31 days in India, Nepal & Bhutan Itinerary

31 days in India, Nepal & Bhutan Itinerary

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31 days in India, Nepal & Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  3 h
1
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h
2
Sauraha, Nepal
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Pokhara, Nepal
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Muktinath, Nepal
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13 h 30 min
5
Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 30 min
6
Gangtok, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Lachung, India
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
8
Darjeeling, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Siliguri, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
10
Paro, Bhutan
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  10 h
11
Manali, India
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Mumbai, India

4
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Swayambhunath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. Thamel and Kathmandu Durbar Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 26th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Patan Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shree Pashupatinath Temple, look for gifts at Friendly Pashmina Export, and take in the exciting artwork at Nepal Art Council Gallery.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kathmandu travel planner .

Mumbai, India to Kathmandu is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in December: high temperatures in Kathmandu hover around 22°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Sauraha.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Patan Museum
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Patan Museum ©
Patan Museum
Boudhanath Stupa ©
Boudhanath Stupa

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Chitwan National Park. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Tiger Residency Resort and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Breeding Centre.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sauraha road trip planner .

Getting from Kathmandu to Sauraha by combination of flight and car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December, Sauraha is somewhat warmer than Kathmandu - with highs of 27°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pokhara.

Things to do in Sauraha

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tiger Residency Resort
Highlights from your plan
Chitwan National Park ©
Chitwan National Park
Elephant Breeding Centre ©
Elephant Breeding Centre
Tiger Residency Resort ©
Tiger Residency Resort

3
nights
Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gurkha Memorial Museum and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Peace Temple and Barahi temple. And it doesn't end there: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Love Love Pashmina Store & Gems, Head underground at Gupteswar Gupha, and contemplate the waterfront views at Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake).

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pokhara driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Sauraha to Pokhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Pokhara can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Muktinath.

Things to do in Pokhara

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Gurkha Memorial Museum ©
Gurkha Memorial Museum

1
night
Muktinath, Nepal

Muktinath ©
Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas) in Mustang, Nepal. On the 3rd (Thu), hike along Jomsom Muktinath Trek and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muktinath Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Muktinath route maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Pokhara to Muktinath in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daily temperatures in Muktinath can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Sagarmatha National Park.

Things to do in Muktinath

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Jomsom Muktinath Trek
Highlights from your plan
Jomsom Muktinath Trek ©
Jomsom Muktinath Trek
Muktinath Temple ©
Muktinath 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 (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Everest, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ama Dablam, and then stroll the grounds of Memorial to Scott Fischer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Gokyo Lakes and then take in the dramatic natural features at Khumbu Glacier.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sagarmatha National Park online vacation maker .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Muktinath to Sagarmatha National Park takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Sagarmatha National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Memorial to Scott Fischer
Highlights from your plan
Mt Everest
Mt Everest
Gokyo Lakes ©
Gokyo Lakes
Khumbu Glacier ©
Khumbu Glacier

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tsongmo Lake and Climbing Tours. Get some cultural insight at Nathula Pass and Tharpa Choling Monastery. Get out of town with these interesting Gangtok side-trips: Kalimpong (Kalimpong Science Centre & Mangal Dham). There's lots more to do: stop by Golden Tips, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enchey Monastery, take a stroll through MG Marg, and identify plant and animal life at Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Gangtok road trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sagarmatha National Park to Gangtok. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Lachung.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Kalimpong
Highlights from your plan
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary ©
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
Enchey Monastery ©
Enchey Monastery
Climbing Tours

1
night
Lachung, India

Lachung ©
Perched high in the Himalayas, Lachung offers quintessential mountain scenery and small-village hospitality, making it one of India's most beloved destinations.
On the 9th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Lachung Monastery, admire the sheer force of Naga Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bhim Nala Falls, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Yumthang Valley.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Lachung journey maker .

You can drive from Gangtok to Lachung in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Lachung

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Naga Falls ©
Naga Falls
Yumthang Valley ©
Yumthang Valley
Bhim Nala Falls ©
Bhim Nala Falls

2
nights
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 10th (Thu): stop by Chandulal's, examine the collection at Everest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple, then see the interesting displays at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Japanese Peace Pagoda. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Himalayan Tibet Museum, then explore the galleries of Kalimpong Arts & Craft Centre, and then contemplate the long history of Tinchuley Village.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Darjeeling vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Lachung to Darjeeling takes 6.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Darjeeling can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Siliguri.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Kalimpong Arts & Craft Centre
Highlights from your plan
Tinchuley Village ©
Tinchuley Village
Mahakal Temple ©
Mahakal Temple
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

3
nights
Siliguri, India

Siliguri ©
Siliguri is a city which spans across the Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts in the Indian state of West Bengal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): get curious at The Science City, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lokenath Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of ISKCON Siliguri, Sri Sri Radha Madhavsundara, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Vega Circle Mall.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Siliguri road trip planning website .

You can drive from Darjeeling to Siliguri in 2.5 hours. January in Siliguri sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Siliguri

Shopping Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Vega Circle Mall ©
Vega Circle Mall
Lokenath Temple ©
Lokenath Temple

4
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.
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) and Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Dochula Pass and Motithang Takin Preserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Thimphu (Centenary Farmers Market, Simply Bhutan Museum, & more). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Taktsang Palphug Monastery and contemplate the waterfront views at Paro River.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paro trip itinerary app .

Drive from Siliguri to Paro in 8.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Siliguri in January: high temperatures in Paro hover around 16°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Paro

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Thimphu
Highlights from your plan
Paro Taktsang ©
Paro Taktsang
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang
Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan ©
Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan

4
nights
Manali, India

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Spiti Valley has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Solang Valley and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to International Roerich Memorial Trust and Beas Kund. Explore Manali's surroundings by going to Naggar (Naggar Castle & Tripura Sundari Temple). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, fly down the slopes at Solang Nullah, stop by Sync Internet Lounge, and explore the activities along Beas River.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manali trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Paro to Manali takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Manali

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Naggar, Spiti Valley
Highlights from your plan
Spiti Valley ©
Spiti Valley
International Roerich Memorial Trust ©
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple

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