How to Reach Thimphu
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How to Reach Thimphu
While taking a flight from India to Thimphu is the best option, those wondering about other ways to travel to Bhutan can opt for a road trip via Sikkim as well. However, booking a nonstop flight from Delhi or Kolkata remains the best answer to how to go to Thimphu from India. Paro Airport (PBH) is the only airport in Bhutan with direct flights to India. It is located about 54 kilometers from the city of Thimphu. The Bhutanese capital is one of the main attractions to see in the country.
The distance from Delhi to Thimphu is about 1,761 kilometers while Kolkata to Thimphu is about 860 km. The flight duration from Kolkata (CCU) to Paro Airport (PBH) is about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Bhutan Airlines offers a nonstop flight between India and Thimphu. Here’s our guide of how to reach Thimphu from India, with all the options of travelling explained in brief.
India to Thimphu flight is the best way to get to the city. But there are not many Indian cities that have direct flights to the airport in Paro, which is the closest and only international airport in Bhutan. Kolkata is the only city with daily flights from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport to Paro airport, operated by Druk Air. Druk Air is the flag-bearer national carrier of Bhutan. Their tails have the iconic Druk Dragon of Bhutan, also seen on their flag. Mumbai, Delhi and Bagdogra airports too have direct flights, operated by Druk Airways. But they operate only twice or thrice a week. Some of these flights, mainly Mumbai and Delhi to Thimphu (Paro), have long layovers at other countries like Bangkok or Kathmandu, which is wastage of time and money. So if you cannot avail or afford a direct flight to Paro from any other city, catch a flight to Kolkata and from there fly to Paro in 1.30 hours without any hassle, and then take a taxi or hired car to Thimphu which takes another hour and half. The whole journey gets over in 3 hours as opposed to long layovers. This is the best and most convenient way to get to Bhutan from any Indian city.
There is no rail line that connects India with Bhutan. But there are Indian Railway stations which will get you real close. Hasimara station in North Bengal is only 17 kilometres from the Bhutan border at Phuentsholing, which means it is around 180 kilometres away from Thimphu. Hasimara can be reached from Sealdah station of Kolkata or NJP station of Siliguri. To go from Hasimara to Thimphu, one can avail taxis or private cars or bus service, which takes a little more than 5 hours.
The only state which has multiple land routes to Thimphu is West Bengal. There is Kolkata to Bhutan Volvo bus service from Esplanade area every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday leaving at 7 PM. Driving in a personal car from Kolkata to Thimphu will be a little too much. But if someone is going from Guwahati or Siliguri to Thimphu, the few hours road journey is worth it for all the money saved. The routes from West Bengal take the tourists through the Jaigaon-Phuentsholing border entry. From there, Phuentsholing to Thimphu bus service or car ride takes around 6 hours. There are Bagdogra to Thimphu and Siliguri to Bhutan bus service as well from Tenzing Norgay Bus Stop or NJP station.
|By Air||By Road||By Train||By Sea|
|New Delhi to Thimphu||5.0 hours||32.0 hours||-||-|
|Mumbai to Thimphu||2.0 hours||50.0 hours||-||-|
|Kolkata to Thimphu||3.0 hours||-||-||-|
|Siliguri to Thimphu||-||-||-||-|
|Guwahati to Thimphu||-||11.0 hours||-||-|
|Bagdogra to Thimphu||2.0 hours||8.0 hours||-||-|
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Bharat's 7 days trip to ThimphuOur trip was well organised thanks for this trip. The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens it was our Best Memory of the trip!
Mohit's 6 days trip to ThimphuThimpu hotel stay was good experience rest of the trip was also fine.
Rakeshkumar's 6 days trip to ThimphuThimphu city and the hotel was really good, but we requesting you please never suggest Hotel Tshringma to other guest because the staff & services are not customer oriented. Thimpu City sightseeing was our Best Memory of the trip!
Bipin's 7 days trip to ThimphuOur agent ASTER TOURS was very good. we had an anniversary on 11th December and we told to agent that we have to dinner in a local dress and our agent arranged all the things as per our choice.
Alhad's 6 days trip to ThimphuBhutan trip was amazing we loved Bhutnese culture and people. Hike to Tiger Nest was our Best Memory of the trip! It takes between four and five hours to do the round trip hike, plus one more hour to tour the monastery. Many people also have lunch in the cafeteria not far from the monastery. Plan on leaving Paro around 8 am and arriving back at your hotel around 3 pm.
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Kiran's 7 days trip to ThimphuAmazing trip planned by travel triangle & Texa Trove team. Taktsang monastery also known as Tiger Nest in Paro was our Best Memory of the trip!
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Piyush's 7 days trip to ThimphuOverall trip was good we thank TravelTriangle & the tour operator Valley Tours.
Kulu's 6 days trip to ThimphuOur entire trip was well organised we faced issue while getting clearance from immigration office but somehow we got through it.
Kaustav's 8 days trip to ThimphuDamber our tour operator from AD Tours was a really helpful chap. Thanks to them for organising such great trip along with TravelTriangle. We Experienced snowfall in Paro it was our Best Memory of the trip!
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