14 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

14 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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Darjeeling, India
— 2 nights
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Gangtok, India
— 3 nights
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Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
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Thimphu, Bhutan
— 2 nights
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Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
— 3 nights

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Darjeeling, India

Darjeeling ©

Queen of the Hills

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 1st (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Ghoom Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda, make a trip to Batasia Loop, then examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Darjeeling trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Mumbai to Darjeeling is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Mumbai in April since evenings lows in Darjeeling dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gangtok.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill

3
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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.
Gangtok is known for nature, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake, take a stroll through MG Marg, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rumtek Monastery Sikkim, and gain insight at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Gangtok day trip planning site.

You can drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Punakha.

Things to do in Gangtok

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
MG Marg ©
MG Marg
Rumtek Monastery Sikkim ©
Rumtek Monastery Sikkim

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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.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and then snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Punakha trip builder tool.

Fly from Gangtok to Punakha in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Gangtok to Punakha due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Thimphu.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi Lhakhang Temple ©
Chimi Lhakhang Temple
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Pangri Zampa Monastery, see the interesting displays at Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, then ponder the world of politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), then appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, and finally make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Simtokha Dzong, then cruise along Dochula Pass, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Motithang Takin Preserve, and finally make a trip to Changangkha Lhakhang.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Thimphu trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Punakha to Thimphu by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Paro.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)
Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, and then take a memorable drive along Chele La Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dzongdrakha Monastry, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinpung Dzong, then don't miss a visit to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, and finally contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Paro travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Thimphu to Paro takes 1.5 hours. April in Paro sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang
National Museum ©
National Museum
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©

City of Joy

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.
Kolkata (Calcutta) is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Victoria Memorial Hall, make a trip to Dakshineswar Kali Temple, take in the views from Howrah Bridge, and learn more about the world around you at Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar).

Plan my day in Kolkata (Calcutta) using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Paro to Kolkata (Calcutta) by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Bhutan Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Paro in April, things will get warmer in Kolkata (Calcutta): highs are around 42°C and lows about 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Highlights from your plan
Dakshineswar Kali Temple ©
Dakshineswar Kali Temple
Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
South Park Street Cemetery ©
South Park Street Cemetery

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