6 days in Surat & Bhutan Itinerary

6 days in Surat & Bhutan Itinerary

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6 days in Surat & Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Surat, India
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Surat, India
— 1 day
Fly:  13​h
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Paro, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Surat, India

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Surat, India

Surat ©
Off the map for most international tourists heading to India, the major industrial city of Surat has a long heritage in diamond-cutting and textile manufacturing.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Galteshwar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichhanath Mahadev Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Modi Atash Bahram.

To see ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Surat journey planning app .

December in Surat sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Surat

Historic Sites
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Ichhanath Mahadev Temple ©
Ichhanath Mahadev Temple
Galteshwar ©
Galteshwar

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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 12th (Thu): cruise along Chele La Pass. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, and then contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest).

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paro visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Surat to Paro with the Route module. Traveling from Surat in December, expect Paro to be cooler, temps between 20°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass
National Museum ©
National Museum

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Punakha, Bhutan

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 14th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi L'hakhang Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and then make a trip to Punakha Suspension Bridge.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Punakha tour planner.

Drive from Paro to Punakha in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Thimphu.

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

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Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, then make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), and finally admire all the interesting features of Dochula Pass.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Thimphu vacation planner.

Drive from Punakha to Thimphu in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Thimphu are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

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

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