8 days in Bhutan Itinerary

8 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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8 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Durgapur
Drive:  11​h
1
Phuentsholing
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Thimphu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Punakha
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Paro
— 3 nights
Drive:  18​h 30​min
End: Durgapur

1
night
Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing ©
Phuntsholing, also spelled as Phuentsholing is a border town in southern Bhutan and is the administrative seat of Chukha District. On the 19th (Thu), take in the waterfront at Torsa River Side, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Amo Chhu Crocodile Breeding Centre, then don't miss a visit to Zangto Pelri Lhakhang, and finally make a trip to Bhutan Gate.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Phuentsholing trip itinerary site .

Durgapur, India to Phuentsholing is an approximately 15.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Thimphu.

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Bhutan Gate ©
Bhutan Gate
Torsa River Side ©
Torsa River Side

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 20th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), then pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, then don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), and finally admire all the interesting features of Dochula Pass. On the next day, make a trip to Changangkha Lhakhang, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Motithang Takin Preserve, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Thimphu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Phuentsholing to Thimphu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Thimphu are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Punakha.

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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.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi L'hakhang Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and then don't miss a visit to Punakha Suspension Bridge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Punakha trip planner.

Traveling by car from Thimphu to Punakha takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Paro.

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

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), see the interesting displays at National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, and then steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Rinpung Dzong, take in the views from Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, then cruise along Chele La Pass, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Paro sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from Punakha to Paro by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

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Paro Taktsang ©
Paro Taktsang
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass
National Museum ©
National Museum

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