How To Travel To Bhutan From India?

You have heard of Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon where everyone around the world is travelling to. And you have decided to go as well. But how?

Does this sound resonate with you?

In this article, we Rab-Zhe Bhutan Tours & Travels is going to help you and give you every detail on how to travel to Bhutan from India.

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The entire country is covered with Himalaya Mountains which makes it very difficult to travel and one of the reasons why the country was cut off from the rest of the world up until early 1960.

However, due to developmental activities, you can now travel to Bhutan using two mode of Transfer, by land and by air.

By Land:

Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar are the only land border areas open to tourists.

The town of Phuentsholing in the south-west is located approximately 170 km east of the Indian national airport at Bagdogra and 151 km from NJP Indian Railway Stations. After crossing Phuentsholing, you begin your journey to Thimphu, the capital city with the travel time of about six hours for the 170 km stretch.
Gelephu in south-central Bhutan is another entry point to Bhutan. It is approximately 250 kms from Thimphu and the journey will take you through the sub-tropical areas of Bhutan before entering the alpine zone and then finally into Thimphu. One will have to traverse across three districts and the travel time will be about ten hours.
The district of Samdrup Jongkhar in south-east Bhutan borders the Indian district of Darranga, Assam and is approximately 150 kms away from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. The journey from Guwahati is about three hours. Tourists entering Bhutan through Samdrup Jongkhar will take you to Trashigang, and from there over the lateral route to Monggar, Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangdue Phodrang and then finally into capital, Thimphu. The distance is about 700 kms and will take you a minimum of three days to reach Thimphu.

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By Air:

Paro is the only international airport in Bhutan and it is situated at a height of 2,225 m (7300 ft) above sea level. It is surrounded by mountains as high as 4,876 m (16,000 ft). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. It covers Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai.

There are domestic airports in Yonphula in eastern Bhutan, Bumthang in central Bhutan, and Gelephu in south-central Bhutan. A second international airport is currently under construction in Gelephu along the southern border to India.
Flying into Bhutan’s Paro International Aiport is typically an exciting experience as the descent into Paro valley brings you closer to the mountain tops than most other flights in the world. The flight between Paro and Kathmandu is one of the most exciting ones as the aircraft passes over four of the five highest mountains in the world. In fine weather, as you soar higher up, you can enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kangchenjunga at their best.
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