HELLO MY PEOPLE. I’m visiting Bhutan solo by road, and this is the first video in the series. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport although you can also fly Druk Airways and land directly at Paro (expensive option). From Bagdogra it takes about 5 hours to reach Phuntsholing by road and you can get a taxi from right outside the airport. At Phuntsholing border you will require a permit to visit beyond the 5 km border radius. The visa entry is otherwise free, but the permit is issued for 7 days based on some background checks and upon submission of the following documents –

1) Photocopy of your identity card – Passport/Voter’s ID card
2) An immigration form that is provided at any shop near Immigration office
3) Proof of stay of onward journey (You will need confirmed proof of booking for atleast first night in Thimphu/Paro)
4) One passport size photograph
5) For all solo female travellers – Please write a hand written undertaking stating that you are responsible for your own safety and address it to The Immigration Officer, Immigration office, Phuntsholing Bhutan,

For getting a permit at the earliest, please reach the office at 8:30 am with all your documents and stand in a queue. The office opens at 9:00 am. In my case I got the permit within half hour because I arrived early.

For booking the same hotel that I stayed in, you can use the following link – https://www.booking.com/s/32_8/e9f2a7ab
You’ll earn INR 700 on your booking once you book and stay at the hotel.

Also, for a detailed blog about Bhutan, you can check my BLOG POSTS here –
1. Bhutan 7 Days Itinerary – The best Solo Travel Experience Guide!
2.Visiting Bhutan from India? – Some Frequently Asked Questions!
3.Bhutan Entry Permit for Indians: Documents, FAQs & Tips for a Solo Trip
4.Indians To Pay SD Fee From July 2020 – Drop Everything & Plan Your Bhutan Trip Right Now

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