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How To Reach Bhutan From Jalpaiguri

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Jalpaiguri To Bhutan Distance

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Jalpaiguri to BhutanN/A2.0 hours2.0 hours2.0 hoursN/A

Jalpaiguri district and its headquarter city shares the same name. It is small and falls under the Terai Dooars region of North Bengal. It is not very well connected with the rest of the country. The closest airport and railway station are both nearer to Siliguri than to Jalpaiguri. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri or NJP, which is located in the heart of Siliguri. However, when it comes to Bhutan, Jalpaiguri is one of the closest cities to the country. Taking the roadway is the most convenient form of travel for going from NJP to Bhutan. Here is a brief explanation of how to reach Bhutan from New Jalpaiguri or the Jalpaiguri town via various transport modes.

By Air: The nearest airport to Jalpaiguri is the Bagdogra airport close to Siliguri. It takes an hour and a half to reach Bagdogra from Jalpaiguri, from where Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines fly flights to Paro Airport in Bhutan twice every week. Paro is Bhutan main airport and the only international airport the country has. The flight duration is around 2 hours and 30 minutes approximately.

By Road: Taking the roadway is the best option to avail of. Jalpaiguri to Bhutan border is a little more than 103 kilometers, and the road via NH27 is a smooth ride. It does not take longer than 2 hours and 45 minutes to go from Jalpaiguri to Bhutan border at Phuentsholing, which is called Jaigaon on this side of the border. There are buses and rented car service from the station of New Jalpaiguri to Bhutan that one can avail.

By Rail: Although there is no direct railway line from Jalpaiguri to Bhutan, one can take a train from NJP station to Hasimara, from where the Jaigaon-Phuentsholing border is only 17 kilometers. The visitors have to show their identity documents at the border, and rented cars have to take permissions for entering the country. However, Indian citizens do not need a visa to enter Bhutan, but only an identity document, preferably passport or voter’s ID.


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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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