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ABOUT BHUTAN

Known by the native Bhutanese as "Druk Yul" (The land of Thunder Dragon) - Bhutan,  the only pure Buddhist kingdom in the world is regarded as the last paradise on earth because of its isolation, vibrant culture and myths surrounding the Kingdom and its people. The topography is one of dramatic contrast from near tropical in the south bordering India to mountainous alpine in the north, which form a natural frontier with China. The capital Thimphu lying in a valley is particularly striking with traditional architecture. The places to visit are Tashichho Dzong the seat of the government. Memorial Chorten dedicated to late king Jigme Dorgee. National Library for collection of ancient text. Painting School for traditional technique of drawing and painting. Traditional Medicine Hospital for herbal medicines. Changangkha Lakhang for ancient scriptures and thankas. Dechenchholing for gold and silver smiths at work. Simtokha Dzong the oldest fortress of Bhutan. 

Paro, 65-km southwest of  Thimphu is the only airport in Bhutan. The places of interest are Ta Dzong houses national museum. Ripung Dzong venue of the Paro Tseshu (festival). The ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Kychu Lakhang one of the most sacred and oldest temple in Bhutan. Dungtse Lakhang with its extraordinary collection of religious paintings.

Punakha, 77 km north west of Thimphu is the ancient capital and the winter residence of central monk body, the most interesting place to visit is the unique Punakha Dzong built in 1637 is located on the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Cho. Wangdi Phodrang is distinguished by its Dzong, which completely covers the spur of the hill and commands excellent views. Gangtey Gompa is an interesting Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. Tongsa is the ancestral home of the Royal family of Bhutan. The Dzong houses 23 temples and a watchtower. The Bumthang valley is known for the beauty, temples and place of historical significance. It is an ideal place for country walks to observe the lifestyle of Bhutanese people.

 

 MAP OF BHUTAN 

   
     
 

 VISA AND PERMIT 

 
 

All foreign travelers to Bhutan are permitted entry only through recognised travel agent. The daily tariff is fixed by the Tourism Authority of Bhutan (TAB). Visa for Bhutan is granted for 14 days which can be extended in Thimphu for upto six months The actual VISA is stamped on arrival in Bhutan upon payment of US $ 20, but visitors need to obtain visa clearance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in advance. 

 
     
 

 ACCESSIBILITY 

 
 

Airport : Druk Air, Bhutan's national airline, operates flights to Paro from Bangkok, Kolkata, Dhaka, Kathmandu and New Delhi. 

Road : There are two overland entry/exit points. One is from the Indian State of West Bengal into Phuntsholing in southwest Bhutan. Phuntsholing is four hours drive from Bagdogra, the nearest Indian airport and seven hours drive from both Gangtok (Sikkim) and Darjeeling. The drive from Phuntsholing to Thimphu takes 6 hours.

The other point is Samdrup Jongkhar in the southeast, 110 km from Guwahati, India. An Inner Line Permit to enter Assam will also be required to enter/exit through Guwahati. Trashigang is 6 hours drive from Samdrup Jongkhar. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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