Over the last few months we have realized that tourist who visit Bhutan are not very aware of the distance between the major tourist towns in Bhutan, and therefore are either facing unexpected long road trips or making unrealistic plans. Therefore we have decided to write the following blog.
For most tourist entering Bhutan it will happen in either Phuntsholing a land based entry point or from Paro the entry point for air travellers. So let us take the two entry points one at a time.
Distance in Km Phuntsholing Time Taken in hr Comment
Thimphu 175 4hr Wide double lane road
Paro 165 4 hr Wide double lane road
Haa 225 5.5 hr 80 km is single lane road
Wangdi 250 7 hr 85 km is single lane road under repair takes time
Punakha 270 7.5 hr 105 km is sinle lane road under repair takes time
Distance in Km Paro Time Taken in hr Comment
Thimphu 70 1hr Wide double lane road
Phuntsholing 165 4hr Wide double lane road
Haa 45 1 hr Single lane
Wangdi 130 4 hr Single lane road under repair takes time
Punakha 150 4.5 hr Single lane road under repair takes time
Distance in Km Thimphu Time Taken in hr Comment
Paro 70 1 hr Wide double lane road
Phuntsholing 175 4hr Wide double lane road
Haa 120 2.5 hr Single lane
Wangdi 85 3 hr Single lane road under repair takes time
Punakha 105 3.5 hr Single lane road under repair takes time
You must keep in mind that you are driving on mountain terrain and roads are two lanes at best and so your car will travel between 35 to 45 km per on average, unless it is between Thimphu, Phuntsholing and Paro.
We hope the above information will help you better plan your trip to Bhutan.