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Getting into Bhutan

A visit to Bhutan will be successful once you get an efficient tour company to organize your visit, which is operated and owned by a Bhutanese Tour Operator.

Visa for Bhutan Tour

Other than Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa. You will need to contact licensed tour operator based in Bhutan like us to process your visa, book and purchase flight ticket and design a tour as per your choice. In order to process the visa, we need a copy of your valid passport. After all the payments have been cleared with us the ticket will be purchased and before 30 days of your arrival, the visa clearance will be processed which takes only 2 working days. A copy of each document will be send to you.

Travel by Air

Druk Air which is the official flying company of Bhutan operates a number of flights every week from Singapore, Kathmandu (Nepal), from Dhaka (Bangladesh), from Delhi, Bodhgaya, Kolkata and Guwahati in India, from Bangkok in Thailand to Paro in Bhutan. For further details regarding the flights you can visit - Bhutan Airline

Travel by Land

The tourists can travel by roads to Phuentsholing (south-west), Gelephu (south) and Samdrupjongkhar (south-east). Phuentsholing which is approximately 179 kms from Thimpu, the state capital, is just 170 kms away from Baghdogra(WestBengal)the Indian Domestic Airport. Samdrupjongkhar is around 180 kms away from Guwahati (Assam), the Indian Domestic Airport.

Daily Tariff

The Royal Government of Bhutan sets minimum selling prices for packages to Bhutan and this must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan. The minimum tariffs for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

  • Peak Season - US$ 250 per person per night halt ( February, March, April, May, August, September, October, November and December).
  • Lean Season - US$ 200 per person per night halt (January, June, July).
The minimum price includes:
  • All internal taxes and charges (including the royalty)
  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All travel with a licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide
  • All Internal Transport
  • Camping Equipment and Haulage for Trekking Tours

The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the 'local agents' host obligation shall be limited to breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on actual basis.

The rates shall apply uniformly irrespective of locations and the type of accommodation provided/asked for. List of hotels and lodges approved for international tourist accommodation updated from time to time shall be issued by TCB.

Note:

Minimum package cost is revised starting 1st January 2012. USD$ 250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November. And USD$200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December. For more information please check with TCB.




Surcharges

Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subject to surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:

  • Single individual US$ 40 per night
  • Group of 2 persons US$ 30 per person per night

Traveling within Bhutan

Despite the major hurdle posed by the inaccessible terrain, the high mountain passes, all major towns and important places of visit are connected by a good road network. However, 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 per 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.

Restricted area (Route) Permit

If you wish to travel to places other than Thimphu and Paro (permit free zone), you will have to obtain route permit from the immigration office in Thimphu (323127/F-321078.), for the tourists visiting Bhutan through our local Tour Operators the route permits are issued with the visa.

Special Permit

Although most of the religious places receive tourists, yet there are some restricted places. If you wish to visit those, you can do so, with a special permit. To acquire one, please contact Department of Culture (322694).

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 atbhutanimmi@druknet.bt

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