8 days in Bhutan Itinerary

8 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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8 days in Bhutan Itinerary

New Delhi
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
Punakha
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Wangdue Phodrang District
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Thimphu
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
New Delhi

1
day
Punakha

Punakha ©
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Punakha itinerary maker.

New Delhi, India to Punakha is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from New Delhi in January, things will get little chillier in Punakha: highs are around 16°C and lows about -1°C. 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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Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi L'hakhang Temple ©
Chimi L'hakhang Temple
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

few
hours
Wangdue Phodrang District

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): identify plant and animal life at Phobjikha Valley.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Wangdue Phodrang District trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Punakha to Wangdue Phodrang District takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. 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

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Phobjikha Valley ©
Phobjikha Valley

5
days
Thimphu

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes World Tour Plan. National Museum and Taktsang Palphug Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Rinpung Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. Change things up with a short trip to Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge in Paro (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Motithang Takin Preserve, pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten).

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You can drive from Wangdue Phodrang District to Thimphu in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Thimphu

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Outdoors

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Paro
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Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Taktsang Palphug Monastery ©
Taktsang Palphug Monastery
Rinpung Dzong ©
Rinpung Dzong

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