24 days in Nepal & Bhutan Itinerary

24 days in Nepal & Bhutan Itinerary

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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 3 nights
Fly
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Paro, Bhutan
— Few hours
Drive
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Punakha, Bhutan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thimphu, Bhutan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paro, Bhutan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 1 night
Drive to Kathmandu, Fly to Pokhara
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Pokhara, Nepal
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bandipur, Nepal
— 1 night
Drive
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Kathmandu, Nepal
— 2 nights
Fly

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Kathmandu, Nepal

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Boudhanath Stupa, then take a stroll through Pottery Square, then admire the masterpieces at Patan Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Kathmandu Durbar Square. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kathmandu trip planner.

Valletta, Malta to Kathmandu is an approximately 21.5-hour travel. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Nepal Time is 4.8 hours. When traveling from Valletta in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Kathmandu, with highs around 26°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paro.

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Boudhanath Stupa ©
Must see
Boudhanath Stupa
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Patan Museum ©
Art Museum
Patan Museum
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Kathmandu Durbar Square ©
World heritage site
Kathmandu Durbar Square
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Paro, Bhutan

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.
On the 1st (Thu), explore the activities along Paro River, then pause for some photo ops at Dasho Nishioka Chorten, and then get engrossed in the history at Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Memorial House.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paro day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Kathmandu to Paro in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, train, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. The time zone changes from Nepal Time to Bhutan Time, which is usually a 0.2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kathmandu in March; daily highs in Paro reach 19°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Punakha.

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Nature · Parks · Museums
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Paro River ©
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Paro River
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Punakha, Bhutan

The imperial past feels present in Punakha, where an impressive fortress testifies to the heyday of this former capital of Bhutan.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Punakha Suspension Bridge, don't miss a visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, then make a trip to Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Punakha Dzong.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Punakha route maker tool.

You can drive from Paro to Punakha in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Thimphu.

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Historic Sites

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Punakha Dzong ©
Religious Site
Punakha Dzong
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Wangdue Dzong ©
Architectural Building
Wangdue Dzong
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Thimphu, Bhutan

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 Simtokha Dzong and Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan. Get in touch with nature at Royal Thimphu Golf Course and Dochula Pass. There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, appreciate the history behind Kuenselphodrang, enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower Square, and get your bearings at National Library and Archives of Bhutan.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Thimphu trip planner.

You can drive from Punakha to Thimphu in 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Thimphu can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Paro.

Things to do in Thimphu

Tours · Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites

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Walking tours
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Simtokha Dzong ©
Historic Site
Simtokha Dzong
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Paro, Bhutan

Get some historical perspective at Rinpung Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Museum and Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge. Explore Paro further: cruise along Chele La Pass, steep yourself in history at Drukgyel Dzong, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dzongdrakha Monastry, and make a trip to Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Paro vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Thimphu to Paro by car takes about 1.5 hours. On the 11th (Sun), you're off to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Paro

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums
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Rinpung Dzong ©
Must see
Rinpung Dzong
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Kyichu Lhakhang ©
Religious Site
Kyichu Lhakhang
4.3
National Museum ©
Specialty Museum
National Museum
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Kathmandu, Nepal

Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kathmandu trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paro to Kathmandu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Paro to Kathmandu is minus 0.2 hours. Traveling from Paro in March, things will get a bit warmer in Kathmandu: highs are around 29°C and lows about 11°C. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pokhara.

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Budhanilkantha ©
Religious Site
Budhanilkantha
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Pokhara, Nepal

Lake City

Pokhara, the second largest city in the country, attracts visitors with its superlative natural wonders and easygoing atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bindhya Basini Temple and Gurkha Memorial Museum. Get outdoors at Parasailing & Paragliding and Sarangkot. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake), Head underground at Gupteswar Gupha, look for gifts at Women's Skills Development Organization, and examine the collection at International Mountain Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Pokhara trip site.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kathmandu in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Pokhara, with lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bandipur.

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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding
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Gurkha Memorial Museum ©
History Museum
Gurkha Memorial Museum
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Bandipur, Nepal

Bandipur is a hilltop settlement and a municipality in Tanahun District, of Nepal. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Khadga Devi temple, get outside with Siddha Gufa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thani Mai Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bandipur trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Pokhara to Bandipur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In March, daily temperatures in Bandipur can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kathmandu.

Things to do in Bandipur

Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Manakamana Temple ©
Religious Site
Manakamana Temple
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Khadga Devi temple ©
Religious Site
Khadga Devi temple
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Kathmandu, Nepal

Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Budhanilkantha and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Boudhanath Stupa.

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Drive from Bandipur to Kathmandu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kathmandu when traveling from Bandipur in March, with lows around 11°C. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Mon).

Things to do in Kathmandu

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Boudhanath Stupa ©
Must see
Boudhanath Stupa
4.6
Budhanilkantha ©
Religious Site
Budhanilkantha
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Thamel ©
Neighborhood
Thamel
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