July 12th, 2023
Do you want to start exploring some foreign countries?
Then you can consider Bhutan. Start your foreign tour from our neighbor Bhutan. And to travel to Bhutan, you don’t even need a passport!!
Yes, Indians do not require passport to travel to Bhutan.
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is a hidden gem that attracts travellers with its awe-inspiring landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and serene spirituality. This landlocked country, popularly known as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” is renowned for its commitment to Gross National Happiness and its untouched natural beauty.
Now, if you’re planning a visit to Bhutan, here’s your answer on how to reach Bhutan?
You can travel by road or by air to get to Bhutan. You can choose to travel to Phuentsholing by road. Take the train to Hasimara, then a vehicle to Phuentsholing, a border town of Bhutan with India.
To enter Bhutan, it is necessary to get a permit, from the immigration office in Phuentsholing. Simply carry your ID card and photo with you while applying for the permission.
Here are some must-visit destinations that will leave you spellbound:
Phuentsholing, located on the southern border of Bhutan, is a gateway for travelers entering from India. While primarily it’s a commercial town, it offers attractions such as the Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Guru Rinpoche and the Karbandi Monastery, known for its beautiful gardens and panoramic views.
Phuentsholing provides an opportunity to experience the cultural fusion between Bhutan and India.
Despite being the country’s largest city, Thimphu retains its unique Bhutanese character. This city has a perfect blend of urban and traditional Bhutan.
Here you can explore the National Memorial Chorten, a splendid Buddhist stupa, dedicated to the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and soak in the spiritual ambiance. Don’t miss the Tashichho Dzong, an impressive fortress that serves as the seat of government. Marvel at the immense Buddha Dordenma statue overlooking the city. Additionally, explore the local markets, museums and arts and craft centers also Motithang Takin Reserve is worth the visit.
On the way to Punakha, explore Dochula Pass, a mountain pass connecting Thimpu and Punakha and visit the 108 chortens known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens”.
Nestled in a fertile valley, Punakha, is the ancient capital of Bhutan. It is known for its stunning Punakha Dzong, one of the most beautiful dzongs (fortresses) in Bhutan. The dzong is situated at the confluence of two rivers Ma Chu and Po Chu and is a significant cultural and religious site. Take a leisurely hike to the Chimi Lhakhang(The Fertility Temple)also known as the Temple of the Divine Madman, famous for its phallus symbols. The picturesque views of the valley and the surrounding mountains make Punakha a must-visit destination.
Trek to the iconic Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest, perched dramatically on a cliffside. Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong, a fortress-monastery that showcases stunning architecture and serves as a religious and administrative center. Explore the Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred temples and the National Museum of Bhutan.
Haa Valley, located close to the border with Tibet, offers a glimpse into Bhutan’s untouched beauty. While going to Haa, you will go through Chele La, one of the highest passes in Bhutan.
The valley is known for its pristine forests, verdant fields, and traditional Bhutanese villages. Explore the Haa Dzong, hike to the sacred Black Temple (Lhakhang Nagpo)and White Temple (Lhakhang Karpo), and indulge in the Haa Summer Festival, a celebration of nomadic culture. The tranquility and serenity of Haa Valley make it an off-the-beaten-path destination.
These are just a few of the many incredible destinations that Bhutan has to offer. Each place has its own distinct charm, providing a unique experience to travelers seeking beauty, spirituality, and cultural immersion.
Bhutan’s commitment to preserving its traditions and natural environment ensures that every visit is an extraordinary journey.
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