Traveling to Bhutan from India

Traveling to Bhutan from India

All Indian Travelers traveling to Bhutan from India with Colorful Bhutan Travels, the route permit will be processed by us. The travelers have to email a scanned copy (colored) valid passport with a minimum of 6 month validity to Colorful Bhutan Travels.

For those travelers who are traveling to Bhutan from the Indian border town (Phuntsholing) on their own, they will have to do prior hotel bookings. The travelers are required to show the evidence of hotel confirmation when they process their route permit at the Immigration office in the border town.

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Permit processing for Indian Tourists

Bhutan Visa: (An Indian national doesn’t require visa to enter Bhutan)
Bhutan has special diplomatic relationship with India therefore Indians with valid Passports or Voter ID (Election Card) doesn’t require visa to enter Bhutan. Passport validity should be more than 6 months. Visa will be issued on arrival from the entry points. Family traveling with kids who are below 17 years, without valid passport/voter ID can be allowed to enter Bhutan in Birth Certificates and valid school ID (both should be presented in case of school going kid). Indian wishing to enter Bhutan from third country should produce valid Indian Passport, voter card is not valid. 02 recent passport size photographs for each guest.

Documents required for traveling to Bhutan from India:

Persons having following documents are not valid for Indians visiting Bhutan, PIO card, OCI card, driving license, special documents issued by government of India.

Special Permit: If you plan to visit places beyond Thimphu and Paro, you will also need a route permit to go to places such as Punakha, Wangdue, Bumthang. We need the scanned copy of either your passport or Voter ID card to make this Route Permit in advance. Route permit is only made in Thimphu, during the working days between 9AM-1PM.

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Bhutan Entry Permit: You will not be allowed to leave the country without surrendering this paper permit in original issued while entering Bhutan.

Visiting Bhutan By Air from India

Druk Air & Bhutan Airlines, operates flights from Paro, the only International Airport in Bhutan, to Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra and Guwahati. Bagdogra & Guwahati is well connected to the major cities of India by various airlines like Jet air ways, Kingfisher Airlines, Spice jet, Go Air and Indian Airlines. One can take the connecting flight to Paro from any sector.

Entering Bhutan by Land from India

while travelling to Bhutan from India, entry permit are issued from the immigration office at Phuentsholing (Monday-Friday) including Saturday, Sunday & Bhutan national holidays for tourist only.
1. You are required to visit the immigration office along with your guide / driver at the Bhutan entry gate to obtain your Bhutan entry permit (personal presence is a must for obtaining the permit).

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Entering Bhutan from India by Train

NJP (New Jalpaiguri) is the nearest major railway station in the Indian State of West Bengal. The other smaller stations are Alipurduar, New Cooch Bihar and Hasimara though we recommend NJP as the convenient station for pick up/drop facilities and 05 hours’ drive to the nearest Bhutan border town of Phuentsholing.