Bhutan Cultural Tours & Adventure Travel

With the exception of Gasa district, all major towns in the 20 districts of Bhutan are accessible by road. Despite high mountains, steep slopes, and the deepest of valleys Bhutan has a relatively well developed road network. That said, rarely will one find a length of either straight or flat road. In some stretches one can encounter 6 to 7 bends per kilometre! Steep ascents and descents are characteristic of road travel in Bhutan and this can make travel much slower than one may be used to. Average speed for road travel rarely exceeds 30 km/h, with tourist buses making even slower progress. One is however handsomely rewarded for the long and sometimes tiring car journey, by the spectacular views of towering mountains, lush green jungle, ancient villages and magnificent monasteries.

The majority of the roads are black topped but can still be bumpy and are almost always single lane. Bhutan’s drivers know their land well and are cautious and careful drivers. The density of traffic on most roads is normally low.

Distance and Travel Times within Bhutan

From / ToDistanceTravel Time
Thimphu – Paro65 km1 hr 30 min
Thimphu – Phuntsholing176 km6 hrs
Phuntsholing – Bagdogra (India)170 km4 hrs
Thimphu – Haa115 km3 hrs 30 min
Haa – Paro60 km2 hrs 30 min
Thimphu – Wangdue Phodrang70 km2 hrs
Thimphu – Punakha77 km2 hrs 15 min
Punakha – Wangdue Phodrang21 km30 min
Wangdue Phodrang – Trongsa129 km4 hrs
Trongsa – Bumthang68 km2 hrs 30 min
Bumthang – Mongar129 km4 hrs
Mongar – Trashigang90 km3 hrs
Trashigang – Trashi Yangtse55 km2 hrs