Getting To Bhutan
All foreign nationals other than Indians require a visa and must travel through a registered travel agent on an all-inclusive package tour. The agent will make all necessary paper arrangements including obtaining of visa and Druk Air reservations. For Cultural Tours, booking arrangements must be completed 3 weeks in advance, but for Cultural Tours during festivals, being a peak season for tourism; arrangements must be completed 8 weeks in advance to confirm flights and hotels.
The convenient way of entering Bhutan is by Druk Air and Tashi Air, the latter is available for only Bangkok flights currently. As flight could be delayed due to weather condition particularly during the rainy season, it is advisable to allow yourself 24 hours before any onward connection.
Druk Air flies regularly between Bangkok (Thailand); Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Mumbai (India); Kathmandu (Nepal); Dhaka (Bangladesh); Yangon (Burma); Singapore. The flight timings and frequency vary according to season, so please check the Druk Air’s website www.drukair.com.bt or contact Vajra Guru Spiritual Travels for the latest information.
TRAVEL BY AIR
There are flights to destinations that include Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai.
Paro is situated at a height of 2,225 m (7300 ft) above sea level and is surrounded by mountains as high as 4,876 m (16,000 ft). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. And there are domestic airports in Yonphula in eastern Bhutan, Bumthang in central Bhutan, and Gelephu in south-central Bhutan. A second international airport is currently under construction in Gelephu along the southern border to India.
Flying into Bhutan’s Paro International Aiport is typically an exciting experience as the descent into Paro valley brings you closer to the mountain tops than most other flights in the world. The flight between Paro and Kathmandu is one of the most exciting ones as the aircraft passes over four of the five highest mountains in the world. In fine weather, as you soar higher up, you can enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kangchenjunga at their best.
TRAVEL BY LAND
Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar are the only land border areas open to tourists.
The town of Phuentsholing in south-west is located approximately 170 km east of the Indian national airport at Bagdogra. After crossing Phuentsholing, you begin your journey to Thimphu, the capital city with travel time of about six hours for the 170 km stretch.
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.
The district of Samdrup Jongkhar in south-east Bhutan 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, and from there over the lateral route to Monggar, Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangdue 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.
All our tours are escorted by well trained, knowledgeable guides who are certified by Tourism Council of Bhutan. We generally provide English speaking guides however the services of Japanese, French & German speaking guides can be provided with sufficient prior information and on an additional cost.
Guru Rinpoche's Meditation Caves Pilgrimage
Many important masters have come to Bhutan to pray homage to Guru Rinpoche's meditation Caves. On your spiritual tour, You discover Guru Rinpoche caves, Dzongs, monasteries and local temples;