6 days in Siliguri, Darjeeling & Bhutan Itinerary

6 days in Siliguri, Darjeeling & Bhutan Itinerary

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Fly to Bagdogra Airport, Drive to Siliguri
Siliguri, India
Darjeeling, India
— 2 nights
Taxi to Siliguri, Bus to Phuentsholing - Bhutan Post, Drive to Paro
Paro, Bhutan
— 1 day
Thimphu, Bhutan
— 1 night
Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night


Siliguri, India

Siliguri is a city which spans across the Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts in the Indian state of West Bengal. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): hunt for treasures at Hong Kong Market.

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Hyderabad to Siliguri is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. In December, Siliguri is slightly colder than Hyderabad - with highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Darjeeling.

Things to do in Siliguri

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Darjeeling, India

— 2 nights

Queen of the Hills

The train, the tea, and the hills bring visitors to Darjeeling, one of India's most famous and well-preserved Raj-era hill stations.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and then examine the collection at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

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Traveling by car from Siliguri to Darjeeling takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Darjeeling can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly to Paro.

Things to do in Darjeeling

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Paro, Bhutan

— 1 day
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 26th (Sun), see the interesting displays at National Museum, steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang.

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Traveling by flight from Darjeeling to Paro takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Darjeeling to Paro due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Darjeeling in December: high temperatures in Paro hover around 20°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Museums
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Thimphu, Bhutan

— 1 night
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
On the 27th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, then appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally admire all the interesting features of Dochula Pass.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Thimphu trip planner.

You can drive from Paro to Thimphu in 1.5 hours. In December in Thimphu, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Thimphu

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife · Tours
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Punakha, Bhutan

— 1 night
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 28th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Punakha holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Thimphu to Punakha takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
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Bhutan travel guide

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.