News & Upcoming Events

  • Shingkhar Rabney, Ura, Bumthang, 20th October, 24th October
  • Jakar Tshechu, Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang, 22nd October, 25th October
  • Jambay Lhakhang Drup, Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang, 29th October, 1st November
  • Sumdrang Kangsol, Sumdrang Lhakhang, Ura, Bumthang, 11th November, 13th November
  • Crane Festival, Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang, 11th November
  • Mongar Tshechu, Mongar Dzong, Mongar, 20th November, 23rd November
  • Trashigang Tshechu, Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang, 21st November, 24th November
  • Tang Namkha Rabney, Tang Namkha, Lhakhang, Tang, Bumthang, 21st November, 23rd November
  • Jambay Lakhang Singye Cham, Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang, 28th November
  • Chojam Rabney, Chojamrab Lhakhang, Tang, Bumthang, 27th November, 29th November
  • Nalakhar Tshechu, Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang, 28th November, 30th November
  • Pemagatshel Tshechu, Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel, 20th November, 23rd November
  • Trongsa Tshechu, Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa, 21st December, 23rd December
  • Lhuentse Tshechu, Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse, 21st December, 23rd December
  • Shingkhar Metochodpa, Shingkhar Lhakhang,Ura, Bumthang, 28th December
  • Nabji Lhakhang Drup, Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa, 28th December, 01st Jan 2013
  • Punakha Drubchhen, Punakha Dzong, Punakha, 15th February, 19th February
  • Punakha Tshechu, Punakha Dzong, Punakha, 20th February, 22nd February
  • Chhorten Kora, Tharpaling Lhakhang, Chummi, Bumthang, 25th February, 11th March
  • Gomphukora, Gom Kora Lhakhang, Trashigang, 20th March, 22nd March
  • Paro Tshechu, Rinpung Dzong, Paro, 23rd March, 27th March
  • Chhukha Tshechu, Chhukha Dzong, Chhukha, 25th March, 27th March
  • Ura Yakchoe, Ura Lhakhang, Bumthang, 21st April, 25th April
  • Nimalung Tshechu, Nimalung Dratshang, Chummi, Bumthang, 16th June, 18th June
  • Nimalung Tshechu, Kurjey Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang, 18th June
  • Thimphu Drubchen, Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu, 09th September, 13th September
  • Wangdue Tshechu, Wangdi Dzong, Wangduephodrang, 12th September, 14th September
  • Tamshing Phala Chhoepa, Tamshing Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang, 13th September, 15th September
  • Thimphu Tshechu, Tashi Chhodzong, Thimphu, 14th September, 16th September
  • ThangbiI Mani, Tangbi Lhakhang, Choekor, Bumthang, 18th September, 20th September
  • Jambay Lhakhang Drup, Jambay Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang, 18th October, 22nd October
  • Takin Festival, Damji, GASA, 21st October, 23st February
  • Crane Festival, Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang, 11th November
  • Mongar Tshechu, Mongar Dzong, Mongar, 09th November, 12th November
  • Pemagatshel Tshechu, Pemagatshel Dzong, Pemagatshel, 09th November, 12th November
  • Trashigang Tshechu, Trashigang Dzong, Trashigang, 10th November, 13th November
  • Nalakhar Tshechu, Ngaa Lhakhang, Choekhor, Bumthang, 17th November, 19th November
  • Trongsa Tshechu, Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa, 09th January 14, 11th January 14
  • Lhuentse Tshechu, Lhuentse Dzong, Lhuentse, 09th January 14, 11th January 14
  • Takin Festival, Damji, Gasa, 21st February, 23rd February
  • Nomad Festival, Nagsephel, Bumthang, 23rd February, 25th February
  • Tharpaling Thongdrol, Tharpaling lhakhang,Chummi, bumthang, 25th February
  • Talo Tshechu, Talo gonpa, Punakha, 20th March, 22nd March
  • Zhemgang Tshechu, Zhemgang dzong,Zhemgang, 20th March, 23rd March
  • Domkhar Tshechu, Domkhar, chummi, Bumthang, 20th April, 22nd April
  • Rhododendron Festival, Lamperi Botanical Garden,Dochula, Thimphu, 11th May, 13th May
  • Kurjey Tshechu, Kurjey lhakhang, choekhor,Bumthang, 18th June
  • Haa Summer Festival, Town festival ground,Haa, 6th July, 8th July
  • Masutaki mushroomFestival, Ura,Bumthang, 17th August, 19th August
  • Tour of the dragon (bicycle race), Bumthang to Thimphu, 7th September
  • Gangtey Tshechu, Gangtey gonpa, phobjikha,Wangduephodrang, 13th September, 15th September
  • Gasa Tshechu, Gasa Dzong, Gasa, 14th September, 16th September
  • Jakar Tshechu, Jakar Dzong, Choekhor, Bumthang, 12th October, 15th October
  • Prakhar Duchhoed, Prakar Lhakhang, Chummi, Bumthang, 19th October, 21st October
  • Black necked crane Festival, Gangtey Gonpa, Phobjikha, Wangduephodrang, 11th November
  • Jambay lakhang Singye cham, Jambay lhakhang, choekhor, Bumthang, 17th November
  • Druk wangyel Tshechu, Dochula, Thimphu, 13th December
  • Nabji Lhakhang Drup, Nabji Lhakhang, Nabji, Trongsa, 15th January, 19th January 2014

Getting to Bhutan

The way to Bhutan

Till Bhutan embarked on a planned economic development in the early 1960′s, Bhutan by and large remained cut off from the rest of the world. The country was accessible only by foot. The two main entry points to the country was from the North and from the South. From the north, the entry was from Tibet and was possible crossing the high passes while from the South it was through the plains of Assam and West Bengal. However, with the planned economic development, accessibility became easy with motorable roads connecting Bhutan with the other parts of the country.

 

Today the main points of entry are through Phuentsholing in the south that links Bhutan with the Indian plains of West Bengal, through Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar that links with the Indian state of Assam and through Paro, where the entry is through Druk Air, the National airline of Bhutan.

 

Travel by Air

The country has so far only one airport that caters to the needs of visitors coming in through flight. However, an international airport is under construction in Gelephu that will eventually provide passengers with a choice of their entry to Bhutan. The Bhutan’s only international airport at Paro, is located at a height of 7300 ft above sea level and surrounded by mountains and hills as high as 16,000 feet. Druk Air is the national air operating with two A319. It flies to destinations that include Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bodh Gaya, Dacca, Kathmandu and Guwahati in Assam and Plans are also underway to invite other private airliners.

The flight between Paro and Kathmandu is one of the most exciting ones as the aircraft passes over 4 of the 5 highest mountains in the world. In fine weather, as you soar higher up, you can enjoy the spectacular display of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu und Kangchenjunga at their best.

 

Travel by Land

Phuntsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar in eastern Bhutan are the only land border areas open for international tourists. The town of Phuntsholing is located approximately 170 km east of the Indian national airport Bagdogra. After crossing Phuntsholing, your journey then begins its mountainous climb through endless turns and hair-pin bends till you enter Thimphu, the capital city. The travel time for the 176 km stretch can be more than 6 hours.

Gelephu in South-Central Bhutan is another entry point to Bhutan. It is approximately 250 kms from Thimphu and the journey will take you through the sub-tropical areas of Bhutan before entering the alpine zone and then finally into Thimphu. One will have to traverse across three Districts and the travel time will be about ten hours.

 

Samdrup Jongkhar is the only entry point in eastern Bhutan. The town borders the Indian district of Darranga, Assam and is approximately 150 kms away from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. The journey from Guwahati is about three hours. Tourists entering Bhutan through Samdrup Jongkhar will take you to Trashigang, the largest District in the country, and from there over the lateral route to Mongar, Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangde Phodrang and then finally into capital, Thimphu. The distance is about 700 kms and will take you a minimum of three days to reach Thimphu.

 

By Air

There is one national airline and one Nepal Airline called Buddha airline that flies to Bhutan. The contact addresses of the Druk Air offices are as follows:

In India:

New Delhi 
Tel: 91-11-335-7703

Email: druk_delhi@hotmail.com

Kolkata 
Tel: 91-33-240-2419

Email: drukcal@vsnl.et

 

In Bhutan:

Paro International Airport
 Tel: +975-8-271856/271857

Email: drukair@druknet.bt

Visit www.drukair.com.bt for more information

 

By Land

You can enter into Bhutan from any of the three entry points: Samdrup Jongkhar (southeast Bhutan), Gelephu (south Bhutan), and Phuntsholing (southwest Bhutan)

 

Entry Permit

You will be endorsed by the immigration officers upon your arrival before you are issued with a permit. Make sure you go personally. You may have to carry your passport (also some passport photographs) or voter’s registration card. If you plan to travel by road, the endorsement is done at the entry points in Phuentsholing, Samdrup Jongkhar, and Gelephu. If by flight, you will enter from the Paro Airport.