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Getting into Bhutan


The only international airport is at Paro. Bhutan’s national airline, Druk Air & Bhutan Airlines is the national airline servicing Paro at present. Druk Air operates flights to Bangkok, Kolkatta,Delhi, Bodh Gaya, Dakha, Gawhati & Katmandu. Bhutan Airlines, a new commercial airline operates flight between Bangkok and Paro daily.

NOTE: During monsoons season & winter season, unpredictable weather forces can delay flights and travelers are advice to include an extra day in their itinerary.


The entry point by road for visitors traveling to Bhutan are; Phuntsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jonkhar in the south bordering India.

Phuntsholing town is located about 170 kilometers east of Indian National Airport Bagdora. From Bagdora airport, It takes approximately four hours to reach Phuntsholing border for the visitors traveling to Bhutan from the south. From Phuntsholing to Thimphu, it’s another 5-6 hours drive uphill towards the interiors of the Himalayas. Then you reach Thimphu, the capital of the Kingdom,Bhutan.

From the border town of the Gelephu its approximately 270 kilometers to Thimphu about 8 hours drive. The journey takes you across three districts, from the subtropical plains of the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains to the moderate alpine zone in Thimphu.

Samdrup jonkhar in eastern part of Bhutan is 150 kilometers away from Gawhati, the capital city of Assam in India. From Samdrupjonkhar you will travel via 5 district of Bhutan before reaching capital city Thimphu. The distance is almost 700 kilometers and takes 3 days to reach Thimphu.