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HSA/Hasimara (2 PFs)

Track: Single Electric-Line

Updated: Mar 01 2023 (19:30)
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Number of Platforms: 2
Number of Halting Trains: 20
Number of Originating Trains: 0
Number of Terminating Trains: 0
Hasimara - Jalgao Road, Hasimara, Dooars, Dist - Alipurduar
State: West Bengal
Elevation: 123 m above sea level
Type: Regular
Category: NSG-5
Zone: NFR/Northeast Frontier
Division: Alipur Duar
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Jan 23 2016 (19:21)   HSA/Hasimara (2 PFs)
Suri~   7920 blog posts
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Bhutan Tips:
It is the nearest rail head for visiting bhutan.
From hasimara ,the nearest entry point of bhutan is Phuentsholing which is 17 km away. Regular Buses goes via hasimara to Phuentsholing. Basically These buses start from Silliguri and go via hasimara to Phuentsholing only. Or else regular share taxi/cabs are also available from hasimara.
No permit is required
for entering Phuentsholing. But do keep a caution, Last bus/taxi probably from Phuentsholing to thimpu/paro leave at mid afternoon as check posts in route get closed during night time. The entry gate from India closes at 20:30 (IST). Bhutan time is half hour ahead of Indian time. You can stay in hotels in Phuentsholing without permit. Permit is made at Phuentsholing for onward visit to Thimphu and Paro only. For visiting other places in Bhutan like Panakha , permit is made at Thimphu.
Indians do not require visa to travel to Bhutan, but need permit. Obtaining the permit may take as long as half a day. Permits are issued at Phuentsholing. Identification proof like Voter ID Card or Passport is needed. However, you can also get them at Kolkata. Indians can withdraw Bhutanese currency using their Indian debit card at a charge of IDR20 per transaction. Indian currency is widely accepted, excluding 500 and 1000 rupee notes. However most shops and establishments accept Indian 500 rupee notes. Travel time from Phuentsholing to Thimpu is around 7 hours by road. The road is mostly mountainous, and must be avoided by those with fear of heights.
There are private buses and shared taxis from Phuentsholing to Thimphu but a comfortable option is to book a Bhutan Post bus (Rs/Nu 170) which leaves each morning at 7 AM (Bhutan time) from the post office.

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Jan 24 2016 (14:51)
AMBUJ   432 blog posts
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Very helpful for all
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Jan 07 2020 (09:43)
Dj.Railfan1982~   4047 blog posts
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Although This Is A Post From 2016, I ll Share My Experience On Couple Of Issues SInce I Visited Bhutan During December 2018
1. INR 500/- Is Accepted Everywhere. At Thimphu A Super Market Cashier Even Accepted INR 2000/-
2. Buses Take 5 Hours To Reach Thimphu From Phuensholing
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Nov 26 2013 (00:32)   HSA/Hasimara (2 PFs)
Suraj_12841~   532 blog posts
Entry# 917060            Tags  
Passengers to Phuentsholing, can alight here.
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