Bhutan remained isolated from the rest of the world till the 1960s. In 1974 the first ever motor-able road was constructed. The first Druk Air Dornier flights started operation in 1983 opening Bhutan’s doors to the outside world. Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines are the only two national airlines operating in the Kingdom of Bhutan at present.
Journey by Road
Phuentsholing, Gelegphu and Samdrup Jongkhar, the southern towns bordering India, are the entry points for visitors travelling to Bhutan by road.
Phuentsholing town in Chhukha Dzongkhag is located about 170 kilometers east of the Indian Airport in Bagdora. The journey from Bagdora to Phuentsholing takes approximately four hours. Another 5-6 hours’ uphill drive brings you to the capital city of Bhutan.
The border town of Gelegphu, in Sarpang Dzongkhag, and Thimphu is within an approximate stretch of 270 kilometers and about 8 hours’ drive. The journey takes you across three districts, from the sub-tropical plains of the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, to the moderate alpine zone in Thimphu.
Samdrup Jongkhar, in the eastern part of Bhutan bordering the state of Assam, is 150 kilometers away from its state capital Guwahati, in India. Travelling across five districts from Samdrup Jongkhar brings us to the capital city of Bhutan. With a distance of almost 700 kilometers, the journey takes three days by road.
Paro International Airport is the only Airport in Bhutan.
There are three domestic airports in Bumthang, Gelegphu and Trashigang. These domestic airports connect western Bhutan to the central and the east.
As you approach Bhutan, you will see some of the most spectacular and beautiful Himalayan ranges.