Bhutan officially the Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in South Asia. Located in the Eastern Himalayas, it is bordered by the Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north, the Sikkim state of India and the Chumbi Valley of Tibet in the west, the Arunachal Pradesh state of India in the east, and the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal in the south. Bhutan is geopolitically in South Asia and is the region’s second least populous nation after the Maldives. Thimphu is its capital and largest city, while Phuntsholing is its financial center.
Bhutan’s independence has endured for centuries. It has never been colonized in its history. Situated on the ancient Silk Road between Tibet, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, the Bhutanese state developed a distinct national identity based on Buddhism. Headed by a spiritual leader known as the Zhabdrung Rinpoche, the territory comprised many fiefdoms and was governed as a Buddhist theocracy. Following a civil war in the 19th century, the House of Wangchuck reunited the country and established relations with the British Empire. Bhutan fostered a strategic partnership with India during the rise of Chinese communism and has a disputed border with China. In 2008 Bhutan transitioned from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy and held the first election to the National Assembly of Bhutan. The National Assembly is part of the bicameral parliament of the Bhutanese democracy.
The country’s landscape ranges from lush subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan mountains in the north, where there are peaks higher than 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). Gangkhar Puensum is Bhutan’s highest peak and may also be the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. The wildlife of Bhutan is notable for its diversity.
In South Asia, Bhutan ranks first in economic freedom, ease of doing business, and peace, and is the least corrupt country in the region as of 2016. It continues to be a least developed country, but expects to graduate from this status by 2023. Hydroelectricity accounts for most of its exports. The government is a parliamentary democracy; the head of state is the King of Bhutan, known as the “Dragon King.” Bhutan maintains diplomatic relations with 52 countries and the European Union, but does not have formal ties with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. It is a member of the United Nations, SAARC, BIMSTEC and the Non-Aligned Movement. The Royal Bhutan Army maintains a close relationship with the Indian Armed Forces.
Bhutan is also notable for pioneering the concept of gross national happiness.
Phuentsholing Haa Valley
Thimphu Chhele-La Pass
Punakha Paro Do-Chula Pass
WangduePhodrang Tiger’s Nest
HOW TO REACH NEPAL
Bhutan is the only country which measures its progress through the Gross National Happiness Index and hence, it is known as the ‘Happiest Country in the World’. Bhutan is one of the most preferred tourist destination where tourist from all the corners of the world pay visit to explore its ancient monasteries and indulge in its adventurous trekking expeditions. Bhutan isthe country which adopts a holistic approach to protect and preserve its natural resources, environment, culture and heritage.
Entry into Bhutan can be made either by land or by air. Kathmandu, Dhaka, Bangkok and Singapore. The other prominent & reliable air carrier, Bhutan Airline (Tashi Air) operates regular flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu& Bangkok. Both these Bhutanese airlines, also operate seasonal flights from Mumbai as well. By surface, entry into Bhutan is conveniently possible through southern border town of Phuentsholing. This frontier town is about 4.1/2 hours’ drive from nearest Indian airport, Bagdogra and 6 hours’ drive from Thimphu and Paro. Phuentsholing is also the convenient entry or exit point if you wish to combine Bhutan trip with Darjeeling, Gangtok&Kalimpong.
Direct To Paro Airport
Paro Airport in Paro is the only International airport in the region , among other four airports in the country. Druk Airline & Bhutan Airline are only airline which operates from Paro & connect major cities of India like New Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Gaya & Mumbai.
These airlines also connect other part of the world like Bangkok, Dhaka, Dubai, Kathmandu, Singapore & Japan.
Via Bagdogra Airport
Jaigaon Border is near to Bagdogra Airport(IXB), which help the traveller fly from various Indian cities, as most time the direct flight to Paro get filled & due to No Seat, traffic get diverted to Bagdogra Airport. By reaching Bagdogra Airport, one can also combine Sikkim-Darjeeling along with Bhutan Tour.
There are regular passenger and cargo trains that connect various major cities of the country to New Jalpaiguri (India). You can reach by train to New Jalpaiguri& our executive / representative will receive you from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station.
Other Railway Station which are near to Jaigan border are Hasimara, AlipurDuar& Cooch-Behar Railway Station. While booking train ticket, one can also check connectivity of their city to these railway station.
Bus is not very convenient option to reach Bhutan from India. But, there are State Transport Buses which connects some part of the country to Tenzing Norgay Central Bus Stand, Siliguri, West Bengal.
One can also bring his car, which is also a common practice. You are required to pay a toll fee and a transport permit at the border crossing. Do not forget to collect the receipts as you might be asked at other checkpoints. Please note, there is a lot of traffic at the border that often makes the journey tedious.
Best Way To Reach Bhutan
We describe best way to reach Nepal as, to reach New Jalpaiguri either by Road / Train / Flight from any part of India & our Fleet of Luxury Vehicle will receive you from Airport / Railway Station / Bus Stop & will execute the trip.
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