Getting into Bhutan
The only international airport is at Paro. Bhutan’s national airline, Druk Air is the only national airline servicing Paro at present. Druk air operates flights to Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bodh Gaya, Dacca, Kathmandu and Guwahati. Buddha Airlines, a new commercial airline operates flight between Kathmandu and Paro.
NOTE: During monsoons, unpredictable weather forces can delay flights and travelers are advised to include an extra day in their itinerary.
The road from Bagdogra (the nearest Indian airport) enters Bhutan at Phuentsholing, the border town. It is a 3-4 hour drive from Bagdogra airport which can be reached by plane from Calcutta and Delhi. From Darjeeling or Gangtok (Sikkim), it is an approximately 7 hour drive to Phuentsholing. It takes approximately 6 hours from Phuentsholing to Thimphu or Paro. Samdrup Jongkhar in eastern Bhutan borders the Indian district of Darranga, Assam. The travel time from Guwahati, the capital of Assam to Samdrup Jongkhar is approximately 3 hours. From Samdrup Jongkhar, tourists usually travel to Trashigang, followed by Mongar, Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangdue Phodrang, Punakha and finally to the capital Thimphu. The journey takes about 3 to 4 days.