11 days in Bhutan Itinerary

11 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bhutan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Paro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thimphu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Punakha
— 2 nights
Drive
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Phobjikha Valley
— 1 night
Drive
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Bumthang
— 2 nights
Drive

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Paro

— 2 nights
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.
Paro is known for historic sites, museums, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinpung Dzong, relax and rejuvenate at Tshetob Ying Yum, and take a memorable drive along Chele La Pass.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paro travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Paro. In December, daily temperatures in Paro can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Spas · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

Thimphu

— 3 nights
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Thimphu is known for scenic drive, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Dochula Pass, make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Thimphu tour itinerary maker website.

Drive from Paro to Thimphu in 1.5 hours. In December in Thimphu, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Punakha.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:

Punakha

— 2 nights
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
On the 12th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery and then make a trip to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Punakha day trip planner.

You can drive from Thimphu to Punakha in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Phobjikha Valley.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Phobjikha Valley

— 1 night
On the 14th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangtey Monastery, then stroll through Black Necked Crane Center, and then appreciate the views at Phobjikha Valley.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Phobjikha Valley itinerary planner.

You can drive from Punakha to Phobjikha Valley in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bumthang.

Things to do in Phobjikha Valley

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

Bumthang

— 2 nights
Plan a trip to Bumthang to discover an area as rich in culture as it is in sweeping valley views.
On the 15th (Wed), make a trip to Jambay Lhakhang Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurje Lhakhang, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bumthang Brewery. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple and then examine the collection at Ogyen Choling Palace Museum.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bumthang trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Phobjikha Valley to Bumthang takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bumthang

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

Bhutan travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Sacred & Religious Sites
Last Shangrila
Thanks to its location in the Himalayas, tiny Bhutan's main tourist attraction is its stunning natural scenery. The last of the world's Buddhist kingdoms, this mountainous country boasts stretches of fertile land and a small population surviving on subsistence farming. Visitors seeking culturally enriching experiences take a trip to Bhutan to discover a mysterious and magic mountain kingdom where traditional Buddhism slowly and carefully accepts the developments of the modern world. Popular things to do in this "Last Shangrila" include bird-watching, hiking, and biking through some of the planet's least-spoiled wilderness areas, where commercial tourism still seems a concept from a distant future.