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Transportation in Bhutan

By Air:
Paro International Airport is the only airport in Bhutan connecting it with Kathmandu, Calcutta, Bangkok, Dacca, and New Delhi. Druk Air- Royal Bhutan airlines is the only airline flying in and out of Bhutan. Currently Druk Air operates daily flights between Paro and Bangkok. Druk Air does not issue tickets until they have received the visa clearance. Paro airport is less than two hours from Thimphu. They fly four times a week to New Delhi via Katmandu, twice a week between Dhaka and Paro. Most convenient connection is from Kathmandu and this journey also gives some breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

By Car
From Bagdogra in India, it is possible to drive the 175 km land route to Phuentsholing, the entry point in Bhutan. From Phuentsholing there is a tiring 179 km journey to Thimphu although the journey gives you a great chance to appreciate the natural beauty of the country. It is also possible to travel to Phuentsholing from Siliguri and Calcutta by bus. In most of the cases your trip to Thimphu is going to be arranged by a tour operator who is supposed to take care of all your travel requirements including transport. If you are travelling on your own than make sure that you have a tourist taxi on your disposal. The best way to journey by road is to start at Kathmandu. Despite high mountains and steep slopes, Bhutan has a fairly well developed network of roads. The main two lane highway runs from west to east connecting all the major towns and villages. The roads along the rugged terrain and mountains limit the car speed to 30 km/hour and with tourist buses driving even slower. Enroute, you will have spectacular views of landscapes, snow capped mountains, lush green valleys, unpolluted and crystal clear rivers, farmlands and villages.

By Bus
From Kolkata: The Royal Bhutanese Government runs a service to Phuentsholing. These buses depart from Kolkata's Esplanade bus station at 7PM on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and from the Phuentsholing Bhutan Post office at 3PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The journey takes around 18 hours. The buses are comfortable, but because much of the highway to Kolkata is like the surface of the moon, don't bank on getting much sleep on the way.

From Siliguri: There is frequent service between Siliguri and Phuentsholing/Jaigaon. It is roughly a four hour journey. Buses operated by Royal Bhutan Government depart from across the main highway from the bus station, near Heritage Hotel, at 7:30AM and 1:30PM daily.

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