How to Reach Bhutan
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Travel to Bhutan
Though, the best answer in regard to how to go to Bhutan from India is via boarding a flight. Until 1960-70, it was quite difficult to enter the Kingdom of Bhutan. Transportation facilities were not as well-built as they are now. People were unsure about whether they should travel from India to Bhutan by air, road or rail. However, ease of traveling to Bhutan has increased ever since, owing to its planned economic development.
With its primary international airport, called Paro, the country has a great connectivity with other parts of the world. Indians can hop on flights from New Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, and Guwahati by availing services of Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines for a convenient journey. Moreover, Indian citizens can enter Bhutan without a visa. In fact, it is also not mandatory to have a passport as long as the visitor has a legitimate voter identity card issued by the Election Commission of India. And, as the transportation has got convenient as well, one can cover the India to Bhutan distance of around 2059 kms by road and airways both. One can choose to board a plane or hop on a road ride via Gelephu and Phuentsholing linking with the states of Assam and West Bengal.
Here’s our detailed information about how to reach Bhutan from India via various travel modes.
Located in Paro district at a height of 7300 ft. above sea level, Paro International Airport is the nearest airport to Bhutan. It is the only airport to enter the country from India by air. Druk Air is the only airline that operates regular flights to and from Bhutan to India. People also take flights from Bagdogra airport near Siliguri, West Bengal. Being one of the closest airports to Bhutan, one can take also avail a cab or car service across Phuentsholing, and enjoy a tour to this enticing place.
Although, there are no direct rail routes to reach Bhutan from India, one can board a train from Hasimara station or New Alipurduar stations, which are 17 and 60 kilometers away from Phuentsholing, the border town of Bhutan. From there, tourists can book shared taxis, individual cabs, and buses to reach Bhutan.
One can also choose to go to Bhutan by road. Unlike other foreign countries, going to Bhutan by roadways from India is quite an easy task. There are only three land borders which are open for entry – Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar. While Phuentsholing shares a border with the Terai region of West Bengal, the other two are along the Assam border. It takes around three hours from Guwahati to Bhutan by road and same from Siliguri as well.
One can take a private car or hire one to travel from India to Bhutan, and enjoy a tour while navigating through its alpine zones and sub-tropical regions. However, one needs to show some documents at the border.
One can also choose to travel via bus from Kolkata to Bhutan. It takes around 18 hours to reach Phuentsholing from Esplanade Station and 4 hours from Siliguri.
|By Air||By Road||By Train||By Sea|
|New Delhi to Bhutan||2.0 hours||37.0 hours||-||-|
|Mumbai to Bhutan||3.0 hours||54.0 hours||-||-|
|Bangalore to Bhutan||11.0 hours||60.0 hours||-||-|
|Pune to Bhutan||11.0 hours||56.0 hours||-||-|
|Hyderabad to Bhutan||4.0 hours||-||-||-|
|Ahmedabad to Bhutan||5.0 hours||-||-||-|
|Jalpaiguri to Bhutan||2.0 hours||2.0 hours||2.0 hours||-|
|Guwahati to Bhutan||2.0 hours||3.0 hours||-||-|
|Kolkata to Bhutan||1.0 hours||22.0 hours||-||-|
|Siliguri to Bhutan||1.0 hours||-||-||-|
|Maharashtra to Bhutan||-||-||-||-|
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There are buses from Kolkata to Thimphu and from Siliguri bus station, NJP station or Bagdogra station to Phuentsholing border.
The main currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum. But Indian currency is accepted all over Bhutan except the new 500 and 2000 notes.
Indians do not need a visa to enter Bhutan. Traveling in Phuentsholing area is open for any Indian upon producing authentic ID card. However, to travel the rest of the country, permission is needed which can be retrieved by any agency for the same.
Spring and autumn seasons are best for visiting Bhutan. Try to make the trip between March-May or September-November.
People in Bhutan eat dishes like ema datshi, red rice, maru (spicy chicken), phaksha paa (pork with red chilies), Bhutanese butter tea, and ara which is a traditional alcoholic beverage.
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