For Indian Travelers

Entering Bhutan:
Bhutan can be entered either by land or by air. Druk Air, the National Airline and Bhutan Airlines (a private Airline) operates regular flights to/from Paro to Delhi, Kolkatta, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Gaya and Mumbai in India, Kathmandu in Nepal, Bangkok in Thailand and Singapore. By surface, entry into Bhutan is possible through southern border towns of Phuentsholing and Samdrup Jongkhar. Thimphu is about 5 hours drive from Phuentsholing.

Map of Bhutan:
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Driving Distance from various points of West Bengal to Phuntsholing, Bhutan

From West BengalTo BhutanApprox TimeDistance
Bagdogra (Airport)Phuntsholing5 Hours165 Km
Siliguri (NJP Railway Station)Phuntsholing4 Hours150 Km
Darjeeling Hill StationPhuntsholing6 Hours227 Km
Gangtok (Sikkim)Phuntsholing7 Hours230 Km
KalimpongPhuntsholing6 Hours179 Km

Entry Permit:
Indian Nationals travelling to Bhutan do not need Visa. Voter Identity Card or Passport with more than six months validity however is required for presentation at the immigration during entry, to obtain an entry permit along with a copy of passport size photograph and a copy of your passport or VIC.

Bhutan Government with the aim to provide efficient and better services to the regional tourists (Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian nationals) an online permit system has been introduced from January 2017. All visitors booking their tour with a local tour operator can get hassle free online permit provided they have valid passports.

Documents required for Permit:

Passport with validity of at least six months Voter Identification Card for Indians (Online permit is issued only to those who have Passports, others must acquire at the port of entry).

Birth Certificate in original must be produced for children and a photo copy of the same must be attached with an prescribed application form.

Route Permit:
It is required for those traveling to restricted areas beyond Dochula pass. The Route Permit is processed & issued in Thimphu, only after arrival in Bhutan and on production of the Entry Permit.  Also this permit can be processed only during working days (Monday-Friday) 9 a.m to 5 p.m in summer (1st March to 31st October) and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m in winter (1st November to 28th/29th February).

You may also inquire at the Embassy of India in Thimphu, Bhutan for further information.

Climate:
Bhutan’s climate is quite unpredictable. The weather can vary dramatically from place to place and day to day. In Thimphu and Paro valleys, the winter daytime temperature averages 16 degrees Celsius during clear days and drops well below freezing point during the night. The fluctuations are not so great during the summer and the daytime temperature rises to mid-twenties Celsius

Clothes:
From May to September, cotton clothes are sufficient, plus a woolen sweater or light jacket. From November to the end of April, however, you will need very warm clothes. Comfortable sports shoes are also recommended. Mountain boots are not necessary unless you are trekking.

Food:
Bhutanese delicacies are rich with spicy chilly and cheese but are normally tempered to the taste of the visitors. All our hotels and Restaurants offer delicious Indian, Chinese, Continental and Bhutanese cuisine. Hotels normally serve a mixture of vegetarian and non-vegetarian items on buffet system, however pure vegetarian and Jain meals are also served on request and prior information. We at Chen-Ray Travel & Tours know very well about the food habits of our Indian guests especially from Jain community.

Currency:
The Bhutanese currency is called Ngultrum (Nu.) and is at par with Indian Rupee. major Credit cards like Master Card and Visa are accepted by most of the hotel and business establishments. ATM cards of SBI, Punjab National Bank and few other Banks can be used as well. Indian Rupee is acceptable all over Bhutan however it is also advisable not to carry Rs 1,000/- and Rs 500/- denomination currency notes.

Language:
The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha and a large number of dialects are spoken. English has been the language of educational instruction since 1964 and is widely spoken. Also locals at popular tourist destinations understand and speak Hindi.

Security:
Bhutan is very safe destination with lowest crime rate in the world. In general you will find Bhutanese people very warm, hospitable, helpful and friendly.

Photography:
You can photograph almost everywhere in Bhutan. The people are highly photogenic and everyone seems to wear a smile. However, very often the Bhutanese are camera shy so use your discretion at all times and when in doubt ask verbally or by gesture. Also while photographing Dzongs (fortresses), monasteries and temples, please check with your guide.

The Bhutanese authorities strictly monitor export of any religious antiquities of any kind from the kingdom. Personal electronic devices and reasonable amount of cigarettes and alcohol are permitted into the kingdom.

Gratuities:
Tipping is not included in our tour prices and it’s at your discretion.

Chen-Ray Travel & Tours also provide Car rental services: Call us at +975 17616597/17306663 or mail us to info@chenraybhutan.com

Hyundai Tucson                  : INR 4000 per day (4 pax)

Hyundai Santa Fee             : INR 4500 per day (4 pax)

Tata Winger                         : INR 6000 per day (11 pax)

Toyota Hiace Bus                : INR 5500 per day (8 pax)

Toyota Coaster Bus            : INR 8000 per day (17 pax)

Toyota Coaster Bus            : INR 9000 per day (22 pax)

All the cost given above is inclusive of Driver, Parking fees, all taxes. The vehicle will be at your disposal from morning till 6 pm. For night/extra hours will be charged accordingly.

Announcement for Regional Online Permit System (from Tourism Council of Bhutan)

Dear Tour Operators,

This is in continuation to the announcement on Launch of Regional Online Permit System (New Tashel System). If you have already registered on the system you can login using the username and password that you have created, else please visit beta.tashel.gov.bt and register your company on the system.

The system will be implemented on trial with effect from 26th January 2017 for a period of 3 months. The system will facilitate the online processing of permits for regional tourists through registered Bhutanese tour operators and TCB certified hotels to avail permit clearances and route permits for their guests ahead of arrival in Bhutan similar to international tourists.

Please kindly note the following important information while applying for Regional Permit:
1. Only passport will be honored as identification document in the online system.
2. Passports should be valid and clearly visible.
3. During the trial period TCB and DoI will facilitate 150 applications per day through the online system.
4. The facility will be applicable for entry from Paro and Phuntsholing.

It is hoped that through this facility better quality service can be provided to the guests from the region and that their experience in Bhutan is enhanced.

For further information, please contact ICT section, TCB

*Please note: Tourists are required to provide their Biometric Information at the entry point.
Thank you

TCB