For those who have plans of visiting Bhutan, here is a blog post that you need to go through. Here I have discussed more on traveling from Phuentsholing to Paro. If you are from India, then there are two ways to reach Paro, either via Phuentsholing or directly to Paro. Note that if you are an Indian Citizen, as of this writing there is no need to get a Visa. All that you need is an Indian identity proof.
To Reach Phuentsholing, Bhutan
From India, there are two to three ways to reach Bhutan. There is a direct flight to Paro from Mumbai and the flight tickets are costlier. If you are from Bangalore and have plans to visit Bhutan, the ideal option would be to take a direct flight to Kolkata and then to Bagdogra. There are daily flights and I do not recommend flights via Delhi. We had a hard time with Spicejet with one day of delay. Once you reach Bagdogra take a shared taxi to Phuentsholing. The drive is about 4 to 5 hours. There is India – Bhutan border crossing and the gates remain closed at night. We stayed in a hotel after crossing border.
Phuentsholing is a border town in southern Bhutan. The next day we did not waste mush time and hurried to the place to visa office early in the morning. Even though Indians do not need Visa to enter Bhutan, there is a permit that is given where we need to produce some original documents like the passport. Have few xerox copies and photos handy. This will take few hours to get the permit to two cities. We visited “Zangtopelri”, I guess it is a temple while others had some snacks.
Phuentsholing to Paro
We backed our bags and got into a minibus which took us from Phuentsholing to Paro. The video below shows the complete detail. On the way, there was a check post where they checked our permits. The route is more or less like western ghats in southern India. Full of greenery, nice road by BRO. Most of them here do not travel more than 60 kilometers per hour speed. It took almost 8 hours for us to reach Paro with a lunch break in between.
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