Travel by Air
There are flights to destinations :
INDIA : Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Gauhati & Mumbai
NEPAL : Kathmandu
THAILAND : Bangkok
SINGAPORE : Singapore
Travel by Land
Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar are the only land border areas for tourists to access bhutan by land.
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Which are the best months to visit Bhutan?
Bhutan can be divided into three different climatic zones. The southern part of the country experiences tropical climate while central Bhutan has a temperate climate. The climate in northern Bhutan can be best described as alpine. South Bhutan is comparatively warmer than other parts of the country. Bhutan has four distinctive seasons. The winters are severe; particularly in the north. But tourists brave this cold to enjoy the beauty of the snowcapped Himalayas. Spring is the most beautiful season and the whole country look resplendent, thanks to the beautiful flowers which are in full bloom during this season. Summer is hot in central Bhutan, but northern part has a cool summer. June to September is the rainy season and the country comes under the influence of the monsoon winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal. Tourists prefer to visit Bhutan between March and May and again between September and November.
Visa and Passports
A visa is needed to enter Bhutan but it is not issued abroad. Visas will be stamped in your passport upon arrival in Paro, cost US$ 20 and are included in your tour payment. To apply for a visa, contact either your host agency or foreign or Bhutanese tour operator. You have to send the PP details 15 days in advance.
All visitors are required to complete a customs form upon arrival at Paro. The following items are exempt from customs duty:
- Personal effects for day to day use
- Instruments, apparatus or appliances for professional use
- Photographic equipment, video cameras and other electronic goods
Import of tobacco and tobacco products for personal consumption – 100% sales tax and 100% customs duty. The maximum allowed for personal consumption are:
- Cigarettes: 1 carton of 200 cigarettes.
- Pipe tobacco: 3 tins of 50 grams each.
- Other tobacco products: 50 grams.
Customs regulations strictly forbid the export of antiques or religious objects out of the country unless you have clearance from the Antiquities Department. If you are carrying religious items from another country, declare them on your customs form on arrival in Bhutan to avoid any problems on departure. It is forbidden to export samples of flora & fauna.
Drukair & Bhutan Airlines are the national carriers of Bhutan, operating from Paro to nine cities in five countries. Both airlines operate late model Airbus A319 jet aircraft & Drukair also operates one ATR 42 twin turbo-prop aircraft for shorter haul and domestic routes.
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Bhutan has four distinct season, spring, monsoon, autumn and winter. Spring and autumn is the best time to visit Bhutan i.e. end of Febraury till end of March and September to November.
The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:
High Season Tariff – US$ 250 per person per night halt (January to June and September to December)
Low Season Tariff – US$ 200 per person per night halt ( June, July).
The minimum price includes:
All internal taxes and charges (including the royalty)
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.
What is the procedure to get Visa for Bhutan?
In order to obtain a tourist visa, you have to confirm you tour booking with the local Tour operators like Medieval Bhutan Tours. After your date of travel and duration is fixed according the itinerary, you are required to send the package fund with respect to the programs and also the passport copy along with scanned passport photographs. No outside embassy /consulate nor travel agent outside the country can process the Bhutan visa. It should be routed through the local tour operator licensed under Tourism Council of Bhutan.
Visa can be processed within 3 – 4 working days, provided the package fund is paid in full. Your local tour operator will process the visa and send you the official visa paper by fax or an email. The actual visa will be stamped on your passport when you enter Bhutan, either at Paro or at Phuentsholing. The Govt. will issue a visa paper about 1 month prior to your date of travel.
How can I process my VISA for Bhutan?
Send us your Passport details along with its copy and a visa fees, which normally will be included in the Package cost. We shall then apply your visa online and send you the official letter from the visa office, which you need to carry along with you when you come to Bhutan. The actual visa will be stamped on your passport upon your arrival at the airport or on the border town if you are coming by land via India.
What is not included in the Package?
Airfares, airport taxes, visa fees, excess baggage, insurance, emergency evacuation, medical and all other personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, beverages, etc.
Can I travel as a free individual in Bhutan?
Tourists are not permitted to travel freely without a guide in Bhutan.
Tours to most parts of Bhutan can be arranged for an individual tourist and small groups of less than three persons in accordance with the travelers’ interests and desires. Such tours are subject to a surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:
Single individual – US$ 40.00 per night.
Group of two – US $30.00 per person per night.
Are there any discounts?
Yes, the following discounts on daily rates are allowed:
a) DIPLOMATS from foreign embassies/missions accredited to Bhutan will be given 25% discount on the daily rates.
b) There will be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years, while those between the ages of 6 and 12 years, accompanied by elders/guardians, will be given 50% discount on daily rates.
c) Full time STUDENTS below the age of 25 years, holding valid identity cards from academic institutions, will also be given a 25 % discount on daily rates.