33 days in Bhutan & Nepal Itinerary

33 days in Bhutan & Nepal Itinerary

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Punakha, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gangtey, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive
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Trongsa, Bhutan
— 1 night
Drive
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Thimphu, Bhutan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Paro, Bhutan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
— 1 night
Fly to Kathmandu, Drive to Kathmandu
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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 9 nights
Drive to Kathmandu, Fly to Pokhara
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Pokhara, Nepal
— 7 nights
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Punakha, Bhutan — 2 nights

The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
Step off the beaten path and head to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and Chimi Lhakhang Temple. Take a break from Punakha with a short trip to Wangdue Dzong in Wangdue, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Punakha Suspension Bridge and take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong.

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Visakhapatnam, India to Punakha is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Bhutan Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gangtey.
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Historic Sites
Side Trip
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Gangtey, Bhutan — 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.
For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gangtey itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Punakha to Gangtey in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Trongsa.
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Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Trongsa, Bhutan — 1 night

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Trongsa trip planner.

You can drive from Gangtey to Trongsa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Thimphu.
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Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Thimphu, Bhutan — 5 nights

The kingdom's capital and most modern city, Thimphu offers a mix of ancient traditions and modern commercialism.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Tango Buddhist College, make a trip to Changangkha Lhakhang, contemplate the long history of Simtokha Dzong, and see the interesting displays at Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Thimphu online holiday maker.

You can drive from Trongsa to Thimphu in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Paro.
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Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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Paro, Bhutan — 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rinpung Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Paro River, get great views at Paro Airport Bird's Eye View Point, examine the collection at National Museum, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paro online vacation planner.

You can drive from Thimphu to Paro in 1.5 hours. In July in Paro, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sagarmatha National Park.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wildlife
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Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal — 1 night

Dominated by the world's tallest, Sagarmatha National Park is renowned for its carefully preserved natural heritage as well as the cultural and religious importance of its Buddhist monasteries and traditional Sherpa settlements.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the activities along Dudh Koshi River, explore the striking landscape at Khumbu Glacier, and then trek along Macchhermo. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Taboche and then get great views at Everest View Point.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sagarmatha National Park day trip app.

Explore your travel options from Paro to Sagarmatha National Park with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Paro to Sagarmatha National Park is minus 0.2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Kathmandu.
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Kathmandu, Nepal — 9 nights

Once synonymous with the mysterious and inaccessible Shangri-La, today Kathmandu draws an ever-increasing number of tourists, catering to independent travelers of various budgets.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kathmandu: Bhaktapur (55 Window Palace, Changu Narayan, &more) and Thrangu Tashi Monastery (in Dhulikhel). The adventure continues: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar), and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

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Traveling by combination of flight and car from Sagarmatha National Park to Kathmandu takes 3.5 hours. In July in Kathmandu, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Pokhara.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
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Pokhara, Nepal — 7 nights

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get engrossed in the history at Gurkha Memorial Museum, and don't miss a visit to Pokhara Lakeside.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pokhara day trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Pokhara are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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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.
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Nepal travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Spas · Parasailing & Paragliding
With everything from snowcapped mountains and vast grasslands to dense tropical forests, Nepal represents one of the world's most ecologically diverse destinations. A trip to Nepal takes visitors to an ancient land situated between India and China, both of which influence the region's culture, cuisine, and religious traditions. Despite the country's natural appeal, commercial tourism in Nepal remains a relatively new industry and most of the area lies unspoiled and undiscovered by foreigners. Ideal for travelers interested in pushing their physical abilities to the limit, Nepal contains most of the world's tallest peaks, including the legendary Mount Everest.
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