Throughout most of its history, Bhutan was isolated from the rest of the world due to its remote location, difficult terrain, and the political decisions made by its leaders. Access to the country was only possible on foot through two main entry points from the south and north, crossing the plains of Assam and West Bengal or the high passes from Tibet. However, with the start of planned economic development in the early 1960s, Bhutan’s accessibility dramatically improved with the construction of motorable roads, particularly the National Highway, connecting the country’s 20 regions to each other and the outside world.
Nowadays, the primary ways to enter Bhutan are through the border town of Phuntsholing in the south connecting with the Indian state of West Bengal, and the border towns of Samdrup Jongkhar and Gelephu linking with the Indian state of Assam, which are temporarily closed for foreign tourists since the reopening of tourism after COVID 19. However, updates on reopening will be provided. Another major entry point is the town of Paro, home to Bhutan’s first international airport and the base of operations for Druk Air, the national airline.
Wild Nature Quest can arrange to meet you at any of these entry points, based on your interests and itinerary. At the end of your trip, we will also accompany you to your departure point and look forward to serving you again on your next visit to the eastern Himalayas.