5 days in Bhutan Itinerary

5 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Punakha
— 1 night
Drive
2
Thimphu
— 1 night
Drive
3
Paro
— 2 nights
Fly

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Punakha

— 1 night
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
You've now added Wangdue Dzong to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the striking features of Wangdue Dzong. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and then take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Punakha attractions planner.

Mumbai, India to Punakha is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Punakha due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Thimphu.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:

Thimphu

— 1 night
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Dochula Pass, stroll through Motithang Takin Preserve, get a sense of history and politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), then appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, and finally don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Thimphu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Punakha to Thimphu takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Thimphu can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Paro.

Things to do in Thimphu

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:

Paro

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paro Taktsang, and then contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at National Museum and then relax and rejuvenate at Tshetob Ying Yum.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paro trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Thimphu to Paro takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:

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.