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Travel Information

The Kingdom of Bhutan remained largely cut off from the rest of the world up until the early 1960’s. Entering the country was difficult as it was only accessible by foot from two main entry points, one in the North and another from the South. The Northern route was through Tibet, crossing high mountain passes that were inaccessible throughout the winters.   The second entry route from the South came through the plains of Assam and West Bengal. The high, frozen passes in the North and the dense, jungles in the South made it extremely difficult to enter the country.

However, carefully planned economic development has made the country much more accessible and there are now a network roads entering and traversing the country, as well as one international and multiple domestic airports.

Travel by Land

Today there are three main roads for entry into Bhutan. One is through the border town of Phuentsholing linking Bhutan with the Indian plains of West Bengal. The second is through the border towns of Gelephu in the central region and the third through Samdrup Jongkhar in the east both linking with the Indian state of Assam.

Travel by Air

Bhutan has one international airport at Paro and three domestic airports. Paro is situated at a height of 2,225 m (7300 ft) above sea level and is surrounded by mountains as high as 4,876 m (16,000 ft). Currently two airlines operate in and out of Paro international airport. Drukair operates flights to Bangkok in Thailand, Delhi, Kolkata, Bodh Gaya, Guwahati in India; Dacca in Bangladesh, Kathmandu in Nepal and Singapore. Bhutan Airlines operate flights to Bangkok and Kolkata. Flying into Bhutan’s Paro International Aiport is an exciting experience as the descent into Paro valley brings you closer to the mountain tops. The flight between Paro, Kathmandu and Delhi is particularly rewarding as it offers spectacular views of 4 of the 5 highest mountains in the world. In clear weather you’ll be treated with amazing close-up views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kangchenjunga at their majestic best.

Visa Requirements

All tourists (except  Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian passport holders) require visa for traveling to Bhutan.
In order to process Bhutan visa we require clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no. and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) at least 20 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan. Validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Bhutan.

Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance letter which we will send through email or fax to you or your local travel agent. Travelers are required to produce aforesaid visa clearance copy at the time of check-in for Druk Air flight while those entering Bhutan by land via Phuentsholing or Samdrup Jonkhar are required to produce this Visa Clearance letter at the Immigration counter. Actual visa is stamped on your passport on arrival to Bhutan.

Visa only service is not offered in Bhutan, guests have to buy full service tour package from local tour operator that includes accommodation, guided tours, transfers etc.