Motithang Takin Preserve, get a sense of history and politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, then get a taste of the local shopping with Junction Book Store, then explore and take pictures at Dochula Pass, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Druk Wangyel Monastery. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phajoding Monastery, make a trip to Changangkha Lhakhang, then steep yourself in history at Simtokha Dzong, and finally don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten).

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You can drive from Paro to Thimphu in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Punakha.

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Phajoding Monastery
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Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)
Simtokha Dzong ©
Simtokha Dzong
Phajoding Monastery ©
Phajoding Monastery

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Punakha, Bhutan

Punakha ©
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 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi L'hakhang Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and then make a trip to Punakha Suspension Bridge.

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Traveling by car from Thimphu to Punakha takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

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Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi L'hakhang Temple ©
Chimi L'hakhang Temple
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zigzag India Tours. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Zigzag India Tours, don't miss a visit to Park Street, and then stop by Kumortuli.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kolkata (Calcutta) using our trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Punakha to Kolkata (Calcutta) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train. In December in Kolkata (Calcutta), expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

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Park Street ©
Park Street
Kumartuli ©
Kumartuli

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