Bhutan is also one of the best destination to go on a road trip and is one of the best ways to reach Bhutan. If you intend to visit Bhutan by road on personal car, you have to first get a permit or an entry authorization. The Immigration Office of the Royal Government of Bhutan issues the permit and is located in the Indo-border city of Phuensholing, on the other side of Jaigaon in West Bengal. With that said, the entry permit is applicable for tourism only in Paro and Thimphu. If you want to visit the other interior places and towns, you need another special permit which you can get from the same immigration office. From the Royal Bhutan Consulate Office in Kolkata, you can even obtain a visa for easy entry.
Once you have the permit, you can gain access to Bhutan from three touchpoints – Gelephu, Phuensholing-Jaigaon border and SamdrupJonghkar. The second route is the most favorite for tourists as it is easier for them to get permits.
It takes approximately 24 hours from Kolkata to reach Phuensholing and another 6 hours to reach Thimphu.
Approximate Price per Person
There are buses from Kolkata that take you to Phuensholing at a price of approximately Rs. 800 and from Phuensholing to Thimphu at a price of approximately Rs. 200. Taxis and cabs can take you from Bagdora, New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri stations at approximately Rs. 3,000.