Bhutan Traveler travelling to Bhutan can enter into this exotic tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan by Land and Air only.
Bhutan remained in its self-imposed isolation till the 1960’s and it was only in 1974 that the first ever motor-able roads were constructed. In 1983 the first Druk Air Dornier flights started operation. Till date Druk Air is the only national airline operating in the Kingdom of Bhutan.
The entry point by road for visitors travelling to Bhutan are; Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar in the south bordering India.
Phuentsholing town is located about 170 kilometers east of Indian National Airport Bagdora. From Bagdora airport, it will take approximately four hours to reach Phuentsholing border for the visitors travelling to Bhutan from the south. From Phuentsholing to Thimphu, it’s another 5-6 hours drive uphill towards the interiors of the Himalayas. Then you reach Thimphu, the capital of the Kingodm, Bhutan.
From the border town of Gelephu its approximately 270 kilometers to Thimphu about 8 hours drive. The journey takes you across three districts, from the sub-tropical plains of the foothills of the Himalayan mountains to the moderate alpine zone in Thimphu.
Samdrup Jongkhar in eastern part of Bhutan is 150 kilometers away from Guwhati, the capital city of Assam in India. From Samdrup Jongkhar you will travel via 5 districts of Bhutan before reaching the capital city Thimphu. The distance is almost 700 kilometers and takes 3 days to reach Thimphu.
Druk air is the only airline operating in Bhutan and Paro International Airport the only Airport in Bhutan. Another airport is already under construction in the border town of Gelephu and is expected to be operational from 2012.
There are two domestic airports in Bumthang and Trashigang. These domestic airports will connect western Bhutan to the central and the east.
As you approach Bhutan on Drukair, you will see some of the most spectacular and beautiful Himalayan ranges.