THE WAY TO BHUTAN
The first road connecting with the India to the State of West Bengal was constructed in the late nineteen sixties. Until then, the Kingdom was only accessible by foot through the high passes of Tibet and the plains of India. The first and only international airport was opened in Paro In 1983, 65 km from the capital Thimphu.
Travel by Air
Bhutan’s only international airport in Paro is located in a deep valley at an elevation of 7300 ft above sea level. The Paro Valley is surrounded by hills as high as 16,000 feet, whereby making the approach of Druk Air into the Paro International airport entirely by visual flight rules.
Today, there are two Airlines – Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines connecting to ten cities in six different countries. They operate to Bangkok in Thailand, Bagdogra, Delhi, Guwahati, Gaya, Kolkata and Mumbai in India, Kathmandu (Nepal), Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Singapore. The national airline carries passengers through one of the most spectacular flight paths in the world. A particular highlight is the stretch between Kathmandu and Bhutan, where one passes 4 of the 5 highest mountains in the world. Weather permitting, passengers will be treated to intimate views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kangchenjunga.
Travel by Land
The town of Phuntsholing in south-west and Samdrup Jongkhar in south-eastern Bhutan are currently the only two land border access open for international tourists. Phuntsholing lies approximately 170 km east of the Indian airport of Bagdogra and New Jalpaiguri Train station in the State of West bengal. And Samdrup Jongkhar is 101 km from Guwahati in Assam.
Traveling within Bhutan
Bhutan has no railway system but all major towns/cities are well connected by road. Despite high mountains, steep slopes, and the deepest of valleys, Bhutan has a relatively well developed network of roads. That said, rarely will one find a length of either straight or flat road. In some stretches one can encounter 6 to 7 bends per kilometer! Steep ascents and descents are characteristic of road travel in Bhutan and this can make travel much slower than one may be used to. Average speeds for road travel rarely exceed 40 km/h, with tourist buses making even slower progress. One is however handsomely rewarded for the long and sometimes tiring car journey, by the spectacular views of towering mountains, lush green jungle, ancient villages and majestic monasteries.
Transportation in Bhutan:
Only 22 seater Toyota Coaster buses are used for public transport which are more reliable and comfortable for the narrow, winding and sometimes bumpy roads.
- Very luxurious and comfortable Japanese & Korean cars for 2 people
- Toyota Prado Land Cruiser for 2-3 people.
- Toyota Hi-Ace or Hyundai H1 Mini Bus is used for 3-7 people.
- Toyota Coaster buses with 18 – 22 Seats are used for group size of more then 8 people, If we have more then 18 people in the group, we provide more buses to make your journey comfortable and luxurious.
BEST SEASONS TO VISIT
Though you can visit Bhutan any time of the year the following months are the best and are peak tourist season. Therefore, you should plan and book your trip for these months well in advance.
April, May & June are flowering season where you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of about 46 species of rhododendrons.
September, October & November is the festival season. This is the time if you want to witness unique festivals of Bhutan.