60 days in Nepal, Bhutan & Colombo Itinerary

60 days in Nepal, Bhutan & Colombo Itinerary

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Pokhara, Nepal
— 6 nights
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Sauraha, Nepal
— 3 nights
Fly to Kathmandu, Drive to Kathmandu
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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 18 nights
Drive to Kathmandu, Fly to Sagarmatha National Park
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Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
— 4 nights
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Gangtey, Bhutan
— 1 night
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Punakha, Bhutan
— 2 nights
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Thimphu, Bhutan
— 6 nights
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Paro, Bhutan
— 6 nights
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 11 nights
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Pokhara, Nepal

— 6 nights

Lake City

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
Pokhara is known for nature, adventure, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Zurich, Switzerland to Pokhara is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Pokhara is 4.8 hours. When traveling from Zurich in October, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Pokhara: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Sauraha.

Things to do in Pokhara

Tours · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 8:

Sauraha, Nepal

— 3 nights
The tourist town of Sauraha stands on the edge of the Chitwan National Park and acts as the eastern gateway to a World Heritage-protected area.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sauraha: Chitwan National Park (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Tiger Residency Resort). Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Chitwan National Park. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Evergreen Yoga Studio Chitwan and explore the activities along Narayani River.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sauraha road trip planner.

You can fly from Pokhara to Sauraha in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Pokhara in October, expect nights in Sauraha to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Sauraha

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Kathmandu, Nepal

— 18 nights
Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kathmandu: Bhaktapur (Changu Narayan, Vatsala Durga Temple, &more). On the 14th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Spend the 15th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Boudhanath Stupa, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and admire the natural beauty at Garden of Dreams.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kathmandu road trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Sauraha to Kathmandu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sauraha in October; daily highs in Kathmandu reach 31°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sagarmatha National Park.

Things to do in Kathmandu

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 29:

Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

— 4 nights
Dominated by the world's tallest, Sagarmatha National Park is renowned for its carefully preserved natural heritage as well as the cultural and religious importance of its Buddhist monasteries and traditional Sherpa settlements.
Sagarmatha National Park is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Everest, explore the activities along Gokyo Lakes, and get great views at Everest View Point.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sagarmatha National Park online trip maker.

Do a combination of car and flight from Kathmandu to Sagarmatha National Park in 3.5 hours. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll travel to Gangtey.

Things to do in Sagarmatha National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:

Gangtey, Bhutan

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangtey Monastery and then stroll through Phobjikha Valley. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Royal Manas National Park.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gangtey trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sagarmatha National Park to Gangtey. The time zone difference when traveling from Sagarmatha National Park to Gangtey is 0.2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Gangtey

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

Punakha, Bhutan

— 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 5th (Fri): snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery and then don't miss a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Punakha travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Gangtey to Punakha by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:

Thimphu, Bhutan

— 6 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: get a sense of history and politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), steep yourself in history at Simtokha Dzong, admire the striking features of Tango Buddhist College, and appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Thimphu tour builder app.

You can drive from Punakha to Thimphu in 2.5 hours. November in Thimphu sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paro.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 12:

Paro, Bhutan

— 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: steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang, take some stellar pictures from Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, and take a memorable drive along Chele La Pass.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paro online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Thimphu to Paro takes 1.5 hours. In November in Paro, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Colombo.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 18:

Colombo, Sri Lanka

— 11 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach) and Negombo (Negombo Beach & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours). Spend the 24th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: walk around Galle Face Green, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and stop by TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Colombo sightseeing planner.

Fly from Paro to Colombo in 9.5 hours. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Paro to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paro in November, expect nights in Colombo to be much hotter, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. On the 29th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 29:

Nepal travel guide

4.4
Sacred & Religious Sites · Parasailing & Paragliding · Spas
With everything from snowcapped mountains and vast grasslands to dense tropical forests, Nepal represents one of the world's most ecologically diverse destinations. A trip to Nepal takes visitors to an ancient land situated between India and China, both of which influence the region's culture, cuisine, and religious traditions. Despite the country's natural appeal, commercial tourism in Nepal remains a relatively new industry and most of the area lies unspoiled and undiscovered by foreigners. Ideal for travelers interested in pushing their physical abilities to the limit, Nepal contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest.

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.