9 days in Sikkim & Bhutan Itinerary

9 days in Sikkim & Bhutan Itinerary

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9 days in Sikkim & Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
1
Gangtok, India
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Mumbai, India


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3
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 7th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Lal Bazar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiv Mandir, and then make a trip to Gonjang Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Nathula Pass, explore the activities along Menmecho Lake, then admire the sheer force of Kyongnosla Waterfall, then take in the views from Deorali Butterfly Bridge, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Teesta River.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Gangtok trip itinerary builder .

Mumbai to Gangtok is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Thimphu.

Things to do in Gangtok

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Teesta River
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Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula ©
Nathula
Teesta River ©
Teesta River

2
nights
Thimphu, Bhutan

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), contemplate the long history of Simtokha Dzong, view the masterpieces at Terton Gallery, then pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phajoding Monastery, and finally don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Dochula Pass, tee off at Royal Thimphu Golf Course, take an in-depth tour of Simply Bhutan Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pangri Zampa Monastery, and finally admire the striking features of Tango Buddhist Institute.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Thimphu trip maker tool .

Getting from Gangtok to Thimphu by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Paro.

Things to do in Thimphu

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Phajoding Monastery
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Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan ©
Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan
Simtokha Dzong ©
Simtokha Dzong
Simply Bhutan Museum ©
Simply Bhutan Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong, get great views at Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Memorial House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dzongdrakha Temple, then explore the activities along Paro River, then steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinpung Dzong.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Paro day trip app .

Drive from Thimphu to Paro in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Dzongdrakha Monastry ©
Dzongdrakha Monastry
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) ©
Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang

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