15 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

15 days in India & Bhutan Itinerary

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Ranchi, India
Drive
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
— 2 nights
Fly to Jorhat, Taxi to Itanagar
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Itanagar, India
— 1 night
Drive
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Guwahati, India
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paro, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thimphu, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Punakha, Bhutan
— 1 night
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Gangtok, India
— 3 nights
Drive
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Siliguri, India
— 1 night
Drive to Bagdogra Airport, Fly to New Delhi

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Ranchi, India

City of Waterfalls

Ranchi sits on the Chota Nagpur Plateau, its elevation of 651 m (2,136 ft) giving it a relatively mild climate by the region's standards.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India - Ranchi Ashram.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ranchi road trip tool.

New Delhi to Ranchi is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 44°C in May, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kolkata (Calcutta).

Things to do in Ranchi

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

Kolkata (Calcutta), India

— 2 nights

City of Joy

Nestled on the banks of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is a booming metropolis, India's second largest city, and the country's cultural hub, known for being the birthplace of major artistic and literary movements.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to BBD Bagh and then snap pictures at Howrah Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Victoria Memorial Hall and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kolkata (Calcutta) vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Ranchi to Kolkata (Calcutta) in 9 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kolkata (Calcutta) can reach 42°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Itanagar.

Things to do in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Tours · Museums
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:

Itanagar, India

— 1 night
Itanagaris the capital of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buddha Temple.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Itanagar in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, Itanagar is a bit cooler than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Guwahati.

Things to do in Itanagar

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:

Guwahati, India

— 2 nights

Gateway to Northeast India

A place to engage with the culture of the northeast, Guwahati represents the largest city in the region, and acts as a stepping stone for wider explorations.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on Seven Sisters Holidays and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Guwahati. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Umananda Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamakhya Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Purva Tirupati Shri Balaji temple.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Guwahati online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Itanagar to Guwahati takes 7.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Paro.

Things to do in Guwahati

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

Paro, Bhutan

— 2 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.
On the 21st (Sat), take a memorable drive along Chele La Pass, snap pictures at Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, and then steep yourself in history at Rinpung Dzong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at National Museum, steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyichu Lhakhang.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paro tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Guwahati to Paro takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Bhutan Time (BTT) is 0.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Guwahati in May, with highs in Paro at 26°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

Thimphu, Bhutan

— 2 nights
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stroll through Motithang Takin Preserve, get a sense of history and politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), then don't miss a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang, then appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, and finally don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten). On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Simtokha Dzong, then take a memorable drive along Dochula Pass, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Thimphu online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Paro to Thimphu takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites · Tours · Scenic Drive · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Punakha online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Thimphu to Punakha takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Gangtok.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:

Gangtok, India

— 3 nights
Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage.
Gangtok is known for trails, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the landscape on two wheels at Tsongmo Lake, steep yourself in history at Nathula, deepen your understanding at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rumtek Monastery Sikkim.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gangtok trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Punakha to Gangtok takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Bhutan Time to India Standard Time is minus 0.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Siliguri.

Things to do in Gangtok

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 25 — 28:

Siliguri, India

— 1 night
Siliguri is a city which spans across the Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts in the Indian state of West Bengal. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Lokenath Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salugara Monastery.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Siliguri day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Gangtok to Siliguri in 4 hours. In May in Siliguri, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Siliguri

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 28 — 29:

India travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.

Assam travel guide

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Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Nature & Parks
Stretching along the length of the mighty Brahmaputra River, Assam features green valleys and blue hills, serving as a gateway to northeast Indian states. An Assam itinerary can lead from important Hindu pilgrimage sites and Buddhist temples to an elephant safari in the World Heritage-listed national park. With its thriving rural life, the state offers a number of picturesque ethnic villages, as well as world-famous tea plantations. Whether it's hiking around South Asia's largest freshwater island or exploring India's only coal museum, a trip to Assam will satisfy a wide range of interests.

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.