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No visa is required for Indian Nationals. Getting in Bhutan by flight is only through Druk Air and Bhutan airlines the only national Airline in the country,For Indian they can enter Bhutan from all the destination that Drukair and Bhutan airline flies to.

From(Bhutan) To
Paro to Delh(India)
Paro to Kolkotta(India)
Paro to Bangkok(Thailand)
Paro to Kathmandu(Nepal)
Paro to Bagdugra(India)

While Travelling by Land:

From West Bengal  To Bhutan  Approx.Time  KM
Bagdogra (Airport) Phuntsholing 6 Hrs  170Km
Siliguri NJP Railway Station)  Phuntsholing 5 Hrs  155Km
Darjeeling Hill Station  Phuntsholing 6 Hrs  200Km
Gangtok (Sikkim)  Phuntsholing 7 Hrs  220Km
Kalimpong Phuntsholing 6 Hrs  185Km

Entering Bhutan:

Entry into Bhutan can be made either by land or by air. Druk Air and Bhutanairline operates regular flights to / from Paro to Delhi, Kolkatta, Kathmandu and Bangkok. By surface, entry into Bhutan is possible through southern border town of Phuentsholing. This frontier town is about 6 hours drive from Thimphu and Paro, 4 hours drive from Bagdogra and 7 hours drive from Darjeeling and Gangtok.

Entry Permit:

Indian Nationals travelling between Bhutan & India do not need Visa. An identity document, be it either passport or an election commission I. D card is(voters Card), however required for presentation at the immigration during entry, to obtain an entry permit. No other documents is accepted other than this two documents. For those tourist entering through border town of Phuntsholing need to confirm their permit procession within working days that is from Monday to Friday only. Child traveling with parents below 12 years need to have birth certificate if child do not have passport.

Online Permit:Only passport holder can apply for online permit if your travel date falls on weekends or on Government holidays to make sure that you don’t spend your day on border. Individual should make sure that you submit your permit to immigration office while exiting Bhutan.

Route Permit: 

It is required for those travelling to restricted areas beyond Dochula pass. The Route Permit is processed & issued in Thimphu, only after arrival in Bhutan and on production of the Entry Permit.  Also this permit can be processed only during working days (Mon-Fri) and applications are accepted from 9-11 a.m and permit granted on same day from 3-5 p.m in summer and 3-.4 p.m in winter.

Climate:

Bhutan’s climate is quite unpredictable. The weather can vary dramatically from place to place and day to day. In Thimphu and Paro valleys, the winter daytime temperature averages 16 degrees Celsius during clear days and drops well below freezing point during the night. The fluctuations are not so great during the summer and the daytime temperature rises to mid-twenties Celsius. The best time to travel Bhutan is March,April,May,June,September October and November.

Clothes:

From May to September, cotton clothes are sufficient, plus a woolen sweater or light jacket. From November to the end of April, however, you will need very warm clothes. Comfortable sports shoes are also recommended. Mountain boots are not necessary unless you are trekking.

Food:

Bhutanese delicacies are rich with spicy chillies and cheese but are normally tempered to the taste of the visitors. All our hotels and lodges offer delicious Indian, Chinese, Continental and Bhutanese cuisine. Hotels normally serve a mixture of vegetarian and non-vegetarian items on buffet style however pure vegetarian meals also served on request and prior information.

Currency:

The Bhutanese currency is called Ngultrum (Nu.) and is at par with Indian Rupee. Credit cards (Amex and Visa cards) are accepted by only few limited establishments and no ATM centers are available. Indian Rupee is acceptable all over Bhutan however it is also advisable not to carry Rs 1,000/ and Rs 500/ denomination currency notes.

Language:

The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha and a large number of dialects are spoken. English has been the language of educational instruction since 1964 and is widely spoken. Also locals at popular tourist destinations understand and speak Hindi.

Security:

Bhutan is very safe destination with lowest crime rate in the world. In general you will find Bhutanese people very warm, hospitable, helpful and friendly.

Telephones:

Telecommunication is well developed and efficient in Bhutan. The country code is + 975. If you wish to bring your own mobile phone please contact your manufacturer/supplier directly to obtain up-to-date information.Your tour planner will provide you with SIM card to call your home.To call India is cheaper .

Photography:

You can photograph almost everywhere in Bhutan. The people are highly photogenic and everyone seems to wear a smile. However, very often the Bhutanese are camera shy so use your discretion at all times and when in doubt ask verbally or by gesture. Also while photographing Dzongs, monasteries and temples, please check with your guide.

The Bhutanese authorities strictly monitor export of any religious antiquities of any kind form the kingdom. Personal electronic devices and reasonable amount of cigarettes and alcohol are permitted into the kingdom.

Gratuities:

Tipping is not included in our tour prices and its at your discretion.

Bhutan Tour Package for Indian: The package will depend upon the types of Hotel. Since Indian donot have to pay the daily tarriff like foreigners they can have all the luxury to book hotel, Car online separately. You can also email us for any further information at excursiontohimalayas@gmail.com

Bhutan Car Rental:

Maruti Zen INR 2200 per day( 1 to 2 pax)

Maruti Car INR 2100 per day(1 to 2 pax)

Hyundai Tucson INR 2850 per day(1 to 4pax)

Hyundai Santa Fee 3200 per day(1to 4 pax)

Toyota Hiace Bus INR 5500 per day( 1 to 7pax)

Toyota Coaster Bus INR 9900 per day ( 1 to 17pax)

All the cost given above is inclusive of Driver,Parking fees,all taxes. The car will be at your disposal from morning till 5 in the evening. Extra hours will be charge accordingly.