Here is a blog article that you should read if you are planning on visiting Bhutan and traveling from Phuentsholing to Paro. If you are traveling from India, there are two options for getting to Paro: through Phuentsholing or directly to Paro. It’s worth noting that, as of this writing, you don’t need a visa if you’re an Indian citizen. All you need is confirmation of Indian citizenship. Also, if you are not an Indian then you might want to fly directly to Paro.
To Reach Phuentsholing, Bhutan
Firstly, the cost of a flight from Mumbai to Paro is higher. If you’re coming from Bangalore and want to visit Bhutan, the best choice is to fly directly to Bagdogra, West Bengal. Daily flights are available, however, I do not advocate flying through Delhi. Secondly, take a shared cab to Phuentsholing after you arrive in Bagdogra. The journey will take around 4 to 5 hours. The India-Bhutan border crossing is open during the day, however, the gates close at 8:30 p.m. After crossing the border, we stayed at a motel.
Early the next morning, I rushed to the visa office. Even though Indians do not require a visa to enter Bhutan, we must get permission and present some original papers, such as our passports. Have a few photocopies and xerox copies on hand. The permission will take a few hours to reach two places. We went to “Zangtopelri,” which I believe is a temple, while others snacked.
Phuentsholing to Paro
We stowed our belongings and boarded a minibus that would take us from Phuentsholing to Paro. The whole detail may be seen in the video below. There was a checkpoint along the road where our permits were examined. The path resembles the western ghats of southwest India in appearance. Greenery abounds, and Indian BRO maintains a pleasant road. The majority of them do not drive faster than 60 kilometers per hour. In addition, with a lunch break in between, it took us approximately eight hours to get to Paro. On the next day, you might want to start exploring Paro with a hike to Tiger’s Nest, an incredible cultural monument.
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