How i backpacked Bhutan in less than Rs.1000 a day

Our earth is like a book and all countries are just like a page of that book. Travelling throughout India gave me a sense of feeling that I have known and lived the stories of only 1 page and I was always curious about the stories on the other pages. To gratify my curiosity I choose the page name “Bhutan” which is known as the land of thunder dragon and the last Shangri La. I am a backpacker so I always prefer to travel on budget. As Bhutan is our neighbor country I had an added advantage of getting in there by road.

The journey started when we left from Bangalore for Howrah (Kolkata) on 18th March morning by Duronto Express (12246) and reached there on 19th evening; Our next train Kanchankanya Express (13149) was from Sealdah (Kolkata) station which started around 8.30PM; the train was suppose to reach Hasimara next morning at 10.23AM but unfortunately it was 5 hour late and we reached around 3.30AM. From Hasimara India-Bhutan international border is just 15km away and we took a sharing auto from outside the station which charges Rs.30 per person, it took us around 30 min to reach Jaigoan-phuentsholing border.

Border Gate

The border gate is mesmerizing piece of art depicting the architecture of Bhutan. As Indians are allowed to stay in phuentsholing you can simply cross the border without any permit but for travelling to Paro and Thimphu we need to take permit from the immigration office which is on the right hand side after the petrol pump. Within 5 minutes of crossing the border we literally felt the difference between two countries there was no honking, fewer people and we felt the peace all around, the sudden decrease in the decibel of my surrounding was more than enough to give a chill down my spine.  Please keep in mind that the immigration office closes around 4pm and due to some construction activity right now it’s closed on weekend. It will be ideal to reach phuentsholing on Tuesday morning as on Monday the office was very crowded due to back log of 2 days and we felt like we were in India again. Sunday evening was spent roaming around on the streets of phuentsholing and checking out the market. We stayed at Hotel Kuenga the rooms were decent, you can get a 4 bed room at Rs.1500 and 2 bed deluxe room at Rs.900. Monday morning the immigration office opens at 9am and due to a handy tip from some local people we reached the office as early as 7am and to our utter surprise there were still 5 people in front of us in the queue. Below is the process of getting the permit.

  • Fill the immigration form.
  • Staple one passport size photo on the corner of the form.
  • Take a Xerox of passport/voter id.
  • Take the all these document to the main counter and get the token number.
  • After taking the token number go to the verification window and verify your document.
  • Once document is verified go to the counter # 5 where your finger prints and picture will be taken.

If you want the immigration form, you can comment your mail id and i will mail it to you. 🙂

After 1-2 hour we came back and collected the permit. The permit was only valid for Paro and Thimphu and if you want to explore other places like Haa valley and Punakha you need to take one more permit from Thimphu immigration office which was a cake walk. 😛  There were only 2 buses which ply from phuentsholing to Paro and both were in the morning at 8.30AM and 9AM. So, with no other option left we took a taxi that charged us Rs.650 per person for a drop to Paro, bus takes Rs.250.

On the way to Paro

The journey from phuentsholing to Paro was of around 5 hour and the route was very scenic; we had our lunch at Hotel Shelgoen of Chukha Dzongkhag (District), the hotel was operated by a very jolly and pretty Bhutanese lady, food was really nice and we tried some local Bhutanese dishes like thukpa and ema datshi. The lady gave us 12 Mango bite as a bonus on our bill of Rs.1770 for 12 people. On the way it was raining most of the time and we managed to reach Paro around 7pm. We checked into Hotel jigmeling, the room was awesome with wooden flooring, heater and luxury bathroom, the double bedroom cost us around Rs.1700 and we paid Rs.300 for extra bed. After having our dinner at the same hotel we hopped into a nearby pub for karaoke night and participated in some epic karaoke battle between different groups of local people. Found out that Bhutanese people are very fond of Hindi songs and we faced some tough competition from them. The mercury was hanging below the freezing point that made us call it a night. Earlier before reaching Paro we planned to trek the famous Tiger nest (Taksang monastery) on Tuesday but then after driver informed us that due the changes in certain rules regarding the maintenance of tiger nest it will be close on Tuesday. So we went ahead to attend the Paro Tsechu which is an annual festival that happens every year in Paro for 5 days. Paro Tsechu is a very colorful festival showcasing the traditional Cham dance. These costumed, masked dances typically are moral vignettes based on incidents from the life of the 9th century Nyingma teacher Padmasambhava and other saints. After witnessing Paro Tsechu we visited Rinpung Dzong (Heap of jewels monastery) which was one the finest piece of Bhutanese architecture containing obscure wood work, huge beams slotted into each other and held together without nails.

Paro Tsechu

We parceled our lunch and left for Thimphu by afternoon bus. There were only 2 buses which ply from Paro to Thimphu; one was in morning and second was around 2pm. Please book the tickets in advance as the seats are limited and unlike India people are not allowed to stand in bus. We booked the tickets around 8 am in the morning and ticket price was only Rs.50. If by any chance you miss the bus; another option is to take a taxi which takes around Rs.300 per person, it took us around 2-3 hours to reach Thimphu from Paro. We took our hotel at famous Norzin Lam Street which is famous as backpackers’ paradise; it has all kinds of hotels, cafes and shops. Hotel Yoesal is a decent budget hotel and a triple bed room costs us only Rs.900, there is 24 hour open shop just near the hotel which helped us in getting the hot coffee after our midnight stroll in the streets of Thimphu, while the girls of our group were busy in shopping, me along with some guys went to watch a club level soccer match in the national stadium.

Buddha Point, Thimphu

Next morning after submitting our documents at immigration office for Punakha; we left for Buddha point. It’s one of the largest Buddha rupas in the world, at a height of 169 feet which was made up of bronze and gilded in gold. After spending some time and clicking tons of pictures we went back to immigration office for collecting permit. Soon after breakfast we left for Punakha in a taxi, Punakha which is the old capital of Bhutan is around 86 km from Thimphu, due to bad road it takes around 3-4 hours to reach Punakha; in between we had a stopover at Dochula Pass, the pass stands high at 10330ft and you can see 108 memorial stupas known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens” which have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. After reaching Punakha we visited Punakha Dzong which is the second largest and second oldest Dzong in Bhutan. The Dzong is on bank of Pho chhu and Mo chhu rivers. We spent around 2-3 hour in exploring the Dzong and listening to chants of monks, after having some leisure time at bank of both the river we left back for Thimphu. After reaching back to Thimphu around 8pm we went to Café Thijha which is famous for its hot chocolate and finally after 5 days we got internet connection and everybody started sharing Pics and calling their loves one on Whatsapp. We explored the city till 2am and then crashed on bed.

At Tiger Nest

Next morning was the main event of our trip. The trek to Tiger nest, we left from Thimphu for tiger nest at around 7am in the morning we took hot noodles for breakfast from that nearby 24 hour open shop. It took us around 2.30 hour to reach tiger nest. Tiger nest is one the most fascinated place I have been to. The place had decent crowd which mostly included foreigners, we trekked for around 3.5 hour to reach the top. As it closes for lunch around 1pm we had an hour to explore the place, Mobile, camera or any electronic gadget is not allowed inside the monastery so you have to keep it in a locker before the entry, Please carry a lock when you are visiting the place as most of the lockers are without any lock and number of locks with the management is very less. We were blown away by the ambience of the monastery it was amazingly calm. We started descending around 2pm and reached the base at around 4pm, as we were very hungry we immediately left for Paro and went to Hotel Dragon which was very crowded and was full with Bengali tourist, All the member of my group were disappointed after the seeing the crowd and we assumed that it will at least take an hour before we get any table, after seeing the disappointed face of my group I thought to try something I went to the reception with prasad where a beautiful Bhutanese girl was sitting. I initiated the conversation by asking about the specs she was wearing, later the conversation proceed and I found out that her name was Priya and she was filling in for her sister who works at the hotel, after talking about random stuff for around 15-20 she got us a table and I placed the whole order in one go. We got our order in next 15 min and I was amused to see the reaction of the people from nearby table who were waiting for their order from last 30-40 min 😀

The Gang

After lunch we left for phuentsholing, we managed to reach phuentsholing by 11pm while on the way I called the hotel to parcel our dinner and place it and our room. Next morning we played a little bit of holi in our hotel room. Before checking out of room most of the people from group bought local alcohol; which was very cheap I managed to buy a full whiskey, full vodka, 2 half red wine and 1 quarter whiskey for Rs760 only.  Bhutan is a paradise if you love to drink as its very cheap and easily available, 9 out 10 shops in Bhutan sells alcohol, even if you are going to a general store a buy a pencil you can get alcohol as well,I guess maybe that’s the reason it’s one of the most happiest country in the world 😛 As we had our return train from Hasimara at 4.45PM we left the beautiful city of phuentsholing at around 3.30pm, we reached the station in 30 min and got the train on time. Next morning we reached Sealdah at 8.15AM out train for Bangalore was at 8.35PM we had around 11 hour for exploring the city, I managed to explore kali ghat, Victoria memorial, princep ghat. We had our lunch at balwant da dhaba which is famous for its milk cola which is an amazing mixture of milk and cola, milkcola was very unique and tasty, evening we took a ferry from Kolkata to Howrah for reaching the railway station, the ferry charges only Rs.5 for crossing the hoogly river, it’s must do thing in Kolkata.


After leaving for Bangalore at 8.35pm on Saturday we reached Bangalore at 6AM on Monday and it was the end of the first international trip of my life. Thanks to the people of Bhutan for making this trip awesome and yes this trip cost me Rs.9583 only. Feel free to comment below if you have any kind of query. Till then bid adieu 🙂

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Update 1 : From April 10th 2017 All Tourists(Indians and others) visiting Bhutan must have Booked hotel details print to get a entry permit or else your permit wont be processed.

Update 2 : People visiting Taktsang monastery(Tigers Nest) are charged with entry Fees of 500 Nu/- or INR effective from 1st March 2017 (If you are not on $250 per day package)

Update 3: You can also visit this link for more info. Bhutan Guide for Indians

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295 thoughts on “How i backpacked Bhutan in less than Rs.1000 a day”

      1. feeling happy came across your blog will spend a day reading your story 🙂 if not an issue please share number/email need to know few detail for bhutan trip 🙂

    1. hey kamal …!! pleasure to read ur blog ..!! just need some information , i am having simple pnb debit card not international debit card , will it work?? and my mail plz send the immigration form if possible

      1. pnb debit card wont work. I have tried in Nepal coz ! 1st it is rupay not visa or master, 2nd u need to apply for international debit card, this time i applied n got pnb intel debit card (master) which worked in Singapore. ( better check your card, if it is written
        international it will work or cont ur branch)

  1. Awesome Kamal. THis helps us i spending money in right way and thus buying these invaluable experiences in economical way. I am preparing for the same. Can you tell me which months / time will be good to go to Bhutan ?

    1. Hi Sagar,
      Thanks for your words.
      June-Aug is the monsoon month for bhutan. Rest all the other months are fine. If you want to see snow you can go in December-January. Weather is pleasant during feb-april period. Hope this will help you in planning. 🙂

  2. I am planning to travel Bhutan solo
    P.s. I am an Indian male
    So can I do that ??
    And what should be the maximum budget as per you if we are on shoe-string budget travelling just like you.??
    Please help

    1. Hi Rishabh,
      Bhutan doesn’t give visa to solo traveler. You can take a max budget of 1500rs per day, If you travel in group you can manage in less than 1000rs as well.

      1. Isn’t there any way to get a solo visa…?
        I really wanna explore Bhutan but solo
        Is there any possibility of that?

        1. If you can convince the immigration officer about your safety and well being they can allow. Have sent you the form 🙂

  3. Very interesting and an awesome piece of information. Thanks Kamal. Bet you have been quite so lucky in visiting one of the most beautiful destinations of the world.

  4. Great Trip … amazing experience to share e..I too did Bhutan back in 2014 but i went Driving all the way from Mumbai n Back. 🙂

  5. Vry well written nd Vry inspiring…I liked th budget thing…it’s not alwz money which can buy happiness..keep doing.

  6. Great trip. You traveled in large group. Is it possible for solo traveler to do this in same budget?

  7. Thanks for this detailed and amazing information. I love to visit this place and now your valuable information make it very easy for me .
    Thanks a lot .


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  9. Very useful and informative post. Appreciate your effort in helping future travellers . how about the options of vegetarian food? Is it advisable to travel with kids?

  10. Liked your post kamal… very precise !!! definitely will make it up to see snow fall… thank you for the lovely post 🙂

  11. Great post Kamal, I m very much motivated from this post and wanted to go there, please let me know if I wanted to go in August so is everything would be same as March.

  12. This is one awesome travel story, man! I loved it, shared it to many. This will surely help hundreds of backpackers like me.

  13. Heyyyy,

    Where’s your next trip & when ?.

    I’m Mumbai based & would love to travel for such kinda trips

    1. Hi Sunil,
      I usually travel/trek once or twice in a month. My long trips are mostly not planned in advance so no clue as of now where and when i will be going next.

  14. Pls help me with some name of budget hotels in paro,Punakha & thimpu & also I need a car for 6/7 days if u can help me with some name or phone nos.or address

  15. Wow! Engagingly written Kamal! Makes one want to pack d bags n just go. And the way u’ve written it , it seems quite possible!

  16. Hey! Great blog. Immigration form will be issued at the office only, right? And is mid-september a good time to visit Bhutan? And also, how much time did it take to get extra permit for Punakha, Tiger’s Nest?

    1. Hi Kartik,
      *You can drop your email id here i will send you the immigration form.
      *Yes sep is a good time to visit.
      *You just need extra permit for punakha which can be taken from thimphu and it takes 1-2 hour max.

  17. Hi, amazing article first of all. Just one doubt, can I plan the trip with an other person of opposite sex? As in, would there be any issues in getting immigration permit or hotel rooms or anything!
    Thanks in advance

  18. Hey Kamal,
    I must say this is one of the best written and easily explained blogs on Bhutan, we’re on a road trip to Bhutan and currently we’re in Paro. We had lost all our hopes on getting into Bhutan as we were waiting for entry into Bhutan since Thursday but offices were closed. Surprisingly we got the permit today and we zoomed into Paro.

    The only concern I have is, we don’t have much cash now and not sure if we can withdraw from ATMs here. Can you please share some information about the same? Also what would be the charges?

  19. Hi Kamal,

    Thanks a lot for sharing your experiences (and the effort you put into it).
    As tons of people before me rightly said, its a great page for an aspiring Bhutan traveler. Complete yet concise !!
    Do you still have the immigration form with you ? If possible can you please send it to


  20. Nice blog… could you please send me the immigration form from Phuentsholing and shed some light on travelling during this time in December.

  21. Hey kamal ,we r going through flight from Mumbai To Bagdogra .
    So where do I have to submit doucuments related to immigration from.
    And plzz Mail me the immigration form

      1. You will be very good writer too in future. If you take that. Up. Seriously.
        So well written. Pl share. Your number. If possible.
        We plan a family vacation last week of may from. Bangalore. Is it. Advisable. To go. For tourist. Packages or we. Can. Manage. Ourselves.
        Dr Ravishankar

  22. Hello Kamal, me and my friend are planning to visit next month. May I request you to send the immigration form please? And is there a way to submit/request for immigration online?

  23. Hi Kamal,
    I encountered your blog from Quora. I wish to visit Bhutan with my wife and two kids of 5 and 1 year of age respectively. Will it be possible for us to get the permit? Anything special required to be done to get the permit for the kids, specially for the infant? Can you share the immigration form at

  24. Awesome post bro… One of my friend is coming from Malaysia, he want to go for a Bhutan tour, is any special permit need for him??? I mean visa or anything??

  25. Hi Kamal,
    Thanks Your blog had been a real help for Us… we just came back from our 10 days Bhutan Trip…
    To Add On: From April 10th 2017 All Tourists(Indias and others) visiting Bhutan must have Booked hotel details print to get a entry permit or else your permit wont be processed.
    And People visiting Taktsang monastery(Tigers Nest) are charged with entry Fees of 500 Nu/- or INR effective from 1st March 2017.

  26. Hi,
    This is Karthik, A very good writing on your travel. Kindly provide the Form to the E.Mail – and for booking Hotel / which areas will be fine and cheap in bhutan – Thimpu / Paro / any other places

    Thanks in advance

  27. Hello dear, a very meaningful blog and well detailed. Thanks for that.
    Actually, I dint get the ‘update1’ that one has to book a hotel to enter Bhutan!
    I am from Gurgaon and going on bike, my problem of not booking a hotel is I dont know how much time it will take to reach there and which on date should i book hotel. Ease enlighten. My no is 9718597971, just in case u need to make me better understand.

    1. Hi Vijay,
      Thanks, you can stay in phuensholing without any permit, when you reach there just ask any hotel owner to connect with their contacts in paro/thimphu for getting booking confirmation same you can show while applying for permit.

  28. Hi! Very informative post! I’ve been planning to visit there in September but heard its the tourist season and planning to reschedule to December, I was wondering where do you get pricing for Druk air? Do you have to contact Druk Air itself? In the end I’m pretty sure we’ll go by train but still..

    Can I connect with you on Facebook?

  29. Hello Kamal, Thanks for the blog post. It will really help us as we are planning a trip to Bhutan this week. Could you please share the Immigration Form with me?

  30. Wonderful write up. if you plan another similar trip do count me in 🙂 This has inspired me to travel to Bhutan.

  31. Hi Kamal,

    Wonderful write up. I was starting to doubt if I could backpack or not with all the tourist package. Your write up helped me a ton to plan. Between, are you aware of anyone who organize trekking in Bhutan? As far as I know we need to have a guide. Also, could you please mail me the immigration form to Thanks in advance 🙂

  32. Hey! The blog is really very good n helpful. Can you please share the number of the hotel you stayed in thimphu? The name is hotel Yoesal I think!
    Also if you have any idea about permission for Haa, do we need any special permission for Haa?

  33. Hey! The blog is really very good n helpful. Can you please share the number of the hotel you stayed in thimphu? The name is hotel Yoesal I think!
    Also if you have any idea about permission for Haa, do we need any special permission for Haa?

  34. Hii Kamal!
    So we are planning a trip to Bhutan. I loved the blog.
    Can you please give me the number of the Hotel at Thimphu?
    Also do you have any idea about the permit to Haa? Do we need any special permits for Haa?


  35. Hi kamal …
    Ur blog is very helpfull…
    1) Can u help me regarding hotel bookings…can u suggest good & cheap website whr i can book hotels.
    2) As per u mentioned they issue permit only for 7 days i am planning for 10days wat should i do yo stay more then 7daya???
    Awaiting for ur positive redponse

  36. Hi Kamal,

    Came across your blog after doing a lot of research for planning my trip to Bhutan. Its really worth a read and has plenty of useful information. If possible, can you please mail me the entry permit form as you have mentioned in your Blog?
    My id is

    Also, me and my friends are planning to further head east of Thimphu and travel Punakha and Phobjikha, if you know anyone who can help us with searching some budget hotels or farmhouse to stay there, please let me know.

    Again, a beautifully written blog. Saw your other articles too. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks a lot for kind words. Have mailed you the form and Here is the number of a driver who can help you, Name : Dupchu , mb : 17884096

  37. Regarding “Update 1” in the article, can you share the official link or how did you come to know of this information? We are planning to enquire on arrival in Bhutan and stay in home stays. So we don’t have a booking right now.
    “Update 1 : From April 10th 2017 All Tourists(Indians and others) visiting Bhutan must have Booked hotel details print to get a entry permit or else your permit wont be processed.”

  38. Hii kamal am travelling to bhutan this month…what denominations of indian currency i should carry?are 500/2000rs notes accepted? Whats the best way to travel east bhutan from phunaka? Kindly send me immigaration form.

    1. Have sent the form. when i visited 500/2000rs notes were accepted easily not sure if it’s the same after demonetization.The best way to travel will be by taxi/cab. Thanks KT

  39. i must say, it was really well described and it has really made me think about planning my next tour to Bhutan. Can you mail me the form on . Also i wanted to know if SBI Visa Paywave card would work properly in Bhutan.

    And it was great reading your blog, keep sharing your experiences. It really helps travelers like us get motivated for planning our next trip.


    1. Thanks Aakash for the kind words. I have mailed you the form. I am not sure if SBI card will work, you can do one thing when you are phuentsholing border just enter bhutan and check if the card is working in bhutan ATM if doesn’t work cross the border gate again and take out enough cash from India side of ATM.

  40. Hi!
    It is what I was looking for!
    we are planning a trip to Bhutan in the month of March, 6 day trip with a budget of 10 K, need to know the details and possibilities and also could you mail me the immigration form on

    Thanks you!

  41. Hi Kamal… Me n my husband are travelling to bhutan this may.. this Hotel Yoesal that you have mentioned I tried checking it online but couldn’t find any. Although I found hotel Yoesal 2. Is this the same hotel that u have mentioned in uyour blog…

  42. Hey! That was really informative and helpful! I would love to ask you a few questions since I am planning a trip the next month. It would be really helpful if you could provide me the answers or point me to relevant sources:
    1. How favorable is it to go on a solo trip?
    2. Are there are any flights from bangalore to paro?
    3. How many days do you suggest should I plan my trip for? 5 or more?

    1. Thanks Garima 🙂 Below are the answers.
      1. Bhutan doesn’t give visa to solo travelers specially female. You can gel up with someone else while applying permit and then can travel solo, its pretty safe place safer than india i must say.
      2.No flights from BLR to Paro, better take flight till bagdogra and then bus till phuentsholing border, or take flight till kolkata and then take train till hasimara.
      3. 5-6 days will be enough if you are only planning to cover Paro, thimphu and Punakha.


  43. Hi Kamal,

    Very useful information. Very well written. Thanks for the assistance.

    Can you please mail me the immigration form if you have it to my email address at

    Also, if you have any phone numbers of good drivers or cab information in bhutan which will be helpful.

    Thanks in advance for your help!

  44. Hi Kamal! As you updated that it is required to book hotel in advance , I want to know if we need to book hotel in advance for all places we are visiting or just one . Also doesn’t that take away our liberty to book cheap hotels by exploring the place first. Also I want to know if thimpu ->paro-> Punakha is better that the route you followed.

    1. Hi Umakant, It was not not mentioned anywhere that you need to book hotel for all places so i am not sure on this. Punakha will be near to Thimphu so Thimphu>Punakha>Paro or Paro>Thimphu>Punakha can be done. You need to pass through thimphu when you are going to Punakha.

  45. Awesome blog bro , would August be the right time to visit? I am from bengaluru.
    Also kindly share me the immigration form.

    Thanks in advance,

  46. Thanks dear, for such a nice piece of information. I am planning to visit Bhutan during October.
    Please send me the immigration form on .
    Thanks once again.

  47. Really very informative blog!! I am planning a trip with friends. Your blog will help a lot. Thanks for sharing your experience. Could you please share the immigration form on Thanks..

  48. Hey,
    I have been looking for the best way to get Bhutan and after reading your blog I don’t need to read anything else. I am planning to go there . Could you plz send me the immigration form in

  49. My dear Kamal
    I came across you write up on Bhutan trip. Very informative, accurate and self explanatory. I am planning to drive in my car ,from Delhi to Bhutan,with my wife, in Sep Oct 2018. Plan to stay there for a week or so.
    Could you please forward your contact details so that I can get the details from you.
    ThankPK Kaul

  50. Hello Kamal,
    It’s really a pleasure to read your blog about your trip to Bhutan.
    Myself and a couple of others are planning for Bhutan trip by the end of August.

    I actually wouls like to received the immigration form, just to make sure, how it is to be filled.
    Anyways, nice to see a happy soul travelling worldwide..
    Happy travelling buddy…. 🙂

  51. Please email me the Immigration paper’s and also the split of how much you spent the money I’m planning to go there by the end of this Year

  52. Hi Kamal ,
    Thank you so much for the blog! It’s super awesome and very helpful.

    Can you please mail me the immigration form at

    Also I wanted to know 1) how did you manage to book all the hotels? Should we get it done through agents or do it ourselves?
    2) What If somebody doesn’t have a passport or voters ID, will Aadhar or Pan card or Driving license work??

  53. Hi, Form sent 🙂
    1.i didn’t book any hotel in advance but now for permit you have to book it. You can try or for booking the hotels.
    2. Only Voter id and passport will work.


  54. hey there nice blog.
    i am planning the trip to Bhutan with my GF.
    can you advice me wheather it is safe or not and how much money do i need to carry for a trip.
    what should i keep the duration of Trip.
    and please send me the mail with immigration form attached.
    Thanks in advance

  55. 1.It’s totally safe way safer than travelling in india.
    2.If you are backpacking 2000rs per day per person will be enough.
    3.Minimum 6 days is enough if you are planning to cover only Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.
    4.Have sent you the form.

  56. Hi Bro. Bhutan is like a mind pricking trip which i wanted to do for last 3 years and only this december end its falling into my lap! Your blog is good tonic for me 🙂 Keep travelling the world.. Kudos! Please send the immigration form to my email, it will be helpful!

  57. Hey man!

    So 3 of us are planning a trip to Bhutan from Kolkata in the last week of December. Us being University students, we’re on a really tight budget, to the point of almost cancelling the trip. Your blog gave us hope 🙂
    Could you drop me a blank email titled ‘bhutan’ at I would love to personally get in touch with you over email and ask a few questions, if you don’t mind that is.


  58. Very informative. Please send me the immigration form and let me know if there is any latest update I should be aware of.
    PS: I am planning to reach Bhutan on a weekend, and have 4 days in hand for Paro and Thimphu.
    Also.. Is there any way of getting the permit online in advance, to save time?


    1. Form sent, you can’t get the permit in advance as they have to take your finger prints while submitting the form. Office will be closed on weekend so please reach on weekday.

  59. Hey,

    Hope you are doing simply Awesome !!!

    Was lovely reading your blog about Bhutan.
    It would be great if you could send across the immigration form.


  60. It is really a nice blog and will definitely help the new travellers to Bhutan.
    I would like to receive the permit form in advance on my email id – ram.naik61@

  61. Hi..
    Planning to go to Bhutan next week and have very little time to plan.
    Can you please suggest whether it is good time to travel to Bhutan and also send the immigration form and other details to note down while travelling.

  62. Hi, can you please guide me about hotel booking(from the study i found out i have to show confirmation email from one of the hotels enlisted on government site ,i dont have to pay but confirmation email is necessary)
    And please send me the form
    And also thanks for such nice information.

  63. Hi. Got too involved in your blog and planning my trip to the kingdom in may during my vacations. Would like the form and also a few doubts that my arise as i start planning and booking.
    Looking forward to interacting with you via mail/messages/calls.
    Cheers and keep travelling.

    Prof. Shrinath Shankar.

  64. Hi,
    Thanks for the blog and it’s really helpful. Can you mail the form to
    Also, not sure if you’d be able to clarify the following but worth a try. There’s some news online that the Tiger’s nest is closed on Tuesdays. Would you have any info. on that?


  65. Hi Kamal,

    Great information … well written blog.
    I wanted to check on three things:
    How much currency do we need to carry? I see you haven’t shopped anything except liquor but you might need to check with ur girl gang on this.😊 I believe they have restriction on what denominations are accepted?
    Are HDFC or HSBC credit debit cards accepted in Bhutan or is it only pnb?
    Does it make sense to rent a car for entire trip since we would be hopping g between different cities ?

    1. During my time they accepted all currency but after demonetization i am not sure. You can check your debit card at phuentsholing border and if it doesn’t work you can withdraw the money from India side for whole trip.

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