It was a very complicated task to visit the Kingdom of Bhutan until 1960 as the forests were very dense on the southern part and extremely frozen passes in the northern part of Bhutan. Now because of the planned economic development, many international and domestic airports have made Bhutan much more accessible. Now, the question of How to reach Bhutan can be easily answered as it can be reached by air, road and train.
There is only one international airport in Bhutan which is in Paro. Situated at a height of 7300 metres above the sea level, Paro is a town in Bhutan surrounded by mountains and verdant forests. There are other domestic airports such as Gelephu Airport in South Central Bhutan, Yonphulla in eastern Bhutan and Bathpalanthag Airport in central Bhutan. Yonphulla and Bathpalanthag doesn’t operate anymore now.
Druk airline, the National airline carrier of Bhutan and the only airline, allows the tourists to visit Bhutan by flight with ease. International flights fly from many cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Bangkok, Bagdogra, Dhaka, Bodh Gaya, Kathmandu, Singapore, Guwahati and Mumbai.
You can get a vivid experience by travelling via air to Bhutan as you get to witness an astonishing scene of the mesmerizing Paro valley and the view of the majestic Himalayas as the mountain tops are closer than other flights in the world. On a clear day, one can spot the view of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lotse and Makalu.
Gelephu, Phuentsholing and Samdrup Jongkhar are the only borders of Bhutan that welcomes the tourist by land. Tourists can opt for the bus, private taxis or any other local transportation to reach the borders and get inside Bhutan.
Gelephu is located in south-central part if Bhutan and is 250 km away from the caital city, Thimphu.
Phuentsholing is situated in south-west land of Bhutan which is around 170 km from the nearest Indian national airport, Bagdogra, West Bengal and it requires a 5-hour drive Phuentsholing to reach the airport.
Samdrup Jongkhar is situated in south-east Bhutan and is approximately 150 km from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. It touches the borders the Indian district of Darranga in Assam. It takes about three hours to complete the journey till Samdrup Jongkhar from Guwahati.
Indian tourists can opt for a bus journey from Kolkata. Direct buses from Esplanade station in Kolkata for Phuentsholing are available and it takes about 18 hours to reach the destination. The buses are run by the Royal Bhutanese Government.
By Train :
There are no direct train routes in Bhutan. Tourist must reach some specific stations such as New Alipurduar, Siliguri, New Jalpaiguri Station and Hasimara and take a bus or hire a taxi according to their convenience in order to decide how to reach Bhutan.