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welcome to Bhutan

Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom nestled between its neighbours China and India. It is the last Himalayan kingdom enveloped in intense mystery. However, this country is a surprise mix of traditional Buddhist culture and modern developments. The Bhutanese name for Bhutan, Druk Yul, means "Land of the Thunder Dragon". Bhutan offers unique architectural marvels, tsechuas (dance forms), cuisines, textiles, handicrafts, trekking trails, and archery competitions all under its umbrella. What more can a traveller need?

Bhutan is carbon neutral and includes an exquisite collection of flora and fauna, making it a picture perfect destination.

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Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom nestled between its neighbours China and India. It is the last Himalayan kingdom enveloped in intense mystery. However, this country is a surprise mix of traditional Buddhist culture and modern developments. The Bhutanese name for Bhutan, Druk Yul, means "Land of the Thunder Dragon". Bhutan…

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Cuisine
Pork & Rice
Butter Tea
Ema Dachi
Languages
Nepali
English
Dzonkha
Getting There
Getting Around
By Air

Paro International Airport is the only entry point to Bhutan by air. It is located in the southwest of the country.

By Rail

There is no rail transport in Bhutan. The nearest options (all in India) are Hasimara, New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP), and New Alipurduar railway station.

By Bus

The Royal Bhutanese Government runs a bus service from Kolkata (Esplanade Station) to Phuentsholing. The bus journey takes about 18 hours.

Indians don't require a visa to enter Bhutan and are given a 7-day entry-cum-stay permit at the immigration offices upon presentation of a passport or government-issued ID such as a voter's registration card. This permit allows travel only within Phuentsholing, Thimphu, and Paro and can be extended at the immigration office in Thimphu for successive periods of three weeks each. Bring at least one passport photo. One can also request a route permit here to travel beyond the three abovementioned towns.

The roads that cross the country are characterized by their twists, turns, and steep inclines, but despite the difficult topography, they are generally very well-maintained and safe. You can avail the bus services or hire a taxi to explore Bhutan. It is recommended that you drive in Bhutan only if you have experience driving in mountainous regions.

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Sale of tobacco is banned in Bhutan resulting in the prohibition of smoking in many public areas. You can bring your own cigarettes and ask your guide where you can light up. 

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The Indian Rupee in denominations of 200 and 2000 is no longer accepted in Bhutan and some don’t prefer taking 500 too. So it is better if you carry change or pay by card.

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ATMs in Bhutan are available only in the main towns and often don’t work. If they do, you are able to withdraw only small amounts. However, you can pay via cards at most places.

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Do not forget your warm clothes at home. It gets chilly sometimes even in summers. Also, before taking pictures in certain areas, ask your guide if photography is permitted.

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