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Getting to Bhutan

Flights & Overland

How to travel to Bhutan

Tucked away in the Himalayas, Bhutan isn’t the easiest country to travel to and this has perhaps helped to preserve its unique culture for so long. Nowadays you can fly into the capital city, Paro, as well as crossing the border overland from India. Either way, expect a fairly long journey compensated by some truly epic views!



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Travelling to Bhutan by air

Flights to Bhutan are always with either Drukair or Bhutan Airlines, the national carriers, as these are the only airlines which service Bhutan. Drukair flies direct from Bangkok, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangkok and Singapore into Paro (PBH).

It’s not always easy to see the best routes or prices online, so it’s always worth speaking to your Bhutan travel specialist first. They can arrange your long-haul flights from the UK to any of the Drukair hubs together with onward travel to Bhutan. They can also add stopovers if wanted, and ensure that all of your flight and land arrangements fit together and are financially protected.

Although special fares are sometimes released late on, the general rule is that flights will be cheaper the further ahead you book. Find out more about booking flights with Rickshaw here.

Travelling to Bhutan overland

If you’re travelling to Bhutan by land you’ll do so via India. There are two border crossings open to foreigners, one in the west at Phuntsholing and the other in the East at Samdrup Jongkhar. You can travel in either direction, but most visitors choose to travel from east to west. You’ll need to carry a copy of your Bhutanese visa in order to leave India, which we’ll provide along with the rest of your travel documents.

If you want to combine your Bhutan holiday with some travel in India then the overland option is an adventurous way to do it. Just have a chat with your travel specialist if you’re interested this option.

Need some help planning your Bhutan adventure?

Our travel specialists can talk you through your travel options and help you put together your ideal Bhuitan itinerary. Get in touch for a chat!

Travel Specialist David
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