getting aroundHowever, an important feature of the road system is the innumerable curves and bends that one will have to negotiate.  Besides the bends, another characteristic of the road network is the 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

Indian visitors can bring in their own vehicles. For the entry of the foreign cars, the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) – www.rsta.gov.bt – will have to endorse the documents. But 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.

For further information please visit www.mohca.gov.bt or email the Department of Immigration at bhutanimmi@druknet.bt

(Information courtesy: Tourism Council of Bhutan)

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