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    Planning to visit Bhutan? Want to know details of how to travel, duraiton of the tour, the best route, places to visit, where to stay etc.? Scroll through this Ask Expert page for your required details.

    Bhutan is a country in the border of West Bengal. And it is known that no passport visa is required to visit Bhutan. Bhutan is a beautiful place and many people want to visit there. I am very interested to visit there in the month of coming May.
    Can anybody give the details of Journey including routes, procedures if any, places to be visited, hotel details, duration of tour etc. so that I can make arrangements accordingly?
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  • Bhutan is a country of beautiful mountains, picturesque locales, salubrious climate, and majestic monasteries and visiting Bhutan is an unforgettable experience. It is a peaceful country and cleanliness is there, everywhere.

    Bhutan is approachable by various ways of travel. Flights from some cities in India are there to reach the airport 'Paro' in Bhutan. One has to check for the current time table for these flights as they often change during the different seasons. Generally these flights are available from Delhi, Gaya, Bagdogra, Kolkata, Mumbai and Guwahati. Royal Bhutan Airlines (Drukair) gives good discount to the travellers and one can explore that option also.

    Another option which is of course a cheaper one is to go to Hasimara Railway station and then go by road to the Jaigaon which is a town located at the India Bhutan border. Jaigaon is only 18 km from Hasimara. From Jaigaon one has to travel only 4-5 km to reach the border town Phuentsholing in Bhutan. One can go to the IRCTC railway website to find out the train to Hasimara. Some train routes are there from Delhi, Kanpur, Ranchi, and Kolkata respectively to Hasimara. Train takes significant time to reach there but it is a good option for budget travellers.

    Many people prefer to move in a car or taxi as there is no hassle of reservation and other problems and it is a good mode to do so. But as it would not be feasible for many to make such long road journey it is better to reach Jalpaiguri or other nearby towns in West Bengal and then hire a taxi to proceed to Jaigaon.

    When you reach the immigration office in the border town Phuentsholing or the airport Paro, you will have to fill a form asking for permit to enter Bhutan. Following documents and their copies will be required at that time -
    1. Voter ID card or Passport.
    2. Passport size photo.
    3. Hotel booking proof.
    4. Travel plan (date wise itinerary) on a sheet of paper.
    5. Undertaking letter for single travellers.

    Sometimes there is a rush of tourists to Bhutan and it is advisable to reach the immigration office early in the day otherwise one would get delayed in reaching the hotel in Bhutan. Another point is that this permit allows for visiting only the places like Thimphu, Paro and Punakha. If one is interested to visit places like Bumthang then one has to take a special permit. Nowadays online permit system is also there and one can use that for getting permits. The Bhutan Govt has started taking a fee also for visiting Bhutan on per day basis and at present it is Rs 1200 per day.

    There are many good hotels in Bhutan and one can find their details in the hotel booking websites and decide depending upon their location and rate. Some of the worth mentionable hotels are - Khamsum Inn, Centennial Hotel, Zambala Hotel River View, Nirvana Inn, Thimphu 180 view, Taktsang Village Resort, Sambhav Serviced Apartments etc.

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  • Ways to Reach Bhutan from India:

    By Air: Drukair and Bhutan Airlines operate flights from Delhi, Gaya, Bagdogra, Kolkata, Mumbai and Guwahati to Paro. You may get special fares in Drukair.

    By Rail : Hasimara is the nearest station to reach Bhutan by train. There are trains to Hasimara from Kolkata, Delhi, Ranchi, and Kanpur
    You may take a train to reach New Jalpaiguri . You may hire a taxi from both these places to reach nearest town Phuentsholing (Bhutan)

    By Road: The most common way to reach Bhutan by road is from Jaigaon (West Bengal). It is only 4.3 kms from Phuentsholing (Bhutan). Taxi service is available between the two places.

    How to Get Tourist Permit in Bhutan:
    The Immigration Office in Phuentsholing issues permit (for SAARC nations).Those travellers flying directly to Paro can get their permits from Paro International Airport.

    List of Documents required for permit:
    A duly filled form
    Copy of Voter's ID or Passport
    An Itinerary on an A4 Sheet
    Booked Hotel's Voucher (It is mandatory to show hotel booking confirmation of at least one hotel in Thimphu/Paro)
    Passport Size Photo
    An Undertaking Letter (In case you are travelling solo)

    Things to Remember:
    - Be clear about what you fill in the occupation section. Mention the sector you work in as well as your designation.
    - Through this Tourist Permit, you can go to Thimphu, Paro and Punakha but in order to visit Bumthang and other tourist places in Bhutan, a separate permit is required.
    - From July 2020, a daily fee of INR 1200 will have to be paid by Indian tourists visiting Bhutan.
    - You may get permit through registered Bhutanese tour operators and TCB hotels also.
    - Mosquitoes and bugs can disturb your night in cheap hotels, so check if your booked hotel is free from insects.
    - An average hotel during the peak season can cost up INR 2500, whereas, the same hotel offers room at INR 1300-1500 during off season.
    - Currency value of both countries is almost equal. Indian currency is valid . However, 500 and 2000 denomination notes are not valid.
    - A shawl/jacket or a shrug are mandatory for both men and women when entering a place of worship.
    - You you are advised to keep raincoat and Umbrella in the monsoon,light clothes for summer and monsoon, and heavy woolens in winters

    You may contact travel agencies to get detail packages and tariffs of different hotels.

    Some hotel are mentioned herein:

  • Bhutan is a landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas. It is surrounded by China to the north and India to the south. There are many ways to reach from India to Bhutan are as follows:-
    You can take a direct flight from Paro to reach Bhutan. It is approx 2.5 hours journey from Delhi to Paro by flight. There are two direct airlines Drukair and Bhutan Airlines which operates flight from Delhi, Gaya, Bagdogra, Kolkata, Mumbai and Guwahati to Paro.
    Another mode of transportation to reach Bhutan is the railway. You can reach here by train at a very low cost. Hasimara is the nearest railway station to Jaigaon, a town on Indo-Bhutan Border. It is situated at a distance of 17 km from Jaigaon. There are different trains available by which you can reach Hasimara from Kolkata, Delhi, Ranchi and Kanpur. Another station that provides good connectivity is situated in New Jalpaiguri. You can get all kind of formation regarding ticket and timetable from Indian Railway's IRCTC Website.
    You can reach here by road also. There is one common way to reach is by road from Jaigaon town in West Bengal. The distance between Jaigaon town and Bhutan is 4.3 km. Private cabs are available between the two places.
    There are some important document which requires to keep before travelling:
    - A Copy of Voter's ID or Passport
    - A Passport Size Photo
    -An Undertaking Letter
    - Hotel booking proof
    One important thing which you need to do is to take a permit from office to visit the place.
    There are different hotels in Bhutan according to the rate. It depends upon location and interior facility. Some of the good hotels are as:- Taj tashi Bhutan, Centennial Hotel, Zambala Hotel, city hotel Thimpu, hotel drum etc.

  • You can travel from India to Bhutan by air or by train or by rod,
    1. You can go by Air. Bhutan Airlines and other private operators operate flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Guwahati and other important airports in India to Paro. You can refer to the sites of various service providers and decide on the service based on the cost of the ticket on the day of your journey.
    2. You can go to Hasimara, the nearest station in India, to Bhutan by train. Trains to Hasimara are available from important railway stations like Kolkata, Delhi etc. in India. Alternatively, you can travel to New Jalpaiguri by train. From both the places you can go to Bhutan by hiring a taxi. The town which is near to these two stations is Phuentsholing in Bhutan.
    3. By road also you can go. That depends on the place from where you are starting. Taxi services are available from the nearest places in India to Bhutan. As Bhutan is very near to West Bengal you can hire a taxi from many places in this state and reach Bhutan.

    No Visa is required. But a permit is required. This permit can be obtained on arrival from the Immigration Office in Phuentsholing. Permits will be issued at Paro international airport for the people travelling by air. You have to carry identification proof like Voter Card, Aadhar Card, or passport A passport size photograph, a self-declaration letter and a hotel booking letter are required for getting the permit. Based on the places you are going to visit you may require a special permit also. You will get the full information from the immigration office and they will advise you based on your itinerary.
    The duration of the journey will depend on the places you want to visit. When I visited this place, I spent about 8 days and I obtained a permit and special permit also. You can plan based on your plan.

    The following are some of the luxury hotels in Bhutan. You can visit their websites and reserve your rooms.
    1.Hotel Le Meridien Thimphu.
    Chorten Lam, P.O. Box 01286 · Thimphu, 01286 Thimphu, Bhutan, There is a facility for picking up from the airport. You can ask for it when you book the room.
    2. Resort Le Meridien Paro Riverfront.
    P.O. Box # 1265 Shaba, Paro, Kingdom of Bhutan, 1265 Paro, Bhutan. Airport pickup is available.
    3. Resort Taj Tashi Bhutan
    Post Box No 524, Samten Lam Chubachu, 11001 Thimphu, Bhutan . Airport pickup is available.
    4. The Postcard Dewa, Thimphu, Bhutan
    Neyzerkha, Khasdrapchu, 11003 Thimphu, Bhutan
    5. Hotel The Pema by Realm
    Melong Lam Lower Motithang, 11001 Thimphu, Bhutan.

    There are many others and you can select based on your budget by visiting various tourists sites or the sites of the hotels.

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