TRIP TO BHUTAN: ROAD OR AIR

Lamasery's Mystical Paradise
Lamaserys Mystical Paradise

when James Hilton had expressed about the mystical known as the last-shangri la he was obviously talking about Bhutan. But what if we tell you this place is no more fictional but exists in reality in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, a heavenly kingdom known as Bhutan- the last shangri-la or the Land of thunder dragon.

The distant place that was only heard in myths and movies has come into reality and we can feel the essence of heaven over the clouds of this himalayan kingdom. The serenity and simplicity at its best has helped this tiny nation to achieve its title as the last-shangri-la. 

And to travel to this Mystical  land doesn’t need any magic wand but just some basic information we have gathered for you below. 

1.Routes To Bhutan

Magnificent View Of North Bhutan
Magnificent View Of North Bhutan

Bhutan and India share a border in the Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal, and Assam, and Indian nationals are welcome to travel into Paro International Airport.

There are several ways to enter Bhutan. You can select between an overland journey and a viz flight. Both routes offer the greatest views. We have come up with the best of both the routes so it’s easier for our readers to plan their Bhutan trip from India much more easily. 

a.Taking A Flight

National Museum At Paro
National Museum At Paro

Bhutan has only one international airport, Paro International Airport, therefore air travel is confined to the country. Bhutan Airlines, a private airline operating under a government license, and Druk Air, the country’s official carrier, are the only airlines permitted to conduct flights into and out of Bhutan. International Bhutan flights  are available from Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, and Guwahati.

b.The Road Trip

Mesmerizing Sunrise View From Dochula Pass
Mesmerizing Sunrise View From Dochula Pass

Indian nationals are permitted to drive their own vehicles into Bhutan, but they must first get a permit. After crossing the border, you may acquire the permits at the Regional Transport Office in Phuentsholing for roughly 200 Ngultrum (Bhutanese currency), which is about 200 INR.

c.Bus Services

Palace of Great Happiness Punakha Dzong
Palace of Great Happiness Punakha Dzong

If you are planning a Bhutan Trip from India via Bus, the Royal Bhutanese Government conducts a bus service from Kolkata to Phuentsholing on a regular basis. The buses leave from Kolkata’s Esplanade Station and travel directly to Phuentsholing for roughly 18 hours. And here after taxi services are available. 

d.Train Services

A Monk On The Pursuit Of Happiness
A Monk On The Pursuit Of Happiness

There is no direct train link between Bhutan and the rest of the world. The most convenient and best choice for travelers visiting Bhutan by rail is Hasimara in West Bengal, which is only 17 kilometers away, and New Jalpaiguri Station, which is 60 kilometers away. Between Siliguri and Jaigaon, there are direct shared taxis and buses.

2. Bhutan Trip Cost

Legends And The Myths
Legends And The Myths

In actuality, Indians may simply and economically visit Bhutan owing to the 1949 India-Bhutan ‘Treaty of Friendship,’ which allows for mutual freedom of travel between the two nations with only a valid Pan Card or Aadhar ID. Furthermore, the currency value is virtually equivalent, and most Indian currency denominations, with the exception of Rs.500 and Rs.1000, are accepted.

a. Trip Cost

A one-week Bhutan trip costs roughly BTN42,569 for one person. A one-week trip to Bhutan for two persons costs roughly BTN85,138. In Bhutan, a two-week journey for two persons costs BTN170,276

When traveling with family, the cost per person frequently decreases because children’s tickets are less expensive and hotel rooms can be shared. Your daily budget will decrease if you travel slower over a longer period of time. A monthly budget for two individuals traveling together in Bhutan is frequently less than a weekly budget for one person traveling alone.

b. Accommodation Cost

In Bhutan, the average cost of accommodation for one person is BTN2,200. The average price of a hotel stay in Bhutan for two people sharing a standard double-occupancy room is BTN4,400.

While meal costs may vary, the average daily cost of food is BTN1,989 in Bhutan. Based on past tourists’ spending tendencies, an average lunch in Bhutan should cost approximately BTN795 per person when dining out. 

Conclusion

When planning your vacation to Bhutan, you’re probably contemplating whether to travel by road or by flight. We hope that this blog post has assisted you in determining which route is ideal for you, whether you are looking to save money, see more of the country, or for any other purpose. Thank you for taking the time to read; we are always ecstatic anytime one of our articles is able to provide important information on a subject like this!

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