9 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

9 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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9 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
1
New Delhi, India
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Paro, Bhutan
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
5
Gangtok, India
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Darjeeling, India
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: New Delhi, India


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hours
New Delhi, India

New Delhi
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our New Delhi trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport. In November, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will leave for Punakha on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in New Delhi

Tours Shopping Transportation

1
night
Punakha, Bhutan

Punakha ©
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi L'hakhang Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Punakha trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from New Delhi to Punakha takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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

1
night
Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Thimphu trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Punakha to Thimphu in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Thimphu are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Paro.

Things to do in Thimphu

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Sun), snap pictures at Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paro visit planner.

Drive from Thimphu to Paro in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Paro are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
National Museum ©
National Museum
Rinpung Dzong ©
Rinpung Dzong

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the activities along Tsongmo Lake, then steep yourself in history at Nathula, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Lal Bazar. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Gangtok trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Paro to Gangtok by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Nature Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula ©
Nathula
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple ©
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

3
nights
Darjeeling, India

The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
Darjeeling is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, museums, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, make a trip to Samthar Plateau, get great views at Tiger Hill, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Darjeeling trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling in 4 hours. November in Darjeeling sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill

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