It's time for your annual trip planning activity and you are on the hunt for someplace new. We agree the world is open for you to travel but a Bhutan itinerary is sure to make your vacation tranquil and exotic; after all, you are traveling to the Land of Happiness. This land is mystical, magical, adventurous and beautiful; it's a must-visit destination. March to May is the best time to visit Bhutan and it's the spring season when you find the valleys in full bloom.
The Visa or No Visa
The best part about traveling to Bhutan is that Indian passport holders DO NOT require a visa. All you need to do is to carry a valid passport and your voter id card along with a few passport size photos. And lo and behold! You can obtain your permit at the border entry point itself.
There are three routes mainly that you can take, of which two are via Assam. However, the easiest route we find is from West Bengal through Siliguri. Take the route from here and you will soon reach the last Indian town of Jaigaon before the Bhutan border begins. This is a 157 km drive and the shortest. The roads aren't as well maintained but if you are not averse to a bumpy ride, then you are sure to enjoy your trip along with the hilly views.
Once you reach, you will be able to get your permits from the Bhutan Immigration office that's open from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm (Make sure you don't reach on a Saturday or you will be stuck). The permit process takes a couple of hours provided the queue isn't too long. A permit isn't required to enter Phuentsholing. However, once you exit there and start towards Paro or Thimpu, you will come across an immigration checkpoint that will ask you for a valid permit.
Once you enter the main cities of Bhutan, thus begins your adventures overland. Travel across this beautiful country and you will return refreshed and rejuvenated.