8 days in Nepal, Sikkim & Bhutan Itinerary

8 days in Nepal, Sikkim & Bhutan Itinerary

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8 days in Nepal, Sikkim & Bhutan Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  2​h 15​min
1
Kathmandu, Nepal
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Gangtok, India
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: New Delhi, India

3
nights
Kathmandu, Nepal

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Make the 5th (Sat) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Make the 7th (Mon) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. Next up on the itinerary: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Swayambhunath Temple, and take a stroll through Thamel.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kathmandu trip maker tool .

New Delhi, India to Kathmandu is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New Delhi in October, with highs in Kathmandu at 31°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Climbing Tours
Helicopter Tours
Swayambhunath Temple ©
Swayambhunath Temple

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.
On the 9th (Wed), make a trip to Nathula Pass, don't miss a visit to Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, hunt for treasures at Lal Bazar, take some stellar pictures from Ganesh Tok View Point, then don't miss a visit to Hanuman Tok, and finally wander the streets of MG Marg.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gangtok sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Kathmandu to Gangtok takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Paro.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula Pass ©
Nathula Pass
Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir ©
Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Memorial House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Druk Choeding, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dzongdrakha Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Rinpung Dzong, see the interesting displays at National Museum, make a trip to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, and finally steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paro road trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Gangtok to Paro in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Paro, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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

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