12 days in Bhutan, Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

12 days in Bhutan, Sikkim & Darjeeling Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Paro, Bhutan
— 1 night
2
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 2 nights
3
Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan
— 1 night
4
Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
5
Gangtok, India
— 3 nights
6
Darjeeling, India
— 3 nights


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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at National Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ugyen Pema Woedling Zangthopelri. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang, thencontemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Druk Choeding, and finally contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paro itinerary builder tool.

Bhubaneswar, India to Paro is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Bhutan Time is 0.5 hours. When traveling from Bhubaneswar in October, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Paro: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Museums
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Paro Taktsang ©
Paro Taktsang
National Museum ©
National Museum
Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Kyichu Lhakhang

2
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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 11th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Druk Wangyel Monastery, cruise along Dochula Pass, shop like a local with Junction Book Store, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Motithang Takin Preserve, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong). Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at National Textile Museum, don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, thensee Off-Road Tours, and finally make a trip to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten).

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Thimphu vacation website.

Drive from Paro to Thimphu in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Phobjikha Valley.

Things to do in Thimphu

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Motithang Takin Preserve ©
Motithang Takin Preserve
Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang

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Phobjikha Valley, Bhutan

Phobjikha Valley ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangtey Monastery, stroll through Black Necked Crane Center, and then appreciate the views at Phobjikha Valley.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Phobjikha Valley online travel route planner.

Drive from Thimphu to Phobjikha Valley in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Punakha.

Things to do in Phobjikha Valley

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Phobjikha Valley, Gangtey Monastery
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Phobjikha Valley ©
Phobjikha Valley
Gangtey Monastery ©
Gangtey Monastery

1
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Punakha, Bhutan

Punakha ©
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
On the 14th (Wed), snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Punakha road trip planning site.

Getting from Phobjikha Valley to Punakha by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Gangtok.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
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Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi Lhakhang Temple ©
Chimi Lhakhang Temple
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

3
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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, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Tsongmo Lake, make a trip to Nathula, take in the dramatic scenery at Kyongnosla Waterfall, and get great views at Ganesh Tok View Point.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gangtok trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Punakha to Gangtok takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Bhutan Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Gangtok

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
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Tsongmo Lake ©
Tsongmo Lake
Nathula ©
Nathula
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple ©
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

3
nights
Darjeeling, India

Darjeeling ©
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, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Tiger Hill, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at St. Mary's Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahakal Temple, and don't miss a visit to Batasia Loop.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Darjeeling day trip planning app.

You can drive from Gangtok to Darjeeling in 3.5 hours. October in Darjeeling sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park ©
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
Tiger Hill ©
Tiger Hill
Batasia Loop ©
Batasia Loop

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