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Nov - Jan, May - Jul

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5-6 Days

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Rs. 10,000
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About Bhutan Destinations

Bhutan is the underrated gem of Asian tourism that has long stayed hidden within the majestic peaks of the Eastern Himalayas. That has a lot to do with the fact that Bhutan travel was not open until the 1960s. Bhutan has always been like an introvert child, cocooned but hiding enormous secrets within it. Oddly enough, in spite of being right in between two colossal empires – British India and the Chinese Empire, Bhutan has never been colonized in its history. Buddhist theocracy is what gave Bhutan its primary identity, which was reunited by the Wangchuck dynasty following the civil war of the 19th century. They are still the monarchs of Bhutan and known as the Dragon King. However, the monarchy itself has been constitutionalized, and Bhutan is now run by a parliamentary democracy.

Dotted with sacred monasteries, elaborate dzongs, sprawling green valleys and snow-covered crests, the Buddhist kingdom is a dream destination for travelers. The unique thing about Bhutan is that by the decision of the State, the country has not been transformed into a modern hub of tourism with all the typical contemporary draws. Bhutan tourism has somewhere held on to the cultures, customs, and traditions that have sustained the country and they did not exchange it for cheap attractions typical of the contemporary tourism. Their age-old heritage is still Bhutan’s number one source of pride, and that is what makes this small landlocked country so gracefully unique. The beauty and the appeal of Bhutan take time and observation to appreciate, as it is rooted in the history of thousands of years. And if you are someone who can afford both, the Land of the Thunder Dragon will not disappoint you at all.


A Bhutan trip will be as spiritually rewarding as it would be adventurous and exciting. For the brave-hearts who visit Bhutan, there are lots of adrenaline-filled activities waiting in the Land of Dragons. Whitewater rafting and kayaking are the two best water sports opportunities in the country. There are many glacial rivers flowing down from the Himalayan peaks and forming beautiful rapids for the visitors to ride through.

 

If adventure and excitement is not your thing, but you still love to be outdoors – trekking is the best thing to go for. Bhutan trip is sure to include numerous trekking trails, of which Jomolhari Trek is the most famous one. Climbing up Dochula Pass, the Druk Path, Snowman trek routes I and II and Dagala Thousand Lakes – there are many such trails all around the country with exciting paths and scenic beauties.

 

Taking a step back from fun and frolic, if you look around the country, the impact of Buddhism will be only too evident. There is a dzong – a fortress-monastery complex, or a simple monastery shrine or just a chorten in almost every nook and corner of Bhutan. Although the cities like Thimphu or Paro are much more urbanized now, if you dig deep and explore into the roots, you will stumble upon the religion propagated by Guru Rinpoche thousands of years ago.

 

The popular destinations are Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro, where Rinpoche or Guru Padmasambhava spent years meditating, Punakha Dzong, Tashicho Dzong, Gangteng Monastery and you can find many more such Buddhist spiritual institutions scattered around the country if you consult any Bhutan travel guide.

  

The markets of Bhutan will allow you to take home a part of its heritage in the form of Bhutanese handicrafts, colorful masks, thangkas and hand-woven textiles.

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By Air

The nearest airport to Bhutan is the Paro International Airport in Paro district. It is the only airport for entering the country from India by air. There were other airports in Bhutan too, but they are either domestic or are inactive at present. Regular India to Bhutan flights are operated by Druk Air, the Royal airlines and flag-bearer of Bhutan and by Bhutan Airlines as well. India to Bhutan flight duration depends on which city one is traveling from. Flights from Mumbai to Bhutan take around 2 hours 30 minutes. Chennai to Bhutan flights will definitely take longer, nearly 3 hours, while Kolkata to Bhutan by air will take less than 2 hours. People also take flights to Bagdogra airport near Siliguri, West Bengal if the flight time and price match their convenience. Bagdogra airport is the closest to Bhutan – only 170 km away, and then one can take a cab or car service across Phuentsholing.

By Train

There are no direct rail routes that go to Bhutan from India. However, Hasimara station or New Alipurduar stations are as good as boarding a train to Bhutan. They are respectively 17 and 60 kilometers away from Phuentsholing, the border town of Bhutan. From these stations, there are shared taxis, individual cabs, and buses that go to Bhutan. Other Indian train stations which are close to Bhutan are New Jalpaiguri station and Siliguri junction. Trains to these stations are regular and frequent from Sealdah station of Kolkata. There are trains from other cities too, like Delhi or Mumbai, but they do not run as often as the Kolkata ones.

By Road

Many people who live in eastern India prefer to go to Bhutan by road. Unlike other foreign countries, going to Bhutan by roadways from India is quite an easy task. Here’s how to reach Bhutan from India by road. There are only three land borders which are open for entry – Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar. While Phuentsholing shares a border with the Terai region of West Bengal, the other two are along the Assam border. It takes around three hours from Guwahati to Bhutan by road and same from Siliguri as well. One can take a private car or a hired one from India to Bhutan. They will be required to show the documents at the border. There are buses too from Kolkata to Bhutan which takes 18 hours and from Siliguri which takes only four hours right up to Phuentsholing.

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Spring and autumn seasons are best for visiting Bhutan. Try to make the trip between March-May or September-November.

Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Bagdogra airports have direct flights to Paro in Bhutan.

Indians do not need a visa to enter Bhutan. Traveling in Phuentsholing area is open for any Indian upon producing authentic ID card. However, to travel the rest of the country, permission is needed which can be retrieved by any agency for the same.

The main currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum. But Indian currency is accepted all over Bhutan except the new 500 and 2000 notes.

There are buses from Kolkata to Thimphu and from Siliguri bus station, NJP station or Bagdogra station to Phuentsholing border.

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