Day 1 (28-Mar-18)
Got up with loads of excitement and entered Bhutan gate to apply for Permit and its absolutely hassle free, within an hour we got the permit. And one can start experience the purity, neatness and discipline even in crossing the road, driving etc the moment you step into Bhutan gate
We took a shared taxi on the way itself (Wagon r) and headed to Thimphu. It was a good experience to travel with the localities and almost all the taxi drivers voluntarily turned as guide and shared lots of interesting information about the places, people, food and culture etc. People who like to explore can opt for shared Taxi to experience variety of stories and conversation.
Drive from Phuentsholing to Thimphu
Within 5 Hrs we reached the Happiness city Thimphu and the taxi driver dropped us just in front of the hotel. And yes, we were now at mighty Himalayas and started to feel lovely by watching the sunset and cold breeze.
After check-in at hotel me and my brother went for a long walk to experience the night life at Thimphu city.
Immigration office remains closed during Saturday, Sunday & National holidays. Hence avoid the very next day as more crowd expected.
- Voter ID is enough for Indians
- Permit application is available in the office entrance or at any Xerox shops.
- One Photo, Voter ID, Tout plan / Itinerary , Hotel booking confirmation printout need to be submitted
- Carry the original ID proof also.
- Book the bus ticket on previous day or early morning if you prefer to travel by first bus for the day.
- Bus timings attached for reference.
We stayed at Hotel Ghasel for 2 days with mountain view and slow clad mountain peaks on the backdrop.The room rent is Rs 1500/day, booked through www.booking.com
- Room heaters available for rent at Rs 200/ day
- Thimphu Immigration office is located within half a KM from Hotel Ghasel and just one straight road to walk for permit extension.
- Ema Dashi food is good at this hotel restaurant, South Indian and North Indian food also available.
- One can trust the google map and it shows exact timings as per the driving speed in hills.