Day Trip to Bhutan May Be Possible Soon
Thanks to an initiative of the Indo-Bhutan Friendship Association (IBFA), the Indian and Bhutanese governments may soon allow tourists to take a day-trip from Darjeeling to Bhutan without a permit.
There are six different paths to Bhutan from Darjeeling, all of which are currently closed. These paths go through Tode or Bindu in Kalimpong, Lalbasti, the Jiti Tea Estate in Nagrakata, Banarhat and Birpara. For the time being, tourists can only enter Bhutan through the Bhutanese border town of Phuentsholing, and travel to Thimpu - the nation's capital - and Paro.
However, the IBFA hopes to get permission from the Indian and Bhutanese governments for tourists to use all these paths without permits before Kali Puja in October. It has sent requests to both India's ambassador to Bhutan, and Bhutan's ambassador in India.
File pic: Bhutan Border, DC