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
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Darjeeling, India
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: New Delhi, India


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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.
For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read New Delhi day trip planning site .

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. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel to Punakha.

Things to do in New Delhi

Tours Shopping Transportation

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi L'hakhang Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and then snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Punakha online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from New Delhi to Punakha in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, bus, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can 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
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten ©
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

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night
Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, then contemplate the long history of Simtokha Dzong, and finally explore and take pictures at Dochula Pass.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Thimphu trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Punakha to Thimphu takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Paro.

Things to do in Thimphu

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

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.
To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Paro road trip website .

Drive from Thimphu to Paro in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Paro are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. You will leave for Gangtok on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Paro

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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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.
Gangtok is known for nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake, wander the streets of MG Marg, make a trip to Hanuman Tok, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kyongnosla Waterfall.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Gangtok road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Paro to Gangtok in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula ©
Nathula
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple ©
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

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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, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, don't miss a visit to Batasia Loop, and admire the masterpieces at Himalayan Tibet Museum.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Darjeeling trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling in 4 hours. In November in Darjeeling, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill

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