Getting Around

Traveling within Bhutan

Map of Bhutan

There are two domestic flights which flies within Bhutan. It flies to Yonphula which is in the eastern Bhutan and Bumthang in central Bhutan.

The other mode of traveling within Bhutan is by road. All the major towns in the 20 districts of Bhutan are accessible by road, BMV clients will be provided with tourist Buses, medium-sized buses (20-22 seats), small buses (8-12 seats) or comfortable SUV with driver for the duration of your stay. This cost is included in the daily tariff. However, traveling by local or inter-district bus or taxi can also be organised.

Despite the major hurdle posed by the inaccessible terrain, the high mountain passes, all major towns and important places of visit are connected by a good road network. However, an important feature of the road system is the innumerable curves and bends that one will have to negotiate. One is however generously rewarded for the long and tiring car journey, by the spectacular views of the mountains, the lush green jungles, the ancient villages, the majestic temples and monasteries and the many road side restaurants and inns. The roads are well sealed but the rides can still be bumpy as the lanes are single and narrow at most points. The advantage is that the Bhutanese are well accustomed to driving such lanes and know their land well and are careful drivers.

Restricted area (Route) Permit

If you wish to travel to places other than Thimphu and Paro (permit free zone), you will have to obtain route permit from the immigration office in Thimphu (323127/F-321078.), for the tourists visiting Bhutan through BMV Tours and Treks, the route permits are issued with the visa.

Special Permit

Although most of the religious places receive tourists, yet there are some restricted places. If you wish to visit those, you can do so, with a special permit. To acquire one, please contact us us in advance.

Bringing in your own vehicle

Indian visitors can bring in their own vehicles. For the entry of the foreign cars, the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA): www.rsta.gov.bt will have to endorse the documents. But we strongly recommend that you use our cars and the services of the local drivers as the narrow and winding roads in Bhutan may pose a challenge for you.