Bhutan is situated on the south-east slope of the Himalayas, bordered on the north by Tibet and on the south, west & east by India in South Asia. At west Bhutan is separated from Nepal by the Indian states of Sikkim and at south it is separated from Bangladesh by Assam & West Bengal. Capital city of Bhutan is Thimpu whereas Phuntsholing is Bhutan’s financial centre. Siliguri to Bhutan distance by road is around 160 km which is the only means of communication route.
Mode of Transportation to Bhutan from India
If we looking to reach Bhutan, we have to travel from Siliguri to Bhutan by road through Bus, Taxi and Car, as roadway is the only means of transportation.
a) By Bus
From Siliguri to Bhutan Bus service – every day some Government buses are running from the Tenzing Norgay bus stand for Bhutan. There is no online booking facility available although one purchase tickets from the booking counter at Siliguri Bus stand on Hill Cart Road, Siliguri.
b) By Taxi
We hire taxi service to reach Bhutan from Siliguri, where 5 seated non-AC taxis will charge approximately about Rs. 3,000/- for Bhutan tour package that can be bargained consulting with the tour guide or driver.
c) By car
Traveling by private car or rental car we can reach from Siliguri to Phuntsholing in road way at any point of time.
Popular Routes to Bhutan from India
We have different 5 routes from India to Bhutan which have been stated below:
A) From Siliguri to Bhutan
From Matigara, Siliguri through Mallaguri, Sevoke Bridge, Malbazar, Chalsa, Champamari forest, Nagrakata, Birpara, Hasimara, Jaigaon, to reach Phuntsholing route by hiring vehicles for bhutan tour pacakages from Bagdogra. This is alaso the fastest route to travel despite of traffic.
Distance: 157 km
Time: 3 hr 50 min (by driveway)
Traveling from Siliguri, we can also approach through Jalpaiguri, Maynaguri, Dhupguri, Gairkata, Birpara, Hasimara, Jaigaon, Phuntsholing entering Bhutan by any mode of transportation.
Distance: 151 km
Time: 3 hr 59 min
3. SH12A and Alipuduar Rd/Rishi Rd:
Routing from Siliguri through Jalpaiguri, Jalpesh, moving ahead by Mathabhanga, continuing by Alipurduar Rd. meeting Rishi Rd. crossing Falakata going forward from Uttar Madarihat, Hasimara we can reach Phuntsholing, Bhutan by any means of four wheeler vehicle.
Distance: 200 km
Time: 4 hr 53 min
B) From Dooars to Bhutan
4. NH31 and NH317:
Firstly, we have to reach dooars from Siliguri via Train or Bus/Taxi. And then, from Dooars we can travel through Nagrakata, Banarhat, Binnaguri on NH31 & NH317 hwy crossing Madhya Madarihat and Hasimara to reach the destination of Phuntsholing, Bhutan.
Distance: 94.8 km
Time: 2hr 4 min
From Sikkim to Bhutan
5. NH10 and NH31:
Before we start for Bhutan from Sikkim we have to reach there from Siliguri through roadway then we have to follow the route-map to Phuntsholing, Bhutan. Therefore, from Sikkim we can use road map of NH10 and NH31 Hwy via- Gangtok, Ranpo moving forward by Kalimpong, Kalijhora, Sevoke, Odlabari, Malbazar, Nagrakata, going ahead towards Banarhat, Binnaguri, Birpara, Madhya Madarihat, Hasimara proceeding to Phuntsholing in Bhutan.
Distance: 252 km
Time: 7 hr 10 min