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Sikkim to Bhutan Road Trip

Bagdogra - Kalimpong - Phuntsholing - Thimphu - Paro

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Landscape Landscape
Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Historical sites Historical sites
Security Security
Culture Culture
Comfort Comfort
Road conditions Road conditions
Wildlife Wildlife
Sikkim to Bhutan Road Trip ACTIVATE MAP Stages4 km460 h/stage3.4

Best months to drive

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Sikkim to Bhutan Road Trip in India?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 360EUR drive & more 63EUR sleep & more 198EUR eat & more 120EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 381EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 741EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 540EUR drive & more 88EUR sleep & more 330EUR eat & more 180EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 598EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,138EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 675EUR drive & more 113EUR sleep & more 660EUR eat & more 240EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,013EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,688EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,125EUR drive & more 125EUR sleep & more 275EUR eat & more 120EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 520EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 1,645EUR
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Sikkim to Bhutan Road Trip Itinerary

The Sikkim to Bhutan Road Trip is an unforgettable experience through spectacular landscapes, historical sites and cultural diversity. Starting in the Indian city of Bagdogra, the route follows a winding 460km path through Kalimpong, Phuntsholing and Thimphu before ending in Bhutan's city of Paro. The best time to take this road trip is during the dry months of October through April. Along the way, travelers will pass through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world, with views of the snow-capped Himalayas and lush valleys. There are also numerous historical sites to explore, including the ancient Buddhist monasteries of Kalimpong and Thimphu. The trip also involves a border crossing at Phuntsholing, which can be done easily with the necessary documentation. The road conditions along the route are generally poor, with curvy and sometimes narrow roads. This makes the journey more challenging, but also more rewarding. The road trip should take around five days, and is suitable for experienced drivers only. Given the distance and the quality of the roads, a high budget is required to complete the journey. The Sikkim to Bhutan Road Trip is an exciting journey that will provide travelers with an unforgettable experience and memories that will last a lifetime.
number of days 5 number of days
route length 460 km route length
budget high budget
good for explorer good for
traffic direction on the left traffic direction
accident level moderate accident level

START Bagdogra

Distance 460 km Driving time 13.6 h Pace: slow 105.7 kWh Airports IXB , TPJ
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Bagdogra in India is the perfect starting point for the road trip named "Sikkim to Bhutan Road Trip". Located in the Siliguri Corridor, Bagdogra is the closest international airport, with the IATA code IXB. From the airport, travelers can rent cars that will take them to their destinations. When in Bagdogra, visitors should not miss out on the Bhutia Busty Monastery, located on the top of a hill. This 19th-century monastery offers stunning views of the surrounding area, as well as a peaceful and serene atmosphere. For a more urban experience, travelers can visit the Salugara Monastery, located close to the airport. This monastery is home to several Tibetan artifacts, and the architecture is breathtaking. For nature lovers, the nearby Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect spot. This sanctuary is home to a variety of animals, including tigers, rhinos, elephants, and birds. Visitors can also take a boat ride to witness the beautiful scenery of the sanctuary and its inhabitants. Finally, the Bagdogra Tea Estate is another must-visit destination. Here, visitors can witness the tea-making process and purchase some of the finest teas in India. For those who are more adventurous, they can take a mountain trek and explore the beautiful surroundings. Bagdogra is an ideal starting point for the "Sikkim to Bhutan Road Trip", offering travelers a variety of activities to choose from. With its stunning architecture, fascinating wildlife, and delicious teas, Bagdogra is sure to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience.

1 Bagdogra - Kalimpong

Distance 81 km Driving time 2.7 h Pace: slow 18.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an exciting road trip from Bagdogra to Kalimpong! This 81 km journey will take you less than 3 hours to complete, and you'll have the chance to marvel at some incredible scenery. Along the way, you'll find winding roads and narrow sections. Make sure to take the time to appreciate the beauty of the hills and valleys that await you! In Bagdogra, don't miss the beautiful Sittong Tea Garden, as well as the Kalimpong Market. In Kalimpong, check out the Durpin Monastery, the Delo Viewpoint, and the Gompas of Tharpa Choeling and Mangal Dham. Be sure to consult the "Itinerary" for this stage of the trip for more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route. Enjoy your journey!

2 Kalimpong - Phuntsholing

Distance 185 km Driving time 4.9 h Pace: slow 42.7 kWh View map Itinerary
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Ready to experience the breathtaking beauty of India? Let us take you on a road trip from Kalimpong to Phuntsholing, a journey of 185 km that can be completed in under 5 hours. As you drive through the winding roads, keep an eye out for the stunning views of the Himalayas and rolling hills. You will cross the state border, and have to pass through steep ramps and narrow sections of the road. But don’t worry, it’s all worth it. The drive is full of surprises, and you'll pass through some of India's most beautiful landscapes. In Kalimpong, make sure to visit Durpin Dara View Point, the 18th century Tharpa Choling Monastery and the charming flower market. In Phuntsholing, visit the Zangto Pelri Lhakhang Temple, the unique Crocodile Breeding Centre and the bustling Kharbandi Gompa. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, check out the "Itinerary" of this stage. So gear up and get ready for an unforgettable journey!

3 Phuntsholing - Thimphu

Distance 147 km Driving time 4.5 h Pace: slow 33.8 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an exciting road trip from Phuntsholing to Thimphu! This 147km journey will take you less than 5 hours, and you'll be treated to some of Bhutan's most beautiful sights. Along the way, you'll get to experience a variety of landscapes, from steep ramps to winding roads and narrow sections. Be sure to stop and take in the picturesque views and historical sites, and even take a few photos of your journey! You'll even get to explore the charming capital of Thimphu, where you can find plenty of cultural attractions, delicious restaurants, and comfortable hotels. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, check out the "Itinerary" of this stage. So what are you waiting for? Let's hit the road!

4 Thimphu - Paro

Distance 46 km Driving time 1.5 h Pace: slow 10.6 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on an exciting road trip from Thimphu to Paro! In less than two hours, you'll cover 46 kilometers of Bhutan's stunning landscapes. Enjoy the winding roads, narrow sections and picturesque views of the Himalayas. Along the journey, don't miss out on some of the most interesting places, such as the Buddha Dordenma Statue, Tashichho Dzong, and the National Museum of Bhutan. As you drive, you'll also pass by Dochula Pass, a mountain pass with 108 memorial chortens. Finally, you'll make it to the beautiful city of Paro, where you can explore its historic sites, local markets, and old temples. For more information on attractions, accommodation, restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

  Paro

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Paro in Bhutan is the perfect destination to end the "Sikkim to Bhutan Road Trip". This small town in the Himalayas is a treat for both sightseers and adventurers alike. It is home to one of the most beautiful and serene Buddhist monasteries in the world - the Tiger's Nest. Located 1000 meters above the valley floor, the monastery is a must-see for all visitors. For those looking for something a bit more adventurous, the Paro Taktsang Trail is an amazing way to explore the region. The trail is a round-trip of 8 km and is known for its spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Paro National Museum is a great place to learn about the history and culture of Bhutan. It houses a variety of artifacts and artworks from the region. There are also several shops in the town that offer traditional Bhutanese crafts and souvenirs. The closest international airport to Paro is the Paro International Airport (PBH), located about 7 km from the town. With direct flights to Bangkok, Delhi, and Kathmandu, it's the perfect way to start or end a road trip. Paro is a beautiful and peaceful destination in Bhutan that will leave you with lasting memories of your trip. Whether you're looking for a spiritual journey, a fun hike, or to simply explore the culture, this is the perfect place to end your "Sikkim to Bhutan Road Trip".

Sikkim to Bhutan Road Trip at a glance

Facts for safer driving in India

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.3
max speed urban max speed urban 70 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 80 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 120 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime on
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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