Information For Indian Travellers To Bhutan

Chen-Ray Travel & Tours is one of the prominent Tour and travel Agencies located in Thimphu (Bhutan). We not only provide exciting travel packages, but also provide all the necessary information about Bhutan to our valued clients. So, if you are planning tour to Bhutan, then contact us now to get a well organized tour. We help our clients in getting the entry in the country of Bhutan with ease. In addition, we can help you in getting the entry permit and route permit conveniently. Moreover, you can look into our column of gratuities for the best car rental services for tours across Bhutan.

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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From West Bengal             To           Bhutan                 Approx.Time  KM

Bagdogra (Airport)                              Phuntsholing        5 Hrs  165Km
Siliguri (NJP Railway Station)             Phuntsholing        4 Hrs  150Km
Darjeeling Hill Station                         Phuntsholing        6 Hrs  227Km
Gangtok (Sikkim)                                Phuntsholing        7 Hrs  230Km
Kalimpong                                           Phuntsholing        6 Hrs  179Km

 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. Credit cards (Amex and Visa cards) are accepted by only few limited establishments. ATM cards of SBI 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, monasteries and temples, please check with your guide.

The Bhutanese authorities strictly monitor export of any religious antiquities of any kind form 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 

Maruti Alto                          : INR 2200 per day (1 to 3 pax)

Maruti Wagon R                  : INR 2500 per day (1 to 3 pax)

Hyundai Tucson                  : INR 2800 per day (4 pax)

Hyundai Santa Fee             : INR 3000 per day (4 pax)

Tata Winger                         : INR 4300 per day (11 pax)

Toyota Hiace Bus                : INR 5000 per day (8 pax)

Toyota Coaster Bus            : INR 7500 per day (17 pax)

Toyota Coaster Bus            : INR 8500 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 in the evening. For night/extra hours will be charged accordingly.

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