What is the best way to travel Bhutan?

I'm doing a long trip around the world and this little patch of Asia is causing a bit of a headache in terms of reaching it and avoiding planes. Ideally traveling by trains and buses would be optimal for me. Does anyone have any experience on this best way to cover this area and avoid planes? I'll be in China before hand if that helps. Thanks.

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  1. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    By plane
    Hope this helps 🙂

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      feels bad man, I really like to view the scenery on my way to a destination.

    • 10 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'm interested in a similar journey and I've read plane travel is dangerous in both Bhutan and Nepal. I'd imagine taking a bus would have it's own hardships but be safer.

      • 10 months ago
        Anonymous

        Go to India, travel around there on a train (get as expensive tickets as possible, it's not worth it to cheap out) and go to Bhutan and Nepal from there.

        Travelling in Bhutan is more or less a guided tour so you don't get many options there.

        Plane travel in Nepal is kinda janky and dangerous, but there are no trains, and highways are even more dangerous than flying.
        Expensive tourist buses that travel between Pokhara, Kathmandu, and Chitwan are pretty comfy, but the rest are a bit shit.

        Any place worth getting to in Nepal requires you to get a jeep or something similar just to reach the point where you can start walking.

        Don't linger in Kathmandu though, cause it's a dirty polluted shithole.

        • 10 months ago
          Anonymous

          Cheers mate. Considering giving it a miss then if Nepal and Bhutan are going to be a pain in the ass, seems like North Korea will be easier than these places.

          • 10 months ago
            Anonymous

            I'll recommend Sikkim and Darjeeling in India instead. Basically Nepali culture but with Indian infrastructure, so good roads and railway access.

            If you really want to check Nepal off your list, you can go to India and enter through the land border. It's pretty easy.

            Just stick to places in southern Nepal like Chitwan (for jungle safari) and Lumbini (if you're into Buddhism) so you avoid the bad roads and can take a bus everywhere.

            Southern Nepal is a part of the Gangetic plains like North India, so road-wise, it's pretty damn safe.

            Bhutan isn't inaccessible or anything, but it's more for a comfy but expensive getaway. It costs $200 daily just to be in the country, not counting how expensive the food and accommodation can get.

            The China/Bhutan border is completely sealed so you can only enter through India. If you have a lotta extra cash laying around and want to see some monasteries with dicks drawn on them then it's not bad.

            • 10 months ago
              Anonymous

              >Just stick to places in southern Nepal like Chitwan (for jungle safari) and Lumbini (if you're into Buddhism) so you avoid the bad roads and can take a bus everywhere.
              lumbini is an overrated boring place unless you're a pilgrim.
              also south nepal isn't really culturally disctinct. mostly indian culture and indian people but less crowded and cleaner.
              roads are shit in south nepal rn too. all under construction.
              butwal to chitwan is totally fricked and will break your back.
              most of kathmandu to pokhara highway is under construction too.
              only decent major highway rn is chitwan to kathmandu.

              • 10 months ago
                Anonymous

                >under construction
                Under corruption.
                Applying European standards to Asian roads is futile, there's no point taking travellers a road is shit if you've got no frame of reference.

  2. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Cross overland to Myanmar from China. There's a new border that opened Myanmar-India, from India travel to Bhutan and then on from Bhutan to Nepal. Pretty simple.

  3. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    Is Myanmar safe again?

  4. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    I hear Nepal is all but inaccessible for foreigners other than plane
    Its also dangerous as frick to land in.

  5. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    I went overland from India through myanmar recently, and wrote a bit of the wiki.
    The violence in Manipur and the coup makes this considerably more difficult.
    Bhutan is easy enough to reach from India, it's like lhasa with the guided tour situation.

    I basically lived in this region and am happy to help

  6. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    today i will remind them
    https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2023/mar/30/nepal-imposes-ban-on-mountain-trekking-without-a-guide

  7. 10 months ago
    Anonymous

    As for Nepal and Bhutan I'm not really sure because they're very mountainous. You can get into Myanmar by land from Thailand at the border towns though.

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