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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Entry to Bhutan

Travel by Air

The country’s only international airport in Paro caters to the needs of visitors coming or returning by air from its destinations in Bangkok,  Kathmandu, Singapore, Dacca, and the Indian cities in Delhi, Kolkatta, Bombay, Guwahati and Bagdora.

Bumthang in central Bhutan has a domestic airport offering alternative choice for faster local travel to central and east of Bhutan.  Meanwhile two other domestic airports in Gelephu in the south and Yonphula in the east would soon be ready for operation.

Bhutan introduced its first private airline, an airbus A319 much to the relief of tour operators and other travelers since 2014

Travel by Land

Phuntsholing, a border town with India serves as the gateway for travellers by land to the west of Bhutan. For travellers in North-east India can easily take a domestic flight to Bagdora airport from where it takes 3 to 4 hrs. drive by car to the boarder town in Phuntsholing, the commercial hub of Bhutan.  A pleasant overnight stay in the town, you are in Thimphu, the capital city in 4-5 hours on the following day.

Similarly we have Gelephu in south-central and Samdrup Jongkhar in the south-east serve as an entry points for travellers arriving by land routes from the nearest Indian airport Guwahati  3 hours drive away.