24 days in Bhutan Itinerary

24 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bhutan travel planner
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Bumthang
— 2 nights
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Trongsa
— 2 nights
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Gangtey
— 2 nights
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Punakha
— 2 nights
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Thimphu
— 9 nights
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Paro
— 6 nights

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Jambay Lhakhang Temple and Chakhar Lhakhang "The Iron Castle" are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Ogyen Choling Palace Museum and Kurje Lhakhang. It doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at Bumthang Brewery and make a trip to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bumthang attractions planner.

Paro to Bumthang is an approximately 5-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Trongsa.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Trongsa — 2 nights

On the 25th (Wed), examine the collection at The Tower of Trongsa Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Yutong La Pass, and then make a trip to Tongsa Dzong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Royal Manas National Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Trongsa trip planner.

You can drive from Bumthang to Trongsa in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gangtey.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Gangtey — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangtey Monastery and then do some two-wheel cruising with Pele La. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Black Necked Crane Center and then appreciate the views at Phobjikha Valley.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Gangtey travel tool.

You can drive from Trongsa to Gangtey in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Punakha.
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Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

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 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery and then don't miss a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Punakha trip builder tool.

Getting from Gangtey to Punakha by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Thimphu.
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Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

Thimphu — 9 nights

The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan and Simply Bhutan Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Dochula Pass and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Motithang Takin Preserve, take an in-depth tour of Folk Heritage Museum Kawajangsa, see the interesting displays at National Textile Museum, and contemplate the long history of Simtokha Dzong.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Thimphu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Punakha to Thimphu takes 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Thimphu are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paro.
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Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 8:

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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Chumphu Nye will get you outdoors. Paro Taktsang and Rinpung Dzong are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang, explore and take pictures at Chele La Pass, and relax and rejuvenate at Tshetob Ying Yum.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Paro day trip website.

You can drive from Thimphu to Paro in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Paro can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 14:

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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