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Travel To Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan was difficult to enter up until 1960-70. Transportation facilities were not as well-built as they are now. People were unsure about how to reach Bhutan by air, road or rail. However, ease of traveling to Bhutan has increased ever since, owing to the social, political and economic relationships that India and Bhutan share. First of all, Indian citizens, along with citizens of Bangladesh and Maldives, can enter Bhutan without a visa. Passport too is not mandatory, as long as the visitors have a legitimate voter identity card issued by the Election Commission of India. The conveyance part has got easier as well. Bhutan can be reached from India by road and airways both. 

Here’s how to reach Bhutan from India via various travel modes:


By Air

The nearest airport to Bhutan is the Paro International Airport in Paro district. It is the only airport for entering the country from India by air. There were other airports in Bhutan too, but they are either domestic or are inactive at present. Regular India to Bhutan flights are operated by Druk Air, the Royal airlines and flag-bearer of Bhutan and by Bhutan Airlines as well. India to Bhutan flight duration depends on which city one is traveling from. Flights from Mumbai to Bhutan take around 2 hours 30 minutes. Chennai to Bhutan flights will definitely take longer, nearly 3 hours, while Kolkata to Bhutan by air will take less than 2 hours. People also take flights to Bagdogra airport near Siliguri, West Bengal if the flight time and price match their convenience. Bagdogra airport is the closest to Bhutan – only 170 km away, and then one can take a cab or car service across Phuentsholing.


By Train

There are no direct rail routes that go to Bhutan from India. However, Hasimara station or New Alipurduar stations are as good as boarding a train to Bhutan. They are respectively 17 and 60 kilometers away from Phuentsholing, the border town of Bhutan. From these stations, there are shared taxis, individual cabs, and buses that go to Bhutan. Other Indian train stations which are close to Bhutan are New Jalpaiguri station and Siliguri junction. Trains to these stations are regular and frequent from Sealdah station of Kolkata. There are trains from other cities too, like Delhi or Mumbai, but they do not run as often as the Kolkata ones.


By Road

Many people who live in eastern India prefer to go to Bhutan by road. Unlike other foreign countries, going to Bhutan by roadways from India is quite an easy task. Here’s how to reach Bhutan from India by road. 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 a hired one from India to Bhutan. They will be required to show the documents at the border. There are buses too from Kolkata to Bhutan which takes 18 hours and from Siliguri which takes only four hours right up to Phuentsholing.


DistanceBy AirBy RoadBy TrainBy Sea
New Delhi to BhutanN/A2.0 hours37.0 hoursN/AN/A
Mumbai to BhutanN/A3.0 hours54.0 hoursN/AN/A
Bangalore to BhutanN/A11.0 hours60.0 hoursN/AN/A
Pune to BhutanN/A11.0 hours56.0 hoursN/AN/A
Hyderabad to BhutanN/A4.0 hoursN/AN/AN/A
Ahmedabad to BhutanN/A5.0 hoursN/AN/AN/A
Jalpaiguri to BhutanN/A2.0 hours2.0 hours2.0 hoursN/A
Guwahati to BhutanN/A2.0 hours3.0 hoursN/AN/A
Kolkata to BhutanN/A1.0 hours22.0 hoursN/AN/A
Siliguri to BhutanN/A1.0 hoursN/AN/AN/A
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Spring and autumn seasons are best for visiting Bhutan. Try to make the trip between March-May or September-November.

Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Bagdogra airports have direct flights to Paro in Bhutan.

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.

The main currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum. But Indian currency is accepted all over Bhutan except the new 500 and 2000 notes.

There are buses from Kolkata to Thimphu and from Siliguri bus station, NJP station or Bagdogra station to Phuentsholing border.

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