8 days in Bhutan Itinerary

8 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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8 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Paro
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Phuentsholing
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Wangdue
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Gangtey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Punakha
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Thimphu
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Pune

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Paro route planning tool .

Pune, India to Paro is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In December, daily temperatures in Paro can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Phuentsholing.

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

1
night
Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing ©
Phuntsholing, also spelled as Phuentsholing is a border town in southern Bhutan and is the administrative seat of Chukha District. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Torsa River Side, stroll through Amo Chhu Crocodile Breeding Centre, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zangto Pelri Lhakhang, and finally don't miss a visit to Bhutan Gate.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Phuentsholing trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Paro to Phuentsholing takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wangdue.

Things to do in Phuentsholing

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bhutan Gate ©
Bhutan Gate
Torsa River Side ©
Torsa River Side

1
night
Wangdue

Wangdue ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Wangdue Dzong.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wangdue trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Phuentsholing to Wangdue takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gangtey.

Things to do in Wangdue

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wangdue Dzong ©
Wangdue Dzong

1
night
Gangtey

Gangtey ©
Surrounded by towering mountains and traversed by two meandering rivers, Gangtey is one of the most pristine tourist sites in Bhutan, set in a wide, flat glacial valley.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangtey Monastery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Phobjikha Valley.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gangtey trip planner .

Gangtey is very close to Wangdue. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Gangtey

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Phobjikha Valley
Highlights from your plan
Phobjikha Valley ©
Phobjikha Valley
Gangtey Monastery ©
Gangtey Monastery

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 30th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi L'hakhang Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and then snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read Punakha attractions planner .

Getting from Gangtey to Punakha by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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

2
nights
Thimphu

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
On the 31st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Motithang Takin Preserve, then take an in-depth tour of Simply Bhutan Museum, and then cruise along Dochula Pass. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Thimphu trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Punakha to Thimphu takes 2.5 hours. In December in Thimphu, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Motithang Takin Preserve ©
Motithang Takin Preserve

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