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Trip to Bhutan in late April - Early May, looking for suggestions & companions
Posted January 15th, 2013 - 5:27 pm by from Gurgaon, India (Permalink)
Hi Csers,

We are planning to backpacking Trip to Bhutan ( Phuntsholing- Thimpu-Punakha-Paro) via road from Indian border (NJP).

We are looking for

a)Suggestions & Phone nos on cabs & hotels
b) same minded people to travel with , perferbaly women.

If interested, please drop in a mail.


Anjana Gaba

Posted January 15th, 2013 - 5:49 pm by from Bangalore, India (Permalink)
Can get you connected to a female travel agent in Bhutan who owns travel n tourism firm. She got all my itinery done , the cabs and hotels everything, in Bhutan. Very helpful & very reasonable charges


Posted January 16th, 2013 - 5:46 pm by from Gurgaon, India (Permalink)
Hi Amit,

Your information is welcome, though would personally refer the cabbies & hotels no.

Though I need information on the working hours & days of the permit office , for the uninterrupted sail


Posted January 17th, 2013 - 9:30 am by from Bangalore, India (Permalink)
You can get the permission through the agent directly.


Posted January 17th, 2013 - 9:47 am by from Bangalore, India (Permalink)
The working hrs are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Carry your ID proof. Plz note your Voter ID and Driving License are not valid ID proof's as per the Bhutan border authorities.

Do note that Thimpu/Paro is about 10-12 hrs from Jaigaon (Indian border is not NJP). Buses ofcourse do not leave beyond 12 noon from Phuntsholing but cabs can. There are not too many options to stay the night over on the way to Thimpu/Paro. There is a small Inn at Gedu which is about 100 odd kms from the base which has couple of crammed rooms.

Anyways, the above information is 3yrs old.

Posted January 17th, 2013 - 11:10 am by from Leeds, England (Permalink)

I'm interested in doing this. Can I join?


Posted January 17th, 2013 - 11:22 am by from Indore, India (Permalink)
Lets Make this happen .. i am interested too .. can i join

Posted January 18th, 2013 - 9:32 pm by from Mumbai, India (Permalink)
@Anjana: I was in Bhutan in September. I sure you will love it.

1) About cabs: You will find lots of cab guys at India-Bhutan border on Bhutan side. You will require two kind of permits. (a) Permit for yourself. Permit for person is avaiable 200 meters on your right as you enter the gate of Bhutan. They will give you 1 week permit and later you need to get it extend in Thimpu. (b) Permit for Private Indian vehicle: If you are planning to take Indian private car then you need to get permit done. You can ask at the immigaration office for the buidling to get permit need to done for vehicles.

Always keep both the permits with you.

(2) Get in touch with Tourism Council of Bhutan. They can arrange for your stay in 300 years olf house in Paro. We leaved there. Just go to their website, call at office and say you want to have country side exprience and that's why you want to stay at an old house in Paro.

Our Bhutan pictures: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.452662288109369.94145.291337747575158&type=3