Traveling within Bhutan

Despite the major hurdle posed by the inaccessible terrain and the high mountain passes, all major towns and important places of visit are connected by a good road network.

 

However, you will have to bear the experience of travelling through innumerable curves and bends that one will have to negotiate.  At some points, roads pass through steep ascents and descents that slow down the car travels.

 

An average speed for road travel rarely exceeds 40 kilometers an hour, with tourist buses making even slower progress. One is however generously rewarded for the long and tiring car journey by 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.

BRINGING IN YOUR OWN VEHICLE

Tourists from India can bring in their own vehicles. But it has to be endorsed by the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) – www.rsta.gov.bt. However, we strongly recommend that you use our cars and the services of the local drivers as the narrow and winding roads in Bhutan may pose a challenge for you.