Visas to visit Bhutan are not issued by Bhutanese embassies abroad. Visas are issued only when you arrive in the
country, either at Paro airport or (if coming by road) at Phuentsholing.
You must apply for tourist visa in advance and much before you purchase your airline tickets. You can
either fill in the visa application form using Adobe Acrobat, fill it out and email with all information filled and form duly
signed. We will take care the rest: Important information required for visa application are:
- Your full name as it appears in your passport
- Permanent address
- Passport number
- Date of issue
- Expiration of passport
- Date and place of
Double check that the information is correct. If there are
discrepancies in any important numbers when you arrive in Bhutan, there are delays and complications in issuing the visa.
After the visa clearance is issued by the Department of Immigration, they send a visa confirmation number to Druk Air and
a copy to us. The actual visa endorsement is stamped on your passport when you arrive at Paro International Airport.
You will then receive a visa for the period you have arranged to be in Bhutan. We will process visa extensions for you if
they become necessary.
The normal rate for travel in Bhutan is US$200 per day. The
following surcharges are applied for small groups:
Two people travelling
together - US$30 per night per person
One person travelling
alone - US$40 per night per person
The daily rate may sound high at first, but remember that this includes your accommodation, all food, guide,
and transportation within Bhutan.
regulations require that the 100% invoiced tour payments are deposited before the visa can be processed. The Tourism
Council of Bhutan receives your payment (not us) and as a result your payment is 100% secure. Once the payment is received,
the Tourism Council issues authorization to us to process your visa, which we will apply and acquire from the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. Should your visa(s) be rejected by the MoFA, the Council is informed and your payment is immediately refunded.
But this rarely happens once a tourist has made the payment.
Tourism Council of Bhutan regulates all tourism related activities in Bhutan including regulating
the daily tariff rates. Thirty-five percent of the daily tariff goes directly to the national treasury. These funds are used
by the government for the socioeconomic development of Bhutan, and hospitals, schools, and roads are built and maintained
with the income. The Tourism Council has released a travel information website at www.tourism.gov.bt detailing their role and the regulations by which we and all other travel agencies are governed.
The Spring and Autumn months are the peak season. Spring is from April through June and Autumn from
September through November. There are many festivals during these periods, and visitors come to take advantage both of the pleasant climate and the festivals. However, Bhutan
has limited tourism infrastructure and during peak seasons facilities are packed. For more private visits, off-peak seasons
are recommended. We can also offer attractive discounts for off-season visits.
major towns such as Thimphu, Paro, and Phuentsholing there are comfortable hotels but in smaller towns, modest but still comfortable
hotels are available. We will ensure that the best available accommodations are arranged for you. More information is available
from the Tourism Council of Bhutan, which regulates hotel standards and all travel regulations in Bhutan. Accommodations in approved hotels are included in the daily tariff rates.
We also arrange luxury hotels and resorts that
range from 250-1,300 US dollars per night and these hotels come with additional daily charges according to the hotel rates.
Food and Drink
Traditional Bhutanese food is hot and spicy. For our visitors, however, Chinese, Indian, and Continental
fares are also served. The more adventurous can try hot Bhutanese dishes. For visitors on treks, we serve simple but nutritious
and tasty dishes. Meals are normally served buffet style in the hotels. Your
tour cost includes all meals.Your only extra expenses should be imported liquor, laundry,
souvenirs and optional tips to the guide and driver.
We use comfortable and safe Toyota vans and
cars to transport our guests. All local transport is covered by the
You will be accompanied throughout the time
in Bhutan by a certified English-speaking guide and have a vehicle and driver at your disposal at all times.All of our guides
are trained in programs conducted by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) and licensed by the Government. Our trekking staff
undergoes an additional mountain guide training, including safety and first aid instruction, also offered by TCB. TCB has
received assistance from the Austrian Government in the form of trainers and funds to establish the training programs. The cost of the guides and drivers is covered by your daily tariff. Tipping
is permitted at your own discretion.
What to Bring
There is a 20 kg (44 lb) weight limit (30 kg or 66 lb in business
class) on Druk Air. You should hold yourself to this allowance. Even if you pay for excess baggage, it still travels standby
and may be offloaded. As with all travel, the less you carry the easier it is to move about and the less there is to misplace.
Casual clothes are fine, but you would also do well to have a set of dress-up clothes (jacket and tie for men, dresses for
women) for festivals or in the likely event that you are invited to a Bhutanese home or social function. Thimphu and other
towns in Bhutan have a small-town atmosphere, and you might easily find yourself in the company of a high government official.
If you have scheduled your trip around a festival, you definitely should carry a set of dressy clothing. Bhutanese people
dress quite formally, and dirty jeans don't fit in on such occasions. Even in the summer, it can be cool in Paro and
Thimphu, and it's downright cold in winter. Days can be quite warm, especially in the lower regions such as Punakha and Phuentsholing,
and you could start off driving in the cold of dawn and be uncomfortably warm by mid-morning. Use a layering system, starting
with thermal underwear and adding a shirt, pile jacket and windbreaker or parka as necessary.
If you are not trekking, you will need: Underwear (including
thermals for cold weather) Swimming costume (for the hotel swimming pool in Punakha) Cotton trousers Cotton skirt for women
Pile jacket or sweater - even in summer Down jacket - in winter; not needed in summer T shirts or short sleeved (not sleeveless)
cotton shirts, sneakers or walking shoes and socks Sandals or flip flops Rain jacket - Gore-Tex if you can afford it, otherwise
a poncho or nylon jacket. Dress-up clothes for festivals Sun hat All hotels provide sheets, blankets or quilt, and a pillow.
If you are trekking, you won't need to carry
bedding or a sleeping bag. Most hotels also provide some sort of heating in winter, either an electric heater or a wood stove.
The heating, plus the pile of blankets on your bed, should keep you warm. You will be outside a lot, and much of this time
is at altitudes above 2,500 m (7,800 ft); so there is plenty of sun and wind. Bring a supply of sun cream and some lip protection,
such as Blistex; these items are not available in Bhutan.
There are several things that
you should carry to make a trip to Bhutan more comfortable.
All of the following items are essential:
Pack a folding umbrella; especially if traveling during the monsoons. Rain is possible any time, and is almost
certain from June through August.
Carry ear plugs (and
spares) to reduce the noise from the barking dogs at night. The Bhutanese are Buddhists and do not euthanize stray dogs.
Carry a torch (flashlight) if you can, as power outage
is not impossible in remoter parts of the country.
Pair of sunglasses (as protection
from high altitude glare)
A Swiss army knife has many uses,
such as cutting cheese and opening bottles.
A small clock with an alarm to
help you wake up, because not all hotel rooms have telephones.
you are on a cultural tour bring a hard suitcase, though a soft bag is more versatile and easier to pack into the luggage
space of a vehicle.
A small rucksack or waist pack
to carry your camera, water bottle and other essentials in the vehicle and when you are walking around town or visiting monuments.
Bon Voyage and see you soon !!!