21 days in Bhutan Itinerary

21 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bhutan tour planner

Plan created by another user.Make it yours

Route & dates

Start: Orenburg
Fly:  27 h
1
Paro
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Bumthang
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Trongsa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Gangtey
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Punakha
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Thimphu
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  28 h
End: Orenburg

4
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: contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, see the interesting displays at National Museum, and don't miss a visit to Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paro vacation planning website.

Orenburg, Russia to Paro is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Orenburg to Paro due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Orenburg in July, plan for slightly colder days in Paro, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bumthang.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Lhakhang Nagpo
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Paro Taktsang ©
Paro Taktsang
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass
Rinpung Dzong ©
Rinpung Dzong

3
nights
Bumthang

Bumthang ©
Plan a trip to Bumthang to discover an area as rich in culture as it is in sweeping valley views.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bumthang: Jakar (Jambay Lhakhang Temple & Jakar Dzong). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple, steep yourself in history at Chakhar Lhakhang "The Iron Castle", appreciate the views at Ura Valley, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurje Lhakhang.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bumthang trip planner.

You can drive from Paro to Bumthang in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Trongsa.

Things to do in Bumthang

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Jakar
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kurje Lhakhang ©
Kurje Lhakhang
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple ©
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple
Jambay Lhakhang Temple ©
Jambay Lhakhang Temple

2
nights
Trongsa

Trongsa ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Yutong La Pass, examine the collection at The Tower of Trongsa Museum, and then make a trip to Tongsa Dzong. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Royal Manas National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Trongsa holiday tool.

Drive from Bumthang to Trongsa in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gangtey.

Things to do in Trongsa

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

The Royal Manas National Park
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Yutong La Pass ©
Yutong La Pass
Tongsa Dzong ©
Tongsa Dzong
The Tower of Trongsa Museum ©
The Tower of Trongsa Museum

1
night
Gangtey

Gangtey ©
Surrounded by towering mountains and traversed by two meandering rivers, Gangtey is one of the most pristine tourist sites in Bhutan, set in a wide, flat glacial valley.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Phobjikha Valley, stroll through Black Necked Crane Center, and then make a trip to Gangtey Monastery.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gangtey trip planner.

You can drive from Trongsa to Gangtey in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Gangtey

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Black Necked Crane Center, Phobjikha Valley
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and then don't miss a visit to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Punakha online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Gangtey to Punakha in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:
Highlights from your plan
Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi Lhakhang Temple ©
Chimi Lhakhang Temple
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten ©
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

6
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, stroll through Motithang Takin Preserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chagri Dorjeden Monastery, and ponder the world of politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong).

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Thimphu tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Punakha to Thimphu takes 2.5 hours. August in Thimphu sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Phajoding Monastery
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)
Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass

Similar Plans

10 days in Bhutan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 60 days in Asia BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 10 days in Bhutan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Bhutan BY A USER FROM INDIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 7 days in Bhutan BY A USER FROM INDIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 60 days in Asia BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems Preferences: September, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 9 days in Bhutan BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND September, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems Preferences: September, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 10 days in Bhutan BY A USER FROM INDIA April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular sights Preferences: April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 9 days in Bhutan BY A USER FROM INDIA May, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular sights Preferences: May, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 60 days in Europe & Asia BY A USER FROM ISRAEL June, culture, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, relaxing, historic sites Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 14 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Bhutan BY A USER FROM ITALY June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 14 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Bhutan BY A USER FROM ITALY June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium
See more plans