Bhutan! The happiest country in the world. Why yes, it definitely is.
I went into the country via the land border from the Indian side via Phuentsholing. From Siliguri to the Indian side of the border called Jaigaon we took a share-taxi. It took us 6 hours to reach the border and as soon as one crosses the border the first thing you see is a stark difference between the Indian and the Bhutanese traffic sense. You just have to cross the gate and there you have Bhutan; people in their traditional attire, cars stopping at zebra crossings and asking people to cross instead of trying to go over them, friendly faces and calmness all around.
At the border, we had to get the immigration pass. It took us 4 hours to get it as there is no clear information on what you need, to get into their country.
In case you are an Indian citizen crossing into Bhutan the following are required to make your immigration easy:
- Entry form with a passport photo (which you get at any xerox shop in town)
- Xerox copy of your passport or voters ID ( if you don’t have this you will have to go to India house with two other original valid ID and get it attested which will take you an hour at least)
- Confirmed hotel booking
Use this to look for local hotels. http://www.hotel.bt/
- Itinerary ( we just wrote Thimphu and Paro on a sheet of paper and gave it to them)
Once we had the pass in hands, we took a share-taxi to Paro. If you are not from India you will need to hire a guide and book a fixed tour before reaching the country.