On January 13, 2018, Bhutan, India celebrated 50 years of diplomatic relations. The friendship between India and Bhutan is solid as a rock and no doubt will always remain so. It’s not only geographical proximity but mutual love and friendship that has kept two countries close to each other. Nothing is more valuable than mutual friendship and love. His Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who cemented the relations with India, gave this interview to Air India Radio in February 1968 in Delhi, India a few weeks after the posting of the first special officer of India to Bhutan. Fifty years later, in a grand ceremony held on January 13, 2018, marked with traditional songs and dances, the two foreign ministers unveiled a special logo to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries through a video conference.

This celebration has simply showcase to the world the successful relationship between two neighbours and how two vastly asymmetrical countries can co-exist and prosper.

Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on the celebration day said that India-Bhutan relation is built on shared values and priorities, utmost trust and understanding, mutual respect and sensitivity to each other’s interests. She said that India has been privileged to be a close partner of Bhutan in its nation-building and socio-economic transformation.

Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Jaideep Sarkar said that the purpose of these events is to create awareness, generate goodwill and remind people of the importance of the unique relationship that the two countries have.

Bhutan-India relations existed long before the establishment of diplomatic relations.  “Spring water from mountains of Bhutan that fed the fertile plains of India. While the spiritual nourishment from the plains of India enriched the valleys of Bhutan.” Bhutan-India relations have been shaped as much by history, culture and geopolitical realities as also by the wise and visionary leadership of the two countries and the belief of their peoples in a shared destiny.

To commemorate these respects and values, we the ‘Absolute Happiness Origin’ has especially designed this tour package for Indians Travellers to explore further on true friendship tie between two nations. We are so thrilled to give you our best service and any assist at a very reasonable price.

Travellers from India (Indian Nationals) do not need to pay the government royalty and do not need a visa to Travel to Bhutan. The only document required is the route permit for Paro and Thimphu. If the travellers travel to Places beyond Thimphu i.e. Wangdue Phodrang, etc, they also require a special permit. Do not worry, we will have processed all these formalities for you.

Your Bhutan Tour

As soon as you enter the wooden giant unique gate full of colourful Bhutanese texture arts which is one of the most photographed attractions and marking the border between Bhutan and West Bengal India, you will feel so fresh, you take a deep breath because the air is so clean, it is quiet and calm, and you see people in their national dress which you find so different in other parts of world. Instantly you ask yourself, how am I not aware of my beautiful neighbouring country, why am I visiting now, why not earlier..? Before next question appears to your mind you will be greeted with your name by your fun-loving guide and the cheerful driver in their best national attire; ‘Kuzu Zangpo La’. You will start hearing this greeting words in a local language starting from this giant wooden gate where you still standing near and not believing that you are here in paradise like country. You have to ask for assistance from your tour guide in pronouncing this simple greeting words because this is the first Bhutanese words that you will interact with every Bhutanese you meet in Bhutan and you got to be responding them back with the same words, ‘Kuzu Zangpo La’. Bhutanese people will greet this words to you with full of happiness expression on their face, its because the Happiness index is originated from Bhutan. Gross National Happiness, or popularly called as ‘GNH’ instead of ‘GDP’ is well known throughout the world. Your tour guide and driver will be waiting for you at the gate with great excitement expression on their face with Khadhar (a white scarf on their hand to offer you as tradition culture). The reason for offering a white Khadar is; traditionally we believe white colour symbolising a purity, hence to show you, you are now encircled by pure-hearted people, you are welcome and be loved as our guest and you will be taken full care. While you thinking to take out the camera to take your first snap in Bhutan your guide will assist you in completing the immigration formalities and other requirements if necessary. Then you will ask the tour guide for a selfie with your full joy and energetic mood and then set off to see Bhutan, a perfect destination for nature and culture. Your fully trained and kind-hearted guide will be with you all the day and will ensure you a perfect holiday in Bhutan.

Tour guide

In order to ensure that our clients receive high-quality professional service, we make sure that we select the best of the best tour guide. As per the norms of Tourism Council of Bhutan’s every guide must complete a training course. Guides are trained to specialize in either cultural or adventure tours. Many guides complete language courses in German, Japanese, Thai and other languages so that they can easily communicate with guests and all are proficient in English. Do not worry about the languages, besides English, most of the tour guide speaks fluent Hindi. All tour operators must employ only registered and certified guides. Besides all these skills mentioned above, for ‘Absolute Happiness Origin Tours & Travel to Bhutan’ we go further than the above skills. While interviewing we not only look for how they are presentable but we are mainly after caring heart and patient nature, because we know for sure that every client we receive do not possess the same nature, some are old, young, some would be disable, impaired, sick, kind, un-kind, talkative, shy, arrogant, serious, and so on, but the guide we chose has been knowing how to deal and solve issues with all these human nature, after all, its just a human nature generated by our own Karma, as we Buddhist believe.

Permits Procedure

If you are entering Bhutan via land (Phuentsholing) you have to process your route permit in the immigration office in Phuentsholing. Your good-humoured sense guide from ‘Absolute Happiness Origin Tours & Travel to Bhutan’ will do all the formalities for you. While you may produce only your valid passport or Indian Citizenship Identity Card along with two passport size photographs to process route permit.

If you are travelling to Bhutan by Flight, the visa will be stamped on your Valid Indian Passport instead of the route permit.

Tariff

Rates for the Indian travellers may be negotiated as per the requirements by travellers and ready-made itineraries. We shall work out the best rates taking into consideration the requirements of the travellers. Besides creating lots of ready-made itineraries for you to explore and experience in Bhutan, we would always like listen to every client and tailor make their perfect vacation as per their preference. Our ready-made itineraries includes; Adventure holiday, sightseeing of alluring landscapes and divine environment, seeing plants and wild animals that are extinct in the rest of the world, do safari, trekking on the Himalayas to some exotic cultural tours, festival tours, Spiritual Tour, Honeymoon Tour, Motor Biking & cycling, White Water Rafting, bird watching, home stays to experience the life of Bhutanese rural society, and so on. You may write to us at info@absolutehappinessbhutan.com

Entering Bhutan from India

1.By Druk Air (Government corporation airlines) or Bhutan Airlines (Private airlines)

  • The Druk Air flies from Paro Bhutan to Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Guwahati and Gaya in India.
  • The Bhutan Airlines lies from Paro Bhutan to Delhi and Kolkata in India.
  • You may contact us for the tickets availability or purchasing tickets. You can check for the Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines schedule HERE. https://www.drukair.com.bt and http://www.bhutanairlines.bt

2. Via Road.

There are three borders between India and Bhutan that are open for tourists: Jaigaon – Phuentsholing border, Bongaigaon – Gelephu border, and Darangamela – Samdrup Jongkhar border. However Jaigaon – Phuentsholing border is the most common border because of its convenience.

You can reach the Jaigaon – Phuentsholing border either by bus or by train.

Reach Phuentsholing by Bus

There are regular direct buses to Phuentsholing from Kolkata and Siliguri. These buses are run by Bhutan government and offer an economical way to reach Bhutan.

Buses leave from Kolkata’s Esplanade bus station and the ride to Phuentsholing can last up to 24 hours. If you are not used to long bus rides on bumpy roads, you better avoid this option.

Unless you are on a very tight budget, you can take a train from Kolkata to Hasimara and enjoy a little more comfortable journey. There are regular direct buses from Siliguri bus stand to Phuentsholing, too. It should take about 4 hours to reach Phuentsholing from Siliguri.

Reach Phuentsholing by train

Located around 20 km, Hasimara is the nearest railway station from Phuentsholing. The nearest major railway stations are New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri – both located around 150 km.

If you choose to travel by train, you will have to reach either Hasimara, New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri depending on the train connectivity from your location.

Once you reach Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri, you can board another train to reach Hasimara. If you do not wish to wait for another train, you can hire a taxi to reach Jaigaon or board a bus from Siliguri to reach Phuentsholing as explained above.
Once you arrive at Hasimara, you will have to hire a private/shared auto or a taxi to reach Jaigaon. Passing through some beautiful tea gardens, it will take you about 30 minutes to reach Jaigaon from Hasimara.

The distance and approximate driving hours from some of the important stations in India is given below

Places Driving Distance (Km) Driving Hrs (Approx.)
Bagdogra Airport – Phuentsholing 171 5-6hrs
NJP Railway Station (Siliguri) – Phuentsholing 155 4-5hrs
Darjeeling – Phuentsholing 200 6hrs
Gangtok (Sikkim)- Phuentsholing 220 7hrs
Kalimpong – Phuentsholing 185 6hr

Time & Money

1 Ngultrum (Bhutanese Currency) is equivalent to 1 Indian Rupee. Indian Rupee is accepted all over Bhutan except the 500 and 1000 rupee note. These notes are banned and are not accepted in Bhutan.
Bhutan’s standard time is GMT +6. It is half an hour ahead of the Indian Standard Time.

Custom Declarations

All passengers must fill up a customs declaration form provided at the Airport. Everything must be declared in the form. Passengers coming as tourists should surrender the customs declaration form to the customs authorities at the time of departure.

Clothing and other Packing for a Bhutan Tour

It is advisable to bring warm clothes for the months of January, February, March, April, September, October, November and December. The clothing may include woollen tights to wear under trousers, down jacket or coat. For the other months, cotton clothes plus a woollen sweater or light jacket will be sufficient. Other things to pack are, sunglasses, contact lenses, casual shoes and boots for hikes and treks, washing kit, shaving kit, towel, hat , umbrella, camera and accessories, maps, insect repellent, sunscreen lotion, flashlight or torch and batteries, lip slave or soluble aspirin, antiseptic cream, etc.

Photography in Bhutan

Whether you are on a tour or on a trek, Bhutan provides an immense opportunity for photography. Please follow your guide’s instruction while visiting Dzongs, monasteries and other monuments. Sometimes, photography inside the Dzongs and monasteries is not allowed. If you wish to photograph local people in Bhutan you can ask them by gesture or the guide will help you get the permission

Food in Bhutan

Bhutanese dishes mainly consist of chillies and cheese. However, the Hotels and restaurants in Bhutan serve both Indian and continental dishes with some Bhutanese local dishes. There are also international and pure vegetarian restaurant in every town of Bhutan. While on the trek, you will have cooks trained and certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan to serve you dishes suitable to your tastes.

Tour Packages: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour

This whole tour package is designed especially for travellers who wish to travel by road. You can click here for flight travel tour package.

We have some of the best Bhutan tour packages for you to suit your interests, preferences as well as budget.

Contact us

Tel: +975 7779 3477
Email: info@absolutehappinessbhutan.com

Address
Dazhi Lam road, Kabisa
Thimphu, Bhutan

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