7 days in Bhutan Itinerary

7 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Punakha online holiday 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. Traveling from Mumbai to Punakha, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Thimphu.
Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 14:

Thimphu — 2 nights

The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
On the 15th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, make a trip to Changangkha Lhakhang, then cruise along Dochula Pass, and finally don't miss a visit to Clock Tower Square. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Bhutan Post Office Headquarters, get a sense of history and politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Motithang Takin Preserve, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Thimphu trip planner.

Getting from Punakha to Thimphu by car takes about 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Thimphu are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paro.
Tours · Scenic Drive · Parks · Wildlife
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Paro — 3 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: contemplate the long history of Paro Taktsang, cruise along Chele La Pass, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang, and make a trip to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang.

To find ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Paro trip planner.

Getting from Thimphu to Paro by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums
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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.