19 days in Bhutan Itinerary

19 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9 h
1
Paro
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  1 h
2
Bumthang
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Trongsa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Phobjikha Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Punakha
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Thimphu
— 5 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Dubai

5
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.
Make the 6th (Sun) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang, examine the collection at National Museum, don't miss a visit to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, and snap pictures at Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

Plan my day in Paro using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Paro is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Paro. When traveling from Dubai in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Paro: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Bumthang.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Lhakhang Nagpo
Highlights from your plan
Paro Taktsang ©
Paro Taktsang
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass
National Museum ©
National Museum

3
nights
Bumthang

Bumthang ©
Plan a trip to Bumthang to discover an area as rich in culture as it is in sweeping valley views.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bumthang: Jakar (Jambay Lhakhang Temple & Jakar Dzong). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurje Lhakhang, sample the tasty concoctions at Bumthang Brewery, don't miss a visit to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple, and appreciate the views at Ura Valley.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bumthang road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Paro to Bumthang takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Trongsa.

Things to do in Bumthang

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Jakar
Highlights from your plan
Kurje Lhakhang ©
Kurje Lhakhang
Jambay Lhakhang Temple ©
Jambay Lhakhang Temple
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple ©
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple

2
nights
Trongsa

Trongsa ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at The Tower of Trongsa Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Yutong La Pass, and then make a trip to Tongsa Dzong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of The Royal Manas National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Trongsa trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Bumthang to Trongsa in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Phobjikha Valley.

Things to do in Trongsa

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Royal Manas National Park
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
Phobjikha Valley

Phobjikha Valley ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangtey Monastery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Necked Crane Center, and then appreciate the views at Phobjikha Valley.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Phobjikha Valley travel route tool.

Drive from Trongsa to Phobjikha Valley in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Punakha.

Things to do in Phobjikha Valley

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gangtey Monastery, Phobjikha Valley
Highlights from your plan
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 13th (Sun), make a trip to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and then make a trip to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Punakha visit planner.

You can drive from Phobjikha Valley to Punakha in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to 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

5
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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Dochula Pass, don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), get engrossed in the history at Simply Bhutan Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Thimphu holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Punakha to Thimphu takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Thimphu can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Phajoding Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)

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