Getting into Bhutan

The way to Bhutan: Travel by Flight or Travel by Road.

The tiny country, Bhutan is largely isolated from the rest of the world until the early 1960`s. During those days, entering the country was difficult as it was covered by thick dense forest and jungle in the south, and difficult terrain and high frozen mountain passes in the north, which it makes difficult to pass as it was only accessible by foot. The main entry and exit points were through Tibet from North, and plains of Assam and West Bengal from the South.

However, the 1st five-year plan was started with carefully planned economic development with the much accessible by connecting through motorable roads, and also one international airport in western part of country. Later, multiple domestic airports are established in the east, south and central.

TRAVEL BY FLIGHT: As of now, Bhutan has been only one international airport. However, there are domestic flights within a country; Bathbalathang in Central, Yonphula in East, and Gelephu in South.

The Drukair and Bhutan Airlines operates several flights per week from Bangkok (Thailand), Kathmandu (Nepal), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Delhi, Gaya, Bagdora, Guwahati, Mumbai and Kolkata (India) and Singapore to Bhutan`s Paro International Airport, located in the western Bhutan. If the weather is favorable and clear, the flights offer spectacular views of the highest mountains of Bhutan and rest of the world. Paro Airport is situated at an elevation of 2,250m above the sea level and it`s surrounded by mountains and hills, but sometimes flights are disrupted because of the weather conditions.

TRAVEL BY ROAD: Phuentsholing in south-west, Gelephu in south-central and Samdrup Jongkhar in the south-east are overland border entries open to international tourists.  

Phuensholing town is located about 170km east from the Bagdora, West Bengal and it is about 172km away from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Samdrup Jongkhar is only entry and exit point in eastern Bhutan for tourist. It is located 101 km away from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam and takes approximately three and half hours.

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