Bhutan is Asia’s small country with the area of 46,500 square kilometers bordered with Sikkim and West Bengal in the west, Tibet to the north and northwest, Arunachal Pradesh to the east, and Bengal Duars and Assam to the south and was first settled in the 9th century by wandering migrants from the Tibet region of China. Called Druk Yul ( Land of the Thunder Dragon ) by its people.
The mystery, the nature, the culture and age old traditions are the attractions of Bhutan. The country accommodates international travel via Druk-Air , and the only ground entry into the country is through the southern border town of Phuntsholing. Long influenced by the culture of India and the British government, it gained its independence from India in 1949. Today its major trading partner is India, however much of its people still live in poverty, with wide-spread illiteracy a major social problem. The capital city of Thimphu sits at an altitude of 7000 feet, on the banks of the Wong Chu river, and remains the site of royal government offices, and serves as a powerful magnet for adventure travelers from around the world. Tourism in Bhutan was privatized by the Royal Government of Bhutan in 1991. The Royal Government of Bhutan adheres strongly to a policy of low volume, high value tourism.
Valid passports and an entry visa are essential except Indian & Bangladeshi National. Only commercially organized tour group to Bhutan are permitted to enter and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thimphu issue Visa clearance to depart for Bhutan. With the payment of USD 20, you are entitled to receive Visa stamped on your passport at the port of entry.
NOTE : Visas cannot be obtained at Bhutanese embassies.
Visa fee is USD 20 and USD10 as a tourism development must be paid on arrival.
Visa can be further extended with an additional fee of USD15.
Entry into Bhutan from Assam of India is restricted and Tourists are obliged to use Druk Air (the only airline serving Bhutan) either on entering or leaving the country).
Applications should be made 2 weeks in advance of the intended date of departure.
Information's we need for visa process :
• Your full name as it appears in your passport
• Permanent address
• Passport number
• Date of issue and expiration of passport
• Date and place of birth
Make sure all the information are correct, when you arrive in Bhutan, there are delays and complications in issuing the visa if you miss something.
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