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About Bhutan

Bhutan is known as 'The Kingdom of Dragon' and the Buddhist Kingdom that may be the last Shangri-La of the world. Bhutan is home to a great concentration of mountains and is a living heritage of Buddhist culture and philosophy. Trekking and tours in Bhutan is only land in the world where Mahayana is the state of religion and accepts only limited tourists.

The culture is deeply Buddhist. Unlike Tibet, the temples and monasteries have not become tourist attractions. The most remarkable feature of Bhutan we can mention here is its view of life. Rather than striving to join the modern world, Bhutan is allowing it to enter only in measured doses, careful to preserve its underlying doctrine of promoting the country's "gross national happiness." It revels in its isolation.

Package trips to Bhutan can be arranged from Nepal with twice a week flights to Paro from Kathmandu.

Bhutan Facts

Bhutan Visa Information

Valid passports and an entry visa are essential except for Indian & Bangladeshi Nationals. Travellers to Bhutan are permitted only as a member of a commercially organized tour group. This can be done directly or through a travel agent abroad.

Visa clearances are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thimphu and must be obtained before departing for Bhutan. At your port of entry your visa will be stamped in your passport upon payment of US$ 20, you will also require two passport photos. Extension of visas, for up to 6 months, can be obtained in Thimphu at a cost of Nu. 510.

 

NOTE: Visas cannot be obtained at Bhutanese embassies.

 

Three copies of original passport size photograph are required on arrival. Visa fee is US$ 20 and US$ 10 as a tourism development must be paid on arrival. Visa can be further extended with an additional fee of US$ 15. We can arrange visa.

 

Restricted entry: Entry into Bhutan from Assam of India is not allowed. Tourists to Bhutan are obliged to use Druk Air (the only airline serving Bhutan) either on entering or leaving the country). Valid passport required by all foreigners' except nationals of India.

Note: There are two ways of entering Bhutan: by air to Paro Airport or by road to the Bhutanese border town of Phuntosholing. All travellers entering the country by road must ensure that they have the necessary documentation for transiting through that part of India to Phuntsholing.

 

Application to: Visa applications for all tourists processed by the travel/tour agent through the Tourism Authority of Bhutan (TAB). Only once the visa has been cleared can visitors travel to Bhutan. Visas are issued on arrival at Paro Airport or at Phuntsholing check post.

Working days required: Applications should be made 2 weeks in advance of the intended date of departure.

 

Information we require for the visa process:

  • Your full name as it appears in your passport

  • Permanent address

  • Occupation

  • Nationality

  • Passport number

  • Date of issue and expiration of passport

  • Date and place of birth

  • Double check that the information is correct; if there are discrepancies in any important numbers when you arrive in Bhutan, there are delays and complications in issuing the visa.

After the visa clearance is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they send a visa confirmation number to Druk Air,Kathmandu. Druk Air will not issue the tickets to Paro until they receive this confirmation number.

The actual visa endorsement is stamped in your passport when you arrive at Paro.

 

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By Air

The only airport is at Paro. Bhutan's national airline, Druk Air, is the only airline servicing Paro.

 

By Road

Kathmandu to Kakarvitta ( Nepal-India border) 500 km or Kathmandu-Bhadrapur flight ( Usd 118) and again to Phunsoling(Bhutan-India border) approx 200 km. The road from Bagdogra (the nearest Indian airport) enters Bhutan at Phuentsholing, the border town. It is a 4-5 hour drive from Bagdogra airport, which can be reached by plane from Calcutta and Delhi. From Darjeeling or Gangtok (Sikkim), it can take 7 hour to Phuentsholing. It takes approximately 6 hour from Phuentsholing to Thimphu or Paro.

 

NOTE: Entry / Exit one way has to be by air.