9 days in Bhutan Itinerary

9 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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9 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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

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Thimphu

The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Memorial House. Step off the beaten path and head to Kichu Lakhang and Centenary Farmers Market. Explore Thimphu's surroundings by going to Paro (Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Rinpung Dzong, & more). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), take an in-depth tour of National Folk Heritage Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Kuenselphodrang.

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New Delhi, India to Thimphu is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and car. When traveling from New Delhi in October, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Thimphu: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Wangdue Phodrang District.

Things to do in Thimphu

Sightseeing Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Paro, Paro River
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Taktsang Palphug Monastery
Kichu Lakhang
Drukgyel Dzong

1
day
Wangdue Phodrang District

Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Gangtey Monastery and then appreciate the views at Phobjikha Valley.

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Traveling by car from Thimphu to Wangdue Phodrang District takes 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Wangdue Phodrang District

Parks Wildlife Areas Nature

Side Trip

Phobjikha Valley
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Phobjikha Valley
Gangtey Monastery

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Punakha

The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
On the 31st (Tue), snap pictures at Punakha Suspension Bridge, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chimi L'hakhang Temple.

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Getting from Wangdue Phodrang District to Punakha by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October in Punakha, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Punakha

Sightseeing Historic Sites Tours
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Punakha Dzong
Chimi L'hakhang Temple
River Rafting & Tubing

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