16 days in Bhutan Itinerary

16 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bhutan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Punakha
— 1 night
Drive
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Phobjikha Valley
— 1 night
Drive
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Bumthang
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paro
— 4 nights
Drive
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Thimphu
— 7 nights
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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Punakha road trip app.

Chennai, India to Punakha is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Bhutan Time is 0.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Phobjikha Valley.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

Phobjikha Valley

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Gangtey Monastery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Necked Crane Center, and then stroll through Phobjikha Valley.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Phobjikha Valley day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Punakha to Phobjikha Valley takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bumthang.

Things to do in Phobjikha Valley

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:

Bumthang

— 2 nights
Plan a trip to Bumthang to discover an area as rich in culture as it is in sweeping valley views.
On the 27th (Mon), make a trip to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple and then examine the collection at Ogyen Choling Palace Museum. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Jambay Lhakhang Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurje Lhakhang, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bumthang Brewery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bumthang trip planner.

Drive from Phobjikha Valley to Bumthang in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Paro.

Things to do in Bumthang

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

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.
Visiting Chele La Pass and Climbing Tours will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Paro Taktsang and National Museum. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tshetob Ying Yum, contemplate the long history of Drukgyel Dzong, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinpung Dzong, and see Multi-day Tours.

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Getting from Bumthang to Paro by car takes about 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Paro are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Paro

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 2:

Thimphu

— 7 nights
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Step out of the city life by going to Dochula Pass and Motithang Takin Preserve. Get some cultural insight at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) and Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, play a few rounds at Royal Thimphu Golf Course, relax and rejuvenate at Dhungsel Home Spa, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Thimphu trip planning tool.

Getting from Paro to Thimphu by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October in Thimphu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 9:

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.