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bhutan map

As depicted in the map, Bhutan is divided into 20 districts. For tourist visiting Bhutan via air have only one entrance; Paro. For those entering via road has three main entrances; Phuntsholing under Chhukha district (Southwest), Gelephu under Sarpang district (Southern central) and Samdrupjongkhar (Southeast).

Phuntsholing and Gelephu shares border with Indian state of West Bengal and Samdrupjongkhar shares border with Indian state of Assam.

In 2016 around 93 % of international tourist and 31% of regional tourist (Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian) to Bhutan have entered via air, i.e. from Paro and remaining 7% of international tourist and 69% of regional tourist have entered via road (90% from Phuntsholing and rest from Gelephu & Samdrupjongkhar).

Bhutan’s national highway starts from Phuntsholing (Chhukha district), enters Thimphu, passes via Wangduephodrang, Trongsa, Bumthang, Mongar, Trashigang and ends at Samdrupjongkhar.

Annually Bhutan receives around sixty thousands (60000) of international tourist and over hundred thousands of regional tourist (Indian, Bangladeshis & Maldivian). Amongst this, around 75% visits only 3 western districts of Bhutan; Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.

The table below shows the distances between few of the important tourist visiting places in Bhutan and some of the nearest Indian airports to Bhutan.

From To Distance Driving Time
Paro Thimphu 65 km 1 hour 10 minutes
Paro Haa 70 km 2 hours 30 minutes
Thimphu Punakha 77 km 3 hours
Punakha Wangdue Phodrang 15 km 45 minutes
Punakha Gangtey 78 km 3 hours
Gangtey Trongsa 120 km 5 hours
Punakha Trongsa 142 km 6 hours
Trongsa Bumthang 65 km 2 hours
Bumthang Mongar 190 km 8 hours
Mongar Trashigang 91 km 4 hours
Mongar Lhuntse 75 km 3 hours
Trashigang Trashi Yangtse 55 km 2 hours
Trashigang Samdrup Jongkhar 180 km 7 hours
Phuntsholing Thimphu 172 km 5 hours 30 minutes
Phuntsholing Paro 165 km 5 hours
Gelephu Thimphu 256 km 9 hours
Bagdogra airport (India) Phuntsholing 170 km 4 hours 30 minutes
Siliguri (India) Phuntsholing 155 km 4 hours
Guwahati (India) Samdrup Jongkhar 111 km 3 hours

Note: Due to nature of road and terrain, the average speed one can drive in Bhutan is 35 to 50 km per hour.