8 days in Bhutan, Darjeeling & Gangtok Itinerary

8 days in Bhutan, Darjeeling & Gangtok Itinerary

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8 days in Bhutan, Darjeeling & Gangtok Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly + taxi:  14​h 45​min
1
Darjeeling, India
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Paro, Bhutan
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
5
Gangtok, India
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom


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1
night
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.
On the 16th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and then stop by Chandulal's. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahakal Temple, deepen your understanding at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, admire the masterpieces at Himalayan Tibet Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Guru Sakya Monastery, and finally take some stellar pictures from Tiger Hill.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Darjeeling journey maker tool .

London, UK to Darjeeling is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Darjeeling. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from London in November: highs in Darjeeling hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Punakha.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ©
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill

1
night
Punakha, Bhutan

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 18th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi L'hakhang Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and then take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Punakha day trip planning site .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Darjeeling to Punakha in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
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Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi L'hakhang Temple ©
Chimi L'hakhang Temple
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

1
night
Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
On the 19th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, then make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), and finally cruise along Dochula Pass.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Thimphu visit planning app .

You can drive from Punakha to Thimphu in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Thimphu are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Paro.

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
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): examine the collection at National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, and then contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest).

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paro day trip planner.

Getting from Thimphu to Paro by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Paro are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Museums
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Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
National Museum ©
National Museum
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): admire the sheer force of Kyongnosla Waterfall, explore the activities along Tsongmo Lake, and then contemplate the long history of Nathula.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Gangtok travel planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Paro to Gangtok takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gangtok

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula ©
Nathula
MG Marg ©
MG Marg

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