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Though Bhutan is a small country and each major destination in Bhutan is located within a distance of 60 to 200 kms, however the location of Bhutan in the Eastern Himalayan slopes has been a disadvantage when it comes to roads in Bhutan. Traveling Bhutan means driving along the winding roads through different himalayan mountains. the driving distance and time taken to travel from one place to another place is one of the most important information a traveler to Bhutan should know. This could be helpful in planning the travel itineraries accordingly.

Driving distance and traveling time chart of Bhutan and nearby places in India.


From To Distance Driving Time
  Paro   Thimphu 65 km 2 hours
  Paro   Haa 70 km 3 hours
  Thimphu   Phuentsholing 180 km   6 hours
  Thimphu   Wangduephodrang 76 km 3 hours
  Thimphu   Punakha 70 km 3 hours
  Punakha   Wangduephodrang 17 km 45 min
  Punakha   Gangtey (Phobjikha) 70 km 3 hours
  Gangtey (Phobjikha)   Trongsa 125 km 4.5 hours
  Wangduephodrang   Trongsa 129 km 5 hours
  Trongsa   Bumthang 68 km 3 hours
  Bumthang   Mongar 198 km 7 hours
  Mongar   Lhuentse 76 km 3 hours
  Mongar   Trashigang 91 km 3 hours
  Trashigang   Chorten Kora 52 km 2 hours
  Trashigang   Samdrup Jongkhar 180 km 7 hours
  Samdrup Jongkhar   Guwahati (Assam, India) 110 km 3 hours
  Samdrup Jongkhar   Phuentsholing 400 km 10 hours
  Phuentsholing   Bagdogra (West Benal, India) 165 km 4.5 hours
  Phuentsholing   Siliguri (West Bengal, India) 155 km 4 hours
  Phuentsholing   Darjeeling (West Bengal, India) 200 km 6 hours
  Phuenthsoling   Kalimpong (West Bangal, India) 185 km 5 hours
  Phuentsholing   Gangtok (Sikkim, India) 220 km 7 hours
  Phuentsholing   Dooars (Chalsa) (West Bengal, India) 110 km 2.5 hours

Altitude is another factor playing an important role in planning a trip to Bhutan. Please find below the altitude of important place in Bhutan.


Place Altitude in meters
Phuentsholing 250 m
Thimphu 2350 m
Paro 2280 m
Chelela Pass 3988 m
Haa 2670 m
Dochula Pass 3050 m
Punakha/ Wangdue 1350 m
Phobjikha/ Gangtey 2900 m
Pelela Pass 3390 m
Trongsa 2200 m
Zhemgang 1050 m
Yotongla Pass 3425 m
Kikila Pass 3350 m
Jakar/Bumthang 2650 m
Thrumshingla Pass 3880 m
Korila Pass 2289 m
Mongar 1700 m
Lhuentse 1450 m
Trashigang 1400 m
Trashiyangtse 1745 m
Samdrup Jongkhar 450 m
Gelephu 450 m
Sarpang 450 m
Tsirang 1050 m