There are two ways of getting to Bhutan. You can Travel by Air or Travel by Land.
Travel by Air
Bhutan is well connected to the outside world through its two airlines – Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. They operate flights to the following countries:
- New Delhi, Kolkota and Guwahati (India),
- Bangkok (Thailand),
- Kathmandu (Nepal)
- Dhaka (Bangladesh)
The international airport in Bhutan is located in Paro which is situated at an elevation of 2,225 m (7300 ft) above sea level and is surrounded by mountains as high as 4,876 m (16,000 ft). Flying into Paro airport is quite an experience as the descent into the valley brings you close to the mountain tops.
There are also domestic airports in Yonphula in eastern Bhutan, Bumthang in central Bhutan, and Gelephu in south-central Bhutan.
Travel by Land
If you travel by land, you can enter/exit Bhutan via Phuentsholing, Gelephu or Samdrup Jongkhar.
The town of Phuentsholing in south-west Bhutan is located approximately 170 km east of the Indian national airport at Bagdogra. The distance between Phuentsholing and Thimphu (the capital city) is approx 170 km and takes about six to seven hours.
Gelephu in south-central Bhutan is approximately 250 kms from Thimphu. The road goes through three districts and the travel time is 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. The road from Samdrup Jongkhar goes through the districts of Trashigang, Mongar, Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangdue Phodrang and then finally into capital, Thimphu. The distance is about 700 kms and requires a minimum of three days to reach Thimphu.