The Kingdom of Bhutan is undoubtedly the land of the smiling people as happiness is all that matters in this magical place.
All tourists(excluding citizens of India,Bangladesh and Maldives) traveling to Bhutan have to book their tour through a tour company that has been approved by the Bhutanese Tourism Board.
Bhutan is quite an expensive country for travelers,one has to spend $250 per person, per day but if you are an Indian,Bangladeshi or Maldivian travelling to Bhutan would be much cheaper as you need not go with a approved Bhutanese tour group.
Entry into Bhutan can be made either by land or by air. The entry permit will be issued by the Department of Immigration,Royal Government of Bhutan on arrival at Paro airport,entry permit can be obtained on all days.
If entering by land via Phuentsholing permit will be issued at this border town,travelers entering from Phuentsholing need to complete biometric formalities at the Immigration office.You need to carry your Voter identity and a passport size photo.The office remains closed on Saturday,Sunday and Government holidays,so plan your trip accordingly.
The entry permit issued on arrival is valid for Thimphu and Paro only. Tourists going beyond Thimphu and Paro need to acquire a route permit from the Royal Government of Bhutan Immigration Office at Thimphu on any working days.
Bagdogra, in northern West Bengal, is the nearest airport from Phuentsholing and flights to Bagdogra are cheaper than flights to Paro. Phuentsholing is 5 hour drive from Bagdogra.
One can also combine Bhutan trip with Darjeeling and Gangtok.
For travel one can use public buses or hire a taxi with driver.You can also take your Indian car to Bhutan and obtain a permit for the car from the Regional Transport Office in Phuentsholing.
Indian rupee is acceptable in Bhutan.English is widely spoken and some places people also understand and speak Hindi.Indian cuisine is served in almost all hotels and restaurants.
Bhutan is a safe destination for solo travelers,people are helpful and friendly.