15 days in Bhutan Itinerary

15 days in Bhutan Itinerary

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15 days in Bhutan Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly + Drive:  26 h
1
Thimphu
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Punakha
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Bumthang
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  1 h
4
Paro
— 4 nights
Fly:  24 h
End: Cardiff

4
nights
Thimphu

Thimphu ©
The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Thimphu is known for scenic drive, parks, museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, don't miss a visit to Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Motithang Takin Preserve.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Thimphu route planner .

Cardiff, UK to Thimphu is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Bhutan Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Cardiff in November, you will find days in Thimphu are somewhat warmer (23°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Punakha.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Kuenselphodrang ©
Kuenselphodrang
Dochula Pass ©
Dochula Pass
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) ©
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)

2
nights
Punakha

Punakha ©
The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
On the 15th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chimi L'hakhang Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong, and then take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge. On the next day, make a trip to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery and then don't miss a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Punakha trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Thimphu to Punakha takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Bumthang.

Things to do in Punakha

Historic Sites
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Punakha Dzong ©
Punakha Dzong
Chimi Lhakhang Temple ©
Chimi Lhakhang Temple
Punakha Suspension Bridge ©
Punakha Suspension Bridge

2
nights
Bumthang

Bumthang ©
Plan a trip to Bumthang to discover an area as rich in culture as it is in sweeping valley views.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurje Lhakhang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jambay Lhakhang Temple, and then make a trip to Tamshing Lhakhang Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): make a trip to Ngang Lhakhang, see the interesting displays at Ogyen Choling Palace Museum, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bumthang Brewery.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bumthang using our trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Punakha to Bumthang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paro.

Things to do in Bumthang

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Jakar
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Kurje Lhakhang ©
Kurje Lhakhang
Jambay Lhakhang Temple ©
Jambay Lhakhang Temple
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple ©
Tamshing Lhakhang Temple

4
nights
Paro

Paro ©
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.
Spend the 22nd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), admire all the interesting features of Chele La Pass, examine the collection at National Museum, and make a trip to Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paro visit website .

Getting from Bumthang to Paro by combination of car and flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In November, daytime highs in Paro are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Paro Taktsang ©
Paro Taktsang
Chele La Pass ©
Chele La Pass
National Museum ©
National Museum

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