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You can choose to either fly or drive into Bhutan.
There are 5 main ports of entry to Bhutan by air: Singapore, Bangkok, Kathmandu, New Delhi and Kolkata.
Arriving/ Departing by Road
Bhutan is accessible by road only from India, from the North-Eastern states of West Bengal in Western Bhutan and Assam in Eastern Bhutan. Entering/ exiting from West Bengal is considered safer as the State is much more stable and you can also combine you Bhutan tour with a tour of Darjeeling and Sikkim. Entering/ Departing from Assam can be tricky at times as there are unscheduled last minute strikes and demonstrations are organised by the local political parties on the Indian side of the border, however, we, along with the concerned authorities will ensure that our guests are not affected. Eastern Bhutan is not visited by tourists much so it will be a great travel experience, you can also combine this with a tour of other North-Eastern states like Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Mizoram and see the tribal lifestyle of the people there.
There are 2 seasonal periods in a year totalling 6 months. The first season is from March – May, and the second season is from September – November. The minimum daily tariff during season is USD 250/ person per night and USD 200/ person per night during Off-season.
We guarantee that your visa will be delivered to you before your arrival. As per the government regulations, your visa will not be approved until you make 100% payment in advance. Your visa will, on an average, be sent to you 7-10days prior to your arrival.
No. Bhutan embassies around the world will not issue visa, all tourists visiting Bhutan must arrange their tour through a certified Bhutanese Tour Operator or an International Travel Agency that is associated with one. The only exception to this rule is for Diplomats wherein the arrangements will be done by the concerned Government Agency.
Once your visa is approved, we will send you the approval of the visa which you will need to print and carry while going to board your flight. Your actual visa will be stamped on your passport upon arrival in the country.
Bhutan Government, realising the negative impacts of uncontrolled tourism decided to formulate the plan of High Value, Low Volume tourism, wherein the Government regulates the all-inclusive minimum daily tariff which would automatically control tourist inflow in the country.
The minimum daily tariff is an all inclusive package and includes accommodation, all meals, transportation, guide, sightseeing, monument fees and government royalty. The exclusions are airfares, visa fees of USD 40 per person, TIPS and your personal expenses.
As per the Bhutan Government regulations, following exemptions are available
➤ Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian citizens are exempted from the minimum daily tariff.
➤ Diplomats and official visitors are exempted from the minimum daily tariff
➤ Children below 5 years are exempted from the minimum daily tariff
➤ Children between 5-12 years: 50% off of the minimum daily tariff
➤ Indian Rupee is at par with Bhutanese Ngultrum are acceptable all over Bhutan.
➤ US Dollars series 2006 and newer are widely accepted and can be easily converted. However, if you are using USD to buy something, do not expect to get change in USD tariff
➤ Euro is easily convertible at the airport exchange or the banks. It is not as widely accepted as the US Dollars or Indian Rupee
➤ English Pound is also easily convertible at the airport exchange or banks. The acceptance in the market is lower than USD
Accommodation:Tourist standard hotels have basic amenities and are clean. Hotels in Western and Central Bhutan may have WIFI. Services are also quite basic.
Deluxe and Luxury hotels are available but not in all places.
Getting the right hotels during season can be a problem so booking well ahead in advance is recommended to ensure choice of hotel is guaranteed.
Meals:As a tourist almost all of the meals will be served on buffet which will have 5 – 6 items on the menu. Bhutanese food is generally spicy with a lot of chillies, however, most tourist standard hotels and restaurants tone down the heat. There is not much variety in food apart from Thimphu and Paro where there are restaurants serving various cuisine. You can expect cuisines of other countries to be served a’la Bhutanese.
Vehicles: Vehicles used in the tourism industry are usually SUV’s and tour buses.
Guide: All the guides are Cetrified by the Tourism Council and can read and write English. Accent can be an issue at times. Language guides for French, German, Japanese and Chinese are also available.
Climate: Being a mountainous country, the climate varies from valley to valley. In general, spring is cool during day time and can be chilly in the evenings (4-23C). Summers are warm; it can be hot during day time and cool in the evenings (13-32C). Autumn is usually quite windy, especially in the late afternoons (5-28C). Winters can be quite cold and there’s snowfall on the mountain passes from December end to February and in some of the higher altitude valleys like Phobjikha, Bumthang and Haa (-6-19C).
*Temperatures given are for whole of Western and Central Bhutan. Eastern and Southern Bhutan are warmer
Etiquettes: Bhutanese tradition and culture focuses a lot on proper etiquettes and manners which are a part of daily lives. As a tourist, however, only the basic is required
➤ While entering Temples and monasteries you will need to be decently dressed. Either full sleeves or collared T-shirts and full/ long pants/ trousers or knee length skirts for women.
➤ Caps/ hats are not allowed in the temple/ monastery premises
➤ No photos inside the temples and monasteries (You can take photos within the courtyard)
➤ Most people are now camera aware so it'll be best to ask permission if you want to take someone's photo
➤ These are the basic things you should know initially, the rest of the things will be informed to you by your guide as you proceed with your day to day program.
➤ Good sun block: The sun at high altitudes is very harsh so bring at least SPF 30 or more.
➤ Good warm jacket: Early mornings and late evenings/ nights can be quite cold, a warm jacket will help. Late afternoons are usually windy.
➤ Layered clothing: The temperatures can vary a lot during the day so having layered clothing can be useful as you can take-off or put on a layer as and when required.
➤ Sunglasses: Since the air is clear, the glare of the sun is harsh
➤ Pair of comfortable walking shoes (preferably broken-in and with ankle support)
➤ Credit/Debit card: Credit card shopping can be done only in select shops and is really not that viable. However, it is recommended that you check with your bank once to make sure that it will work in Bhutan.
➤ Sockets: It would be advisable to carry a convertible multi-plug as different hotels use different types.