|India and Bhutan share a unique bond of friendship since the war of Cooch Behar in 1772.
The Indo-Bhutan Treaty of 1949, signed at the historic place Darjeeling, made the strong foundation of bilateral relationship with the declaration “perpetual peace and friendship, free trade and commerce and equal justice to each other’s citizens”.
Bhutan - the country of “Thunder Dragon” – the mystic Himalayan Kingdom is the closest neighbor of India - with compatible geography, culture and religion roots. Both the countries enjoy independent sovereignty with an interdependent economy, trade & commerce.
However, any close relationship also requires continuous nurturing and caring. IBFA, Kolkata thus was established to promote and foster friendship between two great countries - and also to create strong platform for people to people contact – meaningful, continuous and seamless contact between people of all walks of life of both the countries. IBFA is now a dynamic friendship association to promote brotherhood of Bhutan and India.
The concept of an effective and dynamic Indo-Bhutan Friendship Association was crystallized through the initiatives of prominent citizens of Kolkata and with the undeterred guidance and encouragements from Dasho Tsring Wangda - the erstwhile Consul General of Royal Bhutan Consulate in Kolkata.