27 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

27 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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27 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly + Drive:  23​h 45​min
1
Jammu City, India
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Jalandhar, India
— 2 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
New Delhi, India
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Jabalpur, India
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
5
Mangalore, India
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
6
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Gangtey, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Paro, Bhutan
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
10
Varanasi, India
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Jammu City, India

Standing on the banks of the Tawi River, Jammu City enjoys popularity as the winter capital of Kashmir.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nau Devi Temple.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jammu City online road trip planner .

London, UK to Jammu City is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Jammu City is 5 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from London in March: highs in Jammu City hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Jalandhar.

Things to do in Jammu City

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Katra
Highlights from your plan
Helicopter Tours
Mantalai Temple ©
Mantalai Temple

2
nights
Jalandhar, India

Jalandhar ©
Jalandhar, formerly known as Jullundur in British India, is a city in the Doaba region of the northwestern Indian state of Punjab. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tulsi Mandir Temple and Shiv Mandir. Attractions like Wonderland Theme Park and Nikku Park make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Smaaash in Ludhiana (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Rangla Punjab Haveli, have some family-friendly fun at The Fun Factory, have fun at Colonelz SharpShooterz, and look for gifts at Lovely Sweets House Pvt Ltd.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jalandhar trip planner .

Traveling by car from Jammu City to Jalandhar takes 4.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Jalandhar can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Jalandhar

Theme Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Smaaash
Highlights from your plan
Wonderland Theme Park ©
Wonderland Theme Park
The Fun Factory ©
The Fun Factory
Rangla Punjab Haveli ©
Rangla Punjab Haveli

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Humayun's Tomb and India Gate. Kids will enjoy Nature & Wildlife Tours and Jantar Mantar. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham, contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan), and don't miss a visit to Red Fort (Lal Quila).

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our New Delhi trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Jalandhar to New Delhi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Jalandhar in March, things will get somewhat warmer in New Delhi: highs are around 34°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Jabalpur.

Things to do in New Delhi

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Akshardham ©
Akshardham
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Red Fort (Lal Quila) ©
Red Fort (Lal Quila)

1
night
Jabalpur, India

Jabalpur ©
Many of the cultural and natural attractions of Jabalpur stem from the city's surrounding abundance of marble.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Dhuandhar Falls, then don't miss a visit to Marble Rocks at Bhedaghat, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaushat Yogini, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pisanhari Ki Madiya.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Jabalpur trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from New Delhi to Jabalpur. In April, daytime highs in Jabalpur are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mangalore.

Things to do in Jabalpur

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pisanhari Ki Madiya ©
Pisanhari Ki Madiya
Dhuandhar Falls ©
Dhuandhar Falls
Chaushat Yogini ©
Chaushat Yogini

3
nights
Mangalore, India

Mangalore ©
A gateway to the coastal region, Mangalore has long served as a stop-off point on maritime trade routes, and remains a major port city today.
Bring the kids along to Kottancheri Hills and Sri Krishna Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Madhur Temple and Ananthapura Lake Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Kapu Beach (in Udupi) and Kasaragod (Mogral River & Elephent Fall Charladka). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadri Manjunath Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Infant Jesus Shrine, see the sky in a new way at Pilikula Nisargadhama, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tannirbhavi Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mangalore trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Jabalpur to Mangalore. When traveling from Jabalpur in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Mangalore: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Mangalore

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kasaragod, Udupi
Highlights from your plan
Kottancheri Hills ©
Kottancheri Hills
Madhur Temple ©
Madhur Temple
Ananthapura Lake Temple ©
Ananthapura Lake Temple

3
nights
Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Kolkata (Calcutta) ©
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.
Victoria Memorial Hall and Science City are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Tarapith Temple and Eco Tourism Park. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar), get engrossed in the history at Kolkata Tram Museum Smaranika, don't miss a visit to Dakshineswar Kali Temple, and have fun and explore at Nehru Children's Museum.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kolkata (Calcutta) trip site .

Getting from Mangalore to Kolkata (Calcutta) by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in April, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Punakha.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tarapith Temple
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Memorial Hall ©
Victoria Memorial Hall
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar) ©
Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar)
South Park Street Cemetery ©
South Park Street Cemetery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi L'hakhang Temple, make a trip to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and finally snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Punakha road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Punakha in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gangtey.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi L'hakhang Temple ©
Chimi L'hakhang Temple
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

1
night
Gangtey, Bhutan

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 13th (Sat): make a trip to Gangtey Monastery and then admire the verdant scenery at Phobjikha Valley.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gangtey trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Punakha to Gangtey in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Paro.

Things to do in Gangtey

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Phobjikha Valley
Highlights from your plan
Phobjikha Valley ©
Phobjikha Valley
Gangtey Monastery ©
Gangtey Monastery

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.
Get some cultural insight at Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) and National Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Paro: Thimphu (Photography Tours & Motithang Takin Preserve). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Taktsang Palphug Monastery, take a memorable drive along Chele La Pass, and contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Paro trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Gangtey to Paro takes 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Paro can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Thimphu
Highlights from your plan
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
National Museum ©
National Museum
Motithang Takin Preserve ©
Motithang Takin Preserve

2
nights
Varanasi, India

Varanasi
A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
On the 17th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Man Singh Observatory, contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vishalakshi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bindu Madhav Temple, then make a trip to Sarnath, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Annapurna Devi Mandir.

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Traveling by flight from Paro to Varanasi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Paro in April, expect Varanasi to be much hotter, temps between 45°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Ganges River
Ganges River
Sarnath ©
Sarnath
Vishalakshi Temple ©
Vishalakshi Temple

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