21 days in Bhutan Itinerary

21 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bhutan sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Paro
— 6 nights
Drive
2
Bumthang
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Trongsa
— 1 night
Drive
4
Punakha
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Thimphu
— 7 nights
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Paro

— 6 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, admire all the interesting features of Chele La Pass, get engrossed in the history at Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Memorial House, and steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Paro vacation planner.

Caracas, Venezuela to Paro is an approximately 33-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Caracas to Paro is 10 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Bumthang.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 20:

Bumthang

— 2 nights
Plan a trip to Bumthang to discover an area as rich in culture as it is in sweeping valley views.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jambay Lhakhang Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurje Lhakhang, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bumthang Brewery. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple and then see the interesting displays at Ogyen Choling Palace Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bumthang travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paro to Bumthang takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Trongsa.

Things to do in Bumthang

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:

Trongsa

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at The Tower of Trongsa Museum, then don't miss a visit to Tongsa Dzong, and then cruise along Yutong La Pass.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Trongsa trip planner.

Drive from Bumthang to Trongsa in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Trongsa

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 23:

Punakha

— 2 nights
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery and then make a trip to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Punakha journey planner.

Traveling by car from Trongsa to Punakha takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

Thimphu

— 7 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: cruise along Dochula Pass, ponder the world of politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chagri Dorjeden Monastery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Thimphu trip builder website.

You can drive from Punakha to Thimphu in 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Thimphu are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 25 — Apr 1:

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.