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BHUTAN  - ACCESSIBILITY

 
AIRLINES

Bhutan’s National Airline – “Druk Air” is the only airline operating in Bhutan. All Flights to Bhutan fly into Paro which is the Kingdom’s only Airport. Flights to and from Kathmandu and Delhi take place thrice a week. There are weekly five flights to and from Kolkata and Bangkok (Thailand).
During monsoon unpredictable weather forces can delay flights & travelers are advised to include an extra day in their itinerary.
 
AS PER GOVERNMENT RULE IT IS MANDATORY TO TRAVEL ATLEAST ONE WAY BY DRUK AIR, IT CAN BE EITHER ENTRY OR EXIT OR BOTH.
 
TRAIN

New Jalpaiguri is the closest Indian Railway Station to Bhutan. From NJP Station one enters Bhutan through Phuntsoling - the gateway to Bhutan - by Road. It takes about 4 hours drives.
 
ROAD

Bagdogra is the closest Indian airport to Bhutan. Flights from Kolkata or Delhi to Bagdogra are available. From Bagdogra one enters Bhutan through Phuntsoling. It is a 4 hrs drive. From Gangtok to Phuntsoling it takes about 7 hrs by surface. Exit from Bhutan can be made through Samdrup Jonghkar also. This frontier Bhutanese town is approximately 3 hrs drive from Guwahati, the capital town of Indian north eastern state of Assam. Samdrup Jongkhar is the authorize exit point only and an important link for visiting further Indian north eastern states.
 
ACCOMMODATION

There are comfortable hotels and lodges at all tourist destinations. Western Bhutan has better hotels while in Central and Eastern part of the country, accommodation establishments are simple and offer minimum facilities.
There is no star categorization of hotels here and five star luxuries are not available.
Eco Tours & Treks have carefully selected the accommodation units with the best of location, service and ambience.
Away from the towns and villages there are purpose-built huts on some of the principle trekking routes.
Otherwise, there is nothing like camping out under the clearest night skies that you have ever seen. Wherever you spend the night, the warm Bhutanese hospitality will make you feel welcome.

FOOD & DRINKS

Bhutanese delicacies are rich with spicy chillies and cheese. Even on trek, Eco Tours & Treks trained cooks prepare dishes suitable to western taste ranging from Continental to Chinese and Bhutanese to Indian.
 
  WHAT TO PACK  
  Tours
Practical clothing including a warm jacket
flashlight with spare batteries
sturdy sneakers
hat
Swiss knife
sunglasses
folding umbrella
extra passport size photographs
sun screen, moisturising cream and lip gel
personal toiletries and medicine
 
Treks
In addition to the above:
day pack
good sleeping bag
torch light