Bhutan, a Buddhist Country is also known as Kingdom Of Happiness, is famous for monasteries, unique culture and breathtaking landscapes of steep mountains and valleys. Bhutan is very popular tourist destination particularly for Indians as an international holiday destination yet budget friendly & easy accessibility.
Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom situated in the eastern Hiimalyas mountains between India and China. The country has a diverse topography of high mountains, lush subtropical plains, and snow-capped peaks. It is also a unique place to explore unspoiled traditional cultures far removed from modern day so called developements. It is the only carbon negative country of the world.
Till the mid of 19th century, Bhutan was not accessible from the rest of the world. However today Bhutan is accessible through both road and air and has made limited modernization and development. Bhutan is one of the safest countries to travel in the world where environmental protection and cultural preservation is seen as priority over economics. Although a bit expensive destination, the country has some awesome places, sightseeings and unique culture to experience for its visitors.
In Bhutan Buddhism is not just a religion but the way of life of its people. Dzongs are fortresses built during the 17th century to ward off invasions by the Indian & Chineese rulers and are important institutions of Buddhist education, administration and spirituality. The festivals and celebrations is an experience in itself of Bhutanese culture and traditions.
But Bhutan is not just a spiritual and religious destinations. It is also full of scenic landscapes, an unpolluted atmosphere and picturesque natural beauty. Hiking, trekking and bird watching are integral part of the Tour.
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How To Reach Bhutan
By Air: Drukair and Bhutan Airlines that operate flights from Delhi, Bagdogra, Kolkata, Mumbai and Guwahati to Paro, the only airport. Flight prices are a little high priced. Alternatively you can take a flight to Bagdogra, and from there hire a cab to Phuentsholing.
By Rail: Hasimara is the nearest railway station to Jaigaon/Phuntsholing, on Indo-Bhutan Border is situated at a distance of 17 kms. There are trains to New Alipurduar from Kolkata, Delhi and all major stations in Kolkata. Another station that offers a decent connectivity is situated in New Jalpaiguri.
By Road: The most common way to cover a Bhutan Tour Packages from India by road is from Jaigaon town in West Bengal. Private cabs are available between the two places. People getting down at Bagdogra (by flight) or at New Jalpaiguri/New Alipurduar (by train) has to take this entry point.
Planning An Itinerary
Bhutan Trip can be planned and customized as per your time and budget. Generally if you are short of time you can at-least go for 4 Night 5 days tour ex arrival either at Paro or Phuntsholing. In that way you can cover 2 days in Thimpu and 2 days in Paro with drive through Dochula Pass and Punakha. If you have longer plans then you can take a relaxing tours with stays in Punakha, Bumthang, an extra day in Paro to explore Chele La Pass and Haa Valley, etc. An ideal suggested tour will be 1 Night Phuntsholling, 2 Night Thimpu, 1 Night Punakha and 2 Night Paro which totals 6 Nights 7 Days ex Phuntsholing. You can of course call us at +91 9038055530 to assist you plan a perfect Bhutan Tour Packages.
Documents For Bhutan Tour Packages
Indians- For Bhutan Tour for Indians Only Either Voter Cards and Passport is recognized as valid identity documents. For Child or minors below 18 years birth certificate in English only. 2 Copies of passport size photographs required for Phuntsholing and 2 required for Punakha Entry.
Non Indans- For Required documents please refer to Bhutan Tourism Website.
Entry/Visa Charges & Timings
For Entry there is no charges as of now for Indians. Permits offices at Phuntsholing are open from 8 am onwards and applications are received till 2.30 pm and issued till 3.30 pm. Offices are closed on Saturday, Sundays and on Bhutan National Holidays. Paro airport immigration office is open whenever you arrive.
Bhutan Currency is Ngultrum and is valued at same as Indian Rupee. We help you convert your currency at our office free of charges. In Bhutan Indian currency are accepted in most places but higher currency notes like Rs 2000 notes are not accepted.
All staying hotels have restaurants in them but is little costly compared to Indian Standards. However you will find lot of eateries serving Indian food of all cuisines everywhere.
Bhutan Tour Packages comes with different durations as per guests time and budget. The most popular Bhutan Tour is of 4 nights and 5 days with 2 nights stay at Thimpu and 2 nights stay at Paro. This includes all major tourist attractions of the two most popular towns of Bhutan.
Next popular tour is of 5 days Bhutan Tour Packages with 2 Nights in Thimpu,1 Night in Punakha and 2 Nights in Paro. This additionally covers the attractions of Punakha Town and Dochu La Pass.
Other than these Bhutan Tours if you have more time you can additionally plan to visit the picturesque Phobjikha Valley and the Chelela Pass. For this you at least need to extend one more days stay at Paro.
Additionally you can undertake a days trek to Tiger's Nest Monastery or Bumthang Tour in your Bhutan Tour Packages as per your interest and time.
Best Time to Visit Bhutan- The best time for Bhutan Tour Packages is during the months of October to June when the valleys come alive with flowers in bloom, the Himalayan peaks are at their most visible with the clear skies and this is the best time for trekking with temperatures very pleasant for Tourists. July to August is considered the low season due to the rains, yet Bhutan roads are all weather and mostly safe. Autumn is from October to November when it's generally sunny with some snow at higher elevations. Late November to early March is dry with pre-monsoon showers starting in May-June. However during the month of May and Dewali Season hordes of tourist mainly from India descend in the peaceful kingdom and makes it quite a crowded place if you are used to a holidays in solitude.
Immigration Office Timings- One can enter Bhutan either by air through Paro Airport where immigration office is open throughout the day when ever your flights arrive. The other way is by land and you can enter from Phuntsholing border. This border check post immigration office is open from 7.30 am till 4pm on working days. Holidays are on Saturday and Sundays and Bhutan National Holidays(Different from Indian Holidays). Application for entry permits for Bhutan tour packages are accepted only till 2.30 pm and processed till 4pm.
Distance & Time From Different Arrival Points- These distances help you plan a proper tour to Bhutan without any glitches as you can buy you flight and train tickets.
Bagdogra Airport to Phuntsholling- 164 (5 Hours)
New Jalpaiguri Station To Phuntsholling- 156 (5 Hours)
New Alipurduar To Phuntsholling- 63 (1.5 Hours)
Hasimara To Phuntsholing- 20 (45 Minutes)
Falakata To Phuntsholing- 47 (1.5 Hours)
Coochbehar To Phuntsholing- 70 (2.5 Hours)
Phuntsholing To Thimpu- 158 (5 Hours)
Phuntsholing To Paro- 144 (5 Hours)
Phuntsholing To Madarihat- 30 (45 Mins)
Do Indian Mobile Number Work in Bhutan- No Indian Sim Cards do not work in Bhutan. But you can buy a Bhutan Sim card with identity proof which will approximately cost you Rs 150. Talk Time charges are extra and you can make international calls with this sim card. Most hotels in Bhutan are equipped with wifi hence whatsapp calls will be available whenever you are in the hotels.
Smoking Policy in Bhutan- Bhutan is the only country in the world that completely bans the sale and production of tobacco—and naturally, smoking is banned in public places. Tourists and the Bhutanese elite can bring in 200 cigarettes, but ask your guide to find a place to light up. Hotels accommodate smokers, some local bars and restaurants have indoor smoking rooms. Importing cigarettes overland from India (for personal use) is allowed, but they’re slapped with up to 200 percent duty. Smuggling tobacco can net someone three years in prison, but the black market is flourishing. Bring your own within stipulated limits.
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