Places I should visit in Bhutan

Hi everyone,
I am planning a trip to Bhutan soon and based on my research off the internet, I am currently thinking of visiting

Thimphu, Paro, Gangtey, Punakha and Bumthang

Can anyone suggest me how should I go about planning my trip based on individual destination and also how many nights should I spend in each places?
Hi Abhishek. my suggestion as follows if you are flying in and out of Paro

I would leave Paro for last.

Spend 2-3 days in Thimphu. You can visit the Takin reserve, Thimphu memorial chorten, the farmer's market, the park by the river, Buddha Point, a lot of museums and art galleries. There is also a craft bazaar to visit. The archery field. Thimphu has a nightlife where you can meet many locals.

Spend 2 nights in Gangtey. A perfect destination to get away from the city life. There is absolute peace in the valley and enjoy hot stone baths at night. There is not much to do but a lot of nature trails and an old monatery to visit. Homestay in Gangtey gives a perfect stay to explore rural farmer's life.

Punakha 1 night. You can visit the castle and also do rafting along the river.

Bumthang is beautiful. You can spend 2 nights there as you have travelled half way through Bhutan to reach this destination. The valley is beautiful and unique.

Finish off the trip with Paro and doing the Tiget Nest Hike. Do the hike in the morning so that you can have a good evening around the small town of Paro.

This is how i recommend
Move from Paro to Thimphu
Thimphu to Punakha- 2-3 hours drive, you can see the beautiful mountain pass on the way.
Punakha to Gangtey - 3-4 hours drive
Gangtey to Bumthang - 7-8 hours drive
Bumthang to Paro - about 10 hours drive (you can opt to fly from Bumthang to Paro- 20 -25 minutes flight)
Fly out of Paro
I visited Bhutan in May 2017. I would not suggest in visiting Gangtey and Bumthang at this time because the road condition is very bad. Due to the road widening project, the journey is very difficult and not worth it. However you should visit THimphu Paro and Punakha.

Some of the things you could do in these places are
do the tiger's nest hike in Paro, its worth it.
river rafting in punakha
The tiger's zoo in thimphu was amazing.

Hope this helps. Good Luck
Hi Abhishek.

I would suggest you visit punkha. Punkha is great for site seeing and the weather would really favor you. Other the punkha i would really recommend you a hike to the tigers nest in paro. Its also know as taktshang.
Hi Abhishek.

i would suggest you to visit National Memorial Chorten - Which was built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
Thimphu Dzong - The largest Dzong, is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan.

Buddha Point at Kuensel Phodrang, will be open to tourists once it is completed in 2012. The 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma.

At Paro hike to Tiger's Nest Taktsang Monastery .

At Punakha visit Punakha Dzong - Built in 1637, the dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chief Abbott, the Je Khenpo. It is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance

safe journey ....hope you ll enjoy trip bye.

Thank you for sharing the information. However could anyone advise how many nights should I spend each places or how many nights would be required to really explore these places?
local travel agents suggest tourist to spend 2 to 3 nights in Paro, 2 nights in Thimphu and 1 night in Punakha. You can also do a day excursion to Punakha and come back to Thimphu for the night. The reason agents suggest maximum nights at Paro is, you can also do a day excursion to Haa or Chelela pass.

Hope this helps

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