So,nine guys along with four bikes and one four wheel car, we started the first day of our trip to Jaigoan,West Bengal ( Border city between INDIA AND BHUTAN ),and had to cover a total distance of 218.6 km,approx 5 h 51 min via NH10 and NH17. Roads from Gangtok till Sevoke ,west Bengal the roads are cut through the hills, several points of the way are curvy and the road through the hills and jungles is both beautiful.Once you cross the Coronation Bridge (Heritage site declared by Indian Govt) you will be driving between the picturesque Tea garden of Bagrakote crossing Damdin,Nagrakata ,Debpara Tea garden,Binnaguri ,Birpara,Hasimara,Dalsingpara and reached finally Jaigoan city.As one of our mate was a local guy from Jaigoan ,So no worries ,as Accommodation ,food and night stay at his home.Also in order to get the Route permit, we had to stay a day in Jaigoan .The next day was a long day as we had to enter Phuentsholing( BHUTAN) and make the Entry permit for all of us and also the the Road Permit for the bikes and the car.When you are entering Bhutan, you have to get the Permit valid for 7 days which can be procured at the entry point either in Paro airport (when travelling by flight) or in Phuentsholing Bhutan (when travelling overland). Entry permit cannot be made in advance as physical appearance is required at the immigration office( Free for Indians).As we had took our own bikes and a car so,for any kind of personal Vehicle ,charge of 500 INR will be charged. Entry permit is also a valid document to visit Thimphu and Paro. But,If you choose your Itinerary to visit places (Punakha, Wangdue, Bumthang, etc) beyond Paro and Thimphu, you need to have a Route Permit. This Route permit will only be made in Thimphu on the working days between 09.00 - 11.00 hrs. So everything was set ,Including routine check of the bikes and the car .The night again at my friend house.
We reached Hasimara in the morning and took an auto directly to Jaigaon which is around 15 kilometers from there and it’s a border town connected to Bhutan through Phuntsholing city. We stayed that night in Jaigoan which had a pleasant weather but can be skipped. India-Bhutan border was one of the most friendliest borders that I have ever seen or heard.