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Bhutan
 

BY AIR:
Bhutan's only airport is located at Paro. Bhutan's national airline Druk Air flies from Paro Airport in Bhutan to New Delhi, Calcutta, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Dhaka and Rangoon ( Myanmar). Please check the flight schedule at Druk Air's official website.

BY ROAD:
The visitors can fly to the nearest Indian airport, Bagdogra in North Bengal. From Bagdogra, they can travel by road. It takes 3-4 hours drive to reach Phuentsholing located on Indo-Bhutan border, the gateway to Bhutan. The visitors from Nepal can also travel by road through Kakrivitta, the eastern border town of Nepal. It takes about 5 hours drive from Panitanki, the Indian Customs check post. It takes about 7-8 hours drive from from Sikkim and Darjeeling to reach Phuentsholing. It takes 6-7 hours drive from Phuentsholing to Thimphu or Paro airport. However, one side journey ( entry/exit) needs to be taken by air. If travelling overland via Indian territories, a transit pass from the government of India is required to travel through prohibited areas of India on Bhutan's border. You are required to apply to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi some months before departure to Bhutan. The travel time/distance chart is given at the end of this page

VISA AND PASSPORT:
The visitors are required to possess valid passport and visa for entry to Bhutan, except for Indian nationals. Visitors to Bhutan must have a visa approved prior to arriving in the kingdom. Those who have not had a visa approved will not be permitted to board their Druk Air flight to Bhutan. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thimphu issues visa to all foreign travelers.

Bhutanese embassies or consulate abroad do not issue tourist visa. The Druk Air ticket cannot be purchased without first obtaining visa. Visa application at least three months in advance is advisable.
A two-week visa costs US$20 and is stamped on the passport at Paro Airport ( or entry port) during the immigration process. Visas are approved and issued prior to entry, with the pre-payment of travel itinerary. The visitors are required to produce two passport size photographs. The visa can be extended upto six months in Thimphu. The visitors to Bhutan are advised to finalize their travel plans well in advance. Visa applications must reach the Thimphu,
 

State Tourism Award 2014

State Tourism Award 2014

Dear Zigmee Thanks for a fabulous time in North Sikkim, highlight of the trip were staying with Chopal and sonam lachenpa in lachen and the journey to Gurudargma (well worth the many hours in the jeep and the cold air). It wasn't hard to imagine just being over the border in

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