16 days in Bhutan Itinerary

16 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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16 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Paro
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  1 h
2
Bumthang
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Trongsa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Gangtey
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Punakha
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Thimphu
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Stockholm

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kyichu Lhakhang. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Paro River, don't miss a visit to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, get great views at Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, and snap pictures at Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paro trip itinerary planning site.

Stockholm, Sweden to Paro is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Paro is 5 hours. Traveling from Stockholm in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Paro: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Bumthang.

Things to do in Paro

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Paro River ©
Paro River
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang

1
night
Bumthang

Bumthang ©
Plan a trip to Bumthang to discover an area as rich in culture as it is in sweeping valley views.
On the 7th (Sun), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bumthang Brewery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurje Lhakhang, and then don't miss a visit to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bumthang tour planner.

Getting from Paro to Bumthang by combination of flight and car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trongsa.

Things to do in Bumthang

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Kurje Lhakhang ©
Kurje Lhakhang
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple ©
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple

1
night
Trongsa

Trongsa ©
On the 8th (Mon), examine the collection at The Tower of Trongsa Museum, cruise along Yutong La Pass, and then don't miss a visit to Tongsa Dzong.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Trongsa online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bumthang to Trongsa in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gangtey.

Things to do in Trongsa

Scenic Drive Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Yutong La Pass ©
Yutong La Pass
Tongsa Dzong ©
Tongsa Dzong
The Tower of Trongsa Museum ©
The Tower of Trongsa Museum

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 9th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangtey Monastery and then admire the verdant scenery at Phobjikha Valley.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gangtey day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Trongsa to Gangtey in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Gangtey

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Phobjikha Valley
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Phobjikha Valley ©
Phobjikha Valley
Gangtey Monastery ©
Gangtey Monastery

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 10th (Wed), make a trip to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple and then don't miss a visit to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Punakha journey planner.

You can drive from Gangtey to Punakha in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten ©
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery ©
Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery

5
nights
Thimphu

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Photography Tours. There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, make a trip to Changangkha Lhakhang, and examine the collection at National Textile Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Thimphu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Punakha to Thimphu takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Motithang Takin Preserve ©
Motithang Takin Preserve

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