11 days in Thimphu, Punakha & Paro Itinerary

11 days in Thimphu, Punakha & Paro Itinerary

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11 days in Thimphu, Punakha & Paro Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  7​h
1
Thimphu
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Punakha
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Paro
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

4
nights
Thimphu

The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Phajoding Monastery. Simtokha Dzong and Pangri Zampa Monastery will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, see the interesting displays at Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, take some stellar pictures from Wang Chu Park.Centenary Park, and make a trip to Changangkha Lhakhang.

To find out how to plan a trip to Thimphu, use our trip itinerary maker.

Mumbai, India to Thimphu is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Mumbai in November, expect Thimphu to be colder, temps between 23°C and 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Punakha.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Phajoding Monastery
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Phajoding Monastery ©
Phajoding Monastery
Simtokha Dzong ©
Simtokha 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery and then don't miss a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Wangdue Dzong.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Punakha planner .

Getting from Thimphu to Punakha by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paro.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wangdue Dzong
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Wangdue Dzong ©
Wangdue Dzong
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten ©
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery ©
Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Amedewa Tours and Trek. Get some historical perspective at Dzongdrakha Monastry and Druk Choeding. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Memorial House. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, don't miss a visit to Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Paro trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Punakha to Paro in 3.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Paro are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paro

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dzongdrakha Monastry ©
Dzongdrakha Monastry
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Memorial House ©

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