How to go Bhutan
Travel by Air
One of the smallest national carriers in the world, Druk Air has a fleet of five BAE - 146 Whisper Jet aircrafts. An international team of flight attendants, trained by Thai Airways International added to the airline's credibility. Druk Air has 10 destinations - Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkota, Gauhati, Bagdogra in India, Kathmandu in Nepal and Dhaka in Bangladesh. A private airline called Bhutan Airlines started operating since 2013. As the plane rises to towards foothills of the Himalayas, the mountains rise to eye level with the aircraft. On clear days from Kathmandu, the airplane flies past the summit of Everest.
The most convenient Gateway city in terms of the most flights per week is Suvanabhumi International Airport, Bangkok. Depending on the day of the week the flights departing from Bangkok makes one stop in Singapore, Kolkota or Dhaka. Total flight time from Bangkok to Paro is 3-4 hours. Delay does occur due to unpredictable Himalayan weather conditions. International travelers are advised to build an extra day or two in their itinerary in case of flight cancellations. Confirmation of travel during festival seasons (March, April, May in Spring) and September, October & November in Autumn) must be made at least three months in advance to ensure seats with the airline.
Visit www.drukair.com.bt & www.bhutanairlines.com for complete flight schedules and other related flight information.
Driving via India
If you wish to travel overland, you can enter and exit Bhutan through its southern gateway of Phuentsholing into the Indian state of West Bengal. It is approximately a five hour drive from Thimphu. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra, located approximately four hours by road from Phuentsholing. This border point is an ideal junction for those wishing to combine their exploration of Bhutan with the Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal.
For those who would like to journey across Bhutan, there is an exit only border crossing at Sumdrup Jongkhar in southeast Bhutan to India. The closest airport is 110 km away in Guwahati. From here you a number of destinations you can fly on to including Delhi, Bombay, Kolkata and Bangkok. This is convenient for those flying into Paro in the west and touring across Bhutan without back tracking.