Travel by land
Phuntsholing, Gelephu, and Samdrup Jongkhar are the entire land border areas accessible to visitors.
How To Reach Bhutan? The city of Phuntsholing in the southwest is situated approximately 170 km east of the Indian national airport at Bagdogra. After crossing Phuntsholing, you take off your trip to Thimphu, the capital city with a travel time of about six hours for the 170 km distance.
Gelephu in south-central Bhutan is another access point to Bhutan. It is roughly 250 km from Thimphu and the route will reach you through the sub-tropical zones of Bhutan before beginning the alpine region and then ultimately into Thimphu. One will have to go over across three districts and the drive time will be about ten hours.
The district of Samdrup Jongkhar in southeast Bhutan borders the Indian neighborhood of Daranga, Assam, and is roughly 150 km away from Guwahati, the capital center of Assam. The drive from Guwahati is about three hours. Tourists entering Bhutan through Samdrup Jongkhar will take to Trashigang, and from well over the lateral road to Mongar, Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangdue Phodrang, and thus ultimately into the capital, Thimphu. The distance is about 700 km and will take you a minimum of three days to reach Thimphu.
Travel by air
There are flights to Bhutan that includes, Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodhgaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore, and Mumbai.
It situates Paro at an elevation of 2,225 m (7300 ft.) above sea level and is hemmed in by mountains as high as 4,876 m (16,000 ft.). At present two carriers operate in Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. And there are domestic airports in Yonphula in eastern Bhutan, Bumthang in central Bhutan, and Gelephu in south-central Bhutan. A second international airport is in Gelephu along the southern flank of India.
Flying into Bhutan’s Paro International Airport is generally a breathtaking adventure as the descent into Paro valley takes you closer to the mountaintops than most other flights in the world. The flight between Paro and Kathmandu is one of the most appealing ones as the aircraft passes over four of the five highest mountains in the world. In fine weather, as you ascend higher up, you can experience the marvellous view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga at their finest.
Despite the considerable hurdle affected by the distant topography and the high mountain passes, all main cities and prominent places to visit are linked by an appropriate road network. However, a large aspect of the road system is the numerous curves and inclines that one will have to handle. Besides the bends, another aspect of the road network is the precipitous climbs and descents that slow down car drives. One is however amply honored for the long and tiring car journey by the striking views of the mountains, the luscious green forests, the ancient villages, the majestic shrines and monasteries, and the many roadside diners and hotels.
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The two main ways to enter Bhutan are by air and by land. By air, you can fly into Paro International Airport, and by land, you can enter via three land border crossings at Phuentsholing, Gelephu, and Samdrup Jongkhar.
Drukair and Bhutan Airlines operate flights to Paro International Airport from selected cities in Asia.
Except for Indian citizens, all foreign nationals must obtain a visa processed through registered Bhutanese tour operators or their international partners. Visa applications should be submitted at least one month before the intended travel date and require a valid passport, completed visa application form, recent passport-sized photograph, and proof of a booked tour package with a licensed Bhutanese tour operator.
Indian, Bangladeshi, and Maldivian citizens do not need a visa but must obtain an entry permit from the Department of Immigration. They need a valid passport or a voter ID card (for Indian citizens), two recent passport-sized photographs, and a completed entry permit application form.
To ensure a smooth Bhutan experience, book your trip early, choose the right season for your visit, pack appropriately for varying weather conditions, and respect local customs by dressing modestly and refraining from smoking in public areas.