The Kingdom of Bhutan is a country located in South Asia sharing its border with China in its north & India in south. Two neighboring states in India West Bengal & Assam separate the kingdom from Bangladesh. Bhutan had monarchical form of government (absolute monarchy) up to 2008. In 2008 it was transformed to constitutional monarchy and first general election was held.
Places in Bhutan:
Phuntsholing – A transit city at Indo-Bhutan border with an immigration office. Read more…
Thimphu – Thimphu is the capital city of the country. Read more…
Paro – Paro is another important destination with an international airport & a major entry point. Read more…
Punakha – The past capital of Bhutan & now the administrative centre of Punakha dzongkhag (district). Read more…
Wangduephodrang – Located in central Bhutan just 15 km away from Punakha. Read more…
Bumthang – A dzonghhag (district), consisting of four valleys valleys of Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor in West. Read more…
Trongsa – A destination in Western side, 79 km away from Bumthang. Read more…
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Bhutan :
You can plan your travel to Bhutan at any time of the year. Every season will offer you a different flavor of Bhutan. Weather in Bhutan varies from south to north. Northern Bhutan bordering with Tibet is colder & southern Bhutan bordering with India is hot & humid. Bhutan mainly has four seasons.
Spring (Match to May): it is considered a very good season with moderate temperature. This tis the tome for green valleys, rhododendrons, fresh vegetables & friuits.
Autumn (September to November) : It is probably the best time to have clear weather, blue sky. It provides magnificent view of valleys, snow capped mountains & rivers with an opportunity to take great photographs.
Monsoon (June to August) : This time of the year gets more rain fall other seasons. But the monsoon is not so prominent as it is in the northern India.
Winter (December to February) : In winter Bhutan is mostly sunny & cold. The country gets almost no precipitation in winter. In winter frost can be seen & snowfall in common at the elevation above 3000 meters.
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Access to Bhutan:
By Air: Paro (PBH) is having the only international airport of Bhutan. Paro is well connected with Indian cities like Bagdogra, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Bodhgaya, Guwahati & other internatonal destinations like Kathamandu, Dhaka & Bangkok. Druk Air & Bhutan Airlines connect Bhutan with these destinations.
In Indian side the nearest airport is Bagdogra (IXB). Bhutan border town Phuntsholing in (170km.) is 4.30 hrs journey from Bagdogra.
By Train: Bhutan does not have any rail connectivity with in the country. But it can be accessed through Railway stations located in India. The nearest railway station is Hasimara is approx 20km (45 min) away from Phuntsholing. Phuntsholing van also be accessed through New Alipurduar Jn. (60 km) & New Jalpaiguri (NJP) (160 km).
By Road: Bhutan can be accessed by road from Indian side through the bordering city Phuntsholing.
Visa & Permit
Bhutan Permit (for Indians) – 4 copies passport size recent colour photographs, Photo ID proof (Passport/ Voter ID) & hotel confirmation vouchers. For minor, its compulsory to carry original birth certificate along with school photo ID or passport.
Permit cannot be issued during Govt. holidays & weekends. So please plan your tour accordingly.
Other tourists must have visa clearance before Bhutan. Visa can be processed online by providing photo page of your passport.
Permit issued in Phuntsholing & Paro will be valid for Thimphu & Paro only.
Special permit for Punakha, Wangdue, Bumthang, Trongsa ect. will be available from Immigration office located in Thimphu.
Thimphu Immigration office is closed on Saturday, Sunday & Government holidays. It may remain close with sudden declared holiday without any prior notice.
Bhutan currency in called Ngultrum & carries equal value to Indian Rupee. Indian Rupees are widely accepted in Bhutan except 500, 1000 & 2000 rupee notes.
Bank & major hotels can exchange major currencies. But its important to carry the bank exchange receipt to get it changed back to US Dollar. Foreigners cannot carry Indian Rupee.
Credit & Debit cards (Visa & Mastercard) are accepted in Bhutan. But the service is widely available. So it is always advisable to carry sufficient cash.
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