26 days in India, Bhutan & Nepal Itinerary

26 days in India, Bhutan & Nepal Itinerary

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26 days in India, Bhutan & Nepal Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+2
bus + train + Fly:  7​h
1
Leh, India
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Srinagar, India
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
New Delhi, India
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Manali, India
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h
5
Darjeeling, India
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Paro, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
8
Gangtok, India
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
9
Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
10
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  30​min
11
Pokhara, Nepal
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
12
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  8​h
13
Munnar, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
14
Kochi (Cochin), India
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

3
nights
Leh, India

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Step out of Leh to go to Alchi and see Alchi Monastary, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, see the interesting displays at Stok Palace Museum, pause for some photo ops at Shey Monastery, and make a trip to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Leh route planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Leh is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Srinagar.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Alchi Monastary
Highlights from your plan
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame

1
night
Srinagar, India

Srinagar ©
The focus lies mainly on the waters in Srinagar, with the river and lakes of the city dotted with colorful houseboats and making the relatively cool summer capital a popular tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): make a trip to Shankaracharya Hill, then explore the activities along Dal Lake, and then look for gifts at Akee Crafts.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Srinagar trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Leh to Srinagar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Srinagar

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Dal Lake ©
Dal Lake
Shankaracharya Hill ©
Shankaracharya Hill

3
nights
New Delhi, India

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Humayun's Tomb, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham, and take in panoramic vistas at Qutub Minar.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our New Delhi travel route planning site .

Fly from Srinagar to New Delhi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Srinagar in November, you will find days in New Delhi are much hotter (33°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Manali.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

2
nights
Manali, India

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, then contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gayatri Temple. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Manali road trip app .

Getting from New Delhi to Manali by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Manali

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Beas River ©
Beas River
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Sat), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then meet the residents at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Peace Pagoda.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Darjeeling tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Manali to Darjeeling takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In November in Darjeeling, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

1
night
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 1st (Sun): see the interesting displays at National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang, and then steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest).

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paro online trip builder .

Getting from Darjeeling to Paro by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Darjeeling in November, expect Paro to be a bit cooler, temps between 23°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Thimphu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
National Museum ©
National Museum
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang

1
night
Thimphu, Bhutan

The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), then pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Thimphu trip planning app .

You can drive from Paro to Thimphu in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Nathula, contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake, and then don't miss a visit to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gangtok trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Thimphu to Gangtok by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sagarmatha National Park.

Things to do in Gangtok

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

1
night
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 4th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Ama Dablam and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Everest. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Dudh Koshi River, take some stellar pictures from Everest View Point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Gokyo Lakes, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Taboche.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sagarmatha National Park tour itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gangtok to Sagarmatha National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Sagarmatha National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mt Everest
Mt Everest
Mt. Taboche ©
Mt. Taboche
Gokyo Lakes ©
Gokyo Lakes

3
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.
Kathmandu is known for historic sites, parks, spas, adventure, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Boudhanath Stupa, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kathmandu online trip builder .

You can fly from Sagarmatha National Park to Kathmandu in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pokhara.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Boudhanath Stupa ©
Boudhanath Stupa
Helicopter Tours
Climbing Tours

1
night
Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the activities along Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake), and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pokhara trip planner .

Pokhara is just a stone's throw from Kathmandu. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kathmandu in December since evenings lows in Pokhara dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Pokhara

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) ©
Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake)
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): examine the collection at Victoria Memorial Hall, get engrossed in the history at Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar), and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

Make your Kolkata (Calcutta) itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Pokhara to Kolkata (Calcutta) by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pokhara in December: high temperatures in Kolkata (Calcutta) hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Munnar.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar) ©
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar)

2
nights
Munnar, India

Munnar ©
Sitting at the point where three mountain rivers meet, the hill station of Munnar has become known as a tea-growing center in the south of the country.
Munnar is known for parks, nature, museums, nightlife, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Tea Gardens, stop by Tata Tea Outlet, pause for some serene contemplation at Mount Carmel Church &Mount Carmel Pilgrim Centre, and see human ingenuity at work at Mattupetty Dam.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Munnar trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Munnar by combination of flight and taxi takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, Munnar is a bit warmer than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kochi (Cochin).

Things to do in Munnar

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tea Gardens ©
Tea Gardens
Mattupetty Dam ©
Mattupetty Dam
Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park ©

2
nights
Kochi (Cochin), India

Kochi (Cochin) ©
A flourishing port city and magnet for the spice trade since the 15th century, Kochi (Cochin) proudly bears its distinct international influence and local Keralan culture.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karingachira Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paradesi Synagogue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Francis, make a trip to Chinese Fishing Nets, then admire the striking features of Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, and finally deepen your understanding at Kerala Kathakali Centre. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your game on at Plug And Play Gaming Lounge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Philomenas Church Koonammavu, then admire the landmark architecture of Mattancherry Palace, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

You can plan Kochi (Cochin) trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Munnar to Kochi (Cochin) by car takes about 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kochi (Cochin)

Historic Sites Fun & Games Spas
Highlights from your plan
Paradesi Synagogue ©
Paradesi Synagogue
Chinese Fishing Nets ©
Chinese Fishing Nets
Mattancherry Palace ©
Mattancherry Palace

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