How to Travel to Bhutan

Bhutan is home to unspoiled sceneries and mountain ranges where you can enjoy fresh air and serenity.  Travelling to Bhutan is quite expensive and at times is quite tough to visit since the Bhutanese Government is still very reluctant to allow visitors to its country. If you are planning to spend your vacation in Bhutan, it is recommended that you book a pre-planned and guided tour by some travel agent, like Shah Tours.

While you plan your tour you have to do certain formalities which include applying for a tourist visa from a selected travel agent. It is good to plan your trip at least 3 months (90 days) ahead, so that you can complete the formalities easily. It is essential that you carry a visa, except for those already having an Indian passport. Visas are issued for 2-weeks and cost around $20 or Rs. 1,200. You will need to go through the immigration control once you arrive at the Paro airport.

Punakha Dzong, Punakha Valley, Bhutan

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How would you reach Bhutan?

By Air: If you plan to travel by air, you have book tickets with Druk Air, the national airlines of Bhutan. You can avail regular flights to Bhutan from Kolkata, Delhi, Kathmandu, Bangkok and Dhaka. You’ll be landed in Paro, the only airport in Bhutan. Druk Air is well connected to the rest of the world by a good network of flights. It is recommended that you book the tickets well in advance, since there is a lot of rush during the tourist season.


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By Surface: You can also enter or exit Bhutan through Phuentsholing. Phuentsholing is a town in the southern Bhutan frontier. You can reach the town from Bagdogra airport by driving (approx 5 hrs drive).  Bagdogra is well connected with the rest of the world by a number of flights. If you are planning for connected or combined tours that include Darjeeling, Kalimpong, etc along with Bhutan, Driving from Bagdogra to Phuentsholing is a good option.

You can also enter Bhutan via Nepal. Badrapur and Birat Nagar are two airports in Nepal from where you can drive to Phuentsholing. Badrapur is about 5 hours drive from Phuentsholing and Birat Nagar is about 7 hours away.


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Bhutan government has set the minimum tour prices to control the tourism rate and protect nature, so you cannot negotiate it. It is best to book tour packages through travel agents, since the packages include everything from accommodations, meals, sightseeing in bhutan, transportation, etc.

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