Bhutan is a country in the world plunged with beautiful monasteries, sterile environment. It is also known worldwide for proliferating “Gross National Happiness”. Prior to this, Bhutan was totally cut off from the rest of the world until 1960. There were only two points of entry i.e. through the north and south. The northern route was through Tibet and the southern route was through the plains of Assam and West Bengal. It was inaccessible due to the extreme climatic conditions of both the part, therefore the Bhutan government planned an economic development and made the country available. At present there is a good road network with domestic and international airports.
West Bengal (Jaigaon) border is preferred for those wishing to take a road trip to Bhutan. The gate remains open from 6:30 AM IST to around 10:00 PM IST. There are separate entrances for vehicles and travelers on foot. The immigration office at Phuentsholing is only 100 meters from the gate.
Travel to Bhutan
Arrive in Delhi at the airport. There you will be met and assisted by a Travelogy India representative who will guide you to your hotel. You will be welcomed at the hotel, where you can relax. Overnight, enjoy your stay at the hotel in Delhi.
Breakfast at hotel, then city tour, visit India Gate (Gateway of India), Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential House), Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Sansad Bhavan (Parliament), Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple.
Breakfast at hotel; then proceed to the ‘Mughal City’ Agra. Arrival and overnight at the hotel. In the afternoon, proceed to visit Agra Fort, Taj Mahal Tomb and Itimad – ud – Daulah Tomb.
Then we will have excursion to the Taj Mahal, which is the finest example of Mughal architecture ever built in India. Taj is closed on Friday. After completing the tour overnight at hotel in Agra.
Breakfast at the hotel, Proceed for a city tour of Jaipur and take an excursion to Amber Fort. Enjoy an elephant ride to the fort. Visit the Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, city palace and the Hawa Mahal.
Migrating to Bhutan
-We recommend checking the departure time of the flight, as it is common for flights to depart earlier or at a different time to avoid cancellation of the same and to avoid greater evils is always better to board earlier than usual in case the flight departs earlier;
To travel to Bhutan arriving by road you have three options and always from India: Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar. The northern part of Bhutan is not accessible by road because of the Himalayan mountain range that serves as a natural border with Tibet.
If you are in West Bengal, one option would be to reach Phuentsholing (or Phuntsholing) customs. From this border to Thimphu is about 5 hours drive and the nearest airport on the Indian side is in the town of Bagdogra, about 4 hours from Phuentsholing. You can reach this Bagdogra airport from different Indian cities and also from Paro.
The border crossing at Gelephu (also called Geylegphung, Gelyephug, Gelegphu, Gaylegphug or Gaylephug) is about 5 hours drive from Guhawati (India) and has one of the most modern airports in Bhutan (GLU). Gelephu is located in south-central Bhutan and about 250 km from Thimphu, which in practice is about 10 hours by road through a subtropical area and an alpine zone before reaching Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
However while visibly protecting its Buddhist traditions, Bhutan is not a museum. You will find the Bhutanese are well educated, fun loving and knowledgeable about the world around them. It is this blend of ancient and modern that makes Bhutan endlessly fascinating. Environmental protection goes hand in hand with cultural preservation in Bhutan. By law, at least 60% of the country must remain forested for all future generations; currently it is over 70%.
Not only is Bhutan carbon neutral, but it actually absorbs more carbon than it emits! For the visitor, this translates into beautiful wild and magnificent bird walks through a chain of national parks.