Routes to Bhutan From India
There are two ways an Indian national can enter into Bhutan; by road and by Air.
For those entering by road, there are two main entrance points; Phuntsholing at South West and Samdrup Jongkhar at South East.
Phuntsholing, located at South West of Bhutan is a border town, adjoined to the Indian town of Jaigoan under West Bengal state. It is located 176 km south of Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. More than 90% of Indian travelers use this entrance point to visit Bhutan. The nearest Indian airport to Phuntsholing is Bagdogra (4 hours drive) and the nearest Indian railway stations are NJP junction, Siliguri (3 hours drive), New Alipurduar Junction (1 hour and 45 minutes drive) and Hasimara Junction (30 minutes drive).
Around 10 % of Indian travelers enter Bhutan via Samdrup Jongkhar, the south eastern district of Bhutan which shares border with Daranga district of Assam state. The nearest Indian airport to Samdrup Jongkhar is Guwahati International Airport (Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, 2 hours drive) and the nearest Indian railway station is Rangiya Junction (1 hour drive).
Bhutan at present has only one international airport located at Paro (Western Bhutan) and two airlines; Drukair (www.drukair.com) and Bhutan airlines (www.bhutanairlines.com). Drukair is operated by government and Bhutan airlines by a private franchise. These two airlines fly to various destinations in India as follows:
|1||Delhi (DEL)||Indra Gandhi International Airport|
|2||Kolkata (CCU)||Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport|
|3||Guwahati (GAU)||Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport|
|4||Siliguri (IXB)||Bagdogra Airport|
|5||Gaya (GAY)||Gaya Airport||Seasonal|