Bhutan is a very beautiful country situated in lapse of Himalayas. Bhutan is so green & chill as the Bhutanese people are. Bhutan is the country where carbon rating is negative & interesting thing is they don’t calculate GDP as they have GNH (Gross National Happiness) Index. Bhutanese people are so calm & quiet. They follow all the rules inclusive traffic rules. Bhutan is a Kingdom & all the people love’s the king & respect their decisions. Bhutan have their own traditional dress .Bhutan is the only country which outlaw the consumption of Tobacco.
So do you want to explore the Bhutan now ? So here i am to explain the everything about Bhutan so that you could make a good itinerary.
Enjoy Some Pics of Bhutan First 😛
How to reach Bhutan :
As there are normally three type of transport system in the World ie Air, Train & Bus.
Air : There are some direct flights from INDIA (Bagdogra/Kolkata/Delhi) to Paro International Airport.
Train : If you want to reach by train then ‘Hasimara’ is the nearest point from where you can get share auto for ‘Jaigoan” the border village. You can reach hasimara from Siliguri by train . It’s better to catch early morning passenger train which is cheap & best.
Bus : You can get a direct bus to Jaigaon/Phuentsholing from Siliguri Bus station.
Visa & Immigration :
So visa is not required for Indian citizen to enter in Bhutan but they have to collect permit to enter in Bhutan from Immigration office situated at Phuentsholing , just after crossing the border by foot you will see a building at right side. Immigration office opens at 09:00 AM. Please carry your passport size photos , photocopy of either your National ID (Voter iD card) or passport & Hotel booking confirmation. Passport is not necessary here but you have to carry your voter id card. Bhutan has changed their rules (From April,2017) for Indian’s & now it’s hard to get a permit for a Solo traveller & a confirmed hotel booking is necessary to show them as a proof. So it advised to go in group or join someone to get the permit.
Permit Process :
Just go to the counter no. 1, collect the form & fill the asked details like your name, father’s name, voter id/passport no.,your permanent address ,purpose of visit ,Stay information etc ,paste your photo on it & submit it on the same counter. The immigration office didn’t have the proper system so you may have to wait to get the permit by 2-3 hour. You have to keep an eye on the form collection officer when he/she called your name for Biometric check. After bio metric check you again have to keep an eyes on the same officer to collect your signed permit.
How to extend your stay
In this permit you will only be allowed to travel in Paro & Thimphu region . Permit is valid for 7 days & if you want to extend it or want to explore Bhutan more in depth like Punakha, Phojikha,Bumthang,Haa Valley area etc then you have to visit Immigration office, Thimphu & fill up again a simple form with attaching a copy of your permit. Permit extension process is very simple & fast. It is advisable to fill the names of all of the places you want to explore as in case your plan got changed so it will be helpful as the visit place already mention on the permit. There are several police check up post where you have to show your permit to them & they will stamp on your permit like arrival & departure from that territory.
Some important information :
- Tobacco is banned in Bhutan. So be careful about that part.
- National language is Dzongkha but Hindi is also widely spoken in Bhutan so no worries.
- Bhutan currency Ngultrum is equal to INR & as INR is acceptable in Bhutan so need of currency change.
- Beer is very cheap & available in every restaurant.
- Bhutan time is 30 minute ahead from IST (Indian Standard time)
- Bhutan is called the land of thunder dragon & you will also notice it on the national flag.
- Druk means ‘thunder dragon’. You will see many things in Bhutan by the name of Druk.
- If you want to go in temples please wear full sleeve shirts/t-shirts.
- ‘Dzong’ is like the administration place of any city in Bhutan.
- Temple in Bhutan is known as ‘Lakhang’.
- Bhutanese don’t like bargaining.
- Bhutan ISD code is +975 & their mobile number are in 8 digit only.
- Bikaneri Bhujia is widely available in Bhutan 🙂
- You can check the bus timing of Bhutan at http://www.rsta.gov.bt/rstaweb/load.html?id=71&field_cons=MENU
In the Next Blog You will get to know how to plan an itinerary for Bhutan from INDIA.
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