Entrances to Bhutan
Bhutan has three main points of entry are through Phuentsholing (by car) in the south that links Bhutan with the Indian plains of West Bengal, through Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar ( by car) that links with the Indian state of Assam and through ( by Druk Air), the National airline of Bhutan.
Travel by Air
The Bhutan’s only international airport at Paro, is located at a height of 7300 ft above sea level and surrounded by mountains and hills as high as 16,000 feet. Druk Air (The national airline of Bhutan) are connected to Delhi, Kolkata, Bodh Gaya, Dacca,Guwahati, Bagdogra (India), Dacca (Bangladesh), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Bangkok.
Travel by Land
There are three main entrances to Bhutan by land Phuntsholing (South), Gelephu (South central) and Samdrup Jongkhar (Eastern Bhutan) areas are open for international tourists.
Phuntsholing town is located approximately 175 km east of the Indian from national airport Bagdogra. Phuntsholing is main hub for business between Bhutan and India. It takes around 7 hours (180 kms) to drive Thimphu, the capital city.
Gelephu town (South-Central Bhutan). It take around 11 hrs ( 250 kms) to reach Thimphu and you can pass through the sub-tropical as well alpine zones and finally Thimphu.
Samdrup Jongkhar (Eastern Bhutan). Approximately 150 kms away from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. Its take around 3 hrs to reach Samdrup Jongkhar from Guwahati . Your Journey start from eastern Bhutan to center, western. You can visit around 6 districts before reaching Thimphu. It takes more than 5 days (Depending on your tour itinerary) to reach Thimphu.
Your permit will be endorsed by the immigration officers upon your arrival at airport. You may have to carry your passport (also some passport photographs) or voter’s registration card or any relevant trave documents. If you travel by road, the endorsement is done at the entry points in Phuentsholing, Samdrup Jongkhar, and Gelephu.