How to plan a perfect Bhutan Tour from Delhi?
Bhutan- a land full of mystery:
There is something magical about Bhutan, the ‘Last Shangri La’, this spectacular land somehow manages to touch your soul and even rejuvenate the broken heart. The wholesome climate, the breathtaking mountain views, and the serene monasteries may seem a cliched way to describe the magnificent beauty of Bhutan, but each word used for this mesmerizing country is in its purest form. We can assure you that visiting and exploring Bhutan can be a wonderful experience for you, something you will never forget. The serene place is decked up with some of the most beautiful mountain peaks and also is flanked by flourishing streams. Furthermore, it has the most bewitching forest trails ever explored by man. So, do you also want to have this unforgettable experience? Yes, well, then this blog is for you.
A complete guide for your hassle-free Bhutan tour:
We will help you to plan your tour without any hassle or confusion to this land of Thunder Dragon from Delhi. So, let’s get started with the step by step guide tips which is described below-
1. Ways to Reach Bhutan from Delhi-
By air: The easiest way to reach Bhutan is by taking a flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport to Paro International Airport. From the airport, you can rent a cab or hire a taxi to reach your desired destinations.
By rail: If you want to travel by train to reach Bhutan. The route will be:
- Delhi to Kolkata by train
- Kolkata to Hasimara by train
- Hasimara to Jaigaon by bus
By road: The most common way to enter Bhutan from Delhi by road is from Jaigaon town in West Bengal. The distance from Jaigaon to the border town of Bhutan, Phuentsholing is 4.3 km.
2. Best Way to Reach Bhutan:
- For Budget Travelers- You should take a flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport to Bagdogra, and from there you can hire a cab to Phuentsholing (Prepaid Taxis- INR 2500).
- For Other Travelers- The best way to reach Bhutan from Delhi is to take a direct flight to Paro which takes around 2.5 hrs to reach.
3. How to Get Tourist Permit in Bhutan?
Usually, Indians do not require any visa permits. They only required-
- List of Documents:
- A duly filled form
- Voter ID Card
- An Itinerary on an A4 Sheet
- Hotel booking’s voucher
- Passport Size Photo
Furthermore, there are few more things you should keep in mind about entry permit in Bhutan-
Things to Remember:
- Be clear about what you fill in the occupation section, you should mention the sector you work in as well as your designation.
- If you forgot to take photocopies of the required documents, there are many shops to make photocopies of the documents.
- With this normal permit, you can go to the major destinations in Bhutan like Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha. If you want to visit Bumthang and other tourist places in Bhutan, a separate permit is required.
4. Currency Information:
The Bhutanese currency is equivalent to the value of Indian currency, i.e., INR 1 = Ng 1. The notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 of Indian denomination are used widely in Bhutan but the notes of 500 and 2000 are not valid in the country.
When your whole itinerary is prepared, you can start looking for your comfortable accommodation. Since tourism in Bhutan is flourishing, you can find numerous hotel options at a reasonable rate. Furthermore, you can also opt for homestays as well as suitable resorts. Right from Phuentsholing to Thimphu, everywhere you can find various budget-friendly hotels. Before choosing a hotel, there are few things that you should know about hotel booking in Bhutan:
- During the peak season, an average hotel can cost up to INR 2500, and during the off-season, the same hotel can cost up to INR 1300 -1500.
- Also, a lot of budget travelers have complained about mosquitoes and bugs which are attacking them at nighttime. So, if you are planning to book hotels after reaching the spot, then you should make sure to first see the room.
Now, we have mentioned some best accommodations in Bhutan-
- Hotels- Hotel Norbuling, Hotel Bhutan, Bhutan Residency
- Homestays- Aum Om Homestay, Ugyen Homestay, Nivvana Lodge & Homestay
- Resorts- Yangkhil Resort, Rema Resort, Peaceful Resorts
6. What To See And Do In Bhutan?
With a normal entry permit, you can only visit three tourist destinations such as Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, and also Phuentsholing as in this place, there is no need of permit to explore. Here, we will discuss these four destinations:
Phuentsholing, a quaint town represents cleanliness-
Phuentsholing is a beautiful hill station which is located in the western part of Bhutan. This place is famous for its cleanliness, which draws the attraction of the visitors. It is an ideal place for those tourists who want to explore the cultural heritage of the country. Phuentsholing is the perfect mix of traditions, beautiful landscapes, and modern life. This quaint city houses different ethnic groups such as Bhutanese, Nepalese & Indians. For this very reason, Phuentsholing is a must-visit.
- Phuentsholing to Thimphu: 164 km
- Phuentsholing to Paro: 160 km
- Phuentsholing to Bagdogra: 164 km
This small town has a bus stand where you can find buses for several cities in Bhutan. The buses are usually small and are mainly Toyota Coaster buses. There is also a taxi stand outside the Bus Station, from where you can hire a taxi to reach your destinations.
Thimphu, a city of lively nightlife-
The capital of Bhutan, Thimphu is the most majestic city that draws the attention of the visitors from all over the world. Dotted by tranquil monasteries, ornate architectural buildings and lined streets that merge together in the clock tower avenue where cultural programs are held. You can enjoy the day life by exploring the majestic landscapes, astounding mountains, lush green valleys and serene monasteries as well as enjoying adventure activities. While the nightlife in Thimphu includes the bars, nightclubs, pubs, colorful shops which make this quaint city just like a beautiful bridal queen.
Top Places to Visit in Thimphu:
- Memorial Chorten
- Tashichho Dzong
- National Library
- Institute for Zorig Chusum
- Traditional Medicine Institute
- The Folk Heritage Museum
- National Textile Museum
- Handicrafts Shops
- Weekend Market
What to Do in Thimphu?
Besides exploring sightseeing places, Thimphu is a place also to enjoy the lively nightlife in Bhutan. Some of the best places for experiencing nightlife in Thimphu-
- Club Ace
- Mojo Park
- Space 34
A dining experience in the city gives your taste bud a new flavor by trying out Bhutanese Cuisine in the capital city. You should try Ema Datshi with Red Rice, and delicious dry pork because those are the best things to eat in Bhutan. Thimphu is also a perfect place to go shopping in Bhutan, You can buy-
- Thangka Paintings
- Colorful Masks
- Prayer Wheels
- Mala Beads
- Singing Bowls
How to Travel in Thimphu?
You can simply hire a cab or rent a taxi from the Paro International Airport to reach Thimphu for exploring the beauty of this capital.
Punakha, a place that glorifies Bhutan tradition-
Before Thimphu was declared as the capital, Punakha wore a crown of the national capital of Bhutan. With the pleasant weather all year long, this stunning valley of Bhutan attracts a large number of tourists every year. With picturesque landscapes and various sightseeing activities, the place has become one of the favorite spots for tourists traveling to explore Bhutan from all around the world. You should visit Punakha to witness the breathtaking views of high mountain peaks.
Top Places to Visit in Punakha:
- Punakha Dzong
- Khamsum Yueling Monastery
- Chimi Lhakhang
- Jigme Dorji National Park
- Rishta Village
What to Do in Thimphu?
Apart from visiting the sightseeing places, you can enjoy river rafting in Punakha. There are two types of river present in Punakha that mediates River-Rafting-
- Pho Chhu River with about 15 rapids of grade II-IV
- Mo Chu River with about 10 rapids of grade II and II+
How to Reach Punakha?
There are various cabs are available from Thimphu City for Punakha. It is best to drive out for Punakha from Thimphu in the early morning as it takes 2.5 hours to reach.
Paro, ideal spot for the honeymooners-
A unique blend of picturesque scenery and ancient history welcomes you to the beautiful city of Paro. The land of untouched wilderness is blessed with numerous sightseeing places which makes it every traveler’s paradise. This serene town lies in the center of the lush green valley, which is fenced in beautiful pine coniferous trees. There is numerous colorfully painted shops present which are lined across the street of Paro. This valley is surrounded by tranquil Paro River (Pa Chu) which flows down the valley.
Top Places to Visit in Paro:
- Taktsang Monastery, Tiger’s Nest
- Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang Temple
- Rinpung Dzong Monastery
- Chele La Pass
- Airport View Point
- National Museum of Bhutan
- Drukgyal Dzong Monastery
What to Do in Paro?
Paro is not just about a place of exploring sightseeing places but also a hub of many adventure activities which give you an adrenaline rush. Here, we have mentioned a list of activities-
- Trekking in Taktsang Monastery
- White Water River Rafting in Pho Chhu & Mo Chhu river
- Paragliding in Paro Valley
- Mountain Biking
How to Travel in Paro?
After reaching the Paro International Airport, you will get several rental cars to explore Paro.
Bhutan Trip Review-
Kabilan Arasu, New Delhi- He said, ‘Bhutan is simply not called the land of gross national happiness. The smiles start right from the time you take the Druk air from Delhi till your back to India. We had been there earlier too and we keep going back time and again for the warmth of the people and culture. The places to see there is a week’s trip are Thimphu, Paro, and Haa. There are popular websites which give you the package. We stayed in organization provided accommodation so it turned out to be cheaper. There are lots of options at Norzin lam which is the main street/road of Thimphu. The foods available are Bhutanese, Indian and Chinese. There are other options in Thimphu. I would personally recommend Buddha point and visit to the Drenching palace at Thimphu as well as the local market in Thimphu. It is cold all through the year at Bhutan. So, take warm clothes, but its sunny during the day till 3 pm. If you still want to laze around and not do much, its still a idyllic place sipping coffee in your hotel room and smell the fresh air of Himalayas.
Review source: http://www.holidayiq.com/trips/bhutan-5189782-1