Getting around

Getting Around

Traveling inside Bhutan

Traveling inside Bhutan is always an adventure. The road network connects all major towns and important places despite the inaccessible terrain and the high mountain passes. The common characteristics of the mountain road system are the innumerable curves, bends, steep ascents and descents. An average speed for road travel rarely exceeds 40 kilometers per hour, with tourist buses making even slower progress. However, a traveler is generously rewarded with 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.

Tourist Buses:

Tourists can travel in Bhutan with medium-sized buses (20-22 seats), small buses (8-12 seats) or hired cars. Road widths do not permit larger buses.

Restricted area (Route) Permit

Travel to places other than Thimphu and Paro (permit free zone) will require a traveler to obtain route permit from the immigration office in Thimphu (323127/F-321078). Tourists visiting Bhutan through local Tour Operators are issued permits with the visa.

Special Permit

Visits to religious places and restricted sites will require special permits. If you wish to visit these places and sites you may ask your travel agent in Bhutan to do so. You may also contact Department of Culture (322694).

Bringing in your own vehicle

Indian nationals visiting Bhutan 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 the carservices of the local drivers as the roads are narrow and winding and may pose a challenge for you.

For further information please visit www.mohca.gov.bt or email the Department of Immigration at bhutanimmi@druknet.bt