Bhutan Road Trip

Distance: 499.5 km, 13.3 hours drive
Duration: 5 nights

Day 1 : Phuentsholing (1N)

Day 2 : Thimphu (2N)

Day 4 : Punakha (1N)

Day 5 : Paro (1N)

Day 6 : End of trip (Phuentsholing)



 Day 1
1: Phuentsholing [ 1 night ]

Phuntsholing, also spelled as Phuentsholing, is a border town in southern Bhutan and is the administrative seat of Chukha District. The town occupies parts of both Phuentsholing Gewog and Sampheling Gewog.Wikipedia.

Night hold in Phuentsholing.


 Day 2 Total drive: 147 kms 
Drive from Phuentsholing

147 km, 3 hours 59 mins drive

2: Thimphu [ 2 nights ]

Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, occupies a valley in the country’s western interior. In addition to being the government seat, the city is known for its Buddhist sites. The massive Tashichho Dzong is a fortified monastery and government palace with gold-leaf roofs. The Memorial Chorten, a whitewashed structure with a gold spire, is a revered Buddhist shrine dedicated to Bhutan’s third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Google.

Night hold in Thimphu.

Thimphu sight seeing - Bhudda point, BBS tower view point, Takin zoo, centenary park, Tashichodzong (kings fortress and ministries office), Botanical Garden, simtokha Dzong (oldest fortress).


 Day 4 Total drive: 85 kms 
Drive from Thimphu

23.7 km, 42 mins drive

3: Dochula

On the way to Punakha, Dochula sight seeing (high snow mountain peak view and 108 Bhuddhist stupa).

The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. Wikipedia.



60.8 km, 1 hour 44 mins drive

4: Punakha [ 1 night ]

Punakha is a town in the Himalayas of Bhutan. It's known for the Punakha Dzong, a 17th-century fortress at the juncture of the Pho and Mo Chhu rivers. The fortress hosts the Punakha Tshechu, a religious festival featuring masked dances and music. In the surrounding Punakha Valley, temples include the fertility-focused Chimi Lhakhang and the hilltop Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which has river and mountain views. Google.

Punakha sight seeing - Punakha fortress in the middle of 2 rivers .

Night halt in Punakha.


 Day 5 Total drive: 125 kms 
Drive from Punakha

125 km, 3 hours 22 mins drive

5: Paro [ 1 night ]

Paro is a valley town in Bhutan, west of the capital, Thimphu. It is the site of the country’s only international airport and is also known for the many sacred sites in the area. North of town, the Taktsang Palphug (Tiger’s Nest) monastery clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley. Northwest of here are the remains of a defensive fortress, Drukgyel Dzong, dating from the 17th century. Google.

Paro sight seeing - tiger nest hike, museum, Paro fortress and Ta dzong (the oldest prison and weapons preserved).


 Day 6 Total drive: 143 kms 
Drive from Paro

143 km, 3 hours 32 mins drive

6: Phuentsholing

Back to Phuentsholing.