29 days in Bhutan, India & Nepal Itinerary

29 days in Bhutan, India & Nepal Itinerary

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Paro, Bhutan
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New Delhi, India
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Paro, Bhutan

— 7 nights
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 a sense of the local culture at Paro Taktsang and Rinpung Dzong. Kyichu Lhakhang and Simtokha Dzong will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Paro: Thimphu (Changangkha Lhakhang, Choki Traditional Art School, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong, pause for some photo ops at Dasho Nishioka Chorten, relax and rejuvenate at Tshetob Ying Yum, and take in the views from Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paro trip itinerary planning website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Paro is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Bhutan Time (BTT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in March; daily highs in Paro reach 19°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

New Delhi, India

— 15 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib and Rajpath. Get some historical perspective at Humayun's Tomb and Chhatarpur Temple. Take a break from New Delhi with a short trip to Sheetla Mata Mandir in Gurugram (Gurgaon), about 48 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Raj Ghat, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, step into the grandiose world of Red Fort, and wander the streets of Hauz Khas Village.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our New Delhi travel planner.

You can fly from Paro to New Delhi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Paro to New Delhi. When traveling from Paro in March, plan for much hotter days in New Delhi, with highs around 34°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Kathmandu, Nepal

— 3 nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Boudhanath Stupa and Kopan Monastery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas and Patan Museum. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swayambhunath Temple, steep yourself in history at Narasingha Mandir Temple, don't miss a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, and pause for some photo ops at Kala Bairav.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kathmandu planner.

You can fly from New Delhi to Kathmandu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.2 hours traveling from New Delhi to Kathmandu. Traveling from New Delhi in April, things will get slightly colder in Kathmandu: highs are around 33°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Bhutan travel guide

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Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Sacred & Religious Sites
Last Shangrila
Thanks to its location in the Himalayas, tiny Bhutan's main tourist attraction is its stunning natural scenery. The last of the world's Buddhist kingdoms, this mountainous country boasts stretches of fertile land and a small population surviving on subsistence farming. Visitors seeking culturally enriching experiences take a trip to Bhutan to discover a mysterious and magic mountain kingdom where traditional Buddhism slowly and carefully accepts the developments of the modern world. Popular things to do in this "Last Shangrila" include bird-watching, hiking, and biking through some of the planet's least-spoiled wilderness areas, where commercial tourism still seems a concept from a distant future.

India travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.

Nepal travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parasailing & Paragliding · Spas
With everything from snowcapped mountains and vast grasslands to dense tropical forests, Nepal represents one of the world's most ecologically diverse destinations. A trip to Nepal takes visitors to an ancient land situated between India and China, both of which influence the region's culture, cuisine, and religious traditions. Despite the country's natural appeal, commercial tourism in Nepal remains a relatively new industry and most of the area lies unspoiled and undiscovered by foreigners. Ideal for travelers interested in pushing their physical abilities to the limit, Nepal contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest.