I had wanted to escape from the bustling streets and sultry weather of Mumbai for as long as I can remember. I was a travel noob given that, I had never stepped out of India and the only trip I had been on was with my parents back in my school days (I should definitely get a life ...Duh). Since I was on a shoestring budget the plan of going to Bhutan never really crossed my mind until one of my colleagues who had recently been to Bhutan suggested it to me. I am a major food buff so when I read a few blogs on Bhutanese cuisine I was convinced about taking that vacation I had been putting off for years.
How we reached Bhutan:
If you are flying from Mumbai, you should know that as of now there are no direct flights from Mumbai to Paro (Paro International Airport is the only airport in Bhutan). If you want to fly to Paro, you can take a flight from Delhi, Kolkata and Bagdogra. However, if you do not want to spend money on flight tickets you can travel by train to New Alipurduar or Siliguri or Hasimara railway station. From here, you can take a bus or shared taxi to Jaigaon that is Indo-Bhutan border town.
We took an early morning flight from Mumbai to Bagdogra International Airport. We reached Bagdogra at around 8:30 am and then took a taxi to Phuentsholing. The driver dropped us at Jaigaon from where we could see the Phuentsholing border gate.