9 days in Bhutan Itinerary

9 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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9 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly + Drive:  13 h 45 min
1
Phuentsholing
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Thimphu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Punakha
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Paro
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Phuentsholing
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Pune

1
night
Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing
To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Phuentsholing road trip planning website.

Pune, India to Phuentsholing is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. On the 26th (Thu), you're off to Thimphu.

Things to do in Phuentsholing

Transportation Outdoors Tours

2
nights
Thimphu

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
On the 26th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Druk Wangyel Monastery, cruise along Dochula Pass, then stroll through Motithang Takin Preserve, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at National Textile Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), get advice or help at National Library and Archives of Bhutan, then don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), then appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, and finally take some stellar pictures from Wang Chu Park.Centenary Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Thimphu online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Phuentsholing to Thimphu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Thimphu are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Phajoding Monastery
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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.
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Drive from Thimphu to Punakha in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Paro.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
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Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi Lhakhang Temple ©
Chimi Lhakhang Temple
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Rinpung Dzong, see the interesting displays at National Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong, and then take a memorable drive along Chele La Pass.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Paro trip planner.

Drive from Punakha to Paro in 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Paro can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Paro Taktsang ©
Paro Taktsang
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass
National Museum ©
National Museum

1
night
Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Amo Chhu Crocodile Breeding Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zangto Pelri Lhakhang, and then don't miss a visit to Bhutan Gate.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Phuentsholing day trip planning website.

You can drive from Paro to Phuentsholing in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Phuentsholing

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
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Bhutan Gate ©
Bhutan Gate

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