GETTING TO BHUTAN

The way to Bhutan: Travel by Land and Travel by Air.

The Kingdom of Bhutan remained largely cut off from the rest of the world up until the early 1960’s. Entering the country was difficult as it was only accessible by foot from two main entry points, one in the North and another from the South. The Northern route was through Tibet, crossing high mountain passes that were inaccessible throughout the winters.   The second entry route from the South came through the plains of Assam and West Bengal. The high, frozen passes in the North and the dense, jungles in the South made it extremely difficult to enter the country.

However, carefully planned economic development has made the country much more accessible and there are now a network roads entering and traversing the country, as well as one international and multiple domestic airports.

TRAVEL BY AIR

There are flights to destinations that include Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai.

Paro is situated at a height of 2,225 m (7,300 ft) above sea level and is surrounded by mountains as high as 4,876 m (16,000 ft). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. And there are domestic airports in Yonphula in eastern Bhutan, Bumthang in central Bhutan, and Gelephu in south-central Bhutan. A second international airport is currently under construction in Gelephu along the southern border to India.

Flying into Bhutan’s Paro International Airport is typically an exciting experience as the descent into Paro valley brings you closer to the mountain tops than most other flights in the world. The flight between Paro and Kathmandu is one of the most exciting ones as the aircraft passes over four of the five highest mountains in the world. In fine weather, as you soar higher up, you can enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga at their best.

TRAVEL TO BHUTAN OVERLAND.

Travelers can enter Bhutan overland from Phuntsholing, a south-west commercial town bordering Indian state of West Bengal. This entry is convenient if you wish to enter Bhutan after a tour in Sikkim and Darjeeling. Phuntsholing is 4 hours drive from Silliguri and 5 hours from Sikkim or Darjeeling. Bagdora in Silliguri also has a domestic airport that connects flights to and from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati.

From Phuntsholing, you will take 6 hours to arrive Thimphu or Paro. Samdrup Jongkhar, a small commercial hub in eastern Bhutan is another overland entry point. It is in the south-east bordering Indian state of Assam. From other Indian states, you can fly into Guwahati airport and drive for 3 hours to Samdrup Jongkhar. Both entry and exit can be made through these border towns.

Visit www.drukair.com.bt and www.bhutanairlines.bt for more information

TRAVEL BY LAND

Today the main roads entering the country are through Phuentsholing in the south, linking Bhutan with the Indian plains of West Bengal, through the border towns of Gelephu, in the central region and Samdrup Jongkhar, in the east, that link with the Indian state of Assam.

All visitors to Bhutan require a visa to enter the country (see visa under the plan tab).  Visa clearance must be obtained before coming to Bhutan and travel must be booked through a Bhutanese tour operator or international partner.  Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can receive a visa on entry and it is not necessary for them to book travel through a tour operator, however it is recommended.  In the case of Indian nationals a passport or voters card are acceptable on entry. About Druk Air-Bhutan Airline ticketing and tour program contact us on.

CLOTHING

Winter months of October, November, December, January, February and March experiences warmer days, cold mornings and evenings. You must carry warm clothes for mornings and evenings. Although thick over coats are not necessary, you can carry warm sweaters or jackets. Some additional inner layers like thermo-coats may be useful. The summer months of April, May, June, July, August and September are warmer and you can tour with light clothes. As these months will also have occasional rains, you will have to bring rain gears.

ABOOUT TOUR TARIFF

Tariff for the visitors is set by the Government and operators are mandated to provide you the set tariff as below:

ABOUT COST INCLUDES

Government approved accommodation, all meals, tea & snacks, government royalty, land transport within Bhutan including airport transfers, local tour guide, permits and sightseeing. Does not include-Drukair, Bhutan Airlines fares and taxes, drinks and beverages, bottled water, laundry, phone bills, entrance fees, tips, insurance of any kind and other bills of personal nature. The underestimates is based on the rules and regulations of Tourism Councils of Bhutan, which we as a local travel Company we cannot make any changes on it. Because Tour to Bhutan is based on quality of visiting person, not on quantity.So the code of conduct of Tourism in Bhutan has a unique system in the entire destination in the world. About the air tickets contact with us on. E-mail: bhutandendrobium@gmail.com