6 days in Thimphu, Punakha & Paro Itinerary

6 days in Thimphu, Punakha & Paro Itinerary

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6 days in Thimphu, Punakha & Paro Itinerary

Start: Bagdogra
Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Thimphu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Punakha
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Paro
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
End: Bagdogra

2
nights
Thimphu

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
On the 22nd (Wed), take a memorable drive along Dochula Pass, ponder the world of politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), make a trip to Changangkha Lhakhang, then pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, and finally don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Thimphu online tour planner .

Bagdogra, India to Thimphu is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bagdogra in January: high temperatures in Thimphu hover around 16°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Thimphu

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

1
day
Punakha

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 23rd (Thu): snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi L'hakhang Temple, and finally make a trip to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Punakha day trip site .

You can drive from Thimphu to Punakha in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Paro.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
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Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi L'hakhang Temple ©
Chimi L'hakhang Temple
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten ©
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Chele La Pass, examine the collection at National Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest). Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, make a trip to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, then contemplate the long history of Rinpung Dzong, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri, and finally don't miss a visit to Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Paro vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Punakha to Paro in 3.5 hours. January in Paro sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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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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