Replies: 6 - Last Post: Oct 19, 2012 2:39 AM Last Post By: oneirodynic
Sep 27, 2012 1:16 PM
Visiting PuentsholingIs it possible to visit the border town of Puentsholing without a Bhutanese visa? LIke on a one-day visit.
Sep 27, 2012 2:17 PM
Sep 27, 2012 2:46 PM
Sep 28, 2012 2:13 AM
3I think there shouldn't be a problems to visit border town. But you need to stay overnight in India
Sep 28, 2012 5:52 AM
4A Viking among Lepchas ... why would anyone notice you or stop you from sauntering around a day or two ?
If it feels important than to check off another border crossed : probably easy - but in the meaning meters and minutes , expect nothing longer in time or distance. It´s a small commercial town , tidier on one side. No one has posted first hand experiences of visiting Phuntsoling here literally for years.
If you want a taste of the Himalayan/Tibetan setting , go for Gangtok etc. , or bite the bullet and pay the 200+ dollars per day for the legit full version of Bhutan.
Oct 1, 2012 1:55 AM
5ChevangRingchen: When we crossed over from Jaigon to Puentsholing last autumn, there was a young dutch couple that tried to enter without a visa, saying they just wanted to visit Puentsholing and return before sunset. However, they were briskly turned back to Jaigon by the Bhutan border guard, who told them that an entry to Bhutan without visa (exception national of India) was no more possible, even for a short daytime visit of Puentsholing.
Oct 19, 2012 2:39 AM
6Just to add to what Dalin said: I had crossed the border via Phuentsholing and I got to stay inside when I asked the border guards to let me in. Apparently, anybody could cross for a day visit when I was there (2008) and if you have come in the evening, you could even get a hotel room inside. I am not sure whether this had anything to do with my nationality (Indian citizen).
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