5 days in Bhutan Itinerary

5 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bhutan travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Paro
— 1 night
Drive
2
Thimphu
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Punakha
— 1 night
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Paro

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): cruise along Chele La Pass and then contemplate the long history of Rinpung Dzong. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at National Museum, then steep yourself in history at Paro Taktsang, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyichu Lhakhang.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paro trip planning website.

New Delhi, India to Paro is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Paro is 0.5 hours. When traveling from New Delhi in March, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Paro: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:

Thimphu

— 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 27th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Dochula Pass, see Off-Road Tours, then appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Motithang Takin Preserve, make a trip to Changangkha Lhakhang, get a sense of history and politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), then examine the collection at Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, and finally don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten).

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Thimphu travel tool.

Getting from Paro to Thimphu by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March in Thimphu, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Punakha.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:

Punakha

— 1 night
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
On the 29th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Punakha Dzong and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Punakha road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Thimphu to Punakha takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:

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.