16 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

16 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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16 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru, India
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Paro, Bhutan
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Gangtok, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Siliguri, India
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Kalimpong, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Darjeeling, India
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Bengaluru, India


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1
night
Punakha, Bhutan

Punakha ©
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Punakha online trip builder .

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 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paro.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
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Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi L'hakhang Temple ©
Chimi L'hakhang Temple
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paro: Thimphu (Kuenselphodrang, Changangkha Lhakhang, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taktsang Palphug Monastery, examine the collection at National Museum, contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), and snap pictures at Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

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Traveling by car from Punakha to Paro takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Thimphu
Highlights from your plan
Taktsang Palphug Monastery ©
Taktsang Palphug Monastery
Photography Tours
Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang

3
nights
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, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake, make a trip to Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, steep yourself in history at Nathula Pass, and take a stroll through MG Marg.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gangtok trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Paro to Gangtok takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Siliguri.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula Pass ©
Nathula Pass
Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir ©
Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir

1
night
Siliguri, India

Siliguri ©
Siliguri is a city which spans across the Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts in the Indian state of West Bengal. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at City Centre, browse the different shops at Vega Circle Mall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Siliguri, Sri Sri Radha Madhavsundara, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lokenath Temple.

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Drive from Gangtok to Siliguri in 4 hours. In May in Siliguri, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Kalimpong.

Things to do in Siliguri

Shopping Historic Sites
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City Centre ©
City Centre
Vega Circle Mall ©
Vega Circle Mall

3
nights
Kalimpong, India

Kalimpong ©
Set high upon a ridge above the Teesta River and deep within the Himalayas, the bustling bazaar town of Kalimpong draws a strong contingent of visitors with its nearby attractions, temperate climate, and mountain scenery.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kalimpong: Ravangla (Bonn Monastery, Doling Gompa, & more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Deolo Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery, have fun and explore at Kalimpong Science Centre, and admire the natural beauty at Kalimpong Cactus Nursery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kalimpong trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Siliguri to Kalimpong takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kalimpong can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Kalimpong

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Ravangla
Highlights from your plan
Buddha Park ©
Buddha Park
Deolo Hill ©
Deolo Hill
Kalimpong Cactus Nursery ©
Kalimpong Cactus Nursery

4
nights
Darjeeling, India

Darjeeling ©
The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Darjeeling: Tashiding Monastery (in Yuksom) and Sangacholing Monastery (in Pelling). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, take in the awesome beauty at St. Mary's Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple, and take some stellar pictures from Ahal Dara View Point.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Darjeeling day trip website .

You can drive from Kalimpong to Darjeeling in 2.5 hours. In May in Darjeeling, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sangacholing Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery, Tashiding Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©

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