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Old 21st August 2016, 22:27   #16
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Wonderfully worded thread, Amit and beautiful pictures!

Courtesy such TLs, Bhutan is very high up my list for a road trip!

From the legal standpoint (crossing over from India to Bhutan and back), did you have to make any special preparations such as permits for the car and so on? How were the visa formalities when you crossed over?

PS: I believe the LTD sticker directly covers the tail stop lamp, if you could move it so as to not block the lamp!

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Wonderful travelogue Amit. Thanks for sharing with us.
Hope, i drive to Bhutan some day.
My prayers and wishes to your son for his good health and a speedy recovery.
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Thanks, if i can do this then anyone can do this, the roads from Bangalore to Kolkata are very good and from there on an if my civic could do the trip then i believe any car can do it easily, if its an SUV then its no problem at all.

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Wonderfully worded thread, Amit and beautiful pictures!

Courtesy such TLs, Bhutan is very high up my list for a road trip!

From the legal standpoint (crossing over from India to Bhutan and back), did you have to make any special preparations such as permits for the car and so on? How were the visa formalities when you crossed over?

PS: I believe the LTD sticker directly covers the tail stop lamp, if you could move it so as to not block the lamp!
Hi, Thanks for reading, the TL on Bhutan from Samba covers the permit requirements and hence i didnot elaborate on that. Getting a permit is not difficult, for Indians a national ID card like Passport or Voter ID card will do, and there is no VISA requirement, for Cars a travel permit separately is needed (its an application citing the places where you want to visit, car papers, insurance, RC, Pollution will be needed, both these permits can be obtained from Phuentsoling, the border town between India and Bhutan, its 170 Kms from Siliguri, remember to reach Phuentsoling very early so that you can get the things done quickly.

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Lovely write up! I liked the details you have provided on each of the destinations. Pictures are very well taken and adds to the lovely description. Civic is looking great as well! Thanks!
Thanks for reading arindam, the pictures are taken from my humble Huawei Honor 5C phone. Bhutan is so beautiful that it just adds beauty to normal pictures also.

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Lovely pictures Amit. Very well written TL. Once I go back to my home in Kolkata, from Bangalore, I will definitely go for a drive to Bhutan. The more I see the photos the ,ore I get tempted to visit Bhutan. Thanks for putting it for us to view and read.
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Wonderful pictures and excellent narration Amit! Congratulations on a fantastic journey

Best wishes for your son's health. Have no doubt that his health will definitely improve!

I hope to be able to take my Civic out too for a really long journey sometime.
Did you ever have any problems with the tyres?
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I'm surprised that you did not leave bits and pieces of your car behind on the road.
Have a similar model (Civic AT) which has ground clearance problems even in Calcutta.

Anyway, best of luck with your car and on your journeys.

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Wonderful thread StallionAmit. Loved your narration. I didnt know about the trek to tiger's nest

Both you and Samba have answered a typical question of many - Can a sedan/hatchback with low GC go to Bhutan all the way from Kolkata. Hat off.
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Wonderful thread StallionAmit. Loved your narration. I didnt know about the trek to tiger's nest

Both you and Samba have answered a typical question of many - Can a sedan/hatchback with low GC go to Bhutan all the way from Kolkata. Hat off.
Thanks, Credit to my Civic, yes one can easily do Bhutan in a hatch/sedan, there are some rough patches, but then we can drive slowly. Thanks for reading.

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I'm surprised that you did not leave bits and pieces of your car behind on the road.
Have a similar model (Civic AT) which has ground clearance problems even in Calcutta.

Anyway, best of luck with your car and on your journeys.

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Thanks, I used Coil spacers, they increased the ground clearance by 1 inch, really helped in preventing ground scraping.

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Wonderful pictures and excellent narration Amit! Congratulations on a fantastic journey

Best wishes for your son's health. Have no doubt that his health will definitely improve!

I hope to be able to take my Civic out too for a really long journey sometime.
Did you ever have any problems with the tyres?
Hi, Thanks for reading and your good wishes, I didn't had any problem with the tyres, they are the normal Continental tyres.
Pls do take your Civic on long drives, its a lovely car and extremely reliable.
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Lovely detailed travelogue StallionAmit with fabulous pictures too !!

Is that an avalanche zone you are parked in?

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Day 4:

After the temple visit, we started for Thimpu.
Some pics enroute to Thimpu and Paro Airport (probably one of the most beautiful airports in the world):

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Congratulations for the wonderful drive and thanks for sharing.

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Wonderful Travelogue Amit !

Loved every bit of what you have shared.A bike ride from Leh to Ladakh and a car drive in Bhutan. Must do things for everybody.

Great Going! Cheers Mate
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Lovely detailed travelogue Amit. That 600 year old bridge does look scary, it reminds me of an old bridge in Manjitar, Sikkim. 10.8 kmpl in the hills for a 9 year old automatic is impressive. Thanks for sharing the travelogue.
Thanks Sumitro, you guys are the motivation for beginners like me, I follow your extensive and great Travelogues, wish someday I could join with you guys on a long trip.

[quote=siddarthab;4040293]Lovely detailed travelogue StallionAmit with fabulous pictures too !!

Is that an avalanche zone you are parked in?

Hi, Thanks for reading, I am not too sure on the avalanche zone, but yes landslides do happen and some stray stones keep on falling, but these are very less frequent
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Great travelogue and very nice pictures. Hope one day I also would be able to do the Bhutan trip. Wish you many more happy Miles.

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Really nice travelogue. Thanks for the great pictures.
We did this same ride 2 years ago in a vRS. But then drove back all the way to Bhopal. Bhutan is stunning, especially by car.

Just sharing a picture of it somwhere on the highway...


Thanks for a great travelogue.
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Great Pics and nice log. good to see that you went to Tiger's Nest. We could not make it to Tiger's Nest because of my Mom's health issue.

Thanks for sharing.
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Super write-up! Your love for the car is inspiring. The pictures are amazing. Reading the write-up has given me a road-trip itch too.
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Congrats on a fantastic trip! I can feel You had a wonderful time.
I am planning to drive to Bhutan around middle of Oct. I guess you took the NH 34 route all the way till Siliguri. How was the condition and which were the bad patches? It would be good to know since some senior citizens would be travelling with me.
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