11 days in Bhutan, Gangtok & Darjeeling Itinerary

11 days in Bhutan, Gangtok & Darjeeling Itinerary

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11 days in Bhutan, Gangtok & Darjeeling Itinerary

Start: Nagpur, India
Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
4
Gangtok, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Darjeeling, India
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Nagpur, India

1
night
Punakha, Bhutan

Punakha ©
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 2nd (Tue): make a trip to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi L'hakhang Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and finally don't miss a visit to Punakha Suspension Bridge.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Punakha trip planner .

Nagpur, India to Punakha is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Thimphu.

Things to do in Punakha

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

2
nights
Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
On the 3rd (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Folk Heritage Museum Kawajangsa and then cruise along Dochula Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Simtokha Dzong, then pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, then get a sense of history and politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), and finally identify plant and animal life at Motithang Takin Preserve.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Thimphu day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Punakha to Thimphu takes 2.5 hours. In July in Thimphu, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paro.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive
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Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)
Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Simtokha Dzong ©
Simtokha Dzong

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.
On the 5th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Rinpung Dzong and then contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest). On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, then steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong, then take a memorable drive along Chele La Pass, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Paro trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Thimphu to Paro in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Paro are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang
Drukgyel Dzong ©
Drukgyel Dzong

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake, then contemplate the long history of Nathula Pass, and then make a trip to Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of MG Marg, then make a trip to Hanuman Tok, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Banjhakri Water Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gangtok trip app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Paro to Gangtok in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula ©
Nathula
MG Marg ©
MG Marg

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Chowrasta, stroll through Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Kanchenjunga Mountain and then stroll through Tinchuley Village.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Darjeeling trip planner .

Drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Kangchenjunga ©
Kangchenjunga

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