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Bhutan is a small, landlocked country situated in the eastern Himalayas between China and India. Its landscape ranges from Subtropical plains and forests in the south to subalpine forests and the snowy Himalayas in the North. Bhutan is a principally Buddhist country and it is recognized as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism.
Yes, it is Bhutanese government regulation that you must use Licensed Bhutanese Tour operator in order to book your tour to Bhutan or one of their international associates.
All foreign tourists planning to visit Bhutan require a visa that must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator or any of their International associates. A visa clearance copy must be obtained via your tour operator in order to fly to Bhutan. For Indian passport holders (or VIC), Bangladeshi nationals and people from the Maldives may obtain a visa upon arrival.
Two seasons, March to May and September to November, are the best times to travel in Bhutan. The climate is good then and there are many festivals in these seasons. You can travel during the rest of the year too but June, July and August are slightly humid because of the onset of the monsoon while December, January and February are the cold winter months.
You can visit western Bhutan (Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Wangduephodrang) anytime of the year. Avoid central and eastern Bhutan during the monsoon months of July and August when the weather is sometimes a little too wet and clouded for sightseeing.
The international tourist tariff is set by the Royal Government of Bhutan and is termed as the Minimum Daily Tariff.
For groups of three persons or more, the rates are as follows:
High season tariff: US $250/- per person per day in March, April, May, June and September, October and November.
Low Season Tariff: US$ 200 per person per day in December, January, February and June, July and August.
For a group of less than three persons, there is a surcharge on top of the daily tariff:
One person: US $40 per person per day.
Two persons: US $30 per person per day.
Three persons and more: No surcharge applicable.
The Tourism Council of Bhutan imposes minimum spending per traveler per day. Within this limit the following are included:
1. Visas for Bhutan
2. A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
3. An experienced driver
4. A good vehicle (4WD for travelling couples or mini bus or bus for bigger groups)
5. All meals inclusive
6. Accommodation (3-star rated hotels minimum)
7. Mineral water each day
8. Taxes, surcharges, government contribution
The following are not included:
1. Travel Insurance
2. Meals at 5-star restaurants. Breakfast at 5-star restaurants is included if you have booked a night at the hotel
3. Tips for the guide and driver
5. Air ticketing cost, which fluctuates as per foreign exchange rates.
Bhutan Druk Adventure can arrange your airline tickets on both Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. There is no commission fee for this service. However, you can also buy directly from their websites www.drukair.com.bt and www.bhutanairlines.bt using your credit cards.
The major banks now have ATMs and you can withdraw local currency via Visa & MasterCard credit & debit cards & Cirrus/Maestro endorsed bank debit cards. The ATM’s don’t always work and usually you’ll only be able to draw small amounts in any single transaction, so back up cash in USD on Indian Rupees is advisable.
There is a ban on the sale of cigarettes in Bhutan. Smoking is also prohibited in public places, hotels and offices but each person is allowed to bring in 200 sticks or a carton for personal consumption.
All visitors are advised to get their insurance coverage from their own country.
All we need is a copy of your passport and we will apply for a visa using the online visa applying system created by the Government of Bhutan.
The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine is its spiciness. Chillies are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered so important that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that is not spicy.
Rice forms staple Bhutanese diet. It is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Pork, beef and chicken are consumed most often. A wide selection of western and Indian food is also available in many of the restaurants around the country.
COINCIDING WITH THE FESTIVALS IN BHUTAN
GROUP SIZE 3 AND ABOVE
USD $ 2040
Festivals or tshechu are a major part of Bhutanese life and offer a unique cultural insight into this Himalayan Kingdom.
One of the best ways to experience the heart and soul of this unique destination is to incorporate a trek into your itinerary. With much of the kingdom covered with ancient forests and high alpine meadows, a trek will not only bring you closer to nature but provide you with the opportunity to meet rural people.