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How to get to Bhutan




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Bhutan controls tourism through a partnership between the government and officially approved tour operators. This means there is little flexibility in the price one has to pay to enter and visit the country, but on the other side country identity is guaranteed and a more responsible tourism promoted. All other tourists must obtain a Visa prior to travel to Bhutan, processed through an online system by the licensed Bhutanese tour operator.

Druk Air (Royal Bhutanese Airlines) is the national carrier Bhutan, the only airline operating flights in and out of the kingdom. Paro airport (BPH) is the country's only international airport, on the west of the country. Yongphulla Airport (Trashigang) is a small domestic airport, so Bathpalathang Airport, located at Jakar (in the Bumthang district). Domestic Gelephu Airport will also go into operation soon. Further, Bagdogra Airport (IXB), in the city of Siliguri in West Bengal (India) is a four hour drive from the Bhutanese border town of Phuentsholin.

The national carrier fly's routes to/for Bhutan are Thailand (Bangkok), India (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bodhgaya, Bagdogra, Gaya, Guwahati), Bangladesh (Dhaka), Singapore, Nepal (Kathmandu). On occasion passengers flying between Kathmandu and Paro can get a close aerial encounter with Mount Everest, one of the best spectacular experiences of traveling. The Royal Bhutanese Government has identified the requirement for improved external air links by 2017, in an effort to increase tourism revenue.

By car in Bhutan is possible throughout three land border crossings, located in the southern border to India, and only with a special permit issued by the official tour operator. The land border-crossing are Phuntsholing (west of India), Gelephu (central border to India) and Samdrup Jongkhar (the east).

The rail system in India allows visitors to get close to Bhutan, where there are no trains at all. The closer you can get is a 17 km away to Phuentsholing border, the station is Hasimara (nearly 180 Km to Thimpu). Siliguri is also a popular choice for travelers heading to Bhutan by land (New Jalpaiguri Station). Arriving in Bhutan by bus can also be possible from Kolkata, Siliguri, Phuentsholing.

Please note, route permits are required to travel around Bhutan, check posts operate throughout the country. Hitching is a very common but it is customary to offer payment.

For the charges operating by the Tourism Council of Bhutan for all tourists entering the country see the section Cost of travel to Bhutan, and for the Visa requirements to Bhutan the dedicated section.