Travel to Bhutan

Indian Nationals Travelling to Bhutan

Travelers from India (Indian Nationals) do not need to pay the government royalty and do not need visa to Travel to Bhutan. The only document required is the route permit for Paro and Thimphu. If the travelers travel to Places beyond Thimphu i.e. Wangdue, etc, they also require a special permit. The permits may be processed through a local Bhutan tour operator or by the travelers.

Tariff

Rates for the Indian travelers may be negotiated as per the requirements of the travelers. We shall work out the best rates taking into consideration the requirements of the travelers. For the rates, please write to us at info@bluemoonbhutan.com

Entering Bhutan from India

1.By Druk Air or Tashi Air

The Druk Air flies from Paro Bhutan to Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra and Gaya in India. You may contact us for the tickets or purchase it from the Druk Air Agents in the respective places. You can check the Druk Air schedule HERE.

2. Via Land.

The most convenient entry point via land is Phuentsholing Bhutan. The distance and approximate driving hours from some of the important stations in India is given below

 

Place

Driving Hrs (Approx.)

Driving Distance (Km)

Bagdogra Airport – Phuentsholing

5 – 6 hours

171

NJP Railway Station (Siliguri) – Phuentsholing

4.5 – 5 hours

155

Darjeeling – Phuentsholing

6 hours

200

Gangtok (Sikkim)- Phuentsholing

7 hours

220

Kalimpong – Phuentsholing

6 hours

185

Permits

If you are entering Bhutan via land (Phuentsholing) you have to process your route permit in the immigration office in Phuentsholing. Your guide from BLUE MOON Tours & Treks will do the formalities for you. Your Indian passport or Indian Citizenship Identity Card along with two pass port size photographs are needed to process the route permit.

If you are travelling to Bhutan by Druk Air, visa will be stamped on your Indian Passport instead of the route permit.

Indian Nationals travelling to countries other than India from Bhutan may require a valid passport as per the immigration rules of the country.

Your Bhutan Tour

Our guide and the driver will be waiting for in the Paro Airport or at the Phuentsholing gate. On arrival they will assist you in completing the immigration formalities and other requirements if necessary. Then you set of to see Bhutan, a perfect destination of nature and culture. The guide and will be with you all the day and will ensure you a perfect holiday in Bhutan.

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Tour Guides

All the tours and treks are guided by knowledgeable guides, trained and certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. All the guides speak English. Most of the guides also speak Hindi.

Time & Money

1 Ngultrum (Bhutanese Currency) is equivalent to 1 Indian Rupee. Indian Rupee is accepted all over Bhutan except the 500 and 1000 rupee note. These notes are banned and are not accepted in Bhutan.

Bhutan’s standard time is GMT +6. It is half an hour ahead of the Indian Standard Time.

Custom Declarations

All passengers must fill up a custom declaration form provided at the Airport. Everything must be declared in the form. Passengers coming as tourists should surrender the custom declaration form to the custom authorities at the time of departure.

Free Baggage allowance:
Personal belongings of the traveller either carried in hand or checked with a carrier excluding motor vehicle and merchandise.
A person below the age of 15 shall not be eligible for a free baggage allowance.
1 bottle not larger than 1 litre of alcohol.
1 cartoon of Cigarettes may be brought after paying 100% customs duty and 100% sales tax.


Driving Distance between Major Towns in Bhutan and India

Places

Distance (kms ) Driving Time (Approx.)

Thimphu

Paro

65

2 hrs

Thimphu

Phuntsholing

176

6 hrs

Phuntsholing

Bagdogra (India)

170

4 hrs

Thimphu

Wangduephodrang

70

3 hrs

Thimphu

Punakha

77

3 hrs 15 mins

Punakha

Wangduephodrang

13

45min.

Wangduephodrang

Trongsa

129

4 hrs 30 mins

Tongsa

Bumthang

68

2 hrs 30 mins

Bumthang

Mongar

198

7 hrs

Mongar

Lhuntse

76

3 hrs

Mongar

Trashigang

90

4 hrs

Tashigang

Chorten Kora

52

1 hrs 30 mins

Trashigang

Samdrup Jongkhar

180

6 hrs

Samdrup Jongkhar

Gauhati (India)

110

3 hrs

Samdrup Jongkhar

Phuntsholing

380

9 hrs 30 mins


Average Temperature of Major Towns during different months:

Months

Jan/Feb

Mar/Apr

May/Jun

Jul/Aug

Sep/Oct

Nov/Dec

Place

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Paro

+13

3

+15

3

+23

13

+25

15

+22

10

+12

3

Thimphu

14

0

+16

6

+22

14

+27

17

+20

13

+16

1

Punakha

+18

7

+24

9

+22

10

+26

13

+25

11

+22

9

Wangdue

+17

7

+24

11

+28

18

+29

20

+26

17

+22

7

Trongsa

+12

1

+16

2

+20

14

+18

14

+17

13

+16

9

Bumthang

+10

1

+16

5

+18

10

+21

13

+19

11

+15

2

Mongar

+23

10

+27

11

+30

20

+35

22

+30

18

+25

8

Trashigang

+16

4

+19

7

+20

13

+22

14

+20

11

+16

9


Clothing and other Packing for a Bhutan Tour
It is advisable to bring warm clothes for the months of January, February, March, April, September, October, November and December. The clothing may include woolen tights to wear under trousers , down jacket or coat. For the other months cotton clothes plus a woolen sweater or light jacket will be sufficient. Other things to pack are, sunglasses, contact lenses, casual shoes and boots for hikes and treks, washing kit, shaving kit, towel, hat , umbrella, camera and accessories, maps, insect repellent, sunscreen lotion, flash light or torch and batteries, lip slave or soluble aspirin, antiseptic cream, etc.

Photography in Bhutan
Whether you are on a tour or in a trek, Bhutan provides immense opportunity for photography. Please follow your guide’s instruction while visiting Dzongs, monasteries and other monuments. Sometimes, photography inside the Dzongs and monasteries is not allowed. If you wish to photograph local people in Bhutan you can ask them by gesture or the guide will help you get the permission

Food in Bhutan
Bhutanese dishes mainly consist of chilies and cheese. However, the Hotels and restaurants in Bhutan serve both Indian and continental dishes with some Bhutanese local dishes. You can also have pure vegetarian restaurant in some of the places like Thimphu. While on trek, you will have cooks trained and certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan to serve you dishes suitable to your tastes.

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