For international tourists, Phuntsholing, Gelephu, and Samdrup Jongkhar are the only open land border crossings in Bhutan. Phuntsholing, situated approximately 170 km (106 miles) east of Bagdogra, is the closest to the Indian airport in West Bengal’s Jaigon. Once you cross the border, you’ll begin your journey through Bhutan’s mountainous interior on a winding road leading to Thimphu, the capital city. This 176 km (109 miles) stretch typically takes around six hours.
Gelephu, located about 250 km (155 miles) from Thimphu in south-central Bhutan, is another entry point. Traveling through sub-tropical forests and entering the Alpine zone en route to the capital usually takes about ten hours across three districts.
Samdrup Jongkhar, situated on the eastern border with Assam’s Darranga district in India, is Bhutan’s only entry point in the east. It is approximately 150 km (93 miles) away from Guwahati, Assam’s state capital, and takes around four hours to reach from the Guwahati airport. However, the Samdrup Jongkhar and Gelephu borders are currently closed for international tourists since the reopening of tourism after COVID. We will keep you informed of any updates regarding these border crossings.
Wild Nature Quest representatives are available to meet you and assist you in crossing at any of the designated entry points according to your planned itinerary. As our esteemed guest, we will handle your baggage, offer refreshments after your long journey, and help you settle into your accommodations or begin your tour, depending on your preference.