11 days in Bhutan Itinerary

11 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bhutan attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Punakha
— 1 night
Drive
2
Phobjikha Valley
— 1 night
Drive
3
Bumthang
— 1 night
Drive
4
Paro
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Thimphu
— 4 nights
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Punakha

— 1 night
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong and then don't miss a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Punakha using our trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Punakha is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and car. Traveling from Bengaluru to Punakha, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Phobjikha Valley.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Phobjikha Valley

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Necked Crane Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangtey Monastery, and then admire the verdant scenery at Phobjikha Valley.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Phobjikha Valley attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Punakha to Phobjikha Valley takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Bumthang.

Things to do in Phobjikha Valley

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

Bumthang

— 1 night
Plan a trip to Bumthang to discover an area as rich in culture as it is in sweeping valley views.
On the 2nd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jambay Lhakhang Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurje Lhakhang, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bumthang Brewery.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bumthang sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Phobjikha Valley to Bumthang takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Paro.

Things to do in Bumthang

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

Paro

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kyichu Lhakhang and Drukgyel Dzong. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Paro River will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang, don't miss a visit to Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, soothe aching muscles at Tshetob Ying Yum, and examine the collection at National Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Paro driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Bumthang to Paro in 4.5 hours. January in Paro sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Thimphu

— 4 nights
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Simply Bhutan Museum and Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Motithang Takin Preserve. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Junction Book Store, don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Thimphu trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Paro to Thimphu by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January in Thimphu, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:

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.