Prior to the reign of the third Monarch, His Majesty Jigme Dorji wangchuk, the only way to enter the country was through foot or in horse back across the high Himalayan mountain range through dense forest in the south, infested with wild animals and snow covered mountains and high passes in the north.
Prior to the reign of the third Monarch, His Majesty Jigme Dorji wangchuk, the only way to enter the country was through foot or in horse back across the high Himalayan mountain
range through dense forest in the south, infested with wild animals and snow covered mountains and high passes in the north. Thanks to the Third King of Bhutan, also known as ‘Father of Modern Bhutan’ that he brought road network, education, telecommunication, postal services and many more in the 1960s.
Entering the country through air can be done through the only International Airport in Paro, which brings you in from various destination such as Kolkata, Delhi, Bagdogra, Bodh-Gaya, Guwahati, Mumbai, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Bangkok and Singapore. There are three domestic airports within the country such as Bumthang, Tashigang and Geleyphu in the central, eastern and southern Bhutan respectively. National airlines “ Druk air” is the pioneer in the country and Bhutan airlines from Tashi group of companies are operational in the present day. Paro airport is located at 2250 meters above sea level. It’s a pleasant flying experience with the breathtaking view of the snow capped mountains in the Himalayan range. Flying especially from Kathmandu to Paro is the best journey to see world’s highest mountains; Mt Everest in Nepal, and Mt Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Lhotse in Sikkim. While boarding domestic flights in the country one can also see some of the highest peaks such as Mt jomolhari, gankarphuentshum , jichudrakey etc.
The following stations are connected with Druk Air Flights: - India (Kolkata, Delhi, Gaya) - Nepal (Kathmandu) - Thailand (Bangkok) - Bangladesh (Dhaka) - Singapore
Our national airline flies several times a week between its destinations, but flight timings and frequency vary according to season For latest flight schedules click here. Make a link to view the druk air flights in details.
Since Bhutan is a land locked country. It is surrounded by India in the east west and south. Entering the country by road can be done through three entry points in the south. Phuentsholing, the commercial hub of the country bordering the town of jaigoan in the state of West Bengal, Geleyphu ,in the central part of southern bhutan and Samdrup Jongkhar in the eastern part of southern bhutan both bordering the state of west Bengal and Assam in India.
The nearest airport to Phuentsholing is the Indian National Airport, Bagdogra. It is located approximately 150km away from Phuentsholing, and Phuentsholing 175kms from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The nearest airport to Samdrup Jongkhar is Guwahati, the capital city of Assam, located about 110kms away from samdrup jongkhar, Guwahati airport also has direct flight to Paro.
There are no train services available in the country, however train can be availed upto the nearest destination such as Alipur , new Jalpaiguri ,and Siliguri , all in the states of west Bengal in India.