The most convenient way of entering Bhutan is by air. The airline that operates in Bhutan is Druk Air (National Carrier) and Bhutan Airlines (Pvt. Airline). As flights can be delayed due to weather conditions (particularly during the monsoon season), it is advisable to allow 24 hours gap before any onward connection.
The following stations are connected with Druk Air / Bhutan Airlines
India (Kolkata, Bagdogra, Delhi, Gaya, Mumbai, Guwahati)
Both airlines flies several times a week between these destinations, but flight timings and frequency vary according to season.
Kindly check their websites for more information:
– Druk Air: www.drukair.com.bt
– Bhutan Airlines: www.bhutanairlines.bt
Arrival/departure is also possible through the south-western border town of Phuntsholing, south- central border town of Gelephu and the south-eastern border town of Samdrup Jongkhar.
The nearest airport to the south-western border town of Phuntsholing is at Bagdogra, West Bengal state of India which is approximately 4 hrs drive. Phuntsholing is a convenient entry/exit point for tourists wishing to visit the Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal along with Bhutan.
The nearest airport to the south-eastern border town of Samdrup Jongkhar is at Guwahati, Indian state of Assam, which is approximately 3 hrs drive. Samdrup Jongkhar is a convenient entry/exit point for tourists wishing to visit the North Eastern states of India along with Bhutan.
For travelers wishing to shorten their journey time within Bhutan, they can travel with the domestic air to Bumthang located in central Bhutan, Yongphula in Trashigang located in Eastern Bhutan and Gelephu located in southern Bhutan.
The Royal Bhutan Helicopter Service also provide on demand aerial sightseeing flights. They can cater to a group up to six passengers per flight and it will also be deployed on emergency flight services in Bhutan such as medical evacuation and high altitude rescue missions.
For more information visit www.rbhsl.bt