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. From that location you can take a taxi which would leave you in Punakha district.
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|Route Name||Distance||Time||More Information|
|Thimpu to Punakha||84.6 km||2 h 27 min||View Details|
|Paro to Punakha||125.6 km||3 h 21 mins||View Details|
The only convenient flight option in Bhutan is Paro International Airport from where Thimphu is 47.2 kilometres away and takes 1 hour 15 minutes to reach Punakha. Another option is to take a taxi from Paro to Punakha.
Bhutan Airlines operates flights with Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu and Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi along with seasonal flights from Gaya and Ahmedabad. Druk Air is the government airline that operates flights with Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Gelephu, Dhaka, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Singapore and Jakar.
Flight Options Available
You can reach to the Bhutan International Airport which is located in Paro. Here you would be able to get a taxi which would leave you straight into the district of Punakha.
There is no way to reach Punakha By Train but, you can take a train to Hasimara in West Bengal, India and then reach Jaigaon on the opposite border of Phuentsholing in Bhutan. From Phuentsholing, you will get private or government-run buses as well as taxis and private cars to reach Thimphu, which is about 146.8 kilometres away and takes around 4 hours to reach. From Thimphu, get a car or bus to reach Punakha.
Train Options Available
Trains To Siliguri, Siliguri To Hasimara –Siliguri Junction in West Bengal is well connected with cities like Kolkata (Sealdah, Howrah), Mumbai, New Delhi, Bhagalpur, Kishanganj, Malda and Dhupguri. The journey is days long and hectic.
Trains To Hasimara –There are direct trains to Hasimara Station from Patna (KYQ Capital Express, Monday to Thursday), Ranchi (RNC KYQ Express, Thursday), Delhi (Mahananda Express, daily), Kolkata (Kanchankanya Express, daily), Mumbai (Karmabhoomi Express, Friday) etc which are also connected with major cities in India.
Duration: 12-16 hours on the train to Hasimara. Subject to change according to the train and the city you are travelling from.
You can mostly travel through this area on foot. However, if required then there is a taxi stand near Dzong where you can hire a cab for going to any place you like.
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