Getting in Bhutan
There are no railways in Bhutan, but a link to Phuentsholing. Until then, the nearest options (both in India) are:
- Hasimara on the main Kolkata/Siliguri line to Assam is the nearest railway station to Phuentsholing, 17 km away.
- New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP) in Siliguri is a popular choice for travellers heading to Bhutan by land.
There are direct shared taxis from New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP) to Jaigaon or there is the option of buses from Siliguri bus station. Buses are often crowded and journeys slow due to the mountainous terrain. Yaks, ponies and mules are still a main form of transportation in remote areas. The main routes are from Phuentsholing to Thimphu, Thimphu to Bumthang, Bumthang to Tashigang, Tashigang to Samdrup Jongkar and from Tongsa to Gaylegphug. Indian citizens can enter Bhutan by road from Phuentholing, located some 150 km from Siliguri.
Traffic drives on the left. The country has a fairly good internal road network with well over 3 000 km of surfaced road. The average speed is less than 40 km per hour. The main routes run north from Phuentsholing to the western regions of Paro and Thimphu, and west-east, across the Pele La Pass and Thrumshing La Pass to the central valleys and eastern regions. The northern regions of the High Himalayas have no roads.
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