20 days in India, Bhutan & Nepal Itinerary

20 days in India, Bhutan & Nepal Itinerary

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Darjeeling, India
— 2 nights
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Gangtok, India
— 2 nights
3
Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
4
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 5 nights
5
Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
— 2 nights
6
Sauraha, Nepal
— 3 nights
7
Pokhara, Nepal
— 3 nights

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and then examine the collection at Everest Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Himalayan Tibet Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhirdham Temple, and then see the interesting displays at Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Ghoom Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Darjeeling online day trip planner.

Mumbai to Darjeeling is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Mumbai in December, things will get little chillier in Darjeeling: highs are around 30°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gangtok.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Kangchenjunga ©
Kangchenjunga
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
Himalayan Tibet Museum ©
Himalayan Tibet Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Nathula, contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake, and then wander the streets of MG Marg. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, look for all kinds of wild species at Deorali Orchid Sanctuary, and then look for gifts at Golden Tips.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Gangtok using our trip planner.

You can drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Paro.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula ©
Nathula
MG Marg ©
MG Marg

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): examine the collection at National Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Memorial House. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinpung Dzong, then steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paro road trip planner.

Getting from Gangtok to Paro by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Gangtok to Paro, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In December in Paro, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Paro Taktsang ©
Paro Taktsang
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang
National Museum ©
National Museum

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nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu ©
Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
For shopping fun, head to Friendly Pashmina Export or Universal Art Gallery. Popular historic sites such as Swayambhunath Temple and Shree Pashupatinath Temple - Gwola Mahadyo are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Kathmandu to Langtang National Park to see Langtang Valley about 3h 15 min away. Make the 2nd (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Make the 4th (Fri) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's still lots to do: visit Thamel, don't miss a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, explore the world behind art at Patan Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Boudhanath Stupa.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kathmandu itinerary builder.

You can fly from Paro to Kathmandu in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Bhutan Time to Nepal Time, which is usually a -0.2 hour difference. Traveling from Paro in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kathmandu, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sagarmatha National Park.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Patan Museum, Langtang Valley
Highlights from your plan
Patan Museum ©
Patan Museum
Boudhanath Stupa ©
Boudhanath Stupa
Shree Pashupatinath Temple - Gwola Mahadyo ©

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nights
Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

Sagarmatha National Park
Dominated by the world's tallest, Sagarmatha National Park is renowned for its carefully preserved natural heritage as well as the cultural and religious importance of its Buddhist monasteries and traditional Sherpa settlements.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Gokyo Lakes and then stroll through Khumbu Glacier. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Everest, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Memorial to Scott Fischer, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Taboche.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sagarmatha National Park trip itinerary site.

Getting from Kathmandu to Sagarmatha National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Sauraha.

Things to do in Sagarmatha National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Memorial to Scott Fischer
Highlights from your plan
Mt Everest
Mt Everest
Mt. Taboche ©
Mt. Taboche
Khumbu Glacier ©
Khumbu Glacier

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nights
Sauraha, Nepal

Sauraha ©
The tourist town of Sauraha stands on the edge of the Chitwan National Park and acts as the eastern gateway to a World Heritage-protected area.
Get outdoors at Chitwan National Park and Tiger Residency Resort. Next up on the itinerary: catch all the local highlights with Into The Wild Tours & Travel.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sauraha trip app.

Traveling by flight from Sagarmatha National Park to Sauraha takes 20.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sauraha are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Sauraha

Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Tiger Residency Resort
Highlights from your plan
Chitwan National Park ©
Chitwan National Park
Tiger Residency Resort ©
Tiger Residency Resort

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nights
Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at International Mountain Museum and Gurkha Memorial Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Devi's Fall. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake), see the interesting displays at Annapurna Butterfly Museum, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in the awesome beauty at Sarangkot.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pokhara trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Sauraha to Pokhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Pokhara sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pokhara

Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) ©
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake)
Sarangkot ©
Sarangkot

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