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Bhutan entry permit for Indian citizen

Bhutan is a country where Rice is Red and Red Chili is just another vegetable; where Carbon is ‘negative’ and progress of the country is measured in ‘Gross National Happiness’! The Kingdom of Bhutan is a slice from a fairytale world and traveling to this incredible destination promises some of the most rewarding moments for any traveler. The magnificent monasteries across the country, the spirit of hospitality among locals, houses with multi-colored wooden facades and other quirky cultural nuances will delight you and will be etched in your memory forever. Further – the folklores, the Buddhist culture, the transcend of the lamas, the 8 auspicious symbols, a king and queen revered by the people – and many such factors make the place truly amazing. Thanks to the tourism relaxation for Indian travelers, the otherwise exorbitant fee of $250 per head per day (applicable for all foreign tourists except India, Bangladesh and Maldives) is not mandatory. Actually, Bhutan entry permit for Indian citizens is FREE of cost!!! Hence, an Indian enthusiastic traveler simply shouldn’t miss an opportunity to explore Bhutan.

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The new rules have been updated as on August 2019 – details given below

Inspiration

Magical Weather of Bhutan – A time-lapse taken by Nikita Maheshwari

I am pretty sure that this video is inspiring enough to get you to start planning for a Bhutan trip right away. Getting into Bhutan is as simple as – just walk through a gate!! One can easily appreciate the difference right at the borders during transit from Jaigaon to Phuentsholing. On one side there’s tranquility, on the other, there’s visible chaos; on one side there is peace, on the other, there’s like an explosion of population – the change is drastic, and a good one.

Bhutan, by far, remains the most elusive, yet incredible destination I have been to. One has to go there, be a part of the culture, catch a breath while hiking the legendary Tiger’s Nest Monastery, take a dip in the waters of Paro river, sense the peaceful walks in the many dzongs (monasteries), taste the culinary differences…to truly appreciate the beauty that is deeply imbibed.

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Bhutan Entry Permit

Bhutan entry permit (aka travel visa) has been categorized in two – (1) for citizens of India, Bangladesh and Maldives; and (2) for citizens of any other country.

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Phuentsholing (Bhutan) – Jaigaon (India) border Gate

If you fall into category 2, traveling to Bhutan will turn out to be a mildly expensive affair. Unlike other countries, you just can’t buy tickets, get your visa done, pack your bags and land up there. There are a few more steps involved to get into Bhutan. The tourism sector is controlled by the Tourism Council of Bhutan which has set a minimum daily package. It’s $200 per person per night for the off-season (January, February, June, July, August & December) and $250 per person per night for high season (March, April, May, September, October & November). Yup, I know what you are thinking – “That’s insanely huge!!”, right? But, don’t get disheartened, for the price that you pay i.e. $200 / $250 includes the following:

  • A minimum of 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 star will require an additional premium)
  • All meals
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay
  • All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.

Visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives (category 1) are exempted from this whole set of rules mentioned above. Yes, that means, you can pack your bags and land up there without any visa, without any bookings, without the involvement of any travel agent and peacefully visit the country (just as we did) !!

There you go…being an Indian helps (at times in travelling too) !! Keeping in mind the political relation between India and Bhutan, we Indians are relieved from paying this minimum daily tariff. Though Indians do not need Visa to visit Bhutan, we need an entry permit. When you’ll cross the border, you’ll be issued an Entry Permit at Phuentsholing, which is valid for 7 days and for Thimphu and Paro only. That means with that permit you can go to Thimphu and Paro and stay up to 7 days. If you want to visit any other destinations other than Thimphu and Paro (Like Punakha, Haa Valley, etc.), you’ll have to get Restricted Area Permit from Thimphu Immigration Office for those destinations. And if your plan is to stay more than 7 days then you’ll have to apply and get an extension-permit for the same. All the permits are free of cost.

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Bhutan Entry Permit for Indians

As of April 2018, there are 3 ways of getting your entry permit:

  1. At the Phuentsholing immigration office (we took this option)
  2. At Paro Airport
  3. With the help of a registered Bhutanese tour operator (Contact us for the details)

s mentioned above, the easiest way to enter Bhutan is simply walking through the gate at the Phuentsholing-Jaigaon border, and then one can walk up to the immigration office and get the permit done. Only a simple permit application form needs to be filled up, along with 2 passport size photos and any ID proof (original and a photocopy) given by Government of India an ID proof like Passport or Voter ID card. (Passport must be valid for minimum 6 months from the date of travel). The only ‘unhappy’ side of this way to get the permit is that one needs to be at the Phuentsholing immigration office on a weekday between 9am-5pm.

Phuentsholing immigration office
Phuentsholing immigration office

IMPORTANT Update [August 2019]

As mentioned above, since the Phuentsholing immigration office is only opened on weekdays, you will need another way out if you are reaching there on a weekend or outside office hours. You will need to apply for an entry permit in advance a.k.a online entry permit. But here is the catch – apparently it can only be done by a registered Bhutanese tour operator.

Additionally, a new set of rules has been introduced by Tourism Council of Bhutan for travelers who want to get their entry permit in advance

  1. Passport is mandatory
  2. Government certified 3-star (or above) hotel booking is mandatory
  3. A registered tour guide is mandatory

Nikita (a friend of mine who shot the stunning time-lapse video inserted above) and her friends faced this issue. They had planned to start their trip from the Phuentsholing-Jaigaon border on a Saturday. Hence they had to reach out to a registered tour operator who was able to get the permit done on their behalf. This method of obtaining the permit is chargeable (Contact us for the details).

Please note that the Royal Bhutan Consulate in Kolkata has stopped issuing the entry permit.

If one is landing at the Paro Airport, then entry-permit can be done right at the airport, at all times. All you need is your passport along with 2 passport size photos.

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Our travel photo from Bhutan got published on the cover of Lonely Planet magazine! YAY!!

This brings us to the end of this introductory post on Bhutan and entry permits. We have many related articles to help you carve out a great trip and also to make your planning easier.

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171 Comments

  • Subham

    Very informative article. Thank you for sharing the latest information about getting the bhutan travel Visa. I will send you email for my requirements.

  • gaurav

    Hey! thank you for all the information. Your travel blog is really informative. we are planning a trip to Bhutan and we would like to get the visa in advance. please email us the procedure.
    thanks a lot.

  • Parth Kumar

    Hey. Very informative post.. best part is that its recently recently updated.
    please share the contact details of the tour operator, I want to get entry permit in advance.
    thanks.

    • Mainak

      Thank you Parth for your kind words.. Yes we try to keep our articles as updated as possible.
      I have emailed you the contact details of the tour operator.
      Email me back if you need any other info.
      cheers! have a great trip!

  • Sudipto Sen

    Excellent article. very nicely composed. We have been planning for a trip to Bhutan, and will get in touch with you when we decide.

    • Krish

      Hi, Please let me know if I need to book hotels in advance and get a physical copy of hotel receipts sent through courier and produce it at the time of getting the entry permit??

      • Mainak

        Hello! As far as we know, If you are getting the entry permit in person at the Phuentsholing border then you need to furnish only 1st night’s hotel booking. And yes, it needs to be in hard copy. You may even take a printout of the booking confirmation if booked online! 🙂
        cheers!
        have a great trip!

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  • Priyanka Saxena

    Hello Mainak, Such a well written post!
    We would be traveling to Bhutan this month, would be great if you could share the details of the travel agent. Thanks!

  • ASHISH

    Thanks for the Info.
    We are planning to visit bhutan from 19th to 26th Nov 2018.
    How can we get the permit online.
    Is it mandatory to have a Licenced Tour guide and if yes then how to get one.

  • VIPUL

    Thanks for the article.
    We have planned to visit Bhutan from 15.10.18 to 20.10.18.
    If you could please share the contact details of the agent.

  • Rajasree Sharma

    Hello Mainak
    Such an informative blog !
    I have a small query. We have a trip scheduled to Bhutan from 16th October to 22 nd of october 2018.We have got to knw from the travel agent that 18th is general election date. We r suppose to take the permit from Phuentsholling on 16th.But then again got to know immigration offices will be closed on 16th through some facebook post.I am in a fix right now as i am travelling with a todd of 3 year.Can you help me out with some more authentic information in this regard..Thanks in advance

    • Mainak

      Hello.. thank you for the appreciation! 🙂
      Reg your query, yes 18oct is the election date in Bhutan and hence the immigration office will be closed. Also immigration office will be closed on the weekend as well.. since you are travelling with a Kid, I would suggest you to get an entry permit in advance.
      Please feel free to contact us if you need any assistance reg Entry permit.
      Cheers!

  • gokul

    Hi,

    We are reaching bagdogra on 30th @ 12 PM afternoon. It is difficult to reach Phuentsholing and get permit and the following next two days are National Holidays. Is there any way you can guide us.

    Thanks

    • Mainak

      Hello Gokul,
      We have already sent you all the details via email.. please take a look and feel free to get in touch for further assistance..
      Have a happy trip.
      cheers

  • Arpit Shah

    Hello Mainak,

    I have read numerous posts of yours about Bhutan travel and liked them a lot.
    I had some questions specifically regarding the permit for Bhutan, we are travelling by road in our personal car in first week of October
    1) Do we need to pre-book hotels for all days to get the permit ?
    2) Is it necessary to have certified tourist guide with us ?
    3) Are online hotel booking confirmations accepted for the permit?
    4) Is there any agent who can get us a permit with the hotel bookings? (we do not need a tour guide nor do we need a car to roam in Bhutan)
    5) Can that agent get us the permit for both individuals and our car in which we will be travelling?
    6) How safe is it to drive in Bhutan, are the road conditions good in Thimphu and Paro?
    It would be of great help if you can provide your inputs.
    Thanks in advance
    Arpit

    • Mainak

      Hello Arpit,
      We have already sent you all the information that we know via email..
      please take a look and feel free to get in touch for further assistance..
      Have a happy trip.
      cheers

  • Saptarshi Ghosh

    Hi,

    Your blog is very informative. Got to know about the new set of rules.
    I have a query: If I want to enter on a Saturday , i would need to arrange my entry beforehand from an operator.
    Does this also mean that I would need a guide or can I do without it?
    Can you also share the tour operator details.

    • Mainak

      Yes… if you need to get the entry permit in advance, you will need to hire a tour guide as well… that’s what we have learnt from the various operators that have interacted with us.

    • sony sharma

      Hi

      I will be travelling to bhutan from 10th to 15 oct with my mother(62 yrs) and kid(5 yrs) in train from kolkata. Will be reaching hasimara around 11 am(if its not late). Then standing & getting permit with senior citizen & kid on the same day will be difficult. Could you please share agent details and contact for taking advance entry permit & budget hotels in Thimphu, paro, punakha. Also if possible i am also looking for car (sharing) & bus for travelling.

      Regards
      Sony
      9769967599

      • Mainak

        Hello,
        We have replied to all your queries by email.
        plss check and let us know if you need further assistance..
        have a happy trip.. cheers!

  • ridhi jain

    hi i want to know are there any direct flights from mumbai to paro
    and can i get a visa and permits on paro airport

    • Mainak

      Hello ridhi,
      as far as i know, flights to Paro is only from Kolkata airport.
      One of my friends took a flight from Mumbai to Bagdogra and them a car from there on..
      have a happy trip..

  • Mallinath

    Hi
    I need some help. I am planning a visit to Bhutan in mid of Oct-2018 for 5-6 days. There are no direct flights from Bangalore to Paro. So, I may go Via Kolkata or Delhi, but somehow travel websites are not showing it. So could you please suggest good options for travel from Bangalore to Paro and return.
    Secondly, kindly share agent details and contact for taking advance entry permit. Many thanks in advance.
    Yours is a truly informative and inspiring blog. Appreciate it.

    • Mainak

      Hello Mallinath..
      Thank you for your kind words and the appreciation that you have shown for the work that we do.
      Regarding your queries, I have sent all the details via email.
      have a happy trip.
      enjoy.

  • Sanghamitra

    We are planning a family trip in November in Bhutan from Guwahati. But we will reach Phuentsholing on 11th November which is a Sunday. How can we get entry pass permit in advance?

    • Mainak

      Hello.. thank you for stopping by..
      As we mentioned earlier, Permit cannot be obtained on Saturday & Sunday as offices will be closed.
      Advance entry permit to Bhutan can be done via a registered Bhutanese tour operator.
      If you want the permit in advance, pls let us know and we can help you contact some trusted operators.

      Hope this information is of use to you.

      Cheers!

  • Mukesh

    Great write-up Mainak !!!!!! Received lot of new information regarding the revised policies also.
    We are planning for a trip to Bhutan in 1st week of October. Could you please share the contact details of licensed Bhutan tour guide(required for getting the permit).

    • Mainak

      Hello Mukesh,
      thank you for those kind words..! 🙂
      we have replied to your query via email.. kindly check and let us know if you need further assistance..
      have a great trip!
      cheers!

  • Sahana

    Hi can you send me the tour operator details please. We will be reaching on saturday too and want to know the procedure about it

  • Ayon Biswas

    We are planning a family trip in October in Bhutan from Kolkata. But we will reach Phuentsholing on 14th October which is Sunday. How can we get entry pass permit in advance?Can you please share any agent details who can help us to book hotel also?

  • Puneet Singh

    Very well written and descriptive blog. If you could please share the contact details of the agent please, that would be great. Thanks in advance! 🙂

  • mounisaireddy

    Hi Mainak,

    I have requested for a tour agent contact details.
    Kindly revert to me when you have time.
    Thanks in advance.

    Mouni.

      • Neha Singh

        Hello,
        i am travelling to bhutan with my family in june and have booked tickets upto bagdogra.
        My frens have reached Phuentsoling yesterday and tried to get entry permit at immigration office.They were told that server is down. They observed there is a nexus between taxi drivers and immigration office and if u r willing to pay 3000 per day for as long as u stay in bhutan , they get u permits from back door. Is this the scenario?
        because if it is so, my trip is in doldrums then.

        • Mainak

          WOW..!! to me this is unheard of !!
          When we went, we did it ourselves and the permit was done in 30mins! without any hiccups whatsoever!!
          A few months back some of my friends went, and they made their permits on their own, normally!

          But if what your friend faced is true, then corruption might have reached Bhutan too! (sad)

  • Avijit Biswas

    Very nicely written and informative. I am planning to visit Bhutan in August.

    Can you kindly share your agent’s contact?

    Thanks

      • arulanandan s

        dear mainak

        I am planing to visit bhutan for 3days in november
        can you share me the moderate travel agent for going to thimpu and paro
        and also permit

        • Mainak

          Hello..
          We have shared the info you asked for via email.. kindly check and feel free to write back to us if you need further assistance..
          have a happy trip!

  • Tejas Chordiya

    Precise and Informative.
    Also, could you please share contact details of the travel agent, I want immigration process done beforehand.

    • Mainak

      Thank you Tejas. We are glad that you found it helpful.. We have sent you all the details as well as the contact information via email.
      Kindly check and let us know.
      Cheers! 🙂

  • Shiny

    Hello Mainak,

    Thanks for the post.
    Regarding the change in rules for Indians to require a licensed Bhutanese tour guide to obtain an entry permit, does this apply regardless of the method of entering Bhutan (by road via Phuentsholing, flight to Paro)?

    What does licensed Bhutanese tour guide mean really? Does it mean having arranged everything by a a tour operator or using the services of at least one licensed tour operator for at least a single activity in Bhutan.
    Please could you elaborate?

    Also, what options/services do you provide?

    Thank you.

    • Mainak

      Hello Shiny.. Thank you.. we are glad that you liked the post.
      First of all, we are not any tour operator or travel agent.. hence we don’t have provide any “options/services”.
      We wrote this blog based on our own experience from our Bhutan trip; and the recent updates are made on the basis on information that we get from reliable sources (friends, acquaintances travelling to Bhutan).
      And as far as we know, you would need to take help from a tour operator if you want to get your permit in advance.
      The other details, I guess it would be better if you consult with a Bhutanese licensed tour operator, as they might be able to answer your query more accurately.
      Feel free to contact us for an further assistance. 🙂
      Cheers!

  • Meghna

    Hi,

    I am a little confused about the part about the local tour operator. Some blogs mention a local tour guide is not needed for Indians travelling to Bhutan, but you mention the rules have changed and a local tour operator is needed? Can you provide some details please?

    • Mainak

      Hello Meghna,
      You would need to take help from a tour operator if you want to get your permit in advance, but if you are planning to get the entry permit done yourself, you wouldn’t need any tour-operator/tour-guide.
      Cheers!

  • Shefali

    Hi , the article was of great help.

    We are also reaching Phuntsholling by 18th May .
    Can you please provide the contact and details of the travel agent for the permit in advance.

    It will be a great help!!
    Thanks in advance.

    Shefali

    • Mainak

      Hello Shefali, We have replied to your email and shared all the details you asked for.. Please check and let us know..
      Have a GREAT trip!
      Cheers 🙂

    • Mainak

      Hello Meera.. thank you for contacting us.. we have sent you the details over email.. kindly check and let us know!
      Have a great trip.
      Cheers!

    • Mainak

      Hello Udita Patel.. thank you for contacting us.. we have sent you the details over email.. kindly check and let us know!
      Have a great trip.
      Cheers!

    • Mainak

      Hello Harmandeep Grover.. thank you for contacting us.. we have sent you the details over email.. kindly check and let us know!
      Have a great trip.
      Cheers!

  • Giridhar Gopal

    Very nice blog. We are travelling to Bhutan in May on a weekend, can you please provide me with the contact for the permits. Also the rules(hotels bookings)for the permits, currency info and mandatory stuffs to carry. Thank you.

    • Mainak

      Hello Giridhar,
      Thank you for stopping by.. we have sent you an email with the contact details.
      Currency – Indian rupees is accepted everywhere (prefer not to carry Rs.2000 notes)
      Have a great trip!
      cheers!

      • Apex

        Hi,

        We are also planning to reach Jaigaon/ Phuentsholing border on the 4th of May which happens to be a friday . Can you kindly provide the travel agents number for an advance permit ?

        Thanks!

        • Mainak

          Hello Apex.. thank you for contacting us.. we have sent you the details over email.. kindly check and let us know!
          Have a great trip.
          Cheers!

          • Apex

            Hi Mainak,

            Thanks for sharing the details! However the number shared isn’t valid. Would you have any other number to contact the agent ?

          • Mainak

            Hello Apex!
            Really glad to hear that we were able to help you.. if you loved reading our blog, can we request you to share it with your friends too.. 🙂
            Cheers! have a great trip!

  • Karthick

    Hi,

    We are planning to reach Phuetsholing on May 12th (Saturday). Could you please share the agent number to get the e-permit.

    • Mainak

      Hello Karthick,
      Thank you for stopping by.. We have sent you an email with the contact details of the person who can get your entry permit in advance. do let us know about your travel.. enjoy!

  • Saurabh Panjwani

    Hi Mainak

    Kindly share your agent’s contact with me too. I have the same problem of arriving in phunsoling on a Saturday

    Thanks
    Saurabh

      • Aditya Kumar

        Hi Mainak,

        I’ll be entering Phuentsholing on 3rd June’18(Sunday). Is there a way that i can get the permit before 3rd june, as Immigration office remain closed on weekends. And if not, can i stay in Phuentsholing on sunday, and then process my permit on Monday(I really dont prefer this one, as i dont want to waste a single day).
        Kindly let me know.

        Thanks
        Aditya

        • Mainak

          Hello Aditya,
          Thank you for stopping by.. we have sent you an email with the contact details of the person who can get your entry permit in advance.
          Have a great trip!
          cheers!

  • Pravin

    Hi ,we are supposed to enter Bhutan on April 21st and we need a permit on a weekday before that .Can you please let us know an agents number .Thanks in advance

    • Mainak

      Hello Pravin,
      We have emailed you the contact of a person who can get you the entry permit.
      Have a great trip.
      Cheers!

      • ravindra negi

        Hi My Visit is for Bhutan on 12th May Saturday, evening i will reached their , i need a permit weekday before, Could you plz suggest any travel agent contact no.
        my email id is
        [email protected]
        Mobile – 9599877833

        Thanks.

        • Mainak

          Hello ravindra ,
          We have emailed you the contact of an agent who can get you the entry permit.
          Have a great trip.
          Cheers!

  • Ridhima

    Hi
    Very useful article. I have my trip planned to bhutan on a weekend. It would be great if you could help with travel permit or agents number. And other important details also.

    Thanks in advance

    • Mainak

      Hello Ridhima,
      We have replied you (via email) with the contact of a person who can get you the entry permit.
      Have a great trip.
      Cheers!

  • manoz

    Sir i need your help regarding permit.
    Please give an agent detail and contact
    Phone no.
    We will be entering on 14th April (Saturday)..plz kindly help as we have booked the hotel already..

  • Shubham Singh

    Hii mainak,

    very well written blog, i have two question
    1) What if we reach border by 3pm on Friday, Is it possible to get permit on the same day (assuming i took help from guide)
    2) Can i get RSTA permit (for bike) on the same day, If not is it possible to get it on Saturday

  • Gautam ghosh

    Sir i need your help regarding permit.
    Please give an agent detail and contact
    Phone no.
    We will be entering on 24th March,Saturday.
    Please send the details
    Wating for your kind response.
    My email:[email protected]
    Gautam ghosh

  • Avinash Mishra

    Hi Mainak,

    This was a very helpful read, I will be reaching Bhutan on a weekend too, it would be a great help if you could share the contact details of the travel agent who helped your friend get the permit. I have sent you the mail regarding this.

    • Mainak

      Hello Avinash, Thank you for stopping by and readin our blog.. we are really happy that you liked it..
      we have received your email and have replied back with the contact..

      Have a great trip.
      Cheers!

  • Vidhya

    Hello

    Need some help for Bhutan Immigration. We are reaching Bagdogara on Friday evening. And now i realised that immigration office will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. Would you please share details of travel agent who can help me in this please.

    Regards

    Vidhya

  • Akshat Agrawal

    Hi, it was an amazing blog and turned out to be really helpful. Thanks a lot for it… 🙂
    I just had one question though. As the rule has been updated for Indians as well to show 1st night’s hotel booking receipt, would payment receipt from Airbnb work? Or only a proper hotel receipt is accepted?
    Thanks in advance.. 🙂

    • Mainak

      Hello Akshat,
      Thanks for stopping by, and thank you again for those kind words.. compliments from our readers indeed motivates us a lot !!

      Coming to your question, I am not very sure if an ‘Airbnb receipt’ will work or not.. but i will definitely try find that out for you..

      Regards..

  • Deepika

    Dear Mainak

    Thanks for the clear and concise article.

    You mentioned a friend who contacted a registered travel agent who helped to get the bhutan permit done on their behalf. Are you able to share the contact of the particular travel agent with me please ?

    I will be facing a similar situation of landing up in Phuentsholing over the weekend.

    Thanks a bunch in advance !

  • Neha Gupta

    Hi, amazing blog.
    We needed some help with the agent contact who can help us getting the permits beforehand as we are reaching Pheuntsohling on a Sunday. Have dropped you a mail.thanks!

  • Ibahun

    Hi, I want to cross the Phuentsohling border on a weekend. I have my hotel booking in Paro in Sunday. Can you give me more information on the option your friend Nikita use i.e using a registered travel agent in Bhutan to apply for the permit. I tried contacting my hotel in phuentsohling but they don’t seem very competent. How long does this process take, what documents are required through this process and do you have the contact details of a registered travel agent? Or how do I get in touch with one. I’d appreciate it if you could provide me the information

    • Mainak

      Hello.. I would suggest for April-May.. the weather will be be beautiful with clear blue sky and cool breeze throughout. Enjoy! 🙂

  • Lovesh Soni

    Hey, I asked people
    They said even Indians need 1st night booking to get permit from Apr-17.
    Your post doesn’t mention it at all.
    So
    M confused as I am in jaiga on nd will go tmrw for permit and had no booking till now.
    Plz mention when u visited and all abt it.
    Thanks

    • Mainak

      Dear Lovesh,
      Thank you for mentioning this fact, and also for updating us.
      We found out from some sources that the rule has indeed changed, and you are absolutely correct. Hence we have updated the post accordingly.

      We went in May 2016 and at that time there was no need for any hotel booking. We just simply went in and got our permit only with our IDs and photos.

      I apologize for any miscommunication through this post. We will find out the recent norms and update it accordingly.

      Thank again,
      Mainak

    • Mainak

      Hello.. I personally dont know the details about travelling alone and the related permit issues.. but i can search and let you know 🙂

  • Chayan K Dutta

    According to a new rule which was published on 6th April, 2017 a regional tourist (e.g Indian) have to produce a confirm hotel booking slip while applying for the permit. Also there is wrong information regarding id proof. Only a valid passport and voter id card is accepted for permit process. If a visitor does not have such then he/she has to go to the Indian embassy with the other documents he/she got and get clearance from there.

    • Mainak

      Hello.. thank you for stopping by and letting us know about the other changes in some rules. I will edit the post accordingly. 🙂

  • Ishani Nath

    Some places of Bhutan lies in the border of Assam, Samdrup Jongkhar is one such place in Bhutan, we went for a long drive to visit the place. Have written a post on that trip, do read, also loved reading your trip. I am planning to visit very soon.

  • Bianca

    When I read $200 per day, I was like “the heck!?” I gotta pay per day to enter as well as per night to sleep there? It’s cool that they set you up with everything. Sounds like it actually could be a more stress free type of trip. Do they let you explore on your own or do you have to stay with your tour guy?

    • Mainak

      Exactly.. the “minimum daily package” has been planned in a way that it will make life very easy for the travellers.

      to answer to your question, ‘Do they let you explore on your own or do you have to stay with your tour guy?’ – its the guide’s responsibility to stay with you and guide you.. but if you want you can roam around on your own as well. 🙂

    • Mainak

      Thank Anuradha ji.. I have always been a big follower of your blog and a comment coming from you made me really happy 🙂

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