Bhutan Travel From India
Bhutan Travel from India and what you should know.
Bhutan Travel from India. Getting into Bhutan from Road from the south and exiting from the extreme east is one of the best explicit tours crafted by one of the veteran Guides of the Company. It covers most of Bhutan starting from Phuntsholing, bordered with West Bangal, covering western Bhutan of Haa, Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha, eastern Bhutan of Trongsa Bumthang, Mongar, Trashigang and exiting from Samdrupjongkhar towards Guwahati India.
Bhutan Travel From India Trip Facts
- Trip Duration: 24 Nights and 25 Days Bhutan Travel from India.
- Trip Type: Overland Journey from India
- Guide: Licensed Tour Guide
- Meals: All Inclusive
- Transportation: Private Car.
- Group Size: 2 to 16 Pax in a Group.
- The Best time to Travel Bhutan to take this Trip: March to May and September to November.
- Flights to Bhutan from India
Bhutan Travel From India Trip Cost
- Trip Cost for Single Traveler: US$ 7040 per person
- Trip Cost for 2 Pax Group US$ 6900 Per Person
- Trip Cost for Group of 3 pax and above US$ 6500 Per Person
Bhutan Travel from India Trip Highlight
- Covers the three fourth part of the Country. ( 13 District of Bhutan).
- Enjoy the Hot Spring at Gasa.
- Visit Pemagatshel district, trumpet producing and traditional weaving hub, the unique district in the east.
- Learn about the night-hunting culture of the east.
- Visit the Burning lake also called the treasure lake in Bumthang.
- Bhutan Travel Itinerary also includes offbeat places like Bumdelling national park, Pemagatshel, Trashi Yangtse, and Trashigang.
- Discover many temples that are important in the eastern Bhutan.
Outline Itinerary for Bhutan Travel from India
- Day 01: Arrival Phuntsholing from West Bengal. Alt 378M.
- Day 02: Get the Visa and Permit done and proceed to Paro from Phuntsholing.
- Day 03: Paro City Tour at Alt 2300m above sea level.
- Day 04: Hike Tiger Nest and drive to Thimphu. 900m above Paro valley.
- Day 05: Thimphu City Tour Alt at 2200m.
- Day 06: Thimphu to Punakha. at Alt 1242m.
- Day 07: Punakha to Gasa Hot Spring Tour.
- Day 08: Gasa Hot Spring at Alt 3120m.
- Day 09: Gasa to Gangtey valley the breeding center of Black Necked Crane at 2800m Alt.
- Day 10: Explore Gangtey valley, Hike the gangtye trail and walk around the village.
- Day 11: Gangtey to Trongsa City Tour.
- Day 12: Trongsa to Bumthang at Alt 2800m
- Day 13: Bumthang tour.
- Day 14: Bumthang to Ura valley excursion.
- Day 15: Bumthang city tour.
- Day 16: Bumthang to Mongar Tour. Alt 1600m.
- Day 17: Mongar to Lhuentse at Alt 1815m.
- Day 18: Mongar to Trashigang via Trashi Yangtse.
- Day 19: Trashigang to Bumdelling.
- Day 20: Bumdelling Tour
- Day 21: Bumdelling National Park to Trashigang.
- Day 22: Trashigang to Pemagatsel.
- Day 23: Pemagatshel Tour.
- Day 24: Pemagatshel to Samdrupjongkhar.
- Day 25: Samdrupjongkhar to Guwahati (India)
Bhutan Travel Map from India
Bhutan Travel from India Detail Itinerary
Arrival at Bagdugra Airport West Bengal India. Since you really want to hit the road after long flights and get excited, it’s always better to start early as the traffic at Siliguri can be time-consuming. Indian Border town of Jaigoan is about 3 hours journey from Bagdugra airport. By the time you reach Bhutan border it will be evening. Exiting Siliguri you drive through pleasant forest on the road to sevoke till you reach coronation bridge, 20km away. Crossing it you turn left towards Binaguri which is 77Km further.
Around 43 Km further to Hasimara and 2Km after the torsa river bridge, turn left on to the slightly rough surfaced road that joins the road to Jaigoan(18Km ahead). The over all smooth road surface and light traffic allows you to make good time and you can at immigration office to exit your Indian Visa and eneter Bhutan. Today we stay at Hotel Trashi Namgay Grand.
Your Bhutan Travel Itinerary requires a permit to enter Thimphu if you are a national from India, Maldives, or Bangladesh which will be taken care of by our guide. If you are a national from another country we can proceed with our journey as your visa is already stamped upon arrival at Jaigoan. You can also check how you can apply for Bhutan Visa if you are a national from another Country.
The next 36Km from Phuntsholing climbs to a cool 2012m. At Gedu, 8Km further, you will be impressed to note that the striking building complex you pass is no important government office but that of Tala Hydro Electric project.
For the next 36- 40Km, the valley you pass through is almost perpetually shrouded in a fine mist, lending it to a mysterious quality. 70Km towards Thimphu you come across Chudzom another checking point and the view of the first Dzong in Bhutan called Dobji Dzong across the road.
Chudzom marks the confluence of the Paro chu and Wangchu. Opposite you, at the confluence are three protecting Chorten each built-in three different styless. From left to right, these are Nepalese, Tivetba, and Bhutanese. From Chudzom it takes about 45 minutes drive towards Paro. Upon reaching Paro, check into Hotel and Relax.
Your day starts with a visit to the weekend market. Paro is a stunningly beautiful valley that extends all the way from mighty Jomoilhari on the Tibetan border in the North right down to the confluence at Chudzom. A side valley leads to the high pass tremola (5000m), which was once a major trade link with Tibet but also the route followed by marauding Tibetan armies.
Paro valley is truly enchanting- a patchwork of lush green rice fields with a clear crystalline river flowing graciously through them. The countryside is dotted with elegant farmhouse which we will be visiting in the evening and traditional Homes.
Our days start with an arduous walk to Tiger Nest Temple. Ascending the 3000ft cliff to reach the most spectacularly located gompa in all of Bhutan. 15 minutes drive from your hotel we reach the base camp where the hike starts. The park is decorated with prayer flags and small shop owners selling souvenirs and walking sticks. You also see many horse owners ready to take you if you prefer pony ride till halfway through the trial. It is continuous and fairly steep climb up to the meadow where tea house is located- but beyond this point the trail ascends very steeply till you reach a fantastic vantage point above the monastery. And if you think that is rude then you are completely wrong. You have to complete 400 steps, cross a narrow gorge and ascend another three hundred before you reach the base of the monastery clinging to a vertiginous hill face. The return journey involves the same steps and knee-jerking descent.
Note: Remember to carry sunscreen, water, and hat as the sun beats down relentlessly once you are out of the tree cover.
The first 100m or so is deceptively easy and you walk through pines, catching occasional glimpses of the fascinating monastery and struggling past a collection of dedicated ‘mani’ stones- but after crossing a pretty meadow the real climb begins and sharp switchbacks bring you up to a ridge. It takes around an hour if you are walking and a little less on horseback- to reach a flat section with bright prayer flags flapping in the breeze. From here a path veers off, leading to a restaurant nearby.
This is where you can take a welcome break for drinks and snacks or even a buffet lunch that our guide will gladly organize for you. You will be greeted by a glossy-brown sheer cliff with the monastery impossibly positioned at its very edge a most memorable and awesome sight. As you walk through you will pass a shallow meditation cave with many tsa tsa (small conical offering) spread over its floor. After arriving at the vantage point you descent the 400 steps that follow the natural curve of the rock face, down to a small bridge spanning the gorge.
According to the legend Guru Padmasambhava came to Taktsang in the 8th century flying from the east of the country on the back of a tigress ( a form that one of his consorts is believed to have taken). He meditated for 3 months in a cave here and went back to Tibet. The cave was named Pelphug and later when he died in Nepal his body was miraculously transported here by the deity Dorje Legpa and sealed in a Chorten located in a room on the left as you climb up the first flight of stairs. Many saints meditated here including Tibetan Yogin Machig, Lobdoenma, and popular Iron chain master Thangtong Gyalpo.
After lunch way down takes very less time and if time permits we will visit Dungtsho Lhakhang and Drugyel Dzong.
Paro to Thimphu is just a 1-hour smooth drive beside Paro River. You have to backtrack to Chuzom, compared to Paro the valley along the wangchu is arid and has mainly scrub as vegetation.
The countryside from Chuzom to Thimphu is less forested than what you have been seeing so far except for two sections where it widens into gentle slopes, terraced rice fields, and lovely strands of conifer trees. Around 12 KM BEFORE THIMPHU, you hit the first express highway a glorious four-lane blacktop that allows you to enter the capital in style. On the way visit Simtokha Dzong the oldest in the Kingdom. The Dzong is located on a small hill overlooking the valley. Its 16th-century fortress was built to withstand the attack from five groups of lamas from Tibet in 1634.
Visit Changangkha temples, a very important temple in Thimphu for locals as all newborn child is named here. The temple dates back to the 15th century. 15 minutes drive from the temple you will reach the Takin preservation center. The center has Takin the national animal of Bhutan. There are also 30 minutes of a refreshing hike from the center to Motithang open-air Gym. In the evening walk the street of Thimphu.
Today we drive to Punakha the older capital of Bhutan. The weather in Punakha is warmer than in Thimphu and Paro. You might consider AC if your Bhutan Travel itinerary falls in late spring. About 22Km towards Punakha and takes about 45 minutes as the roads have many twists and turns. The route take you past Simtokha dzong and upon reaching Dochula Pass 3100m you will be greeted by mighty Himalayan ranges and 108 small stupa which was built in 2004 to commerate the victory.
Beside the magnificient chortens in an amazing settings you will be able to spot some of the great unclimbed Himalayn Peaks starting on the left with Masangang (7165m), which dominates the region of Laya. The next is Tsendagang (7100m) and the following peaks are Terigang (7300m) Jejegangphugang, Kangphugang, the Table mountain Zingaphugang (all 7100m). Spend sometime here for some time with a hot cup of coffee from Dochula cafe.
From this lofty spot, 15km you visit Lamperi Botanical Park.Further drive is a downhill drive of 38Km till you reach Lobesa where you turn off to Punakha. On the way visit, Chimi Lhakhang built-in 1499 located on a small hilltop overlooking Lobesa valley.
Punakha Dzong is 12 Km away from Lobesa. The Dzong starddles the confluence of two rivers and resembles a giant battleship. Its full name is ‘Punthang Dechen Phodrang’ extremely impressive fortress was built as far back as 1637. It is the second mighty Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang namgyel. After the tour evening at Hotel.
Due to twist and turn of the road it takes 2 hours to reach Gasa Hot Spring. The drive takes you through thick forest and routes also lies in Jigme Dorji National park area. Damji is a small village with about 500 people where you will take a rest for some time and further drive to Hot Spring. The Gasa Dzong is 1-hour uphill hike from Hots Spring. Enjoy the remaining day at Hot Spring. It’s always better to include Gasa Hot Spring in your Bhutan Travel Itinerary. Benefits of Gasa Hot Spring.
- Heals aching body.
- Heal’s skin problem.
Early morning hike to Gasa dzong. It is 2 hours uphill walk from Gasa Hotspring. The Dzong plays the vital role in ancient days.
We begin our journey to Gangtey valley from Gasa Hot Spring to Black Necked Crane breeding center. The drive takes about 4.5 hours from Gasa to Gangtye valley. It is dramatic due to the range of scenic beauty that unfolds along its routes. the drive takes you from 1342m to 3354m to a pass under 3354m. The only historical place here is Gangtey Goenpa. Its 8th-century temples and first of its Kind who taught Nyinmapas Bhudhism. Walk around the sights and enjoy the natural beauty of Phobjikha valley. The Phobjikha valley is lush green and extensively cultivates potatoes which are the regions primary cash crops and an important export to India. This expansive peaceful pastoral environment here makes it an ideal place to chill out for few days – there are no intruding of TV in hotels. Over night at Hotel.
Gangtey Valley Excursion. The Bhutan Tour itinerary aslo covers the best of hiking trail in western Bhutan. One of the beautiful trail that one can choose to hike is Gangtye Goenpa Trail that starts from the Gangtey temple towards your hotel. It takes about 1 hour through swampy land and streams flowing the place. Walk around the village of Gangtye and grab opportunity to converse with locals. Over night at Hotel.
Gangtey to Trongsa is about 4 hours drive. It is the eastern Bhutan palace of the Royals. Drive to Pelela Pass. On a clear day, you will be rewarded with a view of Jichu Drake Mountain, Kang Bum, and other peaks of Bhutan. In summer hill slopes are alive with vibrant blooms of pink, white and red rhododendrons and you may even encounter some yaks and odd barking deer or Red panda. Upon reaching Trongsa visit Trongsa Dzong and Museum. Overnight at Hotel.
Drive to Bumthang the cultural hub of the country.
The District is cultural capital of Bhutan. Explore temples and valleys. Visit Tharpaling Monastery and Choedrak Goenpa. A rough 9Km track allows you to drive up to Tharpaling (3600m). The monastery was constructed in 1352 by longchen Rabjampa who was an eminent philosopher of the Dzogchen sect. There are two temples with the one on the upper floor having been restored by King Ugyen Wangchuk. This contains some exqusite paintings of Zhabdrung, Longchen Rabjampa, Amitava heavne and Guru Rinpochhe in his rareley depicted form of Guru Dewa.
After having breakfast drive for leisure shopping at the handicraft emporium run by NGO. Located in a charming traditional building by the river, this emporium promotes the drafts of the region. For the next stop, you will find closed Wangdicholing Palace built-in 1857 by the Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyel., It was the first palace not designed to be a fortress as well. In the afternoon visit burning lake where the local believes that there are many treasures hidden inside the lake. Over night at Hotel.
This Bhutan Travel Journey is one of the most scenics and includes a short stop at Ura valley. We start leisurely and the journey does not include any sightseeing and serves as a transit point en route to Trashigang. The route takes you past the turn-off to Tang valley, climbing up to the lofty Shelthang La(11500ft/3506m) that is 37Km out of Jakar Bumthang. If you are lucky , just before you get to the pass you will be rewarded with a view of the famed ‘Table Mountains’ and Mt. Gangkar Punsum(25735ft/7541m) which lies in a northwesterly direction. Driving down you reach Ura valley (10168ft/3100m) is on the right and you can easily spot the golden Temple at one end.
Ura valley is touted as a success story of what progressive development can achieve. In thirty years they have graduated from subsistence farming to prosperous region. From Ura, you drive 35Km through conifers and rhododendrons to the high point of the day Thrumshingla (12000ft/3659m) which is usually wreathed in swirling vaporous mist. You will have your lunch at Sengor (2957m).
A quick stop around 8Km before naming is a ‘must do’.This is the best place where impressive Namling Dra waterfall as it explodes off the side of the mountain and crashes down into the gorge. Upon reaching Mongar check into Hotel and relax.
We start early since we plan to take the diversion to Drametse monastery. The drive is around 200Km and will take most of the day to negotiate. It s70Km drive from Mongar to the point where you turn off for Drametse and initially passing through cornfields, you enter into the deep vibrant fern-lined forest of Rhododendrons, blue pine, and exotic orchids. The journey takes you through Korila Pass( 7800ft/2378m). The pass is marked by gaily fluttering prayer flags and mani all. On the way, you come across Striking Sherichu Waterfall and a village of the same name.
After some time you reach Dremetse monastery which is the most important temple of the east and houses a body of around 60 gomchens. The gompa dates back to the 16th century when it was founded by the great-granddaughter of Pema Lingpa. Visitors are allowed to enter the temple dedicated to the five sisters’ long life.
After lunch drive to trashigang. On the way visit Chazam where the great ‘Iron Bridge Builder’ from Tibet Thangthong Gyalpo built the Bridge. On the way visit, Gom Kora is set in an undulating meadow along the river bank and was established in the 7th century.
Visit Bumdelling. Drive to Bumdelling. It takes about 3 hours and covers the distance of 80Km from Trashigang to Bumdelling national Park. Enjoy walking around the villages and over night at Camp.
Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the north-western part of Bhutan covering an area of 1,545 sq. km with 420 sq. km of buffer zone encompassing parts of Trashi Yangtse, Lhuentshe, and Mongar district. It shares international borders with the Tibetan region of China in the north and India in the northeast. Explore Bumdelling village and popular for Black Necked Crane and Snow leopard. Over night at Camp.
Drive to Trashigang and walk around the town. Visit Trashigang dzong. Over night at Hotel.
Today we drive to Pemagatshel. There is no good hotels in Pemagastshel and therefore we will stay at Farm House in Yurung. The farm house is owned by the locals there and in the evening small cultural performance by Local people from aorund. Tourist hardly visit Pemagatshel distrcit as there isnot much to see but Pemagatshel have beautifull scenic pace and loving people. Over night at Farm House.
A village tour in Pemagatshel, Bhutan offers a unique opportunity to experience the rural lifestyle and immerse yourself in the local culture. Here’s what you can expect:
- Scenic Beauty: Pemagatshel is located in the eastern part of Bhutan and is known for its picturesque landscapes. You can expect to see lush green valleys, terraced fields, and stunning mountain views.
- Traditional Bhutanese Architecture: The villages in Pemagatshel feature traditional Bhutanese architecture, with houses made of rammed earth or wood, intricately carved wooden windows, and colorful paintings. You can explore the villages and get a glimpse of the local way of life.
- Interaction with Locals: One of the highlights of a village tour is the opportunity to interact with the friendly locals. You can learn about their daily activities, farming techniques, and traditional crafts. Engaging with the villagers will give you insights into their customs, traditions, and values.
- Cultural Experiences: Bhutan is known for its vibrant culture, and Pemagatshel is no exception. You may witness traditional dances, music performances, and participate in local festivals if your visit coincides with any festivities. This will provide a deeper understanding of Bhutanese traditions and rituals.
- Farming and Agriculture: Pemagatshel is primarily an agricultural region, and you can witness the traditional farming practices. You might have the opportunity to participate in farming activities, such as harvesting crops, plowing fields with yaks or oxen, or making traditional Bhutanese cheese.
- Nature Walks and Hikes: Pemagatshel is surrounded by natural beauty, offering opportunities for nature walks and short hikes. You can explore the nearby forests, visit waterfalls, and enjoy the serene environment.
Drive to Samdrupjongkhar. Walk around the town. Over night at Hotel
Your Bhutan travel from Indian ends here. Today we start early and drive you to Guwahati airport. If you have extended tour in India our team will receive you at the border and take you for the tour.
Tour Cost Inclusion
- Pick up from Bagdogra and drop at Guwahati.
- Visa and special permit procession Cost to visit national parks and Villages.
- Visa Cost.
- Transportation within the Country for all sightseeing during Bhutan Travel Tour.
- 24 Dinner, 24 Breakfast, and 24 Lunch.
- Mineral water and Fruit basket for the Tour.
- Camping at Bumdelling.
- Professional English Speaking Guide.
- Accommodation [Twin Sharing] in 3 Star Hotel,Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
- Royalty and Govt Taxes.
- Tourism Development Fund of US$ 200 per person per night.
While on Camping the Cost Includes
- Mess Tent, Kitchen Tent & Toilet Tent.
- Service of cook & Helper.
- Ponies to carry supplies.
Tour Cost Exclusion
- International flight tickets.
- Alcoholic Drinks.
- Shopping & Souvenirs.
- Payments for service are provided on a personal basis.
Cost for any services not mentioned in the “Cost Include head”.
- Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
- Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services.
- If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
- If cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
- In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get canceled. In such cases, the operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However, a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
- Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.
- The applicable refund amount will be processed within 15 business days
- All applicable refunds will be done in traveler’s account.
Things to Carry
- Travel documents. COVID certificate.
- Electronics. Headlamp USB rechargeable or with spare batteries.
- Toilet bag. Toothbrush.
- First Aid Kit. Hand sanitizer or wipes.
- Personal comfort. Sunglasses.
- Environmentally conscious travel.
- The climate in Bhutan is packing list for each season.
- Packing List Clothes/Shoes.
What to Pack for the Tour?
In winter: for the plain, bring spring/autumn clothes (light for the day), a jacket and a sweater for the evening.
For Punakha and around 1,500 meters (5,000 feet), bring spring/autumn clothes for the day, warm for the evening, a jacket, a hat, a scarf, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
For Thimphu and above 2,000 meters (6,500 feet), warm clothes for the evening, but during the day, a fleece and a light jacket may be sufficient; hiking shoes. At higher altitudes, cold weather clothing, synthetic, thermal long underwear, a fleece, a parka, a wind jacket, and warm boots.
In summer: for the plain, bring lightweight clothing of natural fibers, a light raincoat, or an umbrella.
For Punakha and around 1,500 meters (5,000 feet), light clothing, a sweatshirt for the evening, a raincoat or umbrella. For Thimphu and above 2,000 meters (6,500 feet), spring/autumn clothes (light for the day), a sweater, and a jacket for the evening. At higher altitudes, a warm jacket, a down jacket, a hat, gloves, and a scarf. A sleeping bag and a warm jacket for outdoor overnight stays.
- The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking.
- In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
- Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking before confirmation and a full refund will be processed.
Southern Bhutan has a hot and humid subtropical climate that is fairly unchanging throughout the year. Temperatures can vary between 15-30 degrees Celsius (59- 86 degrees Fahrenheit).
In the Central parts of the country which consists of temperate and deciduous forests, the climate is more seasonal with warm summers and cool and dry winters.
In the far Northern reaches of the kingdom, the weather is much colder during winter. Mountain peaks are perpetually covered in snow and lower parts are still cool in summer owing to the high-altitude terrain.
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Mr. Lal Bdr Rai (Tour Guide)
Mr. Lal Bdr Rai is both cultural and trekking Guide. He is the one who crafted this tour itinerary and have guided few groups in this longest 25 Days Bhutan Travel Itinerary from India. He is the only guide who can guide you and very much familiar with the tour program.
How to get to Bhutan by Flight?
You can enter Bhutan by flight. Daily flight from Delhi, Kolkatta, Bagdugra, and Guwahati is operated by both Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. Find details
How to get to Bhutan by Train?
Rail travel is the cheapest way to reach Bhutan from India, and the closest railway station to Alipur Duar. The Indian border town on the Indo-Bhutan border, is Hasimara, in West Bengal. Trains run to Hasimara from Delhi, Kolkata, and Kanpur regularly, with minimal connections and changes.
How to get to Bhutan by Car?
The closest border with Bhutan from India is Jaigoan. One can take a car ride from Siliguri or Sikkim which takes about 5 hours. The closest airport is Bagdugra Airport from Jaigoan. Also, find another Gateway to Bhutan.
Documents required to visit Bhutan.
- A duly filled form
- Copy of Voter’s ID or Passport.
- Booked Hotel’s Voucher (It is mandatory to show hotel booking confirmation of at least one hotel in Thimphu/Paro).
- 2 Passport Size Photo.
- Need to carry cash to pay for SDF at the immigration counter for Permit.
- In the case of a child, carry a birth certificate accompanied by parents.
Things to Remember
- Always better to reach early in the morning, around 8:00 AM – 8.30 AM, this way you will be able to dodge long queues. Also, you will get free early and shall have the chance to reach Thimphu/Paro before evening, as both places are at a good 5-6 hours long drive from Phuentsholing.
- In case you forgot to take photocopies of the required document, there are shops just opposite the Immigration Office for photostats.
- Through this Tourist Permit, you can go to Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha. Please note that in order to visit Bumthang and other tourist places in Bhutan, a separate permit is required.
- A daily fee of INR 1200 will have to be paid by Indian tourists visiting Bhutan.
- Children below 12 years have to pay 50% of adult fees per night and no fees for infants(below3 years)
- To expedite and ease the process of permit obtaining, the Department of Immigration, the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, and the Department of Bhutan have launched the Online Permit System, which facilitates the online processing of permits through registered Bhutanese tour operators and TCB certified hotels.
Accommodation Used for Bhutan Travel from INDIA
Hotel in P/ling
Hotel Tashi Namgay Grand. This hotel features an indoor pool, a restaurant, and a fitness center. Free WiFi in public areas and free self-parking are also provided. This hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Karbandi Monastery and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Bhutan Gate. Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is 25.3 miles away from the Hotel. Read the Reviews.
Hotel in Paro
Trashi Namgay Resorts. The resort is spread over 8 acres of lush green agriculture field along with Pa Chu with 360-degree views of beautiful landscape. Read the Hotel Reviews.
Hotel in Thimphu
Kisa Hotel is a great choice for travelers looking for a 3-star hotel in Thimphu. It is located in Wogzin Lam. This hotel stands out as one of the highly regarded hotels in Thimphu city. Read the Reviews.
Hotel in Punakha
Hotel Vara. This hotel features a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a business center. Free WiFi in public areas and free self-parking are also provided. The hotel is just 10 minute walk from Lobesa weekend market and gives the best view of Lobesa valley.Read the Reviews.
Hotel in Gangtey
Hotel Dewachen. This lovely hotel is surrounded by three acres of land just three kilometers south of the main Gangtey monastery and is just a few minutes walking distance to the beautiful Gangtey trail and the beautiful village of Gangtey. Read the Reviews.
Hotel in Bumthang
Yugharling Resort is the only 4-star resort in Bumthang with modern amenities while still maintaining the authenticity of the valley. The resort has been built on mud bricks and the exterior is mud washed with no chemicals. The intricate traditional painting you’ll see on the windows and doors are made from vegetable dyes. Read the Reviews
Frequently Asked Question
When is the Best time to visit Bhutan from India?
Climatic conditions vary vastly across the country. One can be in shorts and a T-shirt and within a few hours of travel need a warm jacket and pullover. There are also large fluctuations in temperature even at the same destination or general area. The amazing thing about Bhutan is every village is a virtually independent ecosystem and there is no general weather forecast. However one can clearly make out the extreme heat and heavy rainfall with the district attached with India plain of southern Bhutan. The temperature can go above 35 degrees at the peak of Summer (May to July) and remains comfortable 15 degrees at the height of winter (December to February) Temperature in the central valley where you would be spending most of your time is much lower.
The summer does not exceed 30degree and nights are in the 15-20 degree range. In winter the day temperature is around 15degree but at night it gets cold with sub-zero. You may expect snowfall in places like Thimphu, Paro, Haa, and Bumthang during winter. Therefore the most favorable time to visit Bhutan considering weather and temperature is Spring (March to May) and Autumn season( September to November). Overland Journey during summer can be risky as multiple landslide and heavy fogs disrupts the travel and winter is another season where roads are blocked by Ice.
Is Bhutan open for tourism from India?
The border in Phuntsholing with West Bengal, Gaylegphu with Assam and Samdrupjongkhar are still closed if you wish to travel overland from India. As per the announcement made by the Prime Minsuter of Bhutan dated 12th March 2022, international travelers can travel to Bhutan by air with negative Covid result and 5 days mandatory quarantine upon arrival. The news is a relief for all tour operators like ourselves compared to the previous 14 days quarantine but our association is still trying to discuss with the task force to make the arrival quarantine free if tourist is double vaccinated and boostered.
Bhutan Visa for Indian National
Other than Indian, Bangladesh, and Maldives nationals, all foreigners traveling to Bhutan from India need visas to enter Bhutan. As for the Indian national passport is mandatory to enter Bhutan as of today 16th march 2022. Upon tour confirmation, your tour operator will process your Visa. This way you will save time without having to go through all processes of standing at immigration line and again applying for special permit.
Can i travel to Bhutan from India by train?
There are two routes to enter Bhutan. You can either fly into Bhutan or travel by road from West Bengal. There is no train service. The nearest train station is Alipur or Hasimara. Its better to take flights. Two airlines Drukair and Bhutan Airlines operate from Kathmandu, Delhi, Singapore, and Bangkok.
Do i need a Visa to visit Bhutan from India?
Indian citizens do not require a visa to visit Bhutan. Instead, they need to obtain an entry permit upon arrival at the immigration office in Bhutan.
How can i reach Bhutan from India?
The most common way to reach Bhutan from India is by air. You can fly from various cities in India, such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, or Bagdogra, to Paro International Airport in Bhutan. There are also road connections from India to Bhutan via Phuentsholing, Gelephu, and Samdrup Jongkhar.
Is there any specific currency requirement for traveling to Bhutan?
Yes, Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN) is the official currency of Bhutan. Indian Rupees are also widely accepted in Bhutan, so you can use them for most transactions. However, it is advisable to carry smaller denominations as change may be given in Bhutanese currency.
Are there any specific travel restrictions or permits required for Indian tourists in Bhutan?
Indian tourists require an entry permit to visit Bhutan, which can be obtained upon arrival at the immigration office. You will need to present a valid passport or voter ID card and two passport-sized photos. Additionally, certain restricted areas in Bhutan may require a special permit, which can be obtained through authorized tour operators.
What are the popular tourist attractions in Bhutan?
Bhutan offers a rich cultural heritage and breathtaking natural landscapes. Popular tourist attractions include the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Paro Taktsang), Punakha Dzong, Dochula Pass, Thimphu (capital city), Bumthang Valley, and Phobjikha Valley. The country also hosts various colorful festivals throughout the year.
Is it safe to travel to Bhutan from India?
Bhutan is generally considered a safe country to travel to. The crime rate is relatively low, and the locals are known for their friendly and welcoming nature. However, as with any travel destination, it is advisable to take basic precautions and follow local guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
What is the official language of Bhutan?
The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha. However, English is widely spoken and understood, especially in tourist areas, hotels, and government offices. So, communication should not be a significant barrier for Indian tourists.
Are there any cultural norms or etiquettes I should be aware of when visiting Bhutan?
Bhutan has a deeply rooted cultural heritage, and it is important to respect local customs and traditions. Some cultural norms include dressing modestly, removing your shoes when entering temples and monasteries, and being mindful of photography restrictions in sacred sites. It is also customary to greet locals with a “Kuzuzangpo La” (hello) and “Kadrinchhey La” (thank you).