9 days in Bhutan Itinerary

9 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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9 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + Drive:  17 h 45 min
1
Thimphu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Gangtey
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
3
Ha
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Paro
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Zurich

2
nights
Thimphu

The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Simtokha Dzong and Phajoding Monastery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Changangkha Lhakhang. And it doesn't end there: gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Bhutan Postal Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Thimphu trip site.

Zurich, Switzerland to Thimphu is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Bhutan Time (BTT) is 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in September; daily highs in Thimphu reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gangtey.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Phajoding Monastery
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Photography Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Phajoding Monastery ©
Phajoding Monastery

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 8th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangtey Monastery and then appreciate the views at Phobjikha Valley.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gangtey trip planning app.

Getting from Thimphu to Gangtey by car takes about 4 hours. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ha.

Things to do in Gangtey

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Phobjikha Valley
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Phobjikha Valley ©
Phobjikha Valley
Gangtey Monastery ©
Gangtey Monastery

1
night
Ha

Ha ©
Ha or Has is a town and seat of Haa District in Bhutan.Ha is situated in the west of the Sandalwood Kingdom near Sikkim in the Ha Valley. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Lhakhang Karpo and then appreciate the views at Haa Valley.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ha day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gangtey to Ha takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Paro.

Things to do in Ha

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Haa Valley ©
Haa Valley
Lhakhang Karpo ©
Lhakhang Karpo

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 10th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Dasho Nishioka Chorten, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dzongdrakha Monastry, then take some stellar pictures from Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Paro River, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paro trip builder app.

Drive from Ha to Paro in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Paro

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dzongdrakha Monastry ©
Dzongdrakha Monastry

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