Travel Information for Indian Visitors
ENTRY FORMALITIES FOR INDIAN TOURIST
Bhutan Visa: (An Indian don’t require visa to enter Bhutan)
Bhutan has special diplomatic relationship with India therefore Indians with valid Passports or Voter ID (Election Card) doesn’t require visa to enter Bhutan. Passport validity should be more than 6 months. Visa will be issued on arrival from the entry points. Family traveling with kids who are below 17 years, without valid passport/voter ID can be allowed to enter Bhutan in Birth Certificates and valid school ID (both should be presented in case of school going kid). Indian wishing to enter Bhutan from third country should produced valid Indian Passport, voter card is not valid. 02 recent passport size photographs for each guest.
Documents not valid for traveling to Bhutan as Indian:
Persons having following documents are not valid for Indians visiting Bhutan, PIO card, OCI card, driving license, special documents issued by government of India.
Special Permit: If you plan to visit places beyond Thimphu and Paro, you will also need a route permit to go to places such as Punakha, Wangdue, Bumthang. We need the scanned copy of either your passport or Voter ID card to make this Route Permit in advance. Route permit is only made in Thimphu, during the working days between 9AM-1PM.
Exiting Bhutan by Flight or by Land:
Bhutan Entry Permit
You will not be allowed to leave the country without surrendering this paper permit in original issued while entering Bhutan.
Druk Air & Bhutan Airlines, operates flights from Paro, the only International Airport in Bhutan, to Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra and Guwahati. Bagdogra & Guwahati is well connected to the major cities of India by various airlines like Jet air ways, Kingfisher Airlines, Spice jet, Go Air and Indian Airlines. One can take the connecting flight to Paro from any sector.
Entering Bhutan by Surface:
Bhutan Entry permit are issued from the immigration office at Phuentsholing (Monday-Friday) including Saturday, Sunday & Bhutan national holidays for tourist only.
1. You are required to visit the immigration office along with your guide / driver at the Bhutan entry gate to obtain your Bhutan entry permit (personal presence is a must for obtaining the permit).
NJP (New Jalpaiguri) is the nearest major railway station in the Indian State of West Bengal. The other smaller stations are Alipurduar, New Cooch Bihar and Hasimara though we recommend NJP as the convenient station for pick up/drop facilities and 05 hours’ drive to the nearest Bhutan border town of Phuentsholing.
Climate, Weather, Article of clothing
Himalayans’s ranges rules the landscape of Bhutan. In Bhutan, altitude plays significant role in determining the weather of the region. The weather can vary due to changes in elevation. For instance, Punakha and Wangdue are warmer than Thimphu and Bumthang colder than both, which is due to variation in altitude. And expected temperature on typical day in March & April can range from 42.8 F to 60.8 F during day time. However, generally, the temperature tends to fluctuate dramatically in the span of day and night all throughout the year. For instance, in Thimphu, in Dec, the day can be warm with approx. 65.8 F and it can drop down drastically to 33.8 F at evening
Altitude has direct bearing in determining the weather in Bhutan. Correspondingly, the clothing or dressing should relate to the average weather conditions. However, it is difficult to recommend one specific set of clothing. The factors that govern the weather are varying elevations of different places and seasons. Generally, the propensity of temperature to fluctuate dramatically in a day and night makes it even more unpredictable.
Whether you are trekking or touring, the key to dressing is layering so that you can adapt to changing weather condition. As the days wear off and start to get a bit hot you can peel off the layer according to the weather conditions.Food & Accommodation.
Generally, a typical Bhutanese food consist of rice, Egee or Chutney and curry solely made out of chilly cooked with generous amount of homemade cheese popularly called
Ema-dasthi. However, wide ranges of choices are also available these days particularly in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Bumthang. Culinary infrastructures tend to get basic as we move further towards the east. Practically all these hotels and restaurants serves Indian, continental and Chinese dishes. Buffet is quite popular with the tourists than the Ala Carte, and this practice is ubiquitously found in the most of hotels. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods are served in most hotels, but the non-vegetarian food items are widespread. However for the preference of vegetarian food, prior information helps.
Likewise, even the hotels infrastructures are far more developed in western and central part than the eastern Bhutan. From the upscale hotels like UMA, Taj Tashi, Aman to the tourist standards hotels like Druk Hotel and few indigenous resorts have made their presence felt. You will find quite a disparity between a tourist’s standard hotel and normal hotel in real sense. All of the tourists’ standards are regulated by Tourism Council of Bhutan. They have laid down stringent guidelines to meet.