BHUTAN BY AIR
Bhutan – the ‘Land of Druks’ or ‘Land of Thunder Dragons’, flaunts its magical beauty at an elevation range of 200-7,000m. Seated in the lap of the mighty Eastern Himalayas, this country is more than just hills and peaks! Be it scenic beauty, captivating history, ancient monasteries, devout preachers of Buddhism, or heart-warming locals, this ‘Happiest Himalayan Kingdom’ has lot more to offer to its visitors.
Revered as one of the most peaceful or happiest tourist destinations in the world, Bhutan can be accessed by air, road, and train journeys. Among all the transportation mode, air journeys to this Himalayan Kingdom is the most preferred as it is much hassle free, easiest mode to land on the country, and also the least time consuming. However, in order to reach Bhutan by air, visitors must make a note of certain things.
Paro International Airport in Bhutan’s Paro Valley is the only international airport in the country. Famed as one of the most fascinating airports in the world, this flight transit point’s location is also considered as one of the most exhilarating one all across the globe. Owing to this, only a handful of pilots are allowed to take off from or land at this airport.
For visitors travelling from within India, they should reach up to selected Indian airports to book flights to Paro or to reach Bhutan by air. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati (Assam), Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri (West Bengal), Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata (West Bengal), Bodhgaya Airport in Gaya (Bihar), and Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi offers flights to Paro International Airport.
All these airports offer both direct and connecting flight via Kathmandu (Nepal) to reach Bhutan by air. From almost all these airports, visitors can book flights offered by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines on a regular basis to reach Bhutan by air.
In case, visitors wish to fly to Bhutan from outside of India, they can easily book Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines flight from other countries as well. Kathmandu (Nepal), Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore, and Dhaka (Bangladesh) can also be ideal destinations to book flights to Paro International Airport or to reach Bhutan by air.
Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, visitors can take road journeys to reach out to their favourite tourist destinations in Bhutan. Roadway distance between Paro International Airport and other Bhutanese tourist destinations:
Paro International Airport – Thimphu : 47km (1 Hour via Paro-Thimphu Highway)
Paro International Airport – Punakha : 122km (3.5 Hours via Thimphu-Punakha Highway)
Paro International Airport – Phuentsholing : 140km (4 Hours via Phuentsholing-Thimphu Highway)
Paro International Airport – Bumthang : 309km (9 Hours via Bumthang-Uri Highway)