In today’s world, holidaying in an international destination isn’t such as huge affair as compared to may be 20 years back. There are plenty of resources out there that can guide you through. But even today, planning for your first international travel will make your heart pump faster. There will be hundreds of questions in your mind. Which country do I visit? Do I need visa? If yes, then how to get that? Where should I exchange currency? Will it be within my budget? Is the country safe for travel? and plenty more… As a result, most people resort to hiring a travel company to do this job. Well, it definitely takes away the stress by a large amount, but don’t you wanna feel the adrenaline rush through your veins when you plan your first foreign trip on your own? don’t you wanna immerse in the feeling of accomplishment that follows?
Of course you do! That’s what makes you a traveler. And we are here to make that easier for you…
In this post we have outlined 9 awesome reasons why we feel that
Bhutan is a perfect choice for an Indian’s first foreign trip.
1. Visa is hassle free and FREE !!
There you go!! I guess this itself is a motivation big enough to opt for Bhutan as your first international travel experience.
I guess one of the biggest nightmares related to your first foreign trip can be your visa application to a country getting rejected.
VOILA! Indians don’t need prior travel visa to get into Bhutan. We only need an entry permit which can be made right at the border. This means that you can book your tickets, pack your bag and show up on the border city with relevant documents (on a weekday between 9am to 5pm) and get your entry permit. Absolutely free of cost !! (just as we did)
Also read: our detailed guide about how to get Bhutan entry permit
2. Planning is easy
I think point #1 itself makes it a convenient choice for your First Foreign Trip. But if that’s not enough, planning for Bhutan is super easy too. To guide you, we have written a ton of articles on Bhutan from our own experiences of exploring the country.
We Indians always have a strong inclination towards anything and everything that is not-so-expensive; and Bhutan fits right there. And we also have a generic mental block that an international travel will be a ‘super expensive affair’. Although for travelers from rest of the world, a Bhutan trip will turn out to be significantly expensive ($250 per person per night – I would still say it’s absolutely worth it), for citizens of India a Bhutan trip will not burn a hole in your pocket.
Just to inspire you further, we did our entire trip in Rs. 34,000!! This includes Every.Single.Thing, door-to-door, 2 adults, 7 days!! Check out our Bhutan travel guide to know more..
4. Similar yet different
- Currency value is same (1 Nu = Rs.1; and you can easily use Indian Rupees in Bhutan – no exchange or conversion needed!)
- Driving side is same and traffic rules are similar (in Bhutan also you drive on the left side of the road!)
- Language is similar (English is common everywhere and some places you will find people speaking Hindi as well..)
Amidst all these similarities (which will make your first foreign trip more comfortable), both the countries are vastly different in many aspects, giving you a unique experience on the other side of the border –
- Development and prosperity in Bhutan is measured in GNH (Gross National Happiness) instead of GDP.
- Clean and green everywhere!
- Bhutan is a rare country where you will not be hassled by annoying vendors outside the famous tourist spots!!!
5. Photographers’ paradise
Bhutan offers immense opportunities for photography, especially landscapes. Clear blue skies, sparkling rivers, distinctive Bhutanese architecture, smiling faces and much more. Bhutan is truly a paradise for the shutterbug inside you!
Feel free to capture images of the panoramic views of the mountain ranges, rural life, flora and fauna, and the exterior of Dzongs and Chortens. However please check with your guide (or some locals) before taking pictures or filming inside Dzongs, temples, monasteries
6. You can travel safely (even solo)
Bhutan, in general is a very safe country; especially scams/crimes against travelers are completely unheard of – making Bhutan probably the safest destination in the world for travelers.
7. A self driven international trip can’t be easier
If exploring a new country by driving around in your own car is your dream OR if the thought of riding your bike through the mighty Himalayas gives you an adrenaline rush – Bhutan is your dream come true!
To get inside Bhutan in your own car and explore the country, you will need a car permit. And, for that all you need is original documents of your car and a driving license. By showing these documents at the immigration office in Phuentsholing you will get the permit.
For a bike trip, there are various travel companies that organize biking tours from India to Bhutan. If you’re planning to go on your own, the procedure is same as that mentioned above.
8. Happiness is the key
The Kingdom of Bhutan believes that their policy of high value, low impact tourism has facilitated the promotion and preservation of their cultural values. And hence, development and prosperity in Bhutan is measured in GNH (Gross National Happiness) instead of GDP.
Throughout our trip, we found that people went out of their way to make sure that we were having one of the greatest experiences. And, trust us when we say that everyone experiences the same.
BONUS: The calmness and serenity will make you wanna stay there forever
“A guest of one night is like a god” – an old Bhutanese proverb. It captures the essence of hospitality offered by Bhutan. The Bhutanese people open the doors to their homes and hearts for all travelers!
The places, its people, the hospitality, the calmness of the mountains and the overall serenity of the environment will make you wish if you could extend your trip to infinity and stay there for ever..