Indians Traveling to Bhutan

Close to 50,000 Indian Tourist travel to Bhutan annually.  Indians traveling to Bhutan can avail visa on arrival and do not require to follow, the minimum daily tariff protocol.   Indian tourist visiting Bhutan may fly to Bhutan or use a land route through India-Bhutan border in Phuentsholing Bhutan airport in Paro in connected to major Indian hubs such as Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Guhwati and Mumbai. These hubs are serviced by Bhutan Flights such as Drukair and Bhutan Airline. 

While a visa is extended on arrival, Indian Tourist to Bhutan must carry with them a passport or Indian Voters ID card, or Aadhaar cards, No other forms of identification is accepted by Bhutanese immigration. Furthermore, the visa is only valid for travel in Paro, Thimphu, and Phuentsholing. Tourist wishing to go to other parts of Bhutan such as Punakha will entail getting permits for same from Immigration office in Thimphu.  One may also choose to travel in their own cars from Phuentsholing, however, permits needs to be obtained from Road Safety Transport Authority (RSTA)  in Phuentsholing.  From Phuentsholing, Thimphu the capital is 170 km and the drive takes approximately six - seven hours.  Please refer to driving distance links for drive time.

Traveling to Bhutan from India is a very seamless process.  While one may choose to opt for packaged tours, alternatively one may choose to walk in and book. However, it is recommended that during peak holiday period in Bhutan, hotel and tours are pre-booked. The holiday season in India, especially summer’s months of June, July and August is low season in Bhutan, other holiday’s season such as October and November in Bhutan are peak season.  One may engage in a range of tours and activities whilst at Bhutan, such as trekking, day hikes, picnics, and picnics.

Indian food is widely available in all parts of Bhutan. However, a special request has to be made for pure vegetarian, Jain food, and halal foods. The Indian currency is accepted in Bhutan, however, the denomination of 500 and 1000 is prohibited by central banks, nonetheless, shopkeepers will be happy to accept. Credit cards are not widely accepted, few hotels and shops of reputes accept it such as Taj Tashi. For weather conditions in Bhutan please refer to the Bhutan weather link.

More information on Indian traveling to Bhutan can be obtained from Indian Embassy in Bhutan. Contact Detail:

Embassy of India 
PO Box:193,
Tel: +975-2-322162, Fax: +975-2-323195