The best way to enter Bhutan is by Druk Air, the National Air Carrier Druk Air services Paro, Bhutan from the following countries:
- India : Delhi & Calcutta
- Nepal : Kathmandu
- Thailand : Bangkok
- Bangladesh : Dhaka
It is also possible to enter and exit Bhutan through Phuentsholing, the south-western Bhutanese border town. Bagdogra, in the state of West Bengal (India) is the nearest airport and is approximately 4 hours drive away.For travellers wishing to visit Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal along with Bhutan, Phuntsholing serves is probably the convenient Point of entry/exit. Samdrup Jongkhar: Exit from Bhutan can be made through Samdrup Jongkhar also. This frontier Bhutanese town is approximately 3 hours drive from Guwahati, The capital town of Indian north eastern state of Assam. Samdrup Jongkhar is only and authorized exit point and is an important link for visiting further north eastern states in India.
*NOTE* As per Government Rules, It Is mandatory to travel at least one way by Druk Air, It Can Be either entry Or exit Or Both. However, if Druk Air seats are not available, both entry and exit by surface is also permitted.
The photographic opportunities on all trips are immense. You will also wish to record the local people, their houses and shops etc. Always ask by gesture if it is ok to do so. Don’t take your destination as living museum. Also while visiting Dzongs, monasteries and religious institutions, please follow your guide’s instruction carefully. 35mm color print film is readily available. Slide film is more difficult to find. Bring enough batteries if you use lithium batteries.
No vaccinations are currently required for traveling to Bhutan. However if you are arriving from an area infected with yellow fever, you are required to have a yellow fever vaccination and should be administered at least 10 days before your arrival in Bhutan. Also if arriving from a Cholera infected area, the vaccination is strongly recommended. Anti-malarial medication is also recommended for all travelers who are visiting rural areas in the districts that border India.
The country’s exquisite postage stamps, lovely hand woven fabrics, carved masks, woven baskets, wooden bowls, handmade papers, finely crafted metal objects, thangka paintings are the items mostly purchased by travelers in Bhutan. Buying and selling of antiques is strictly forbidden in the Kingdom.
In general, tipping is neither compulsory nor there is any fixed amount and the bottom line in determining whether and how much to tip is to ask yourself how much the individual did to make your travel more enjoyable.
In Bhutan, electricity runs 220/240 volts. If you do bring electrical appliances, take along an international converter kit complete with a set of adapter plugs.
Bhutan time is 6 hours ahead of GMT and 30 minutes ahead of IST. There is only one time zone throughout the country. Tourism has been strictly limited in Bhutan so that traditional culture can be preserved and nurtured. The Bhutanese are highly religious people and therefore it is important to show respect and understanding for local customs, way of life especially while visiting religious institutions. The tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability, meaning that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable. And for these reason the number of tourists visiting Bhutan are kept to an environmentally manageable level.