16 days in Bhutan Itinerary

16 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dzongdrakha Monastry. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong, make a trip to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, and take in the views from Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Paro trip itinerary builder app.

Stockholm, Sweden to Paro is an approximately 17- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Stockholm to Paro due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Stockholm in June, expect Paro to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bumthang.

Things to do in Paro

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dzongdrakha Monastry ©
Dzongdrakha Monastry
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): sample the tasty concoctions at Bumthang Brewery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurje Lhakhang, and then don't miss a visit to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bumthang journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Paro to Bumthang in an hour. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Tower of Trongsa Museum, take a memorable drive along Yutong La Pass, and then make a trip to Tongsa Dzong.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Trongsa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bumthang to Trongsa takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gangtey.

Things to do in Trongsa

Scenic Drive Outdoors Museums
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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 stroll through Phobjikha Valley.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gangtey itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Trongsa to Gangtey takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Gangtey

Parks Wildlife Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): make a trip to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple and then don't miss a visit to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Punakha online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Gangtey to Punakha takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Simtokha Dzong and Changangkha Lhakhang. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Choki Traditional Art School, pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Druk Wangyel Monastery, and see the interesting displays at National Textile Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Thimphu trip planner.

You can drive from Punakha to Thimphu in 2.5 hours. June in Thimphu sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Motithang Takin Preserve ©
Motithang Takin Preserve

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