11 days in Bhutan Itinerary

11 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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11 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Phuentsholing
Drive:  6​h
1
Thimphu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Punakha
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Bumthang
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Paro
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Phuentsholing

3
nights
Thimphu

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Thimphu is known for scenic drive, parks, museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Dochula Pass, don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), ponder the world of politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), and contemplate the long history of Simtokha Dzong.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Thimphu online tour planner .

Phuentsholing to Thimphu is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Thimphu are 16°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)

2
nights
Punakha

Punakha ©
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
On the 6th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi L'hakhang Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and then snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Punakha online route maker .

Traveling by car from Thimphu to Punakha takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bumthang.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi L'hakhang Temple ©
Chimi L'hakhang Temple
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

2
nights
Bumthang

Bumthang ©
Plan a trip to Bumthang to discover an area as rich in culture as it is in sweeping valley views.
On the 8th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jambay Lhakhang Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurje Lhakhang, and then make a trip to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple. Keep things going the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bumthang Brewery and then see the interesting displays at Ogyen Choling Palace Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bumthang driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Punakha to Bumthang takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paro.

Things to do in Bumthang

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Jakar
Highlights from your plan
Kurje Lhakhang ©
Kurje Lhakhang
Jambay Lhakhang Temple ©
Jambay Lhakhang Temple
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple ©
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple

3
nights
Paro

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 10th (Fri): examine the collection at National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang, and then steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest). Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Dasho Nishioka Chorten, then explore and take pictures at Chele La Pass, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri, and finally steep yourself in history at Rinpung Dzong.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paro tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Bumthang to Paro by combination of car and flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In January, daytime highs in Paro are 16°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass
National Museum ©
National Museum

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