Bhutan is known for its emphasis on gross national happiness and we received our share of happiness during our stay in this beautiful country. These were the 10 things that made our trip even more exciting than we ever expected but there must be plenty of other reasons to explore this Himalayan wonder and for that we will definitely visit Bhutan again.
Here are some of the tips that you may find helpful:
1. Indian citizens can enter Bhutan by obtaining permits at Phuntsholing or Bhutan consulate at Delhi and Kolkata. The process of obtaining permit is fairy simple and it takes around 1-2 hours to get the permit. The applicant only needs to submit a copy of Passport or Voter ID along with photographs along with the filled up application form, which can be purchased at a photocopy shop near the immigration office. The working hours of immigration office is 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday, except Govt. holidays.
2. One can easily get a car or a shared cab to Paro or Thimphu from Phuntsholing, so pre-booking is not required.
3. It takes around 5 hours to reach Thimphu or Paro from phuntsholing and there are many places to eat on the way.
4. In the application form for the Permit one has to mention the name of the hotel you are going to stay, if you have not decided on the hotel you can write, any hotel. The Norzim Lam area of Thimphu has many hotel options of different budget, so you can book a hotel even after reaching there.
5. Bus and shared cab can be taken from Thimphu to Paro but to reach the entry point of Tigers nest, one will have to take a separate cab. Paro can also be covered on a day trip from Thimphu. Similarly Punakha too can be covered in a day trip from Thimphu.
6. Separate permits is required to be obtained to go to Punakha, Haa or other parts of Bhutan, which can be obtained at Thimphu. The working time is same as Phuntsholing.
7. Thimphu has a large number of restaurants and cafes with variety of cuisines to choose from, however in other places the number of restaurants are limited.
8. The best time to explore Bhutan is between October to April. During winter some of the places witness snowfall so its better to come prepared.
Read about some of my other exciting trips here.