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Getting to Bhutan

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan doesn’t give multiple choices for the travelers to choose the transport modes to enter the country. The feasibly of other mode of transport such as water and railways are obstructed by the rugged terrains, mountains standing tall and rushing rivers flowing in the gorges. The mode of transport is limited only to road and air ways.

Travel by Air

The view from the flight of the Paro valley offers an extraordinary and splendid view and uncompromising scenery which can be seen in Bhutan only. Your ‘heart beat would in the mouth’ and breathe stopped for a moment seeing the green and lush vegetation coverage in summer, Golden yellow in Autumn and fading colors in winter surrounding the valley along with unique architectural design and the majestic view of the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari, the second highest peak of Bhutan.

The civil aviation in Bhutan was establish in early 1980s with the national airline, Drukair and later in 2011, a private airline named Bhutan Airlines entered in the race to meet the market demand and cater the needs of growing number of tourist. Paro airport is only the international airport in Bhutan and other three domestic airports supplementing the former. And the Paro international airport is ranked as one of the most challenging airport in the World.

Drukair operates scheduled flights to the following destinations:-

  1. Bhutan in 3 domestic airports (Bumthang, Gelephu and Yonphula),
  2. India (Bagdogra, Gaya, Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati),
  3. Dakha in Bangladesh,
  4. Bangkok in Thailand,
  5. Changi Airport in Sinagpore
  6. Kathmandu in Nepal.

Bhutan Airlines operates scheduled flights to the following destinations:-

  1. Bhutan
  2. India (Delhi and Kolkata)
  3. Bangkok in Thailand,
  4. Kathmandu in Nepal

And plans to fly in Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Singapore in future

Travel by Land

When you set your footsteps on the Bhutanese soil from the border point of India, you will feel cool breeze atmospheric warmth accompanied by a homely driven emotion running down your thoughts. You will feel completely relaxed and eagerly looking to explore the length and breadth of the tiny kingdom of Bhutan. There are three different entrance points to Bhutan via land from India:-

  1. The nearest Indian airport terminal at Bagdogra is located approximately 170 kms away to the west of Phuntsholing town, Bhutan. Phuntsholing is the commercial hub, situated in the south-west of Bhutan and the traveling distance from Phuntsholing to Thimphu, the capital city will take around six hours covering the distance of 170 kms stretch.

  1. The Gelephu entrance point is located in the south-central part of Bhutan and the 250 km stretch road to Thimphu starts from the sub-tropical vegetation and enters the alpine zone in the travel time about ten hours.

  1. The south-east Samdrup Jongkhar town of Bhutan shares it border with the state of Assam, India. The Guwahati airport in India is 150 kms away from the in Bhutan check point covering the travel time of three hours. The journey from Samdrup Jongkhar to Thimphu covers almost the complete east-west highway connecting the five districts of Trashigang, Mongar, Bumthang, Trongsa and Wangdi Phordang. It will take three days to reach Thimphu coveingr the travel distance of approximately 700 kms.