17 days in Bhutan Itinerary

17 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bhutan trip planner

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

— 5 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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paro Taktsang, contemplate the long history of Rinpung Dzong, relax and rejuvenate at Tshetob Ying Yum, and take some stellar pictures from Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paro road trip site.

Seoul, South Korea to Paro is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Korean Standard Time to Bhutan Time is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Paro when traveling from Seoul in September, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 7:

Thimphu

— 6 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: pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take a memorable drive along Dochula Pass, and admire the landmark architecture of Tango Buddhist College.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Thimphu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paro to Thimphu takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Phobjikha Valley.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 13:

Phobjikha Valley

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Gangtey Monastery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Necked Crane Center, and then stroll through Phobjikha Valley.

To find out how to plan a trip to Phobjikha Valley, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Thimphu to Phobjikha Valley by car takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Punakha.

Things to do in Phobjikha Valley

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Punakha

— 4 nights
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
Go for a jaunt from Punakha to Wangdue to see Wangdue Dzong about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, make a trip to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery, and take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Punakha trip maker website.

You can drive from Phobjikha Valley to Punakha in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:

Bhutan travel guide

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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.