Bhutan is now linked to the outside world by air and road only.
Paro International Airport, is the only airport in Bhutan which caters to visitors coming to Bhutan. It is located at a height of 7,300 ft above sea level and is surrounded by mountains and hills as high as 16,000 feet.
DrukAir, the oldest airline, operates to New Delhi, Kolkata, Baghdogra, Guwahati and Bodh Gaya in India, Kathmandu in Nepal, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Bangkok in Thailand and Singapore.
TashiAir, which has recently been launched operates to Kolkata in India and Bangkok in Thailand.
For visitors, the preferred ports of embarkation are: New Delhi and Kolkata in India, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Kathmandu in Nepal, Bangkok in Thailand and Singapore.
One of the most exciting flights for visitors is the Paro and Kathmandu sector as the aircraft passes over four of the five highest mountains in the world namely Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kangchenjunga.
Visitor coming into Bhutan through land can enter Bhutan through the border town of Phuentsholing in the west, Gelephu in the south, and Samdrup Jongkhar in the east.
The nearest airport to Phuntsholing is Baghdogra airport in West Bengal India and is about 170 km from Phuntsholing.
Samdrup Jongkhar is the only entry point for eastern Bhutan. The nearest airport is located at Guwahati, the capital city of Assam in India, about 150 kilometres away. It takes about three hours from Guwahati to Samdrup Jongkhar by road.
Gelephu in south-central Bhutan is another entry point for visitors. However, not many visitors use this entry point as there is no airport located nearby.
All foreigners visiting Bhutan should obtain a valid travel visa before your arrival into the country.
You will be endorsed by the immigration officers upon your arrival before you are issued with a permit. Make sure you go personally. You may have to carry your passport (also some passport photographs) or voter’s registration card. If you plan to travel by road, the endorsement is done at the entry points in Phuentsholing, Samdrup Jongkhar, and Gelephu. If by flight, you will enter from the Paro Airport.
Travelling within Bhutan
Despite the major hurdle posed by the inaccessible terrain and the high mountain passes, all major towns and important places of visit are connected by a good road network. However, an important feature of the road system is the innumerable curves and bends that one will have to negotiate. Besides the bends, another characteristic of the road network is the steep ascents and descents that slow down car travels. One is however generously rewarded for the long and tiring car journey by the spectacular views of the mountains, the lush green jungles, the ancient villages, the majestic temples and monasteries and the many roadside restaurants and inns.
Depending on the number of our guests, Bhutan-Axom Tours and Travel uses SUVs, mini vans or coaster buses.