5 days in Bhutan Itinerary

5 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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5 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  3 h
1
Paro
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Thimphu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Punakha
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: New Delhi

1
night
Paro

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.
On the 9th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinpung Dzong, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paro driving holiday planner.

New Delhi, India to Paro is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car. When traveling from New Delhi in March, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Paro: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Thimphu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Museums
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Paro Taktsang ©
Paro Taktsang
National Museum ©
National Museum
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang

2
nights
Thimphu

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, make a trip to Clock Tower Square, then steep yourself in history at Simtokha Dzong, then cruise along Dochula Pass, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Druk Wangyel Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Motithang Takin Preserve, see the interesting displays at Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, ponder the world of politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), then appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, and finally make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten).

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Thimphu trip builder website.

Getting from Paro to Thimphu by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Thimphu can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Punakha.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites Parks Scenic Drive
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Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)

1
night
Punakha

Punakha ©
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and then take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Punakha travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Thimphu to Punakha takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
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Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi Lhakhang Temple ©
Chimi Lhakhang Temple
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

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