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Old 27th October 2007, 16:08   #1
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Im plannin a ride from Mumbai to Sikkim/Bhutan in December.
Im already running http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...oute-help.html (Mumbai to Siliguri : Route Help) for route tips and wanted to get info on Bhutan..

some sites say that as per bhutan laws, they charge $200 per day per person to curb the inflow of tourists, but then i have heard from many ppl that Indians dont need to pay this...

NOW, im will be on Karizma, carryin all documents including passport. How easy or difficult is it for me to get in Bhutan and explore the country on my own?

I really want to do Bhutan, but if it doesnt work out,i will be doing Sikkim
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Old 28th October 2007, 01:59   #2
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Indians aren't charge US$ 200 fee, for rest contact Crimson.
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Old 28th October 2007, 09:59   #3
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The Bhutan office at Phuntosiling is very helpful - you can call them and they will clarify most of your queries.
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Make sure you get the individual permits for each district(Dzongkhag) at Phuentsholing. Its not expensive for Indians - but they restrict tourist traffic to certain parts, and you have to take specific permits in advance, and for a specific number of days. Calling up a Bhutan Tourism number might help.
While there, do not miss the long trek up to Taksang (and once at the top, you need a permit you should have gotten earlier to enter the monastery!).
Here's some pix and links for help:
Picasa Web Albums - Sameer - Bhutan
Kingdom of Bhutan
:: Welcome to BHUTAN - Land of the Thunder Dragon ::
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Old 28th October 2007, 12:52   #5
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Didn't have to pay any special charge to enter Bhutan. But yes, they do regulate the inflow of tourists.
We had to book and pay in advance. The travel agents took care of the formalities. Would suggest you do the same, i.e book your accomodation in advance. A good travel agent should be able to guide you on this.
Passport is required while checking into the hotel, but not at any border.

Bhutan was one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful place I have ever visited/driven through.
Went around all over the country... Paro -> Thimpu -> Paro -> Phuntsholing (Bhutan-Bengal border) with places in between. The last leg was the best. Experience of a lifetime... don't miss out
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Passport is required while checking into the hotel, but not at any border.
Indians don't passports to go to Bhutan, some proof of their Indian identity (like driving licence) is enough. I have stayed in hotels in Thimphu and Paro, no one asked me for a passport - in fact, I did not carry my passport along when I drove to Bhutan. My freinds who went the conventional route (not driving on their own), and stayed in Bhutan Tourism hotels, also did not have to produce their passports.
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Thanks a lot friends.. my only concern are the roads : would they be open in dec!! damm.. i don wanna come back from the route!!
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bump- so bunny- did you go?
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bump!
me and some friends are planning to drive my car into bhutan sometime next year. What sort of stuff should I need to do in advance? I'm planning to go in march.
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Formalities remain the same, nothing has changed.
For getting car permit:
- Original documents of car
- Driving license
For visit visas:
- Proof of Indian identity (Passport ideal) - or else Election Car, Driving License
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me and some friends are planning to drive my car into bhutan sometime next year. What sort of stuff should I need to do in advance? I'm planning to go in march.

Apart from formalities, taking into consideration your test Mule and fellow Mule testers, I would suggest a TATA support vehicle with efficient/experienced personnel. TATA could promote this as a paid holiday adventure for the select few (well the support crew) that qualify for the trip at the back of a 407?
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can someone guide me on smoking in bhutan???
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panky; why do you want to pollute the clean air? I may suggest that visitors to Bhutan take the trip as a way to kick the habit.
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I appreciate your concern sir.. but still!
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but still!
Check out this wiki link:

List of smoking bans - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kinda confusing but I guess if one can get a stamina stick in there, then one can use it discretely.

But I'd go by the suggestions of sgiitk.
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