9 days in Bhutan Itinerary

9 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bhutan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Punakha
— 1 night
Drive
2
Gangtey
— 1 night
Drive
3
Thimphu
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Paro
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi Lhakhang Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and then snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Punakha online day trip planner.

Manama, Bahrain to Punakha is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Manama to Punakha. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Gangtey.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:

Gangtey

— 1 night
Surrounded by towering mountains and traversed by two meandering rivers, Gangtey is one of the most pristine tourist sites in Bhutan, set in a wide, flat glacial valley.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangtey Monastery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Necked Crane Center, and then admire the verdant scenery at Phobjikha Valley.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gangtey tour planner.

Traveling by car from Punakha to Gangtey takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Thimphu.

Things to do in Gangtey

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:

Thimphu

— 3 nights
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dochula Pass. Explore hidden gems such as Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan and Simply Bhutan Museum. There's still lots to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Druk Wangyel Monastery, ponder the world of politics at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), and don't miss a visit to Choki Traditional Art School.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Thimphu travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Gangtey to Thimphu takes 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Paro.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 4:

Paro

— 3 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 Taktsang and Rinpung Dzong will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kyichu Lhakhang and Drukgyel Dzong. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dzongdrakha Monastry, examine the collection at National Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at Tshetob Ying Yum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paro online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Thimphu to Paro by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Paro are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:

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.