8 days in Bhutan Itinerary

8 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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8 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  1​h 45​min
1
Paro
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Gangtey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Punakha
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Thimphu
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Chele La Pass and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), steep yourself in history at Rinpung Dzong, see the interesting displays at National Museum, and appreciate the history behind Dasho Nishioka Chorten.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paro holiday builder site .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Paro is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in April, with highs in Paro at 24°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Gangtey.

Things to do in Paro

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
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Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangtey Monastery and then admire the verdant scenery at Phobjikha Valley.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gangtey trip planner .

Traveling by car from Paro to Gangtey takes 4.5 hours. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Gangtey

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Phobjikha Valley
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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 14th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi L'hakhang Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and then take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Punakha road trip tool .

You can drive from Gangtey to Punakha in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to 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

3
nights
Thimphu

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Get in touch with nature at Dochula Pass and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stroll through Motithang Takin Preserve, and don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten).

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Thimphu tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Punakha to Thimphu in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Motithang Takin Preserve ©
Motithang Takin Preserve

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