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How to Reach Thimphu from India

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 Thimphu area.

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Most frequently searched routes to Thimphu

Route Name Distance Time
Phuentsholing to Thimphu 146.8 km 4 h 5 min
Paro to Thimphu 50.4 km 1 hr 17 mins
Punakha to Thimphu

How to reach Thimphu by flight

There are no direct flights to Thimphu, you'll have to get a flight to Paro and travel from Paro to Thimphu.
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.

One of the most viable options is to go from Phuentsholing to Thimphu. Take a flight till Bagdogra and travel from there to Phuentsholing. If you are getting off at Bagdogra Airport, Phuentsholing is only 164.6 kilometres away along the NH17 and you would hardly take four hours to reach. From Phuentsholing you can take a taxi or bus to reach Thimphu.

On the other hand, if you are getting off at Paro International Airport from Bagdogra, the viable option would be to take a car to reach Thimphu (47.2 kilometres away) along Thimphu Highway –it will take only 1 hour and 15 minutes. However, those who are spending a day or two at Phuentsholing would have to take a bus or taxi from Paro Airport to cover approximately 140 kilometres along Phuentsholing-Thimphu Highway –It will take around 3 hours and a half. On reaching Phuentsholing, it is the same taxi or bus journey to Thimphu.

Flight Options Available
Paro International Airport (PBH) To Bagdogra International Airport (IXB)
Druk Air operates two flights from Paro to Bagdogra every week. On Monday Druk Air 230 departs at 9:40 AM and reaches at 10:10 AM while on Friday, Druk Air 130 departs at 4:10 PM and reaches at 4:25 PM.

Bagdogra International Airport (IXB) To Paro International Airport (PBH)
From Bagdogra Airport, Druk Air operates three flights every week. On Tuesday and Saturday, Druk Air 131 departs at 7:10 AM and reaches Paro at 8:20 AM while on Monday Druk Air 231 departs at 10:50 AM and reaches at 12:20 PM.

How to reach Thimphu by road

You can reach the Paro 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 Thimphu. 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. 

How to reach Thimphu by train

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). From Hasimara, Phuentsholing can be reached in half an hour on taxi, which is available in plenty. Along Phuentsholing-Thimphu Highway, take another taxi or drive your own car to reach Thimphu.  

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.

Local transport in Thimphu

Although this city is pretty small and you can try and walk over numerous areas present in here. If not, then there are taxis present which would help you move around.

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