Visit Bhutan 2017

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Getting into Bhutan

Flying to Bhutan

Paro International Airport is the only airport in Bhutan, which is located in a deep valley at an elevation of 2,226 m (7,300 ft) surrounded by hills as high as 4,878m (16,000ft). Flying into Paro, Bhutan is one of the most spectaculars in the world and get to experience the breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges, including Mt Everest, Mt Kanchenjunga and Mt Gangkhar Puensum (the highest mountain in Bhutan and the highest mountain not conquered so far)!

Drukair

Bhutan’s national airline, Drukair began on 14 January 1983 with 18-seater Dornier 228-200 and later upgraded to the British Aerospace BAe 146-100 in November 1988. Today Drukair operates two Airbus A319 (116-seater) and one ATR 42-500 (48-seater) to nine international destinations: Singpaore, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati, Bagdogra and Bodh Gaya. The air tickets can be bought online on www.drukair.com.bt or alternatively, we strongly recommend that leave the burden for your Drukair flights to be sorted out by us at no extra cost.

Tashi Air

Bhutan’s first private airline called Bhutan Airlines (Tashi Air Private Limited) made its maiden flight on 10th October 2013, linking Paro to Bangkok via Kolkata. Today Tashi Air operates Airbus A319 flights from Paro International Airport in Bhutan connecting to Bangkok, Kathmandu, Delhi and Kolkata. With the arrival of Tashi Air in the Bhutanese aviation industry, air travellers will now have a choice of flights and will compete the state-owned Drukair. You can manage your booking online on www.bhutanairlines.bt or leave the burden to book your air tickets by us at no extra fees.

Domestic Air Services

Both Drukair and Tashi Air commenced domestic flights in 2012. Tashi Air initially launched domestic flights in Bhutan, but discontinued for the time being as these proved unprofitable to the airline and would resume again in the future. There are currently three Domestic Airports in Bhutan that operates from Paro International Airport: (i) Bathpalathang Domestic Airport in Bumthang in central Bhutan (ii) Yongphula Domestic Airport in Tashigang in eastern Bhutan and (iii) Gelephu Domestic Airport in southern Bhutan. Note that the operation of Yonphula domestic airstrip is currently under suspension due to repairs on the runway, which is expected to complete by the end of 2015.

If you would like to include an internal flight for your itinerary, we will be happy to discuss this option with you at an extra cost subject to the availability of the scheduled domestic flights - the schedule runs 1 to 3 days in a week and is not 100% reliable.

Travel by Land

Tourists can also enter through land from southern and eastern parts of the country. Phuentsholing and Samdrup Jongkhar are the only land border areas open for international tourists. Phuentsholing in the south-western Bhutan is located approximately 170-km east of the Indian national airport Bagdogra. After crossing Phuentsholing, your journey then begins through mountainous climb to Thimphu, the capital city. The travel time for the 176-km stretch can be more than 6 hours.

Samdrup Jongkhar is the only entry point in eastern Bhutan. The town borders the Indian district of Darranga, Assam and is approximately 150-km away from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. The journey from Guwahati is about 3 hours. Tourists entering Bhutan through Samdrup Jongkhar will take you to Trashigang, the largest district in the country, and from there over the lateral route to Mongar, Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangdue Phodrang and then finally into the capital city, Thimphu. The distance is about 700-km and will take you a minimum of three days to reach Thimphu. [If you are planning a concurrent tour into India, travelling by overland allows you to combine the trip].

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