16 days in Bhutan Itinerary

16 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bhutan travel route builder

Make it your trip
Fly to Paro Airport, Drive to Thimphu
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Thimphu
— 4 nights
Drive
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Punakha
— 2 nights
Drive
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Phobjikha Valley
— 1 night
Drive
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Bumthang
— 2 nights
Fly to Paro, Drive to Paro
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Paro
— 4 nights
Fly

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Thimphu

— 4 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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), tour the pleasant surroundings at Motithang Takin Preserve, don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

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

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Thimphu is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, bus, and car; or fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Bhutan Time (BTT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in August; daily highs in Thimphu reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Thimphu

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

Punakha

— 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 12th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery and then make a trip to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Punakha Suspension Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Punakha travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Thimphu to Punakha takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Phobjikha Valley.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Phobjikha Valley

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): appreciate the views at Phobjikha Valley, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Necked Crane Center, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangtey Monastery.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Phobjikha Valley trip planner.

You can drive from Punakha to Phobjikha Valley in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bumthang.

Things to do in Phobjikha Valley

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 14:

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 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple and then explore the activities along Burning Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurje Lhakhang, steep yourself in history at Chakhar Lhakhang "The Iron Castle", and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bumthang Brewery.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bumthang trip website.

You can drive from Phobjikha Valley to Bumthang in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paro.

Things to do in Bumthang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

Paro

— 4 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, explore the activities along Paro River, make a trip to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinpung Dzong.

Plan a trip to Paro easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Bumthang to Paro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Paro are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 20:

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.