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Planning A Trip To Bhutan – For Indians

Royal Bhutan Consulate, Kolkata

Yes, I do believe that unplanned trips are fun. But there’s a fine line of difference exists between planning and gathering information. Well, to tell you the truth, I’m planning a trip to Bhutan ever since I returned from my Sikkim Trip. Previously I planned it with my family but then various things happened and finally, my marriage was fixed with the love of my life.

Ahhh…I just couldn’t describe the dilemma I was in. Should I plan it as Honeymoon or a Family Trip as my parents are avid travellers and from a very long time they had this urge to visit Bhutan. And to tell you the truth, I have been planning this trip to Bhutan with them from a very long time. Finally, after discussing with her, I got the green signal and took the most dangerous decision that anyone would never think of, A Family-moon (Family Trip cum Honeymoon). Yes, you are welcome to go ahead and criticize my decision in comments πŸ˜› I shared this decision of mine with many friends, colleagues and family members, and yes they all laughed on this idea of mine and gradually I stopped feeling awkward and started hiding the truth about my planning.

But I must mention, that my girlfriend (Sorry, she’s my wife now πŸ˜› ) supported me a lot on this. With around 3 years of courtship, we both knew each other and our family very well. I still remember the day I shared my plan with her, she nodded and said “Eksonge ghurte na gele moja hoy na” (There’s no fun if you go alone). Yes…I got the best life partner. No girl (at least whom I know) would ever agree for such plan.

Various short trips were planned in between with friends, but ultimately none happened as I had to back out due to financial issue. At one hand marriage was getting nearer and on the other, I was planning for a long 2 weeks trip. Yes, you heard it right. I managed to take 3 weeks leave from my office. And all my Bengali readers would know how a Bengali marriage is. So I kept 1 week for the marriage ceremony and “Ashtamangala” and 2 weeks for Honeymoon Oops Familymoon!!

Trip To Bhutan

Trip To Bhutan

It was around May and I started gathering information regarding how should I proceed and all. The first site I came upon is Tourism Council of Bhutan and the first link under Trip Planner is Minimum Daily Package.

Let me jot down the things I came upon while planning for a trip to Bhutan. Well, I have one bad news and one good news for citizens of specific countries.

For Foreigners (Except Citizens of India / Bangladesh / Maldives) :
Like visiting any other countries, Tourism to Bhutan is not that simple. Unlike other countries, you just can’t buy tickets, get your visa done, pack your bags and land up there. There are a few more steps involved to get into Bhutan.

First of all, tourism to Bhutan is not open like other countries. The tourism sector is controlled by Tourism Council of Bhutan referred as TCB. TCB has set a minimum daily package. It’s $200 per person per night for the off-season (January, February, June, July, August & December) and $250 per person per night for high season (March, April, May, September, October & November).

What the F***?? Yes, all tourist going to Bhutan have to go through TCB Approved Agents and have to pay this price. Wait, the story doesn’t ends here. This $200 / $250 per person per night is applicable only if you are travelling in a group of 3 or more. Otherwise, you have to pay a surcharge of $40 per night if you are travelling alone and $30 per person per night if you are travelling in a group of 2.

Are you F****** kidding me? Not at all, read about the surcharges at Surcharge.

Don’t get disheartened. TCB has done this to make your travel experience in Bhutan smooth and keep away any unwanted tourists. For the price that you pay i.e. $200 / $250 you’ll get

  • A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star will require an additional premium)
  • All meals
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay
  • All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.

If you are travelling with a child, then you are entitled to some discounts. Which are…

  • The minimum daily fee is not applicable for children below 5 Years. They only need to pay $40 Visa Fee.
  • However for Children between 5 – 12 Years, a 50% discount is provided on a minimum daily fee

If you are a student, or a large group or planning a long trip, then there are some more discounts applicable…

  • You’ll get a 25% discount if you are a full-time student and below the age of 25 years.
  • One member will get a 50% discount on the daily package if you are travelling in a group of 11 members.
  • One member will get a 100% discount on the daily package if you are travelling in a group of more than 16 members.
  • You’ll get a 50% discount on Royalty Fee (i.e. $65) after 8th night. i.e. if you stay more than 8 days, you’ll get a 50% discount on Royalty Fee from 9th day.
  • And finally, you’ll be exempted from paying the $65 Royalty fee from 15th night.

And the final part of the story is, before landing in Bhutan, you have to wire transfer the full amount along with $40 as visa fee. Your Visa will be processed by TCB once they get full payment of your trip. At your point of entry, you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.

Ohh wait, let me warn you, this is the price that you pay to Bhutanese Agent. So if you contact a Bhutanese Agent directly, then it’s fine. But if you go through some local agent then the price will be increased as this so-called local agent is there to do business and of course, he’ll keep his cut. Only TCB approved agents are permitted to conduct tourism in Bhutan. So if you involve any local agent, he/she will finally have to contact a Bhutanese agent to conduct your tour and thus the price gets increased. Thus I’d highly suggest if you are planning for a trip to Bhutan, try not to involve any local agents in between and directly contact TCB Approved Agents.

But, any normal people will worry about trusting a foreign agent. TCB has designed this by keeping these things in mind. The amount you transfer is kept with TCB on Bhutanese National Bank. After your tour is over it’s transferred to the respective agency. So everything highly depends on your experience of your trip to Bhutan. And let me inform you that TCB has very strict policies regarding tourism. One complaint of yours can make the agent out of approved registered agent and thus agencies do their best to please you.

Final Verdict: Well, if you think wisely, this price set by TCB is justified if you notice what they offer you for that price. In fact, you’ll have to shell out the same amount if you had planned it on your own. And I see many people complaining about that $65 Royalty Fee. But let me tell you, they use that fee specially for Hospitals. Any kind of Medical treatment in Bhutan is free for all citizens and tourists visiting Bhutan. Isn’t that amazing? Even most developed countries than Bhutan doesn’t have this facility.

But yes, these rules and prices keep off any backpackers. As backpackers would not go for 3* hotels and exclusive vehicles. And TCB has clearly mentioned that they do not want any backpackers or ex-pats in Bhutan. But being a backpacker and budget traveller myself, I feel sad for such a decision.

You can read all these details at Tourism Council of Bhutan and can comment below if you have any queries. I’d be glad to help you out and clear out any queries that you may have.

Regional Tourists (Only Applicable For Citizens of India / Bangladesh / Maldives) :
Visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives are commonly referred to as Regional Tourists and are exempted from this whole set of rules I have discussed above. Yes, that means, you can pack your bags and land up there without any visa and preliminary bookings and most importantly without the involvement of any travel agent.

Ahhh…being an Indian and keeping in mind the political relation with India, we Indians are relieved from paying this minimum daily tariff. Although Indians / Bangladeshis / Maldivians do not need Visa to visit Bhutan but need various permits to visit Bhutan. When you’ll cross the border you’ll be issued an Entry Permit at Phuentsholing, which is valid for 7 days and for visiting Thimphu and Paro only. That means with that permit you can go to Thimphu and Paro and stay upto 7 days. If you want to visit any other destinations other than Thimphu and Paro (such as Punakha & beyond), you’ll have to get Inner Line Permit from Thimphu Immigration Office for those destinations. And if you are planning to stay more than 7 days then additionally you’ll have to apply and get extension permit for the same from Thimphu Immigration Office. The good news is all the permits are free of cost.

Bhutan Entry Permit

Bhutan Entry Permit

How To Reach :

Phuentsholing is the border town on Bhutan side whereas Jaigaon being the border town at Indian side. If you are entering from West Bengal, the nearest Railway Station is Hasimara and the nearest Airport is Bagdogra. Shared cabs, Buses and private vehicles are available from Hasimara and Siliguri to Jaigaon. There are other border towns as well such as Samdrup Jongkhar and Gelephu in the east which is connected to Assam in India. But the Jaigaon / Phuentsholing border in West Bengal is most convenient and mainly used to enter Bhutan by road. Or you may plan to directly fly at Paro Airport in Bhutan. Another important thing, that I’d like to mention here is, if you want to enter through Phuentsholing and exist via Samdrup Jonkhar then you have to purposefully mention that at the time of getting your permit. Generally, you’ll have to exit from the same border from where you entered unless specified exclusively.

And if you choose to fly, Β then at present, there are only two carriers that fly to Paro. One is Drukair and another one is Bhutan Airlines. Both being Bhutanese carriers are not available at Online Flight Booking websites such as MakeMyTrip / Goibibo etc. These can only be booked from their official websites only. Otherwise, you may fly to Bagdogra and travel to Jaigaon – Phuentsholing to enter Bhutan.

Documents Required For Permit :

There are 2 kinds of Permit – (a) Entry Permit and (b) Inner Line Permit (ILP). Entry Permit is issued at the time of entry at Phuentsholing / Paro Airport. This document is only valid for travel up to or within Thimphu and Paro district. If you wish you visit beyond Thimphu and Paro such as Haa, Punakha etc then you need to apply for Inner Line Permit (ILP) at Thimphu Immigration Office. If you wish to stay longer than originally allowed number of days at Entry Permit, then you have to apply for Extension Permit at Thimphu Immigration Office.

Passport or Voter ID is mandatory and only accepted documents for Adults (i.e. > 18 Yrs age) whereas for Childs (i.e. < 18 Yrs age) Birth Certificate in English is the only acceptable document. Along with the documents you’d also need 2 copies of colour passport size photo.

Please note that documents except Voter ID Card / Passport (for Adults) and Birth Certificate (for children), other documents such as Adhaar Card / PAN Card / Driving License / Ration Card etc. are not valid documents. If you don’t have Voter ID Card / Passport, then you have to apply for Identification Slip at Indian Consulate in Phuentsholing. There you have to produce any two documents from Ration Card / PAN Card / Driving License / Aadhar Card along with passport size photo. Once you acquire the Identification Slip from Indian Consulate you may approach the Immigration Office for Entry Permit.

With the above-mentioned documents and Entry Permit form duly filled, you need to approach Phuentsholing / Paro Airport Immigration Office for applying for Entry Permit. On a normal day, you’ll be done within 15-20 mins or else if there’s a rush due to holiday period then it can be a long tiring day. Try to get there as early as possible to avoid any delays. The Immigration Office at Phuentsholing is open on all days, i.e. you don’t have to worry if your plan is to reach there on Saturday or Sunday. In case it’s closed, they issue permits from a small room alongside a gate.

Bhutan Permit System has changed a lot since the article was written. And it has become impossible to track down and highlight all the changes here. So I have come up with a more specific post focusing on the Permit system. You may please check the same at Bhutan Entry Permit – All You Need To Know

UPDATE (April 2017) : Phuentsholing Immigration Office is closed on Saturdays & Sundays and Govt. Holidays. From now on they will only issue permits from Monday to Friday (except Govt. Holidays) from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. So any tourists reaching Phuentsholing on Saturday or Sunday or on Govt. Holidays will have to wait till Monday / next working day. And due to this reason, they have started facing huge rush on the next working day (mostly Monday) which has lead to a lot of chaos out there. So if possible, try to avoid landing there on Mondays during the holiday season.

UPDATE (April 2017) : Only exception to the above is Paro Airport. Irrespective of Saturday / Sunday / Govt. Holidays, you’ll be issued Entry Permit on your arrival at Paro Airport. So if your plan is to arrive there on a Weekend or Govt. Holiday, you can consider flying to Paro instead of crossing the border via Road through Jaigaon – P/Soling border.

But note that, Thimphu Immigration Office works only from Monday to Friday. So if you plan to extend your stay or visit other destinations than Thimphu and Paro, make sure you plan to have a working day at Thimphu for applying ILP.

If you are from Kolkata, you can get yourΒ permit done from Kolkata Bhutan Consulate. The address mentioned there in the link is not valid as theyΒ have shifted from 6, Mall Road, Kolkata – 700080 to 48, Tivoli Court, 1A, Ballygunge Circular Road, Ballygunge, Kolkata – 700019

NOTE : Even though there’s a Bhutan Consulate too at Delhi, but as of now, they don’t issue entry permit like Kolkata Bhutan Consulate.

UPDATE (June 2017) : Kolkata Consulate has stopped issuing permits as per order by Bhutan Govt. So now tourists visiting Bhutan have only 3 options. (1) Paro Airport (if you are flying to Paro), (2) Land Borders (if you are crossing the border by land, such as P/Soling) and (3) Online Permit (only accessible to authorized Bhutanese Tour Operators)

UPDATE (April 2017) : The process of getting entry permits from Kolkata Bhutan Consulate has been changed a bit. Same as like earlier, even now too, one can submit the forms on others behalf (i.e. their family members), but as they have introduced Biometrics here like at P/Soling Immigration Office, all the members needs to be present for the Biometrics process on the given date. The permits will then be issued on another date which can again be collected by one member on other’s behalf.

UPDATE (April 2017) : Bhutan Govt. has introduced Online Permit System which is not open to the public as of now and is only accessible by local Bhutanese Tour Operators. If you are planning to cross the land border on a weekend or govt. holiday and not planning to fly to Paro, you need to book the whole tour through the authorized Bhutanese Tour Operators and they can apply for your permit online. However, please keep in mind that, due to restrictions of TCB, authorized Bhutanese Tour Operators need to maintain certain quality standards such as they are not allowed to deal with hotels below 3* hotels and must offer you a full-time tour guide, a private vehicle at your disposal. So if you are planning for a budget tour, this is certainly not your option.

UPDATE (April 2017) : From 1st April 2017, A new rule has been introduced by Bhutan Govt. with immediate effect, is that hotel booking is mandatory for regional tourists (i.e. citizens of India / Bangladesh / Maldives) in order to get permits. You need to produce your hotel booking receipt (if you have booked directly with the hotel, they would provide your booking confirmation on hotel’s official letterhead) for at least Thimphu and Paro wherever you are moving from P/Soling. However, it’s best to book your hotels for throughout the trip, as during huge rush, consulate officers check these things more strictly.

Bhutan Permit System has changed a lot since the article was written. And it has become impossible to track down and highlight all the changes here. So I have come up with a more specific post focusing on the Permit system. You may please check the same at Bhutan Entry Permit – All You Need To Know

UPDATE (Jan 2020) : Entry Fees to various monuments and Dzongs have been revised.

Bhutan Entry Fee 2020

Now that the information gathering phase was over it was time for planning. In the beginning, I thought of covering whole Bhutan including Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangdue, Phobjika / Gangtey, Trongsa, Bumthang / Jakar, Mongar, Luthnse, Trashigang and Samdrup Jonkhar. But soon, various searches of mine revealed that Mongar, Luthnse, Trashigang are very remote and there’s no point in going there unless one wants to visit the Dzong there. So I limited this of my trip to remaining places.

I was getting anxious day by day as I couldn’t wait more and things were getting very monotonous gradually. Finally, the day came when booking period opened for January 31st. The very first task I did in the morning is booking the tickets up to Hasimara. Only a single train from Sealdah, i.e. Kanchankanya Express goes up to Hasimara, and I didn’t want to take any chance of getting into Waiting List by leaving it for later. I have to wait for another 12 days to book return tickets πŸ™

I believe this is the time when I always kept searching about Bhutan whenever I used to get time. And surprisingly I never used to get bored. I kept searching and reading various travelogues of Bhutan.

By taking help of various threads from Trip Advisor Forums and India Mike Forums I chalked out a rough itinerary.

1st Feb : Day 1 : Hasimara – P/Soling via Jaigon
2nd Feb : Day 2 : P/Soling – Thimphu
3rd Feb : Day 3 : Thimphu SS
4th Feb : Day 4 : Thimphu – Phobjika via Punakha
5th Feb : Day 5 : Phobjika – Bumthang via Trongsa
6th Feb : Day 6 : Bumthang SS
7th Feb : Day 7 : Bumthang – Punakha via Wangdue
8th Feb : Day 8 : Punakha – Thimphu
9th Feb : Day 9 : Thimphu – Paro SS
10th Feb : Day 10 : Paro – Day Trip To Haa
11th Feb : Day 11 : Paro – Hike to Tiger’s Nest
12th Feb : Day 12 : Paro – Hasimara via P/Soling & Jaigaon

Trip To Bhutan Series :
Part 1: Planning A Trip To Bhutan – For Indians
Part 2: Entering Bhutan – The Land of Thunder Dragon
Part 3: Capital of Bhutan – Thimphu In & Around
Part 4: Journey To Phobjika via Dochula
Part 5: The Most Historic Dzongkhag – Bumthang
Part 6: The Old Capital – Punakha
Part 7: Exploring Paro, Haa and Chele La Pass
Part 8: Hike to Tiger’s Nest – Paro Taktsang
Part 9: Tashi Delek Bhutan – The Himalayan Kingdom

Though it was winter season and Hotel bookings were not necessary as it was low season anyway, but I thought of pre-booking hotels due to Familymoon πŸ˜› Finally I started calling hotels by filtering out by my budget. You can find the list of hotels at https://www.hotel.bt/. Another great site to look for accommodation is TCB.

In the meantime, I also started mailing few TCB Approved Agents around September. While going through my planning phase, I must mention that of all the agents I mailed, the most responsive was Heavenly Bhutan and Bhutan TravelRouters. In fact, many agents do not cater to Indian Tourists and quotes price in USD which is not valid for Indians. Out of all the agents I mailed, only these two operators quoted a price in INR. But none of them deals in Budget Hotels. Actually TCB Approved Agents are not allowed to deal with Budget Hotels, they are allowed to only deal with Standard Hotels / Luxury Hotels, keeping in mind your experience of your trip to Bhutan, and thus the price gets increased.

Though finally, I didn’t go with anyone of them. I always like to travel on my own. But one can get a fair idea of cost involved by speaking to some agents. You can easily lower down 20% – 30% cost from what’s quoted by the agents if you travel on your own. Another thing that I came across while planning for my trip to Bhutan is, if you hire a car from Bhutan side it’ll cost more whereas if hired from Jaigaon (India Side) it’s much cheaper.

Primarily I thought of travelling by Bus. But then my plan was to visit up to Bumthang, Phobjika, Haa etc. And Buses in Bhutan is regular for Thimphu and Paro but for Bumthang, Phobjika and other remote places it runs thrice weekly. Though I’m not 100% sure about this information, but this is what I came up after googling various blogs and sites. But then I thought, well I already made my Honeymoon a Familymoon, let’s not hit the extreme point.

So, I started contacting various agents from Jaigaon. Mostly I have contacted with Mr. Sujit Goswami from Maruti Tour & Travels and Mr. B. K. Prasad from BK Tour & Travels. Both of them quoted 3000/- for Innova exclusively. And then I thought of asking for the tariff of Hotels from them. And surprisingly I found that both of them quoting lower rates from what’s quoted by the hotels. This is the case specially in Bumthang, Phobjika and Punakha. Generally, there are lots of Hotels and Budget Hotels at Thimphu and Paro. Even in high season, one can land up there and can find a room easily at peak time or at time of Tshechu (Festivals). But Bumthang and Phobjika being a remote destination, very fewer hotels exists and that also in high range.

I tried getting reviews of both Mr. Sujit Goswami from Maruti Tour & Travels and Mr. B. K. Prasad from BK Tour & Travels. I found few members from India Mike Forums have travelled with both Maruti Tour & Travels and BK Tour & Travels. Both of them almost quoted the same price but the main difference was in the payment terms. Mr. Sujit Goswami from Maruti Tour & Travels asked for 25% advance and 50% when we’ll reach and meet him at Jaigaon and remaining 25% at the end of our tour. But Mr. B. K. Prasad from BK Tour & Travels said we’ll have to deposit 20% Advance and will have to pay remaining 80% at Jaigaon before starting the tour.

Well, I was highly hesitating for going with BK Tour & Travels after this. So I was thoroughly searching for review about both of them. And then I came up with this and this. Both of them are the same review posted by the same person and after reading this I really got scared. But then at India Mike Forums I got some good reviews about him. And luckily I came in touch with one friend of my cousin who recently travelled to Bhutan on December 2015 and he did the whole trip through BK Tour & Travels. So finally I came to know that he’s the first one to start tourism to Bhutan based on Jaigaon and he’s very reputed. Ahhh… I breathed a sigh of relief.

Finally, after exchanging lots of emails with both of them, I decided to go with BK Tour & Travels. There was no point in booking hotels on my own as BK was offering better price than what they quoted over phone. So without hesitating anymore, I transferred the advance amount to his bank a/c.

Now that hotel booking was done, it’s time to get the permits arranged. Though one can easily get permits at the point of Entry but as I belong from Kolkata, I took the extra step to get it done from here to save my precious time there. I carried all the required documents along with their photocopies and photographs and filled up the form on December 28th. The lady at reception told me that the permits will only be issued after January 15th. I agreed, as my travel date was January 31st.

Royal Bhutan Consulate, Kolkata

Royal Bhutan Consulate, Kolkata

Tivoli Court, Kolkata

Tivoli Court, Kolkata

At this point let me tell you that, if you have Passport then you do not need to submit anything else, but if you don’t then you have to submit another supporting document such as PAN Card, Aadhar Card or Ration Card along with your Voter ID Card.

Now that all preliminary task was over, I could finally see my hard planned trip being a success. It’s a different kind of enjoyment that you feel inside.

Contacts :
B. K. Prasad of BK Tour & Travels : +91-9593837520 (India), +975-17601325 (Bhutan). You can also mail him at bktourandtravels@gmail.com.

B. K. Tour & Travels

Mr. Sujit Goswami of Maruti Tour & Travels : +91-9609791522 (India). Otherwise you can mail him at sujitgoswami22@gmail.com.

Mr. Thinley Dorji of Bhutan TravelRouters : +975-17814514. You may also email him at btravelrouters@gmail.com. You may also contact him at Facebook or his Facebook Company Page.

Mr. Raju & Miss Menuka from Heavenly Bhutan : +975-17617107 / +975-517661700. You can mail them at heavenlybhutan@gmail.com. You can also contact them via their Facebook Page. They are very reputed. You can read about their reviews at Trip Advisor Forums

The next part of my trip report is continued at Entering Bhutan – The Land of Thunder Dragon

Trip To Bhutan Series :
Part 1: Planning A Trip To Bhutan – For Indians
Part 2: Entering Bhutan – The Land of Thunder Dragon
Part 3: Capital of Bhutan – Thimphu In & Around
Part 4: Journey To Phobjika via Dochula
Part 5: The Most Historic Dzongkhag – Bumthang
Part 6: The Old Capital – Punakha
Part 7: Exploring Paro, Haa and Chele La Pass
Part 8: Hike to Tiger’s Nest – Paro Taktsang
Part 9: Tashi Delek Bhutan – The Himalayan Kingdom

About Author

Hi, I'm born and bought up in Kolkata in the midst of what bongs are best known for - Eating, Sleeping and Travelling. A developer by profession and a traveller by passion. As I was facing a lack of budget-friendly information on the internet while planning my travel, I started drafting my travel experiences here to help you all having a pocket-friendly smooth travel experience.

412 Comments

  • Subimal
    December 3, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Phutseoling immigration office closed on Sat and Sun plus Bhutan govt. Holidays.
    Regular Toyota coaster runs from RTO office just little bit further from immigration office everyday
    Phut’g to Thimphu 300rs
    Last @1:30pm

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      December 3, 2016 at 1:27 PM

      Thanks a lot @Subimal for updating the information πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Sonal
    December 5, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    I can just say WOW!! Very Informative and elaborate. Thank you so much.

    A few questions:
    1. Travelling in Last week of December, would it be too cold?
    2. The cost of 3000/ day to BK Tours was just for Innova?
    3. Want to visit some offbeat places and avoid cities. could you please suggest some offbeat places?

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      December 7, 2016 at 8:42 PM

      Hi Sonal,
      Thanks a lot and I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

      Below are answers to your questions
      1. Yes. December is winter, so it’d be a bit cold, but not something unbearable. You may take a look at https://www.tourism.gov.bt/about-bhutan/climatic for indicative temperatures. But whatever it is carry proper winter garments, and wear them in layers instead of one thick clothe. Days will be a bit warmer then nights. Most standard hotels provides room heaters, and the same is available at budget hotels for a premium of Rs. 100/- – Rs. 200/- per night.

      2. Yes. That’s very nominal considering other hilly areas in North East.

      3. Depending on the time you have you may explore Punakha which is very beautiful, Phobjika, Trongsa, Bumthang and Haa Valley. If you have more than 2 weeks, then you may explore Mongar, Luthnse, Trashigang too.

      Reply
  • SELVAKUMAR
    December 7, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Hello Krishnandu,

    We group of 15 ppl(all male) are planning for Bhutan trip during 18-Feb-2107 to 26-Feb-2017.

    1) Will the be snowfall during this period?
    2)What would be an ideal itinerary?

    Thanks
    Selva

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      December 7, 2016 at 8:38 PM

      Hi Selvakumar,

      1. Well you must be lucky to experience snowfall. That cannot be guaranteed. We experienced it at Dochula in Feb.

      2. Are you flying into Paro or crossing the border by Land? Itinerary would depend on that. If you are planning to cross the border by land, you have to wait till Monday (20th) at P/Soling, as Immigration offices are closed on weekends and govt. holidays.

      Let me know the above details, I can chalk out an itinerary for you then.

      Reply
      • SELVAKUMAR
        December 7, 2016 at 9:04 PM

        Krishnandu thanks for the quick reply.

        We are starting from Bangalore on 17 th evening
        Bangalore to Guwahati(Flight)
        From Guwahati to New Alipuradaur(train).
        From there by road.

        Regards
        Selva

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        • Krishnandu Sarkar
          December 7, 2016 at 9:09 PM

          Well Selvakumar, In that case you’d be arriving at P/Soling by 18th afternoon. As 18th is Saturday, you have to wait till 20th, Monday. As P/Soling Immigration Office is closed on Weekends and Govt. Holidays.

          So the itinerary would be like

          18th – Arrive P/Soling
          19th – P/Soling
          20th – P/Soling – Thimphu
          21st – Thimphu Sightseeing
          22nd – Thimphu – Punakha
          23rd – Punakha – Paro & Paro Sightseeing
          24th – Day Trip To Haa
          25th – Hike To Tiger’s Nest
          26th – Paro – P/Soling and Departure.

          Let me know if you have further queries πŸ™‚

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          • SELVAKUMAR
            December 7, 2016 at 9:37 PM

            Thank you!!

            Reply
  • Shubhi Jain
    December 8, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Bhutan is somewhat like sikkim??

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      December 8, 2016 at 8:34 PM

      Hi Subhi, No. I found Bhutan to be completely different from any other parts of the world. People out there are very nice and always helpful. The environment and the charm is something which still push me to make another visit πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Prateek
    December 9, 2016 at 12:36 AM

    Hi Krishna,

    Superb article!!! The best of all I came across. Thanks a lot for it.

    I have a simple question (Atleast for now)
    We are planning a 8 night, 9 day trip from Pheuntsholing to Pheuntsholing 19-27 Dec.
    I got a itinerary from Mr. BK Prasad. It includes Phobjika, but doesn’t include Bhumtang.
    It looks like we can cover only one of them, which one should we cover?

    Thanks,
    Prateek

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      December 9, 2016 at 1:10 AM

      Hi Prateek, Thanks a lot and I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

      Yes for 8-9 days Bumthang is not possible. Best is to stick to Phobjika only.

      Reply
      • Prateek
        December 14, 2016 at 4:20 PM

        Thanks!! We will stick to Phobjika.

        Reply
        • Krishnandu Sarkar
          December 14, 2016 at 6:33 PM

          Sure!! Let me know if you need help with anything else πŸ™‚

          Reply
  • jayeeta goswami
    January 11, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Dear Krisnendu,

    We are planning to visit Bhutan on March 9 th. & contacted with BK for car hiring. He is asking Rs. 3500/- for extra for Ha & Che le laa pass trip beside his regular price

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      January 11, 2017 at 2:47 PM

      Hi Jayeeta, Are you making a day trip to Haa via Chele La pass? If yes then 3000/- is normal price.

      But it depends on when you are visiting. On high season they generally charge more. But I think you can try bargaining with him for 3000/-

      Reply
  • Jayeeta Goswami
    January 11, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    But my iternary is 5 night 6 days . 1 D p,/soling,2 Thimphu,,2 n Paro. Bk ask me 12000 for that & 3500/- extra for Ha chele laa pass from Paro to paro .is it so?

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      January 11, 2017 at 3:00 PM

      Hi Jayeeta, Well did you meant you are taking exclusive vehicle from him for total 5N/6D tour? In that case he shouldn’t charge anything else.

      You can ask him the same question why is he charging you extra even when you are hiring the vehicle exclusively throughout the trip.

      You can also take my reference and I didn’t had to pay such amount but why is he charging extra for you?

      Reply
  • sandip shaw
    January 19, 2017 at 12:23 PM

    hi kris
    just returned a week before from bhutan. made our own arrangements with your guidelines and india mikeers. had agood time. stayed in takshang hotel in thimpu and in hotel phunsum in paro. for good chinese in thimpu one can go to chopsticks reasonable pricing. its beside hotel tandin. we had our food in city hotel in paro. five minutes walking from phunsum. city hotels indian food preparation was absolutely delicious.

    thanks mate for all your help. clicked photos of the dzongs after dark. it came out well.
    sandip

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      January 19, 2017 at 4:08 PM

      Hi Sandeep, Thanks a lot for coming back and sharing your experience. I’m glad that you had a great holiday πŸ™‚

      Please do share the pics if possible!! A FB Album link or anything else πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • smita
    January 26, 2017 at 1:49 AM

    Hi Krishnandu,
    Very informative blog – really appreciate your effort. It is helping a lot in trip planning.

    Just a qn on getting permit from Thimphu – any idea approximately how much time it would take in Thimpu immigration office to get permit for Punakha etc? Possible to take permit on a Monday and travel to Punakha on the same day?
    Thanks.

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      January 26, 2017 at 11:26 PM

      Hi Smita, Thanks a lot for your appreciation and I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

      Well that depends on when you are visiting and how many tourists are there in the queue. Generally it should not take more than 30 mins – 1 hour. For us it was done in 15 minutes.

      Yes if you don’t have any other plans for the day, you can easily get the permit and move to Punakha on same day. Thimphu – Punakha via Dochula is just 3 hours. So that’s not an issue at all.

      Reply
      • smita
        January 27, 2017 at 12:20 AM

        Thanks so much.

        Reply
  • Anu
    February 16, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    Hi Krishnandu,
    Thanks for the detailed trip itinerary, Pl. help me for below queries
    Reaching Hasimara thru Kanchankamya trainon 12th Morning 10.45 , Friday.
    Is it a possiblity that we mite not get permit on friday and we are stranded for 2 more days there.

    Regards,
    Anu

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      February 17, 2017 at 8:19 AM

      Hi Anu,
      Thanks and I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

      Well that’s very unlikely. You will get the permit on Friday itself generally.

      Reply
      • Anu
        March 8, 2017 at 5:54 PM

        Hi Krishnandu,
        Thanks again!!
        Below is my intinerary, I am planning to visit Paro first as else we will reach Thimphu on Friday night and we will not get permit for Punakha till Monday.

        12th May (Friday) Hasimara Pick up to Paro (Paro Hotel)
        13th May (Saturday) Paro Site Seeing (Paro Hotel)
        14th May (Sunday) Tigers Nest Visit (Paro Hotel)
        15th May (Monday) Chelela Pass, Haa Valey, Drive to Thimphu(Thimphu Hotel)
        16th May (Tuesday)Thimpu Local Site Seeing, Permit for Punakha (Thimphu Hotel)
        17th May (Wednesday) Morning drive to Dochula pass (3,080m), Punakha SS, back to Thimphu(Thimphu Hotel)
        18th May (Thursday) Start from Thimphu to reach Phuentsholing to Hasimara (Checkout Hotel )

        My doubts:
        1.Should we cover Thimphu first and than move to Punakha and than Paro, for that can we get the permit for Punakha from Thimphu the same day we reach that is Friday.
        2. Is there enough to see in Thimphu for 2 days
        3. If we go to Paro first do we need permit for Haa even.

        Thanks In advance, you are a great help.
        Anu

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        • Krishnandu Sarkar
          March 8, 2017 at 10:07 PM

          Hi Anu,
          1. Well you should start with Thimphu first and then to Punakha and then to Paro. Because it’s not recommended to do the Hike To Tiger’s Nest at the beginning of the trip due to acclimization issues. Also Haa is different district and you need to get ILP from Thimphu to visit there.

          2. Well one full day is fine at Thimphu provided that you reach there previous night. So 2 night is required.

          3. Yes. Haa is different district (Dzongkhag)

          So as you are arriving on friday, I see that you are having problem making out the itinerary. But you can do it like…

          12th May (Friday) Hasimara Pick up to Paro (Paro Hotel)
          13th May (Saturday) Paro Site Seeing (Paro Hotel)
          14th May (Sunday) Paro – Thimphu & Thimphu Sightseeing (Thimphu Hotel)
          15th May (Monday) Permit For Punakha & Thimphu – Punakha via Dochula (Punakha / Thimphu Hotel)
          16th May (Tuesday) Thimphu / Punakha – Paro & Hike To Tiger’s Nest. (Paro Hotel)
          17th May (Wednesday) Day Trip To Haa via Chele La Pass (Paro Hotel)
          18th May (Thursday) Start from Paro to reach Phuentsholing to Hasimara

          Though this looks a bit odd to go Paro again and again, but it’s perfectly fine, given your situation. πŸ™‚

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  • Rishav dutta
    March 3, 2017 at 7:59 PM

    Hello Krishnendu,
    I am Rishav from Kolkata.Your post is very informative detailed and helpful.I am planning a trip to Bhutan from 10/04/17 to 15/04/17.
    I have a few doubts to clarify and it will be great if you can help me out:
    1. I have booked the tour with bk tours n travels(just like you). I wanted to confirm how reliable and good they are ? i am a bit concerned because if they dont provide the services as promised the tour will turn sour
    2. we will be reaching phuentsholing at around 1PM on 10/04. Is it possible to obtain the permit on the same day and proceed to thimpu? Mr. BK prasad said that its very viable and he can arrange for that
    3. we will be doing a day trip to Punakha next day from thimpu. So how long does it take to get the restricted area permit from thimpu?
    4. lastly what should our budget be for food (we are 9 members) and mineral water each day?
    I am traveling with my family n relatives and i have planned the entire tour. So its very important that things work out smoothly.
    Thank you in advance

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      March 3, 2017 at 10:43 PM

      Hi Rishav,
      Please find my answers below…

      1. I have booked the tour with bk tours n travels(just like you). I wanted to confirm how reliable and good they are ? i am a bit concerned because if they dont provide the services as promised the tour will turn sour

      A. Well, I too was on dual mind while going ahead with him and this was mostly due to he asked for 20% advance and remaining 80% at Jaigaon before starting the tour but all other tour operators said 25% advance, 50% at Jaigaon before starting the tour and remaining 25% after coming back from Bhutan. But after several research I planned to go ahed with him because of various reasons, the main reason being, he offered me good price even than the ones which I got while booking directly.

      And in the end, it went really good and he’s very co-operating and nice person. He’s more of a no-non-sense kind of person and just deliver what he promises without adding any extra gimmick and thus generally his prices are more or less fixed and doesn’t bargain much.

      A lot of people, like you, went through him after reading this blog of mine and they all reported to have good experience. So I think you can simply proceed with him.

      2. we will be reaching phuentsholing at around 1PM on 10/04. Is it possible to obtain the permit on the same day and proceed to thimpu? Mr. BK prasad said that its very viable and he can arrange for that

      A. Well this is very doubtful question to answer. As everything depends on the number of persons and the rush in the counter. If you get the permits early, then you can surely proceed to Thimphu same day.

      But personally I feel it’s always best to plan the worst case, and keep a night halt at P/Soling. Otherwise in worst scenario, you have to shift the plan by one day which is cumbersome. BK and his drivers does have channels inside, and as he’s assuring, I think you can just proceed πŸ™‚

      3. we will be doing a day trip to Punakha next day from thimpu. So how long does it take to get the restricted area permit from thimpu?

      A. Again, it depends on the rush. Generally 30mins – 2 hours. But you don’t need to worry about that, as long as you’d be doing the sightseeing points nearby, your driver will get it from you, if you hire it from BK.

      4. lastly what should our budget be for food (we are 9 members) and mineral water each day?
      I am traveling with my family n relatives and i have planned the entire tour. So its very important that things work out smoothly.

      A. Well it depends on the choice of restaurants and meals. If you take normal meals at budget restaurants, then you can keep a budget of Rs. 500/- – Rs. 800/- per head per day.

      Well don’t worry much, things would just turn fine πŸ™‚

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  • Smithb9
    March 7, 2017 at 11:37 PM

    I loved your post.Much thanks again. adddddgdaegegdec

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      March 8, 2017 at 10:29 AM

      Thanks a lot Smith πŸ™‚

      Reply
      • Rtob
        March 10, 2017 at 2:18 PM

        Your comment “BK and his drivers does have channels inside”. Unless you are very sure, you should not write such comments as it damages the credibility of the agent as well as the concern authorities inside Bhutan.

        Reply
        • Krishnandu Sarkar
          March 10, 2017 at 10:28 PM

          Hi Rtob, I do understand your concern, but all I say here, is from my personal experience only. Not only BK, but most of the Jaigaon based agents have their channels inside.

          If you go through some other blogs in internet where people were stranded for hours in last October due to rush, these agents seemed to get the permits for their tourist without any hassle.

          Well, I’m not at all trying to damage the credibility of agents and concerned authorities, but that’s the bitter truth. And of course I myself being travelled with him, I’m recommending him all over here instead promoting him for his service.

          But still, I’m sorry, if I said something wrong or any mis-communication that might have happened from my end.

          Reply
  • Santanu Das
    March 10, 2017 at 11:40 PM

    I went to Tivoli Court today(10th March) to get a permit for my planned tour 27th March – 2nd April this year. But the receptionist refused to do that because they were processing permits for upcoming may month only. So there was a sudden change in there rule which was we all need to apply for the permit 2-3 months early of the touring date. But there was no intimation about the changes in any of their websites. So then how can we notice the changes?

    They are not bothered about it at all. She only said to me that we need to collect that from Phuntsholing only. When I said if there will be a rush…she replied – you may not get that in one day! No matter if 1 day from my tour is spoiled.

    So it’s better to know the current rules even before finalizing the tour plan for Bhutan. Time for Phuntsholing office (Mon – Fri – 8.30 AM to 4:00 PM)

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      March 11, 2017 at 12:36 AM

      Hi Santanu, Yes as I have informed you last night, they now accept applications 3 months ago.

      Anyway don’t worry much, things will be just fine at P/Soling.

      Reply
  • R K Singh
    March 14, 2017 at 12:59 PM

    Dada,

    I am from Jamshedpur and plans to visit between 15th to 21st April, 2017. Could u share some information wrt Permit for children/minor – what document is required etc. I could not find anything on this over internet.

    Thanks & regards,

    R K Singh

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      March 14, 2017 at 11:33 PM

      Hello, well if your kid have Aadhaar card then it’s fine, else for minors School ID card / Birth Certificate is enough. Carry both.

      But just in case, though this is not needed, but for your information, if things doesn’t work, visit Indian Consulate at P/Soling to get the Identification Slip with reference to his / her Birth Certificate / Ration Card, and then you can use that Identification Slip to get the permit.

      Reply
  • Anonymous
    March 16, 2017 at 11:20 PM

    3.5

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  • Debayan Gupta
    March 26, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Hello Krishnandu,
    Loved your blog on Bhutan and have planned a honeymoon following almost the same route that you have taken.My itinerary is as follows-
    10th May : Pick up from Hasimara at 10:45 a.m. & Transfer to Phuntsholling N/Stay at Phuntsholling
    11 May : Phuntsholling to Thimphu N /Stay at Thimphu
    12 May : Thimphu site seeing & make permit of Punakha and Bumthang and Phubjika and Haa & N/Stay at Thimphu.
    13 May : Thimphu to Phubjika ( via Dochula pass ) site seeing(Gangtey Monastrey) N/Stay at Phubjika
    14 May : Phubjika to Bumthang via Trongsa N/Stay at Bumthang
    15 May : Bumthang local site seeing N/Stay at Bumthang
    16 May : Bumthang to Punakha via Wangdue N/Stay at Punakha
    17 May : Punkaha Local Sightseeing;Punakha to Paro N/Stay at Paro
    18 May : Paro local site seeing N/Stay at Paro
    19 May : Paro to Haa ( via Chelela pass ) site seeing N/Stay at Haa
    20 May : Haa to Phuntsholling to Hasimara. Night train from Hasimara(23 25 hours) to Kolkata

    10 May : P/ling at Hotel — Shelgeon / Green Valley
    11 / 12 May : Thimphu at Hotel — Bhutan Centennial / Singey
    13 May ; Phobjikha at Hotel — Gakiling / Wangchuk Lodge
    14 / 15 May : Bumthang at Hotel — Samaya /Swiss
    16 May : Punakha at Hotel — Kingaling / Phuensum Dego
    17 / 18 May : Paro at Hotel — Yarkhil / Phuensum/ Dragon B
    19 May : Haa at Hotel — Rigsum / Similar

    I have already booked through B K Travels after reading through your blogs and going over his ratings.Have also applied for Permits to Thimpu & Paro at RBC Kolkata on 10th March but yet to get a call from them on Biometrics(a bit worried seeing one post above!)

    My queries to you-
    1. Heard that food is expensive in Bhutan.How much should you suggest we will arrange for as food cost per person per day?( Contract with BK does not include food)
    2.If RBC Kolkata is unable to process the entry applications,will we be able to get the same at PSholling on 11th May,2017(10th is a holiday,I am told)?
    3.If we get the permits,should I send the scanned copy to B K so that he can arrange the permits for other areas beforehand?
    4.How much should we keep at hand other than food expenses say for entry tickets to monuments,a wee bit of shopping and unforeseen expenses at Hotels?Just a suggestion will be greatly appreciated.
    5.Any other changes/suggestions you would like to let us know would be really helpful as the two of us really love your blogs and would like to have a memorable experience just like you did.

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      March 27, 2017 at 10:38 AM

      Hi Debayan, Thanks a lot for the appreciation, I’m glad that you liked it and it helped you πŸ™‚

      1. Heard that food is expensive in Bhutan.How much should you suggest we will arrange for as food cost per person per day?( Contract with BK does not include food)

      A. You don’t need to take fooding package from BK. Well many tourists do say me that, but frankly, I found it as par with other parts of North East. You can keep a budget of Rs. 500/- – Rs. 800/- per person per day. Everything depends on your choice of meals and restaurants. At budget hotel and restaurants with normal Bengali / Indian cuisine, it’d be same as of other destinations in India, ofcourse not as cheap as of Kolkata. But in Phobjika, Bumthang and Punakha, the cost is bit higher, as those being remote areas, you do not have much scope to take food outside the hotel and only at these destinations, the charge will be a bit higher. For Thimphu & Paro it’s not an issue.

      2.If RBC Kolkata is unable to process the entry applications,will we be able to get the same at PSholling on 11th May,2017(10th is a holiday,I am told)?

      A. Yeah, you should. BK can help you getting the permits. You don’t have to rush for it πŸ™‚

      3.If we get the permits,should I send the scanned copy to B K so that he can arrange the permits for other areas beforehand?

      A. No. That won’t be possible!! So go as per the plan πŸ™‚

      4.How much should we keep at hand other than food expenses say for entry tickets to monuments,a wee bit of shopping and unforeseen expenses at Hotels?Just a suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

      A. Well entry fee to monuments and attractions are not much. Most of them costs Rs. 20/- – Rs. 50/- per head. Some attractions costs Rs. 100/- per head. This is only for Thimphu. There’s no charge for other attractions at other regions. If you are not in a shopping spree (things costs a lot at Bhutan), then other than fooding, and entry fee, there’s nothing much you’d require. But keep some cash handy, as budget hotels charge for WiFi (Rs. 10/- – Rs. 50/- per day) and Room Heaters (Rs. 100/- – Rs. 200/-). But I don’t think you’d need room heaters in May!!

      I’d say, keep Rs. 1500/- – Rs. 2000/- per person per day handy. But the actual expenses will be within Rs. 1000/- per person per day.

      5.Any other changes/suggestions you would like to let us know would be really helpful as the two of us really love your blogs and would like to have a memorable experience just like you did.

      A. Well enjoy the place!! Don’t stress much, things are going to be fine. Try Hotel Ghasel (Veg Food), Hotel Tandin (Indian Cuisine), Bhutan Kitchen (Bhutanese Cuisine), Rice Bowl (Chinese Cuisine) at Thimphu. While at Paro, don’t miss out on Hotel Sonam Trophel, they make finger licking food and we had our best meal in Bhutan there only.

      One last point, it’s personal thing though, we are bit generous of offering food for our driver while travelling. I mean the lunch, as lunch will mostly be on road. That’s a personal point, as we get friendly with our drivers. It’s not mandatory though as you pay TA / DA already to the driver. So if you too want to do that, you have to estimate that cost too!!

      Hope that helps πŸ™‚

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    • b
      May 28, 2017 at 12:27 PM

      @Debayan Gupta,
      i wish, you returned after your happy tour. Like to have your short travelogue indicating your review of your hotels, cost involved for transport inside Bhutan and hotels( arranged by BK) etc. on this blog for future travelers like me! thank you in advance.
      @Krish, yes, i am preparing for Bhutan tour next April-May! very much helpful! thanks a lot!

      Reply
      • Debayan gupta
        May 28, 2017 at 2:07 PM

        Hello B,
        Unfortunately I could not go to Bhutan in May as my mother passed away in April 2017..had to cancel even after appearing inbiometrics at RBC Kolkata..now planning for a November trip..However B K was very considerate and did not ask for anything extra

        Reply
        • Krishnandu Sarkar
          May 28, 2017 at 8:51 PM

          @Debayan, I’m sorry to hear about your mother.

          Mr. Bharat Shah says “sorry hearing of your mother’demise. my sincere consolation to you and your family.- bharat shah”

          @b Thank You!! And I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

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      • bharat shah
        May 28, 2017 at 9:44 PM

        @Debayan Gupta,
        sorry to know demise of your mother . my sincere consolation to you and your family . -bharat shah

        Reply
  • Anonymous
    March 27, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    2.5

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  • Anonymous
    March 29, 2017 at 10:10 AM
  • BASHYAM
    April 5, 2017 at 9:36 PM

    Hi Krishnandu,

    I heard from BK over email that “Bumthang High way is under Construction , So it is not Feasible” couple of days back. I also see the same on tripadvisor.

    Krishnandu himself has posted about the road condition on tripadvisor, not sure how Debayan Gupta plans to manage..just thought of putting out here for everyone’s benefit.

    Regards,
    Bashyam

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      April 5, 2017 at 9:45 PM

      Hi Bashyam,
      Well yes the road beyond Punakha is undergoing construction for road widening project. But the road is not completely closed. But definately the construction has made the road devastated.

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      • Debayan Gupta
        April 7, 2017 at 11:41 AM

        Hello Krishnandu,

        Just gone through Bashyam’s comments..is the road condition so bad that the feasibility of the trip is in question?

        Have not had a word with BK yet in this regard…Should I replan if he suggest?…What was your experience about the road condition from Wangdue to Bumthang?

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        • Krishnandu Sarkar
          April 7, 2017 at 12:17 PM

          Hi Debayan, The road post Wangdue is undergoing maintenance due to Road Widening project but that doesn’t means Bumthang is not accessible. Most of the maintenance is done throughout the night and during the day the road is opened for various period of times. Your driver will ofcourse be accustomed with such timings.

          But yes, the maintenance has lead to the road in devastated state. So if you really do not have much problem with the journey itself then you can go ahead.

          Yes it’d be wise to ask BK once. We did it without any issues.

          You may take a look at The Most Historic Dzongkhag – Bumthang for such experience of mine.

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          • Debayan Gupta
            April 7, 2017 at 8:28 PM

            Hi Krishnandu,
            Had a word with Bk..He assured that in the month of May,everything will be just fine and one can proceed for Bumthang without any problem.
            Hope he is right all along πŸ™‚

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            • Krishnandu Sarkar
              April 8, 2017 at 11:05 AM

              Hi Debayan, As I already informed you, the stretch to Bumthang is bad, but for anyone who doesn’t have much issues having a bumpy ride, they can surely approach Bumthang.

              It’s not at all that Bumthang is not accessible or closed. Just because of the bad stretch some travellers avoid it as they want to avoid having a journey on bad road.

              So it’s just everyone’s personal taste of travelling. πŸ™‚

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              • Bashyam
                April 12, 2017 at 9:23 AM

                contradictory msg from BK on this….

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                • Krishnandu Sarkar
                  April 12, 2017 at 10:07 AM

                  Hi Bashayam, I’d suggest you to get some latest info on this by contacting some other tour operators. You may contact Maruti Tour & Travels (also reputed as BK) and some local Bhutanese tour operators.

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  • Kartik Agarwal
    April 17, 2017 at 9:13 PM

    Hi,

    Bk prasad’s prices are to high. He quoted me 35000/- for my trip for an ertiga while I have completed my tour yesterday in a hyundai Tucson for 24,000/- for the same itenary. I read your complete blog while planning my trip whic was of 10days. I visited punakha, phobjikha and haa apart from the mandatory paro and thimpu.

    You can easily get a tucson/santa fe and even a toyota hiace ( 8 seater) at Rs22/km from any tour operator in bhutan itself. They will be even picking you up from phuetsholing. I flew in and out from paro. A minimum of 100km per day is mandatory, no driver batha like in India.

    At Mr Prasad’s price I could have taken a Land crusier / prado which come at Rs32/km.

    In India we could get an innova at Rs12-15/-, that would be cheapest option. It could cost around 15000/- for my same itenary. But for that we have to find more operators in west bengal and not cheats like BK prasad.

    I read above Mr prasad claiming road to be completed till bumthang. I bet you it wont. I went to Gangety on the 12th and not even half the road is completed from wangdue to gangtey though the mountain cutting is over. The locals say it will be completed by dec17. I skipped bumthang as it was another 8hrs from gangtey. Gangtey is 3-4hrs from wangdue (they are stopping the cars at places for a few minutes for the cranes to work as a safety measure). Wandgue to paro is 1.5-2hrs, the road is excellent.

    I believe every Indian traveller as I did will have a look at your blog and I request you to mention the price of bhutan taxi rates as well and recheck Mr Prasads price anonymously. You have made him quite popular and he is misuing it. I had contacted him with great expectation.

    For Indian food speacialy veg though non veg will also be available sinchula in thimpu and sonam trophel in paro are the best.Even dochula pass cafeteria has good puri aloo bhaji and paratha’s.

    Do try water rafting in punakha. The price is actually 6,000/- & less for a complete raft upto 8 members but on spot they will quote you 10,000/- so pre book and bargain in advance.

    Ps: If your coming from pheutsholing I reccomend you to go near the bus stop/ taxi stand, you can get a shared cab for as low as 300/- and a complete taxi for 1500/- or so on spot. These taxi’s will actually be returning empty so they take passenger at whatever price .

    Thanks and regards

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      April 17, 2017 at 10:14 PM

      Hi Karthik, Thanks a lot for your update πŸ™‚

      I’m glad that my blog helped you planning your tour. And I must admit that, you are not the first one to complain, infact many people mail me / comment here / post in TripAdvisors that BK is overcharging them now and may be he’s misusing the good will he got from this blog.

      At my time, he was the one to offer lowest prices. He even offered me the same hotels cheaper than what’s they quoted me directly.

      Yes, I always urge all the readers to recheck and verify the prices with other tour operators before confirming.

      Anyway, thanks a lot again for this update πŸ™‚ I’m glad that you came back for the contribution πŸ™‚

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      April 17, 2017 at 10:15 PM

      HI Karthik, Also if possible do share the contact details of the tour operators from whom you have hired car, so that anyone who’ll be reading this afterwards, can be benefited from the same.

      Reply
    • HITENDRA KUMAR VIRANI
      April 24, 2017 at 2:56 PM

      Dear Friend Kartik…
      I have just read your experience on Bhutan Trip….
      Myself Hitendra Kumar from Delhi Government am planning to visit the Darjelling and land of happiness Bhutan with my parent and sister (total four members)…
      Tentative itinerary…
      May 28: Reaching Silliguri by Train from Lucknow (Stay Kurseog)
      May 29: Local sightseen in around Darjelling (Stay Kurseog)
      May 30: Visit full day Darjelling (Stay Kurseog)
      May 31: Will reach Phunshiling
      June 1: Thimpu reaching (Stay Thimpu)
      June 2: Thimpu visit (Stay Thimpu)
      June 3: Paro Visit (Stay Thimpu) Exclude Tiger Nest as uncomfortable for parent and stay Thimpu
      June 4; Punakha/ Gangtey (Stay Punakha or Gangtey any good located resort)
      June 5: Visiting To Gangtey (If Stay Punakha last night) or Back to Thimpu or Dochula (If last night stay at Gangtey)
      June 6: Back to Phunshiling
      June 7: Morning train from Hasimara
      we have already booked Hotels but a little bit confused about itinerary plan and stay on June 4 and June 5…
      We want to book a good and comfortable 5 seater Car (Toyata Creta, Eco sports or any like these) from May 29 to June 6, 2017 with Driver (Total 9 days)
      Kindly requested to suggest car rental operators with suggested and appropriate acceptable charges (Day wise/ Complete Tour/ For Darjelling Trip and For Bhutan Trip ) for above duration and Please suggest which spot is better to stay on June 5 Punakha or Gangtey or any suggestion in above itinerary…
      Waiting for reply
      Thanks a lot…
      Hitendra Kumar (9718119810)

      Reply
  • B
    April 18, 2017 at 1:03 PM

    This is MOST Helpful!! Thank you for updating the blog. πŸ™‚ I have bookmarked your blog & have noted a few key points to keep in mind while I’m there. Thanks so much again πŸ™‚

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      April 18, 2017 at 1:34 PM

      Hi B, Thanks a lot and I’m glad that it helped you πŸ™‚

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  • HITENDRA KUMAR VIRANI
    April 24, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    Excellent Post I have yet read on Bhutan Trip….
    Dear Friend,
    Myself Hitendra Kumar from Delhi Government am planning to visit the Darjelling and land of happiness Bhutan with my parent and sister (total four members)…
    Tentative itinerary…
    May 28: Reaching Silliguri by Train from Lucknow (Stay Kurseog)
    May 29: Local sightseen in around Darjelling (Stay Kurseog)
    May 30: Visit full day Darjelling (Stay Kurseog)
    May 31: Will reach Phunshiling
    June 1: Thimpu reaching (Stay Thimpu)
    June 2: Thimpu visit (Stay Thimpu)
    June 3: Paro Visit (Stay Thimpu) Exclude Tiger Nest as uncomfortable for parent and stay Thimpu
    June 4; Punakha/ Gangtey (Stay Punakha or Gangtey any good located resort)
    June 5: Visiting To Gangtey (If Stay Punakha last night) or Back to Thimpu or Dochula (If last night stay at Gangtey)
    June 6: Back to Phunshiling
    June 7: Morning train from Hasimara
    we have already booked Hotels but a little bit confused about itinerary plan and stay on June 4 and June 5…
    We want to book a good and comfortable 5 seater Car (Toyata Creta, Eco sports or any like these) from May 29 to June 6, 2017 with Driver (Total 9 days)
    Kindly requested to suggest car rental operators (Day wise/ Complete Tour/ For Darjelling Trip and For Bhutan Trip ) for above duration and Please suggest which spot is better to stay on June 5 Punakha or Gangtey or any suggestion in above itinerary…
    Waiting for reply
    Hitendra Kumar (9718119810)

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      April 24, 2017 at 3:12 PM

      Hi Mr. Hitendra, Thank You and I’m glad that you liked it.

      I’m sorry, but your itinerary is not designed correctly. As you have already booked hotels, I’m not sure whether you’ll be able to change it properly.

      But here’s what you should do…

      May 28: Reaching Silliguri by Train from Lucknow
      May 29: Local sightseen in around Darjelling
      May 30: Day Trip To Mirik / Day at Leisure

      [At this point, I must say, I’m not sure why are you staying in Kurseong instead of Darjeeling? Any specific reason? You must note that Kurseong to Darjeeling is around 1.5 hours drive. Also you must note that, if you want to go for Tiger Hill Sunrise Sightseeing it starts at 4AM in the morning from Darjeeling. So to do that from Kurseong you have to start at around 3AM in the morning. Best is to stay at Darjeeling instead unless you are really looking forward to stay at Kurseong to enjoy the loneliness comparing to the crowd of Darjeeling.]

      May 31: Will reach Phunshiling
      June 1: Thimpu reaching (Stay Thimpu)
      June 2: Thimpu Sightseeing (Stay Thimpu)
      June 3: Thimphu – Phobjika / Gangtey (Stay Phobjika) [They are same place. Phobjika is the valley whereas Gangtey is the name of the place]
      June 4; Phobjika – Punakha (Stay Punakha)
      June 5: Punakha – Paro & Paro Sightseeing
      June 6: Paro Sightseeing (remaining) and Paro – P/Soling
      June 7: Morning train from Hasimara

      Going to Paro (driving for around 1.5 hours) and doing sightseeing and then again coming back to Thimphu (for 1.5 hours again) is not feasible. Best is to stay at Paro.

      For Hotels, you can stay at Gakiling Resort at Phobjika. I hope you have figured out the rest of the hotels as you said you have already booked hotels.

      For vehicle you may approach Mr. B. K. Prasad of BK Tour & Travels : +91-9593837520.

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  • Praneet Verma
    May 10, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    Hey Krishnandu,
    First of all thanks a lot for such a detailed post, it has really helped a lot of people as i can see that. I observe that you are quite active in replying to comments and doubts as well, and would really appreciate if you could clear couple of my doubts as well. Even I’m an avid traveler like you and I’m planning at trip to Bhutan from 15th-24th May, 2017.
    I, along with my 2 friends have planned to visit Paro, Haa Valley, Thimphu. Punakha and Bumthang (Jakar and Ura). All of us are Indian citizens. We know that permits from P’soling are only valid for Paro and Thimphu and are prepared to take permits from Thimphu for other areas. We have also booked our hotels and guesthouses at almost all the places.As we have limited budget, we were thinking to travel by public transport within Bhutan and use taxis on the spot whenever required.
    But, today one of the Bhutanese travelling agent informed us that we (even the Indian nationals) need to have a licensed guide and a cab booked before we apply for the permit at P/soling or Thimphu. He said that a guide will cost around Rs 1500 per day and personal cab will cost around Rs 5500 per day. He also said that a guide cannot also be a driver. He said that there was a recent change in the tourism laws and it has become mandatory for all the touristts entering Bhutan to have a pre-booked guide and cab.
    This is like forcing us to spend 7k on guide and a cab even if we feel, we don’t need them. Can you please throw some light on this and clear the air for us. Is there actually any such new law passed?
    Thanks in advance. πŸ™‚

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      May 10, 2017 at 7:22 PM

      Hi Praneet, Thanks a lot and I’m glad that you liked my post πŸ™‚

      No, unfortunately the tour operator is misleading you. Bhutan Govt. has introduced a new Online Permit System which is not open for public but can only be accessible by authorised Bhutanese Tour Operators. So if you go by this Online Permit System, it’s mandatory to hire a Guide which costs around Rs. 1500/- per day.

      Otherwise if you make permit from P/Soling Immigration Office, it’s not mandatory to hire guide.

      You need not hire a exclusive vehicle throughout the tour either way. It’s not mandatory. You can travel by Bus / Shared Vehicle / Point to Point vehicle as per your wish. There’s no such rule imposed by Govt. yet.

      Generally the driver can double up as a basic guide but certainly cannot answer your questions if it’s deeply related to Buddism, History and Culture of Bhutan and Meanings of Sculptures and Paintings that you see in Monuments / Museums / Dzongs etc.

      Unless you are really interested in those deep things, a driver can definately help you with basic things!!

      Tip : Do not try to travel by Bus / Shared Vehicles beyond Punakha, unless you have a lot of time in hand to explore. Beyond Punakha, the regions are very remote, and Buses and Shared Vehicles are not much frequent there and might involve several break journeys. Beyond Punakha it’s better to hire a exclusive vehicle for those days or else you can also hire a point to point vehicle / cab too.

      Hope that helps πŸ™‚

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  • BASHYAM
    June 8, 2017 at 12:12 PM

    Hi Krishnandu,

    I got busy ever since I returned from Bhutan on May 17th, so wasn’t able to get to this write-up / thank you note any earlier – sorry about that!

    Your blog was of immense help, so too your quick responses to my Bhutan related questions.

    I, my wife and 2 children (12 yrs, 5 yrs) arrived at Phuntsholing on May 7th and stayed 10 nights in Bhutan

    1) 1 N Phuntsholing (hotel)
    2) 3 N Thimphu (Damchoe’s home stay)
    3) 3 N Paro and drive to Dochula Pass and then to Haa Valley (Dharma lodge)
    4) 2 N Haa valley home stay (Ugyen’s)
    5) 1 N Phuntsholing (hotel)

    We had a harrowing experience at Phuntsholing immigration office – we were at the gate on May 8th Monday at about 8:15 am and came out with our entry permits at 3:30 pm. Extremely long queues, unruly crowd, skipped breakfast and lunch, insensitive immigration staff,and tens of agents both from across the border and within and each one clutching tens of clients’ applications and short cutting queues and cutting deals with folks at the counters.

    We did not hire any agent nor were we aware of the online permit until a day or 2 before our departure to Bhutan. The agents there weren’t very costly; I heard people say 300/- per application, but we chose to endure the hardship, not sure why ! At times, we almost gave up, thinking of going to North Sikkim or North Bengal but again, for reasons I still don’t clearly know, we just endured. We began to feel like refugees that were there with the only difference being we were refugees with a choice of heading back…

    I generally don’t believe or buy ‘happiness’ stories (or such indices) or fb or other posts – I consider them not very close to truth, if not white lies. Happiness index is one dumb-ed down, representative, “average” version of the complex emotions people feel all the time, wherever they are ! I’m not over exaggerating when I say some of the imm. officers there were happy at others’ expense.

    The following links seem to talk about Bhutan’s online permit system and one of the ads by one of the tourist operators. I encourage anyone reading this to make sure the operator here really offers what he is claiming to offer.

    https://www.tourism.gov.bt/announcements/online-regional-permit-system

    https://totallybhutan.com/online-bhutan-travel-permit/

    Next, we chose to stay in home stays at all places excluding Phuntsholing. All places of stay were outskirts of downtowns and were located in serene atmosphere.

    our Bhutan experience post obtaining entry permit was generally very good save 1 or 2 run ins with more than greedy taxi drivers. Again, greed is not in short supply in the world, and after the immigration experience, one wasn’t asking ‘oh here too???’…

    So, our primary motive to head to Bhutan was relatively easier access, relatively cheaper, and mountains keep calling us every now and then !! Surely, not the media driven happiness index.

    I’m not being judgmental here, only factual, as much as I can be, with the written word. It can get subjective when attempts are made to quantify a very qualitative experience for the sake of bringing tangibility to all things intangible…

    It’s a wafer thin line that separates an experience of only bliss or only traumatic, both being binaries. For instance, someone who chose an agent or exclusive taxi + agent over one who didn’t will come back narrating a completely different story.

    However, like all travels, the experience is a complex mixture of both extremes, with truth being way more subtle than that we can comprehend. And it is best if I don’t bring my subjective self to judge everything under the Sun by narrow yardsticks. So, when one writes, although one can’t prevent subjective biases creeping in totally, one always strives to keep the narrative devoid of too many of those.

    We enjoyed nice hospitality at all the home stays. Great food at Damchoe’s. Ugyen’s being authentic Bhutanese food. Food at Dharma was passable. Hygiene at all places were great. Views from Dharma Lodge (view of Tiger’s nest and Paro Chu) and Damchoe’s (mountains) was awesome.

    The simple old world charm at Ugyen’s and the family’s ways of reaching out to urban guests was outstanding and most importantly unpretentious

    Our plan was to hire taxis only on demand, we walked as much as possible. The kids were cooperative and so all the walking stretches were completed without whining.Tiger’s Nest was accomplished up and down in a total of about 5:30 hrs including stops enroute. There were rains most places we went, but not torrential, so the rains never came in the way of our walks.

    We opted for bus from Haa Valley to Phuntsholing and from there next day another bus to Siliguri. The journeys were tiresome as most road journeys are but the scenery that passed by kept us in good mood throughout. Adequate rest room breaks were given too..

    Our original plan was to take a bus from Phuntsholing to Thimphu but after the delay at the immigration office, we chose to take a cab. There was reason to hire a cab from Thimphu to Paro since we were to drive to Dochula and then to Paro – so it wasn’t a point to point. And then from Paro to Haa valley, we chose to take a taxi since only exclusive vehicles go via Che le la Pass and buses to Haa valley from Paro are 3 times / week and Sunday, on which we were to go to Haa valley wasn’t one of those. Since we took a bus from Haa valley to Phuntsholing, we got to enjoy the 2nd route, and I personally found this route to be much more scenic with rustic villages dotting the journey..maybe the skies were very blue, it was an enchanting journey…

    Krishnandu, keep your blogs coming, all the best and thank you again for all the help you provided throughout my itinerary

    Regards,
    Bashyam

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      June 8, 2017 at 9:32 PM

      Thanks a lot Bashyam for coming back to share your experiences πŸ™‚

      I see that you had a mixed experience mostly due to the immigration office systems. I’m sure your feedback would help a lot of future planners!!

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      • Bashyam
        June 9, 2017 at 1:57 PM

        I Krishnandu….yes, it was.

        B/w, what I wish to add through your blog is this, this may be of some help to prospective visitors:

        1) Consider watching flight landing at Paro (take flight schedules along so you can plan to be there 5-10 mins before the scheduled arrival)- there is a specific top road view point. The plane emerging from between the mountains to land on the narrow strip is an enjoyable experience. After having watched that, we got another opportunity (this was sheer luck, unplanned) on our way from Paro to Haa valley via Che le La Pass, maybe about 2-3 kms after the view point, yet another point, where the view was even better….

        2) Consider visiting Paro Museum, also called National museum of Bhutan ie,, NMB – it took us couple of hours, most said it is worth just an hour – but that depends on one’s interests

        3) Consider visiting Drugyel Dzong -it was under renovation when we went there, but even a drive to this Dzong from Paro down town, more so from Kyichu Lakhang, is great- one gets a view of Mt. Chomolhari (or Mt. Jhumolhari) from here on a good day

        4) Consider walking some places in Thimphu; another side benefit: some of the mountain facing outdoor gyms/rest area, rest there for a while before proceeding.

        And thx again Krishnandu for this excellent blog, it is almost a dictionary type reference for anyone considering visiting Bhutan !

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        • Krishnandu Sarkar
          June 9, 2017 at 2:20 PM

          Thanks a lot Bashyam πŸ™‚

          Future readers will definitely be benefited from these points πŸ™‚

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  • Destiny Bhutan
    June 23, 2017 at 11:07 PM

    Thanks for share…………..The Bhutanese flag is divided diagonally and exhibits a white dragon or a Druk across the middle.

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  • maheeja
    June 27, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    By far, most informed and most detailed information about do’s and don’ts of Bhutan trip planning. Thanks, I shall be reading other related posts. Planning one for September travel.

    Thanks!

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      June 27, 2017 at 5:15 PM

      Thanks a lot Maheeja πŸ™‚ I’m glad that you liked it!

      Yes you can go through the entire series of the Travelogues if you really have time to go through to understand the minute details πŸ™‚

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  • Destiny Bhutan
    June 29, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Thanks for share…………..Tourism is permitted only to the extent that it does not endanger the kingdom’s traditional culture and society.

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  • Sangeeta BHATTACHARJEE
    July 2, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Hi Krishnandu
    I’m Sangeeta, planning a road trip to Bhutan from July 9 to July 17. Have got a pretty good idea from your travelogue. Thanks to you for that. Just one thing – to get our permits made at Phuentsoling, is it mandatory to show hotel bookings? The idea that I have is, it’s pretty easy to get hotels at this time even without any booking. But if required, does it have to be for the entire period? Or could I show that for just Thimphu? I plan to travel to Punakha and Paro as well. Would be great if you could let me know though I have no idea how you manage to reply to each and every query. Very helpful of you to do that actually.
    Thanks in advance.
    Sangeeta B

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      July 2, 2017 at 11:50 AM

      Hi Sangeeta, Thanks a lot and I’m glad that you liked my post πŸ™‚

      Yes hotel bookings are now mandatory to show in order to get Entry Permit. But whether you can get away with just immidiate destination booking (i.e. Thimphu for your case) or you need to show the booking for whole tour is still dicey and depends on the Immigration Offier.

      Few tourists have reported that they were able to get the permit with just immidiate next destination booking whereas few tourists have reported they Immigration Officer pushed them to show booking of all the hotels. As I said, it depends on the Immigration Officer.

      So that cannot be guaranteed. But if you want peace of mind and don’t want to get into hassle, it’s best to book hotels throughout your tour.

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      • Sangeeta
        July 2, 2017 at 1:15 PM

        Thanks a lot Krish for your prompt reply….n especially for the advice. I’ll take it for sure.

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  • Destiny Bhutan
    July 11, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    Nice post……….There can be few more charming valleys in the kingdom.

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  • Ashok
    July 14, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    Had an awesome trip to Bhutan. B.K.Travels package is very good at a very reasonable price. We liked the the entire experience except for the Driver who is very rude, impatient and drunk. Surprising to see such kind of people there. He drove very dangerously and didn’t listen to us when we asked him to slow down. By wife vomited 6 times during those curvy roads. If you ever book B.K. Travels, ask them to not assign this driver. His name is “Uttam Ray”. Evidently the same driver caused troubles to many tourists. See the link here: https://www.tripadvisor.in/ShowTopic-g293844-i10038-k9665526-o10-Travelled_with_B_K_Tours_Travels-Bhutan.html#84759651
    Please don’t hire this driver (Mr Uttam Ray).

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      July 14, 2017 at 10:59 PM

      Hi Ashok, Thanks a lot for sharing your experience. I’m sure this would help a lot of travellers in future.

      Reply
  • Bhutan Tourism
    July 26, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Can you tell more about Bhutan Tourism and also good Tour Operator in Bhutan

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  • Atharva amdekar
    August 6, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Thanks a lot for this blog post. This surely made my work much easier. I would be deeply grateful if you could answer a few queries I had:

    1) We are a group of 5 Indian nationals from Guwahati and have total 9 days in hand (ex-Guwahati). Out the our group of 5, only 3 of us have passports and the other two neither have a passport nor a voter ID, although the two do possess an Aadhar Card. Do you think this situation could pose a problem for us? I have heard from a few of my friends who have already visited Bhutan that at least one person should possess a passport/voter ID in an entire group, and it is okay if all the people in the group do no have a passport/voter ID.

    2) We are highly interested in having a memorable trekking experience at a scenic location with breathtaking views of the Himalayas. I found the Dagala Thousand Lakes trek and the Trekking for Indians on Heavenly Bhutan Travels pretty lucrative. But since we are college going students, we are pretty tight on budget, and are not willing to spend more than 15-20k per person. Although I had a look at the website of Heavenly Bhutan Travels, they had quoted a price of around 2,000$ per person, which is absolutely impossible for us. Taking into consideration that we are Indians, do you think the 8-9 day trek could fit into our above budget?

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      August 6, 2017 at 8:15 PM

      Hi Atharva, Thanks a lot and I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

      1. Ahh no. Rules are changed now. Everyone of a group needs to submit their documents to have their permits and must go for biometrics. But there’s not much of an issue, just that you guys have to go for a bit more hassle. Those who do not have both Voter ID Card and Passport, they first need to approach Indian Consulate at P/Soling and get their Identity Slip with Aadhaar Card. Then with the Identification Slip they can follow the normal procedure to get Entry Permit.

      2. Well, although Indians are allowed to travel on their own without any engagement of any tour operators, but not trekking and camping. So trekking and camping needs to be booked through tour operators only. However Indians are not required to pay the minimum daily tariff and instead they can just pay in actuals. So yes, the budget depends on the number of days required for that trek. As trekking requires a lot of arrangements such as Mules (to carry your luggage), Guides, Cooks etc. in short a whole troop is required for that and thus Trekking in Bhutan is a bit costly.

      So try talking to them once more and tell them that you are Indian and to charge you in actuals. I think they mistook you as foreigner and added the minimum daily tariff. It should definately come within 20k – 30k per person or so for a 10 – 12 days Trek.

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      • Atharva amdekar
        August 6, 2017 at 8:29 PM

        Thanks a lot. πŸ™‚

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  • Atharva amdekar
    August 14, 2017 at 7:43 PM

    We have planned a 9 day trip to Bhutan with the itinerary as follows:

    Sunday, 24/09/17: Arrive in Phuentsholing in the evening.

    Monday, 25/9/17: Permit process in the morning followed by travel to Thimphu. Overnight stay in Thimphu.

    Tuesday, 26/9/17: Day hike to Tango and Cheri Monastery near Thimphu. Overnight stay in Thimphu.

    Wednesday, 27/9/17: Sightseeing in Thimphu followed by a trip to Dochula Pass on the way to Punakha. Stay in Punakha.

    Thursday, 28/9/17: Half-day hike in or near Punakha in the morning. Leave for Paro in the afternoon. Stay in Paro.

    Friday, 29/9/2017: Hike to Tatsang Monastery. Sightseeing in Paro in the latter half of the day. Overnight stay in Paro.

    Saturday, 30/9/2017: Leave for Haa valley. Visit Chele-la Pass and stay in Haa valley (homestay).

    Sunday, 1/10/2017: Day hike in Haa valley. Stay in Haa valley (homestay).

    Monday, 2/10/2017: Leave for Phuentsholing in the early morning from Haa. Trip ends.

    I had a doubt regarding the last day, where we are planning to catch a train from Phuentsholing in the afternoon at around 3-4 PM. Is it okay if we leave Haa at around 7-8AM in the morning to reach in time for the same?

    It would be great if you could analyse our itnerary and suggest any corrections/improvements. Thanks in advance πŸ™‚

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      August 14, 2017 at 11:45 PM

      Hi Atharva,
      Below are some of my observations…

      1. Thimphu Sightseeing needs 1 full day. Thimphu – Punakha via Dochula would take around 3 hours. So on Wednesday, 27/9/17, if you leave after 2nd half you’d miss few points in Thimphu, specially the Thimphu Dzong which is only allowed to visit during the evening.

      2. I see that on Thursday, 28/9/17, you are doing a half day hike and then leaving for Paro. Aren’t you doing Punakha Sightseeing? Punakha Dzong is beautiful. You can do Paro Sightseeing after reaching Paro if you have time.

      3. Are you an experienced / regular hiker? I mean are you used to it? If yes then the plan for Friday, 29/9/2017 is fine. But if you aren’t, then Hike To Tiger’s Nest would take around 6 hours or so. In that case you’d be exhausted to go anywhere else and also won’t have time to do the Paro Sightseeing.

      4. I think you meant you have train from Hasimara. If I’m not wrong, it’s Kanchankanya Express that leaves around that time. Yes you can very well reach Hasimara by that time. Haa – Paro is actually around 1.5 – 2 hours (Not via Chele La Pass) and Paro – P/Soling is around 4 Hours and P/Soling – Hasimara is around 20 – 30 minutes.

      While going to Haa from Paro, go via Chele La pass (which is what tourists usually take, to enjoy the view and highest motorable road in Bhutan). But there’s another shorter route to Haa which doesn’t goes via Chele La Pass (this is what the locals take). This is along the diversion of Paro – Thimphu route near the bridge. Take that route while returning to P/Soling, as you’d anyway be exploring Chele La pass while going to Haa. This way you don’t have to pass through Paro and can avoid a long chunk of route there πŸ™‚

      Hope that helps πŸ™‚

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      • Atharva Amdekar
        August 15, 2017 at 12:03 PM

        Thanks a lot for your inputs. πŸ™‚

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  • Pratik
    September 5, 2017 at 9:46 PM

    Hi Krishnandu,

    Thanks for this very informative travel blog. I would be travelling to Bhutan from 16th to 24th of November,2017. We are 2 people and hence booking a cab for the entire journey of 9 days makes little sense.
    I have some questions related to shared taxi and the ease of its availability.
    Q1) I would be getting down at Bagdogra airport and then would travel to Phuentsholing. Are shared taxis easily available on this route and what would be cost per seat?
    Q2) Since I land at Bagdogra on Thursday and reach Phuentsholing that same day in the evening. I would get the permit for Thimphu and Paro on Friday. Now since I do not want to waste my weekend in Thimphu, I plan to visit Paro for 3 nights over the weekend. Would I get to visit Chelela pass since I would have permit only for Paro and Thimphu? And also is shared cabs easily available from Phuentsholing to Paro and the rates?
    Q3) Are shared cabs available on Paro Thimphu route?
    Q4) Are shared cabs easily available on the Paro Punakha route and its cost?
    Q4) Are 1 day cabs on rent available in Punakha for going to Gangstay valley? Are any such places around Punakha that are worth visiting like Gangstay valley? And do I need to mention these places in the permit at Thimphu?
    Q5) Can I get shared cabs from Punakha to Phuentsholing and its approx cost?

    Thanks in advance,
    Pratik

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      September 6, 2017 at 6:36 PM

      Hi Pratik, I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

      1. Shared cabs from Bagdogra to anywhere is bit not common. But during high season they are available. So if you can’t find one, hire a pvt. cab to Jaigaon / P/Soling (Around Rs. 2500/-) or else hire a pvt. cab to Siliguri Bus Terminus (Around Rs. 300/- – 400/-) and then hop into Shared Vehicles (Around Rs. 100/- – 150/-) / Bus. Buses operated by Royal Govt. of Bhutan leaves daily twice at 7:30AM and 1:30PM (Approx Rs. 80/-) or else there are some Private Bus operators which are also there.

      2. You may visit Paro, but you can’t visit Chele La Pass or Haa as those are under different district. For that you need to get permission from Thimphu. Yes P/Soling to Paro bus and shared cabs are readily available.

      3. Yes. Readily available.

      4. Not sure about Paro – Punakha, but for Thimphu – Punakha it’s there. But the point where shared cab drops you, your hotel might be far off from there. So you might have to hire pvt. cab in that case. Punakha being a remote destination, I’d suggest to keep a cab on and from Punakha onwards.

      5. Yes taxis are available everywhere to which you can bargain and hire for one or more days accordingly. But better hire it from Thimphu, as the fares would be lower as you have more scope to bargain there.

      6. Not sure. But Buses are there. But remember, Buses for remote destinations sometimes runs twice or thrice weekly of which tickets gets sold in advance. Also Punakha – P/Soling being a longer route, better hire a pvt. cab.

      Reply
      • Pratik
        September 12, 2017 at 3:20 PM

        Hi Krishnandu,

        I would be obtaining the Entry permit from Phuentsholing (for Paro and Thimphu). Can I visit the Tiger’s Nest monastery with that permit?

        Reply
        • Krishnandu Sarkar
          September 12, 2017 at 9:26 PM

          Hi Pratik, Yes. Tiger’s Nest comes under Paro itself. So you do not anything else to do it πŸ™‚

          Reply
  • harini
    September 16, 2017 at 2:06 PM

    Hi Krishnandu,

    Thank you for this wonderful post. I am seriously excited and very confident to travel to Bhutan now. I am planning my travel from December 4th 2017 to December 15th 2017.
    I am travelling from bangalore to kolkata by flight, and then kolkata to hasimara via train. I am currently planning on the itinerary.

    1. Is there anything that you would like me to keep in mind?
    2. Do you suggest to get the guide from Jaigaon for the complete trip or get the guide during the site seeing?

    Will keep in touch with you, till i finalize the itinerary.

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      September 16, 2017 at 2:36 PM

      Hi Harini,
      Thanks a lot and I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

      1. Nothing as such. Most of the things are covered throughout the series of Trip Report. If you have anything specific to ask, please do let me know.

      2. Guide is not required unless you are interested to know deeply about their culture, buddism, paintaings etc. Driver will double up as a basic guide. But if you are really interested in Guides, hire it from Bhutan only,

      You’ll get few contact numbers at Tashi Delek Bhutan – The Himalayan Kingdom which might help you.

      Reply
  • DIPANJAN KUNDU
    October 3, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Hi Krishnandu,

    Very informative post very good liked your blogged,But who are travelling to the Bhutan please do not book Maruti tours and travels
    Contact Person Sujit Goswami
    Mobile No. 00995-17637969,09609791522.we had a bitter experience with this person. I was travelling to Bhutan. My agent was Maruti tours and travels (https://www.marutitoursandtravels.in). As per itinerary they had promised to give us standard hotel for stay in Bhutan & Paro ,sight seeing was included. Real Money cheater.

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      October 8, 2017 at 7:02 PM

      Hi Dipanjan, Thanks for sharing your feedback. I hope it’d be helpful for future travellers. I’m sorry that you had bitter experience.

      Reply
  • rajesh chakraborty
    November 26, 2017 at 12:08 AM

    Hi dear..
    Want your guidnce.
    I m from kolkata..want to travel bhutan for 4nights 5 days.last week of feb 2018.i will b driving my own car.
    Jst tell me the procedure for making permit for ourself and my car.
    Is it possible.if i dnt take help of any travel agent.
    Kindly suggst me some budget hotels(approx 2000 rs per room per night)in thimpu and paro.
    We r 6 adults and one 6 yr old kid.
    As per new rules..how will i book hotels there..means account transfer.
    Kindly help..

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      November 29, 2017 at 9:09 PM

      Hi Rajesh,
      Process for applying Entry Permit is very simple, just head over to P/Soling Immigration Office (just few meters past Bhutan Gate) with Original and Photocopy of Voter ID Card / Passport along with 2 Passport size pictures. That’s it. Rest of the process you’ll be guided accordingly.

      Once you get Entry Permit, you need to head over to P/Soling RSTA (nearby), with Original and Photocopy of all the related documents of vehicle along with your Driving License, Entry Permit and 2 Passport Size Photos.

      Yes you can do everything on your own without any involvement of any tour operator.

      At Thimphu you may check Hotel Ghasel, Hotel Tandin, Hotel Zeyzang, Chophel Norkyi, Hotel Shantideva etc. At Paro you may check Hotel Phuensum, Hotel Sonam Trophel, Hotel KK, Hotel Dragon.

      Yes, you have to do account transfer.

      Reply
  • Sajal saha
    December 18, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    Thank You so much for your guidance. I recently had my bike trip in Bhutan and it was just awesome. I had only read about the country but had no clue about its cleanliness and culture. I instantly fell in love with the country.

    Reply
  • Kamal Tanwani
    December 21, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Bro this was like encyclopedia for Bhutan trip. i backpacked across bhutan last year and was manage to complete the trip in less than 10k from bangalore. Hope you will find the blog a little useful https://whereiskt.com/how-i-backpacked-bhutan-in-less-than-rs-1000-a-day/

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      December 21, 2017 at 9:11 PM

      Hi Kamal, Just went through your blog. It’s great!! πŸ™‚

      Reply
      • Kamal Tanwani
        December 22, 2017 at 12:05 AM

        Thanks a ton, means a lot πŸ™‚

        Reply
        • Krishnandu Sarkar
          December 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM

          It’s really amazing that you did the whole trip on a shoestring budget πŸ™‚

          Reply
          • Kamal Tanwani
            January 9, 2018 at 4:50 PM

            I target to backpack within Rs.1000 a day, had been successful till now for Bhutan, Ladakh and Spiti. πŸ™‚ Will be trying Vietnam and Cambodia this month.

            Reply
  • jay
    January 18, 2018 at 6:18 PM

    Hi Krish,

    My name is Jay, hail from Bangalore and an avid traveler just like you. lately I have been following a lot of blogs of yours on TripAdvisor for travel tips to Bhutan and north east.

    Actually I’am travelling to NE and Bhutan next month for 10 days along with my wife and sister.

    Wanted some advise from you on the Itinerary for this trip. Below is a tentative plan as of now:

    Day Date Flight Time & duration Comments
    1 Fri 9th BLR to SIL 10:50am – 17:50pm (Via CCU) Halt at CCU for 3 hrs, Night stay at SIL
    2 Sat 10th Time in Siliguri Siliguri & Darjeeling tour
    3 Sun 11th
    4 Mon 12th SIL to Bhutan by road
    5 Tue 13th Time in bhutan Places to Cover: Paro, Thimpu & Punakha
    6 Wed 14th
    7 Thr 15th
    8 Fri 16th
    9 Sat 17th
    10 Sun 18th SIL to CCU 2:40 – 3:55pm One night halt in CCU
    11 Mon 19th CCU to BLR 06:55 – 09:35am Return to BLR

    Would it be good to hire a guide for our stay in Bhutan for all 5 days or take taxi as and when needed?
    Can we ask our hotel or guide to do the entry visa for us?

    Thanks,
    Jay

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      January 18, 2018 at 9:52 PM

      Hi Jay, Thanks a lot and I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

      BTW by SIL I think you meant IXB (Bagdogra). There’s nothing as SIL (Siliguri) Airport.

      Anyway you may do it like…

      Fri 9th BLR to SIL 10:50am – 17:50pm (Via CCU) Halt at CCU for 3 hrs, Night stay at SIL
      2 Sat 10th Siliguri – Darjeeling via Mirik.
      3 Sun 11th Darjeeling Sightseeing
      4 Mon 12th Joy Ride. Darjeeling – P/Soling
      5 Tue 13th P/Soling – Thimphu
      6 Wed 14th Thimphu Sightseeing
      7 Thr 15th Thimphu – Paro & Paro Sightseeing
      8 Fri 16th Hike To Tiger’s Nest
      9 Sat 17th Day Trip To Chele La & Paro – P/Soling
      10 Sun 18th Paro – IXB to CCU 2:40 – 3:55pm One night halt in CCU
      11 Mon 19th CCU to BLR 06:55 – 09:35am Return to BLR

      If you want to do Punakha, you either need to increase one more day or you need to move to P/Soling after Tiger’s Nest on 16th which would be very tiresome to travel around 5 hours after hiking.

      If you want to have deep understanding and knowledge about Buddhism, Architectures, Paintaings etc. then hiring a Guide is recommended or else Driver will double up as a basic guide. Yes hiring a cab for entire stay is recommended to have a convenient trip.

      Hotel won’t help you for Entry Permit. You have to do it yourself on your own. Else they might help you out if they have in house tour business for a small premium.

      Reply
      • Jay
        January 23, 2018 at 3:10 PM

        Thanks a lot Krish.

        Yes by SIL i mean Bagdora :)…I was reading one of your recent articles on TA wherein the entry permits have become very strict. Considering im travelling in Feb should i keep an additional day in P/Soling as back up or not required.
        Also would it be safe travelling at night from Darjeeling to P/Soling (il leave say by 10pm on 12th, Monday and reach P/Soling around 7-8am) and directly go to permit office. This way i can save a day and go off to Thimpu same day.

        I have enquired with few Tour operators including BK tours and got quotes from them. Now i need to just finalise one of them or do individual bookings myself.

        I’am just wondering if i should do my hotel bookings directly and take individual taxi as and when needed?

        Thanks again, appreciate your response here

        Reply
        • Krishnandu Sarkar
          January 23, 2018 at 8:24 PM

          Hi Jay, Yes permits are more stricter now since when I wrote this post. You may check detailed instructions at Bhutan Entry Permit

          Are you planning to travel by road during the night? I won’t recommend that.

          Well it depends on what BK and other operators are quoting. Due to the lumpsum amount of business they have with hotels, I found on various cases they offer lower price than direct quotations. The same happened to me twice.

          Also vehicle price in Bhutan side is more higher than on Indian side. So better hire it from Indian Side if you are planning to hire an exclusive vehicle for throughout your trip πŸ™‚

          Reply
  • SAIKAT
    January 22, 2018 at 7:02 PM

    Hello Krishnandu,

    Your blog helps a lot for my planning for Bhutan and finally I am getting over the confusions.Thanks a ton man.

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      January 22, 2018 at 8:50 PM

      Hi Saikat, Thanks a lot and I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • moumita Maji
    January 25, 2018 at 6:05 PM

    Hello!
    Planning a trip to Bhutan this May. It was wonderful reading your blog.
    Had a query. If we are landing at Paro , how do you get an Indian vehicle for the whole tour.
    What should be the ideal duration of the tour?

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      January 26, 2018 at 12:24 PM

      Hi Moumita, Thanks a lot and I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

      Well if you are planning to land at Paro, you need to book a vehicle in advance through some Jaigaon based tour operator to pick you up from Paro.

      Well at minimum you should have 2N Thimphu > 1N Punakha > 2N Paro. But if you can allocate more number of days you can explore further.

      Reply
  • ADITYA
    February 18, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Hi Krish,

    Excellent write up. Luckily got your blog at the right time πŸ™‚ I am planning to go to Bhutan for my honeymoon in the moth of May.

    My itinerary is as below –

    Day 1 (03-05-2018) – Arrive at NJP and Transfer to Thimpu
    Day 2 (04-05-2018) – Thimphu | Local Sightseeing
    Day 3 (05-05-2018) – Thimphu – Punakha – Stay in Punakha
    Day 4 (06-05-2018) – Punakha – Paro | Local Sightseeing
    Day 5 (07-05-2018) – Trekking to Taksang Monastery
    Day 6 (08-05-2018) – Paro – Haa Valley (Would like to stay in Haa Valley)
    Day 7 (09-05-2018) – Departure from Paro/Haa Valley – Phuentsholing
    Day 8 (10-05-2018) – Phuentsholing – Bagdogra. Start at early morning to Bagdogra.

    Going by your posts and other’s reply I can see May is going to be a very high season and there is going to be some mess at the immigration office in Phuentsholing. I have booked ticket for Darjeeling Mail from Sealdah which will reach NJP at 8.00 AM officially. I am going with makekytrip and have taken exclusive vehicle from them. So they will pick us up from NJP and would start to Phuentsholing. My question is whether should I stay in Phuentsholing for that day as back up or I can reach Thimphu on that day itself after getting the permit. I had planned to stay Phuentsholing on the day before I leave Bhutan. But really worried now. Please help to review my plan and let me know. Really worried on the immigration part πŸ™

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      February 18, 2018 at 6:57 PM

      Hi Aditya, Thanks a lot and I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

      Well first of all you should have booked upto Hasimara (HSA) on Kanchankanya Express. NJP to Phuentsholing is around 4-5 hours drive. So you’d loose some time there. Yes May is peak season and you might not be able get permit same day. Although you are visiting on Thursday, but given the present situation most tourists either plans to get the permit on Monday or Thursday (keeping a buffer day) / Friday.

      So yes I’d recommend staying at Phuentsholing for a night. However as you have booked your tour through MakeMyTrip, won’t they help getting the permits? Isn’t it a packaged tour?

      Reply
  • BIDHAN PAUL
    March 16, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. I am really excited right now as I am travelling Bhutan next month and wanted to get a preview of how the journey would be. I am thrilled and excited and hopefully we have a memorable journey.

    Regards,
    Bidhan

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      March 16, 2018 at 8:59 PM

      Hi Bidhan, Thanks a lot and I’m glad that you liked my post. Have a Happy Journey πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • HASAN
    May 12, 2018 at 10:12 PM

    For my Bhutan trip, I had a lot of help going through this blog post!! Thanks a lot for sharing such valuable information. It really helps anyone planning a trip to Bhutan.
    I’m writing down a photo-essay on my trip here:
    https://hasantimes.com/2018/05/12/the-bhutan-experience-part-2/

    Hope your readers may find them useful!

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      May 13, 2018 at 9:04 PM

      Hi Hasan, Thanks a lot and I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

      I’m glad that my blog helped you πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Nuruzzaman
    May 14, 2018 at 6:26 AM

    After having read your tour experience to Bhutan I planned a trip as per your itinerary through BK tour and travel.. I must say that after having paid for 3 star property we were given a poor stay option in Paro for 3 nights which we we refused and than had to go through the hassle of staying in two different hotels as 3 nights stay was not available due to booking in the last moment. And the worst part was the driver provided( Ali hossain) was not all co operative and flexible with the sight seeing option, was always reluctant and grumpy when asked to do something. I would suggest all readers to avoid going through BK tour and Travels as they do not provide value for money. They will charge for 3 star but not deliver what is promised. Better to go with reputed agents, pay a little more but you will be sure of good service.

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      May 15, 2018 at 11:48 PM

      Thanks a lot Nuruzzaman for your reviews and updates. I think this would really help a lot of readers πŸ™‚

      BTW, if you wanted to go for 3* Hotels, you should have choosen authorized Bhutanese Tour Operators instead. BK is for budget travellers. But I have no idea if he have any hold or contacts with high end hotels.

      To all the readers, I’d suggest to choose tour operator wisely and accordingly as per your needs. All tour operators are not fit for all kind of tours.

      Reply
  • Nuruzzaman
    May 14, 2018 at 6:48 AM

    I booked a trip to bhutan for 7 nights through bk tour and travel after going through your blog. The tour was booked in February 2018.The tour was meant to start on 8 May. So planned we’ll in advance. Paid for 3 star hotels. Hotel offered on Paro for 3 nights was not even 2star and rooms were very small with flies all around. We refused the hotel and were put in two different hotels for 2 night +1 night. B. K travels is definitely not to be taken by fellow travellers as the service provided is not good also the driver provided was not co operative and flexible with the iteniary. Please avoid recommendations for Bk tours and Travels,Just avoid them. Its better to pay a little more and get better service from other tour operators

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      May 15, 2018 at 11:49 PM

      Thanks a lot Nuruzzaman for your reviews and updates. I think this would really help a lot of readers ?

      BTW, if you wanted to go for 3* Hotels, you should have choosen authorized Bhutanese Tour Operators instead. BK is for budget travellers. But I have no idea if he have any hold or contacts with high end hotels.

      To all the readers, I’d suggest to choose tour operator wisely and accordingly as per your needs. All tour operators are not fit for all kind of tours.

      Reply
  • SUBIR KUMAR DAS
    May 28, 2018 at 1:52 PM

    HELLO SIR,
    WE ARE PLANNING A FAMILY TRIP TO BHUTAN DURING 25 DECEMBER 2018. COULD YOU PLEASE GUIDE ME WHETHER IT IS POSSIBLE AT ALL TO VISIT AT END OF DECEMBER!! WE ARE PLANNING TO GO TO PARO, THIMPHU AND PUNAKHA.
    EAGERLY WAITING FOR YOUR CORDIAL HELP

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      June 6, 2018 at 10:58 PM

      Yes you can visit Thimphu, Punakha & Paro during that period without any issues. However it’d be chilling during that period so carry proper winter clothes.

      Reply
  • Tucker Melody
    June 6, 2018 at 6:57 PM

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    Reply
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    June 18, 2018 at 5:45 AM

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