8 days in Bhutan Itinerary

8 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bhutan Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Punakha
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wangdue Phodrang District
Drive
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Thimphu
— 5 nights
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Punakha

— 2 nights
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
Plan trip to Punakha with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

New Delhi, India to Punakha 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 Punakha is 0.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Wangdue Phodrang District.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
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Wangdue Phodrang District

Mountainous landscapes and imposing hillside monasteries remain highlights of a vacation in Wangdue Phodrang District, one of the largest regions in central Bhutan.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll through Phobjikha Valley.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Wangdue Phodrang District road trip planner.

Drive from Punakha to Wangdue Phodrang District in an hour. In January in Wangdue Phodrang District, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Wangdue Phodrang District

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
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Thimphu

— 5 nights
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
You've now added World Tour Plan to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Dochula Pass and Motithang Takin Preserve. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum and Kyichu Lhakhang. Venture out of the city with trips to Paro (Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge & Rinpung Dzong). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan, appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, ponder the world of politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), and gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Thimphu trip planner.

You can drive from Wangdue Phodrang District to Thimphu in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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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.