Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan until the year 1955, is one of the prominent districts of the land of dragons. One could either fly to Bhutan so as to reach Punakha, or one could travel via road. Be it any mode of transportation, you can be assured a scenic journey.
Bhutan has only one international airport in Paro, which is regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous airports. Owing to this reason, only a few certified pilots are allowed to fly in and out from here. There are straight as well as connecting flights (via Nepal) from India to Bhutan. Cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Siliguri and Gaya have regular flights to Bhutan. In fact, Druk Air even operates flights from Bangkok, Singapore, Dhaka and Kathmandu to Paro. On reaching Paro, one can take a local taxi till Punakha.
Travel by Road
Jaigaon town in West Bengal serves as the most common point if you wish to travel via road. It is located around 4 km from Phuentsholing, which is the border town of Bhutan. Once in Bhutan, you can continue your drive to Punakha.
Another option is to take a bus from Esplanade station in Kolkata till Phuentsholing. Once here, you can take a taxi or a local bus to reach Punakha.