For most of its history, Bhutan existed as a hermit kingdom, almost totally isolated from the rest of the world as a result of its remote geography, challenging topography, and the political choices of its leaders. During this time, the country was accessible only by foot, with two main entry points from the south and north. From the south, the entry was made through the plains of Assam and West Bengal, while from the north, entry was achieved by crossing the high passes from Tibet. However, with the start of the planned economic development in the early 1960’s, Bhutan’s accessibility increased dramatically with the construction of motorable roadways (particularly the National Highway) connecting Bhutan’s 20 regions to each other, as well as to the outside world.
Today, the main entry points to Bhutan are through the border town of Phuntsholing in the south that connects Bhutan with the Indian state of West Bengal, and through the border towns of Samdrup Jongkhar and Gelephu that link with the Indian state of Assam. Another main entry point is the town of Paro, which is home to Bhutan’s first international airport, and the base of operations for Druk Air, the national airline of Bhutan.
Depending upon your interest and itinerary, Off to Bhutan can arrange to welcome you at any of these points of entry to begin your journey. At the conclusion of your stay, we will also escort you to your point of departure, with a solemn promise to again be at your service the next time you are in the eastern Himalayas.
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