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Bhutan is a mysterious kingdom located in the Himalayas. The kingdom has remained so far as an independent and isolated country for centuries because of its tiny size and less revered fames. The geographical positions, such as rugged mountains, deep forest, fast flowing rivers and malaria infested bushes of the southern foothills, prohibited foreign aliens and visitors to get into Bhutan. However, after many centuries of almost complete isolation from the outside world and when the powerful force of globalization and modernization appeared in the western world the isolated independent nation of Bhutan shook to change and accepted the concept of modernization and now stands on the thresholds of historical change.

Throughout its process of evolution – Bhutan under the guidance of it’s value and priorities that have helped it to remain a unique country achieving carefully its modern development. Today, Bhutan has proven itself to the world with all well equipped modern amenities and has proven to be one of the exotic tourist destinations in the world.

Key Facts

  • Capital City: Thimphu
  • Total Area: 38,394 sq km [14,824,006 sq mi]
  • Total Population: 753, 9476 [est.2013]
  • International Airport: Paro [Western Bhutan]
  • Time Difference: 06 hours ahead of GMT and there is only one time zone throughout the country
  • Office Hour: Summer Timing: 09 AM – 05 PM [March – October end]. Winter Timing: 09 AM – 04 PM [November – February end]
  • Religion: Buddhism 75%, Hinduism 20% Other: 5%
  • Bhutan Currency: Ngultrum [Nu] at par with Indian Rupee
  • Power Supply: 220/240 volts
  • Sockets: Round whole two-pin and three-pin power outlet
  • National Language: Dzongkha. English is also a medium of communication and most Bhutanese speaks English
  • Popular Dish: Ema Datshi [Chili and Cheese]
  • Popular Drinks: Suja [Butter tea], bangchang [homebrew beer], Ara [Rice spirit]

 

Way to Bhutan

Bhutan by and large remained cut off from the rest of the world and its relative remoteness and low profile in today’s global world, one may naturally assumes it would be difficult getting there. Fortunately, with the planned economy development, accessibility became easy with both motor able roads and by air. It is easy and convenient with modern, dependable transportation system.

The main points of entry are:

By Air

Druk Air flies to the following international destination:

  • Singapore
  • Nepal: Kathmandu
  • Bangladesh: Dhaka
  • Thailand: Bangkok
  • India: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkota, Bodh Gaya, Bagdogra and Guwahati

Bhutan Airline flies to the following international destinations:

  • Singapore
  • Thailand: Bangkok
  • Nepal: Kathmandu
  • Bangladesh: Dhaka
  • India: Delhi & Kolkata

By Land

Phuntsholing is located approximately 170 kilometer east of the Indian national airport Bagdogra. After crossing Phuntsholing, your journey then begins with its mountainous climb through numerous turns and hairpin bends until you enter Thimphu, the capital city. The travel time for the 171 kilometers stretch can be about six hours.

Gelephu in the south-central Bhutan is another entry point to the country. It is approximately 250 kilometers from Thimphu. One will have to traverse across three districts and travel time will be about ten hours.

Samdrup Jongkhar is the only entry point in eastern Bhutan. The town borders the Indian district of Darranga, Assam and is approximately 150 kilometers away from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. It is about three hours drive from Guwahati (India). Tourist entering Bhutan through Samdrup Jongkhar will take you to Trashigang, the largest districts in the country, and from there over the lateral route to Mongar, Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangdue Phodrang and then finally into capital, Thimphu. The distance is about 700 kilometers and will take you a minimum of three days to reach Thimphu.

Requirement of Visa

All International tourists wishing to visit Bhutan must obtain visa clearance prior to your travel date. It must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator through an online system. Your Bhutan visa is issued by the Department of Immigration through the local Bhutanese Tour Operator accredited with Tourism Council of Bhutan.

To obtain your Bhutan visa travelers need to wire the full tour payment via-bank transfer or through other means of transaction to the jointly account between the company and Tourism Council of Bhutan. The visa process takes more than 72 working hours.

At the point of entry to Bhutan, you need to provide the copy of your Bhutan visa, which, we will send you prior your travel and after which it will bear the special stamp in your passport.

Document required for visa permission

  • Original clear scanned copy of the photo page of your passport
  • Passport validity required minimum six months
  • Confirmed flight ticket of both incoming and outgoing
  • Confirmation of the hotel in Bhutan
  • Confirmed Itinerary
  • Statement from the bank
  • Visa Fees, of $ 40