Tips for Indian travellers visiting Bhutan
To enter into Bhutan through road Indians need to get entry permit from Phuntsholing. The documents required to obtain an entry permit are passport or voter ID card(original as well as photocopy), one passport size photo, minimum one day hotel booking receipt and your travel plan. Entry permits are given for a period of 7 days for Paro and Thimphu only at Phuntsholing, you can extend the permit at the immigration office situated in Thimphu. You can also get restricted area permit to travel beyond Thimphu & Paro at the Thimphu immigration office. Kindly note that all the government offices in Bhutan remain closed on Saturday and Sunday so it is advised to place your journey accordingly. If you are taking your own vehicle you need to obtain permit for your vehicle from the RTO office in Phuntsholing at the cost of 100 rupees per day. Do keep all the original documents along with your driving license to get RTO permits.
Indian currencies of denomination INR 500 and less are accepted across Bhutan. You can also get Bhutanese currency by giving equivalent amount of Indian rupees at the immigration office in Phuntsholing. The ATM services of Bank of Bhutan (BoB) and Druk PNB Bank are available in Thimphu but they charge a hefty amount on cash withdrawals so carrying cash from India is the best option for your Bhutan trip.
You will find numerous shops in both Thimphu and Paro for shopping. While shopping don't hesitate to bargain a bit to get the best price. Liquor is very cheap in Bhutan as compared to India. There are duty free shops in Thimphu where you can get all kinds of liquors. Don't forget to try Zumzin peach wine which is a product of Bhutan.