Bhutan, the world’s happiest country is also one of the few countries where Indians can travel without any hassle. If you haven’t been to the Buddhist kingdom, here are some reasons why you should plan a trip soon.
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1. You don’t need a visa for Bhutan
Bhutan is one of the very few countries that as an Indian you don’t need a visa to enter. All you need to do is get to the border town of New Jalpaiguri with your passport.
2. Cross over by land
3. Currency is the same
Another key point is that unlike 90% of the other countries around the world, our exchange rate is 1:1. In nearly all places, Indian currency is readily accepted. So you don’t have the headache of changing any money when in Bhutan.
4. Around 90% of people understand Hindi
Bhutan has been a long-standing ally of India and this is evident with the number of people who can speak and understand Hindi. A lot of Indians have started working in Bhutan as shopkeepers and at a restaurant as cooks and captains.
5. Flawless 3G connection
Even though Bhutan is a Himalayan country, the place has excellent cell phone coverage. This makes travel around a lot more easier. Even in the remote regions of Haa Valley and Phobjikha you’ll have flawless cell phone network coverage.
6. Beef and more beef
If you are a beef fan, then Bhutan is the place for you. From local dishes such as beef Ema datshi and beef burgers, this place is heaven for beef eaters.
7. Extremely safe country
Bhutan is one of the safest countries in South East Asia for travellers with the crime rate being near to zero. This Buddhist country is a perfect place for anyone looking to experience solo or group travel.
8. No smoking
It is one of the only countries in the world where smoking has been banned. So legally, cigarettes are not sold but like every place in the world, there are dealers who will manage to arrange for a packet or two. But overall, the place is pollution-free and you won’t ever have to inhale anything toxic from a fellow traveller.
9. Experience snow
Being so high up in the Himalayas, this is a place which will definitely quench your desire to experience snowfall. The passes Chele La and Dochula will surely have snow all year around.
10. The nightlife
If you thought that a Himalayan region is all about homestays, then come to Bhutan and experience the nightlife. From pool parlours to karaoke nights – Thimphu and Paro are the places you’ll love.
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