Travel To Bhutan From India
You have heard of Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon where everyone around the world is traveling to. And you have decided to go as well. But how?
Does this resonate with you?
In this article, we Rab-Zhe Bhutan Tours & Travels is going to help you and give you every detail on how to travel to Bhutan from India.
First of all you need to apply for VISA/ Permit Approval from Immigration Office of Bhutan.
VISA/ Permit Approval
Good News is, Bhutan has a special diplomatic relationship with India, therefore, any Indians with valid Passports or Voter ID doesn’t require a visa to enter Bhutan. However, Indian tourist needs Entry permit from Bhutan Immigration Office to enter into Bhutan.
An entry permit is issued only on your arrival to Bhutan from the entry points.
The Four Entry Points in Bhutan are;
- Paro International Airport
- Phuntsholing Gate (Western Bhutan)
- Samdrup Jongkhar Gate (Eastern Bhutan)
- Gelephu Gate (Central Bhutan)
Documents Required for Entry Permit Procedures
- Valid passport/ Voter ID (Passport validity should be more than 6 months.)
- Family traveling with kids who are below 17 years, without valid Passport/ Voter ID is allowed to enter Bhutan with Birth Certificates and Valid School ID (both should be presented in the case of school going kid).
- Two recent passport size photographs for each guest.
Special Route Permit: If you plan to visit places beyond Thimphu and Paro like Punakha, Wangdue, Bumthang, you also need to apply for Special Route Permit. Route Permit is issued only in Thimphu Immigration Office.
After your arrival in Bhutan, you need to go to immigration office in Thimphu during the working days between 9AM-1PM.
Note: Once you complete your tours in Bhutan, you will not be allowed to leave the country without surrendering the Paper Permits in original, issued while entering Bhutan. Even if you manage to escape without surrendering the papers, you will not be allowed to visit Bhutan again in future. (Mind that, your information is punched in Bhutan Immigration System.)
Sounds so simple right? But it is not easier than we think.
In peak seasons, more than thousands Indian Tourists queue up in front of Immigration Office with Entry Permit Application, which would take days and hours of waiting for your turn to come up.
An image below with a phrase from pulkit.me speaks the difficulty.
To get an approved permits, it would take days which will eventually waste your precious time and money. Even more bad luck if you reach the entry points during Off Hours (Weekends and Govt. Holidays).
Don’t be, that’s where Rab-Zhe Bhutan Tours & Travels comes into action.
We, Rab-Zhe Bhutan Tours & Travels is an authorized travel agency in Bhutan. We have an authority to pre-book, apply, and issue your entry permits before your arrival, which is done online through our Tourism Council of Bhutan, Tashael Account.
Such account and authority to apply and issue Entry Permits online are only available to Authorized Travel Agents of Bhutan. You can check our authorization from Tourism Council of Bhutan in their Travel Agent Directory here Click Here.
And importantly, our services to apply, arrange and issue your entry permit is 24/7 hours open.
Making it convenient, time-saving, smooth and enjoyable journey to the Kingdom Of Bhutan.
What are you waiting for? Contact us now for your Entry Permit procedures through Rab-Zhe Bhutan Tours & Travels.
You now got your entry permits arranged. So next is to choose the mode of transportation to Bhutan.
Mode of Transportation to Bhutan
The entire country is covered with Himalaya Mountains which makes it very difficult to travel and one of the reasons why the country was cut off from the rest of the world up until early 1960.
However, due to developmental activities, you can now travel to Bhutan using two mode of Transfer, i.e. by land and by air.
Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar are the only land border areas open to tourists.
The town of Phuentsholing in the southwest is located approximately 170 km east of the Indian national airport at Bagdogra and 151 km from NJP Indian Railway Stations. After crossing Phuentsholing, you begin your journey to Thimphu, the capital city with the travel time of about six hours for the 170 km stretch.
Gelephu in south-central Bhutan is another entry point to Bhutan. It is approximately 250 km from Thimphu and the journey will take you through the sub-tropical areas of Bhutan before entering the alpine zone and then finally into Thimphu. One will have to traverse across three districts and the travel time will be about ten hours.
The district of Samdrup Jongkhar in southeast Bhutan borders the Indian district of Darranga, Assam and is approximately 150 km away from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. The journey from Guwahati is about three hours. Tourists entering Bhutan through Samdrup Jongkhar will take you to Trashigang, and from there over the lateral route to Mongar, Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangdue Phodrang and then finally into capital, Thimphu. The distance is about 700 km and will take you a minimum of three days to reach Thimphu.
Paro is the only international airport in Bhutan and it is situated at a height of 2,225 m (7300 ft) above sea level. It is surrounded by mountains as high as 4,876 m (16,000 ft). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. It covers Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore, and Mumbai.
There are domestic airports in Yonphula in eastern Bhutan, Bumthang in central Bhutan, and Gelephu in south-central Bhutan. A second international airport is currently under construction in Gelephu along the southern border to India.
Flying into Bhutan’s Paro International Aiport is typically an exciting experience as the descent into Paro valley brings you closer to the mountain tops than most other flights in the world. The flight between Paro and Kathmandu is one of the most exciting ones as the aircraft passes over four of the five highest mountains in the world. In fine weather, as you soar higher up, you can enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kangchenjunga at their best.
Visit www.drukair.com.bt and www.bhutanairlines.bt for more information
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