21 days in Bhutan Itinerary

21 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bhutan journey planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Paro
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Bumthang
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Trongsa
— 1 night
Drive
4
Phobjikha Valley
— 1 night
Drive
5
Punakha
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Thimphu
— 7 nights
Drive to Paro Airport, Fly to Exeter

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Paro — 5 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: examine the collection at National Museum, steep yourself in history at Rinpung Dzong, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Paro trip planner.

Exeter, UK to Paro is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Exeter to Paro due to the time zone difference. May in Paro sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bumthang.
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Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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 9th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jambay Lhakhang Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurje Lhakhang. Keep things going the next day: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bumthang Brewery and then make a trip to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bumthang itinerary site.

You can drive from Paro to Bumthang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Trongsa.
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Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trip
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Trongsa — 1 night

On the 11th (Wed), see the interesting displays at The Tower of Trongsa Museum and then make a trip to Tongsa Dzong.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Trongsa holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bumthang to Trongsa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Phobjikha Valley.
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Museums
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:

Phobjikha Valley — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Gangtey Monastery and then admire the verdant scenery at Phobjikha Valley.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Phobjikha Valley journey planner.

Drive from Trongsa to Phobjikha Valley in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Punakha.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Punakha — 2 nights

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 13th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Punakha trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Phobjikha Valley to Punakha in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Thimphu.
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Historic Sites
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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 sightseeing, scenic drive, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, steep yourself in history at Simtokha Dzong, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, and take a memorable drive along Dochula Pass.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Thimphu online visit planner.

You can drive from Punakha to Thimphu in 2.5 hours. May in Thimphu sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 14 — 21:

Bhutan travel guide

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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.
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