19 days in Bhutan Itinerary

19 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9 h
1
Paro
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Bumthang
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Trongsa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Phobjikha Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Punakha
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Thimphu
— 5 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Dubai

5
nights
Paro

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.
Paro is known for historic sites, museums, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang, take some stellar pictures from Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, make a trip to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, and take a memorable drive along Chele La Pass.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paro day trip planning website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Paro is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Bhutan Time is 2 hours. When traveling from Dubai in December, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Paro: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Bumthang.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Lhakhang Nagpo
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Paro Taktsang ©
Paro Taktsang
National Museum ©
National Museum
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass

3
nights
Bumthang

Bumthang ©
Plan a trip to Bumthang to discover an area as rich in culture as it is in sweeping valley views.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bumthang: Jakar (Jambay Lhakhang Temple & Jakar Dzong). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurje Lhakhang, sample the tasty concoctions at Bumthang Brewery, don't miss a visit to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple, and appreciate the views at Ura Valley.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bumthang road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Paro to Bumthang takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Trongsa.

Things to do in Bumthang

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Jakar
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Kurje Lhakhang ©
Kurje Lhakhang
Jambay Lhakhang Temple ©
Jambay Lhakhang Temple
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple ©
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple

2
nights
Trongsa

Trongsa ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): examine the collection at The Tower of Trongsa Museum, thenadmire all the interesting features of Yutong La Pass, and then make a trip to Tongsa Dzong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of The Royal Manas National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Trongsa trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Bumthang to Trongsa in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Phobjikha Valley.

Things to do in Trongsa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

The Royal Manas National Park
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Yutong La Pass ©
Yutong La Pass
Tongsa Dzong ©
Tongsa Dzong
The Tower of Trongsa Museum ©
The Tower of Trongsa Museum

1
night
Phobjikha Valley

Phobjikha Valley ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangtey Monastery, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Black Necked Crane Center, and then appreciate the views at Phobjikha Valley.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Phobjikha Valley travel route tool.

Drive from Trongsa to Phobjikha Valley in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Punakha.

Things to do in Phobjikha Valley

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Phobjikha Valley, Gangtey Monastery
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
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Phobjikha Valley ©
Phobjikha Valley
Gangtey Monastery ©
Gangtey Monastery

2
nights
Punakha

Punakha ©
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
On the 13th (Sun), make a trip to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and then make a trip to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Punakha visit planner.

You can drive from Phobjikha Valley to Punakha in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Thimphu.

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

5
nights
Thimphu

Thimphu ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, tour the pleasant surroundings at Motithang Takin Preserve, don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, and steep yourself in history at Simtokha Dzong.

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

You can drive from Punakha to Thimphu in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Phajoding Monastery
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:
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Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang
Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)

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