Blessed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna, Samste is located deep in the southern parts of Bhutan. Here, we tell you the best way of reaching Samtse by air and road.
The best option is to catch a flight to Paro, which has one of the world’s dangerous, and Bhutan’s only international airport. Only a few highly experienced and certified pilots are allowed to operate flights from here. There are direct as well as connecting flights from Indian cities like Delhi, Siliguri, Kolkata, Guwahati and Gaya. Talking about other countries, Druk Airlines extends its services to places like Kathmandu, Singapore, Bangkok and Dhaka. Once in Paro, you can book a private taxi to Samtse, or take a bus that leaves Paro at 7:00 AM every alternate day.
You can take a road trip from Jaigaon in West Bengal, India with frequent halts and reach Samtse. Royal Bhutanese Government also runs buses from Esplanade Station in Kolkata to Thimphu in Bhutan. From Thimphu, one can book a private taxi to Samtse or take a bus to Paro followed by another bus to Samtse from Paro. The journey is long, hence a night stay in Paro is advisable, as buses leave Paro at 7 in the morning every alternate day.