There are numerous airlines that carry passengers daily from India to the country of Bhutan. Two of the major flights which have a direct landing at Paro include the Druk Air Flight as well as Bhutan Airlines Flight.
|Route Name||Distance||Time||More Information|
|Phuentsholing to Paro||142.7 km||3 h 49 min||View Details|
|Thimpu to Paro||50.7 km||1 h 14 min||View Details|
|Punakha to Paro||126 km||3 h 22 min||View Details|
Paro has the international airport of Bhutan located in it. Therefore you can easily reach here through numerous flights that enter the country. It is located in the south-west of the country and caters only to Druk Air with flights connecting Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bodhgaya, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Kathmandu and Dhaka to Bhutan. The fares are a little steep. However, it is also widely considered to be one of the toughest airports in the world to land at.
If you aren't taking a flight to Paro; then the nearest land border crossing is the Jaigaon/Phuentsholing. Road permits are available here if you wish to travel by cab/car. The taxis from the border would take you directly to Paro which is a 4-hour journey.
There are no direct trains/railway station in Bhutan. There are two options to reach Bhutan by railways, both originating in India. You can take a train to Hasimara which is 15 km from Jaigaon, the border town on the Indian side of the border (near Phuentsholing). Another nearest railway station is New Alipurduar in West Bengal at a distance of 60km from Jaigaon. Any trains travelling towards Guwahati stops at this station. There are direct buses from here to Jaigaon which is a border town of Bhutan.
There are the bus, auto-rickshaw and car facilities to Jaigaon, which is 15.9 kilometres away from Hasimara along the NH317A route. Jaigaon is the last village on the West Bengal (India) border that is on the opposite of Phuentsholing on the Bhutan border. From Phuentsholing, take a car or bus, as mentioned above, to reach Paro.
Train Options Available
Daily Trains -13149 Kanchan Kanya Express and 15484 Sikkim Mahananda Express
Monday through Thursday -13248 Patna Kamakhya Capital Express
Thursday -15661 Ranchi Kamakhya Express
Friday -22511 Karmabhoomi Express
Saturday -19305 Indore Kamakhya INDB GHY Express
Duration: 4-5 hours to reach Hasimara from Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri Rail Station. 30-35 minutes to reach Jaigaon or Phuentsholing from Hasimara.
Cost: A/C 2-tier –INR 700, A/C 3-tier –INR 450, A/C First Class (1A) –INR 1,165, Sleeper (SL) –INR 130.
Once you arrive at Phuentsholing, there are direct buses that go to Paro.
2 bus services, both 20 seaters, run daily at 9:00 AM and 8:30 AM. The entire journey takes around 5 - 6 hours and costs around BTN 200. From Paro to Phuentsholing, coaster buses run every day at 9:00 AM and 8:30 AM and the journey takes six and a half hours to complete.
There isn't any route to Bhutan by Sea.
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