12 days in Bhutan Itinerary

12 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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12 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Punakha
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Gangtey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Thimphu
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Bumthang
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1​h
5
Paro
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

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 21st (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi L'hakhang Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and then make a trip to Punakha Suspension Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery and then don't miss a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Punakha trip itinerary planner.

Bengaluru, India to Punakha is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gangtey.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi L'hakhang Temple ©
Chimi L'hakhang Temple
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten ©
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

1
night
Gangtey

Gangtey ©
Surrounded by towering mountains and traversed by two meandering rivers, Gangtey is one of the most pristine tourist sites in Bhutan, set in a wide, flat glacial valley.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangtey Monastery and then appreciate the views at Phobjikha Valley.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Gangtey sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Punakha to Gangtey takes 2.5 hours. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Gangtey

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Phobjikha Valley
Highlights from your plan
Phobjikha Valley ©
Phobjikha Valley
Gangtey Monastery ©
Gangtey Monastery

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: cruise along Dochula Pass, pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), and gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights.

Make your Thimphu itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Gangtey to Thimphu by car takes about 4 hours. In December in Thimphu, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bumthang.

Things to do in Thimphu

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

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 27th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurje Lhakhang, then don't miss a visit to Jambay Lhakhang Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Ngang Lhakhang, then examine the collection at Ogyen Choling Palace Museum, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bumthang Brewery.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Bumthang trip site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Thimphu to Bumthang in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to 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.
Paro is known for historic sites, museums, scenic drive, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), see the interesting displays at National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri, and explore and take pictures at Chele La Pass.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paro trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bumthang to Paro takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Paro, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back 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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