Bhutan Experts Please Critique My Bhutan Itinerary

#1 Aug 16th, 2010, 18:45
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  • Vinay N is offline
Hi All,

I'm planning a trip to Bhutan starting from 13th Sept. I'll be travelling alone.

I went through most of the previous threads on Bhutan and prepared this itinerary. I would appreciate if you would provide suggestions/improvements to my itinerary.

Day 1 - 13th Sept (Mon) - Mumbai -> Bagdora -> Phuentsholing. Night Stay at Phuentsholing.

Day 2 - 14th Sept (Tue) - Get permit. Reach Thimpu in the evening.

Day 3 - 15th Sept (Wed) - There's a festival called "Thimphu Tshechu" from 17th to 19th. So need to extend Permit to explore other areas first day itself. Explore Thimpu

Day 4 - 16th Sept (Thu) - Visit Paro. Return back to Thimpu for night stay.

Day 5 - 17th Sept (Fri) - Move to Wangdue

Day 6 - 18th Sept (Sat) - Explore Wangdue & Punakha

Day 7 - 19th Sept (Sun) - Move to Jakar.

Day 8 - 20th Sept (Mon) - Explore Bumthang

Day 9 - 21th Sept (Tue) - Move to Mongar

Day 10 - 22th Sept (Wed) - Explore Mongar

Day 11 - 23th Sept (Thu) - Mongar stay

Day 12 - 24th Sept (Fri) - Move to Samdrup - Jonghkar. Move to Gwuhati same day.

Day 13 - 25th Sept (Sat) - Guwhati -> Mumbai flight.

A few questions:

1) Are there any places I should add or avoid?

2) Will 1,000 Rs per day be a good estimate for expenses, i.e. for food & lodging, not counting travel expenses. Since there are no ATM's, I want to be sure of how much cash to carry. I don't want to be stuck in some remote area with too little cash

3) The surcharge of $40 is only applicable to non-Indian solo travelers, right?

4) I've read the previous threads on Bhutan and it seems that Rs 500 notes are accepted in Thimpu & Paro. But what about the interior towns like Jakar & Mongar?

5) Are there any difficulties getting permits in Thimpu for the interior regions?

6) What are the transport options from Bagdora to Phuentsholing? Are shared taxis available?

Thanks in advance,
#2 Sep 8th, 2010, 16:35
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  • indra3040 is offline
Note that Druk Air flies you straight to Paro from Kolkata, Delhi and Bagdogra among others.

You may end up spending more than Rs. 1000/- per day. Most hotels in Bhutan are really expensive.

Try to avoid Rs.500 notes as much as possible.

You can get bus from Siliguri to Jaigaon (the Indian town opposite Phuentsholing) at the Bhutan border. Also you can take a train to Hashimara and reduce the travel time on a bus.

Twelve days for a Bhutan trip is too long in my opinion.
Two roads diverged in a wood and I I took the one less traveled by.
#3 Nov 12th, 2011, 22:02
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Hi, Did you visit bhutan...
I (indian) am planning to go there this december...

#4 Nov 13th, 2011, 20:15
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  • asishdas is offline

Vinay had traveled to Bhutan and submitted an wonderful report on this thread. Please check. The forum "crossing the border" has many a trip reports on Bhutan. Please scan through and then come back with your quarries. Thanks.

Asish Das
#5 Sep 14th, 2017, 10:52
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  • rawat gaurav is offline

Smile Same Query ....Need a help!

Hello Everyone,

Can anyone give insight about this itinerary ??

Is it possible to do ??

Also can we go Samdrup Jongkhar and reverse back the whole itinerary means

Guwahati --> Samdrup Jongkhar --> Mongar --> Jakar --> Wangdue & Punakha --> thimpu --> paro --> Phusoling.

If yes, then can i obtain my entry permit to all the place above from Samdrup Jongkhar.??

I am planning to do this trip using public transport only.

Thank you
Gaurav rawat
#6 Sep 19th, 2017, 20:30
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I read in another forum that the immigration official at Samdrup Jhongkhar will issue permit for visiting the east Bhutan, and not any other part of Bhutan. So, it appears that travelling across Bhutan starting from east to west is not possible. The west-to-east permit is given in Thimphu.

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