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Bhutan Information

Bhutan Information

Bhutan Travel Information

Travel Information

Bhutan Visa:
All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain a visa prior to their arrival in Bhutan.

We will handle the visa procedures for you. The Govt. of Bhutan will sanction the VISA only after the receipt of full payment in advance. The cost of the visa itself is US $20, which can be further extended with an additional fee of US $15. Visa fee should be paid along with the tour payment and actual Bhutan VISA will be stamped in your passport on arrival on Paro airport.

For all travelers, entering into the country by road through Phuntsholing (border town in the south of Bhutan), the visa is stamped on arrival and Visa Clearance Number is forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thimphu.

Visa applications must reach Bhutan at least three weeks prior to your arrival date to allow time for processing.

We need following details in order to process visa for Bhutan:

- Full Name ( as appears in your passport)
- Permanent Address.
- Occupation.
- Nationality
- Passport No
- Date of issue and validity of passport;
- Date and place of birth.

Government Regulations:
Bhutan is one of the more exotic travel destinations. It remains a secluded land, nestled within the inaccessible southeastern slopes of the great Himalayan mountain range. Since the country opened its doors to tourists in the 70s, annual numbers have never exceeded a few thousand. More tourists visit neighboring Nepal in one year than have ever visited Bhutan. A major reason for this lies in the government's cautious and pragmatic approach to modernization in general and tourism in particular. Such insulation has meant that present-day Bhutan remains the only of the Himalayan Buddhist Kingdoms to have retained its independence and overall traditional character. That the Bhutanese appear to enjoy a simple though fulfilling life within landscapes of immense natural beauty, serves to promote the impression of a hidden paradise, a mythical Shangri-la.

Tourism in Bhutan is heavily regulated. The Bhutanese government is particularly aware of the potential dangers of uncontrolled tourism to the sustainability of Bhutan's environment and traditional culture. It has therefore tried to limit negative impacts by putting in place the following rules: a high minimum entry fee (an all-inclusive flat rate per night); all visitors must travel through an authorized Bhutanese agent; and tourists may not visit certain specified regions and holy sites. The volume of visitors and the scope of their traveling will be gradually expanded in line with capacities to suitably absorb them.

We offer best three meals (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) on trek, on mountain bike tour and cultural tour in Bhutan.

We use clean and comfortable hotels and lodges. Luxury hotels are concentrated in Paro. However, We have selected the best hotel in all parts of Bhutan with best of location, services and ambience.

We use comfortable and well-maintained 4WD Toyota land cruiser, micro-buses and coaches. We ensure before leaving on a trip that our vehicule are double-checked properly. Your security is our main concern and you can be sure to have a safe trip with us.

Druk Air:
Druk Air is the national carrier of the Royal Government of Bhutan, operating to seven cities in six countries. The airline operates 2 BAe146-100 and 2 new Airbus.

Druk- Air is the only airline that flies to and from Bhutan. Few are disappointed. The flight into Paro is one of the most spectacular in the world. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Calcutta or Dhaka, each flight is a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers an exciting descent into the kingdom. Delays do occur on account of the changeable Himalayan weather so travelers are advised to build an extra day onto the end of their trips incase of hold- ups.

Druk- Air flies 4 time a week to Delhi via Kathmandu and 6 times weekly to Bangkok via Kolkota, India. We can provide the exact flight times based on your reservation or you may contact Druk- Air. Schedules change between the summer monsoons and the winter snow.

Airline booking should be made at the same time as your tour booking.

Best Time to Visit Bhutan:
You can travel in Bhutan at any time of the year except during the winter which starts in December and ends in early March. During the summer, you should expect some light rainfall expecially in the south of Bhutan. In the winter time, the temperature can drop down to -6 degrees Celsius while in the summer time the temperatures reach an overage of 25 degrees Celsius.The best time to travel in Bhutan is during the Spring (March, April and May) as days are warm and clear. Bhutan has limited tourism infrastructure and we suggest you to book in advance to avail confirmations for both air and land on time.

As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the commencement of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio.

Before joining the tour we recommend you take out travel insurance. This should include adequate cover for baggage, medical expenses, cancellation, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. If you do not have travel insurance you must have a credit card with at least a US$5000 limit.

Bhutan currency:
Bhutan's unit of currency is Ngultrum (Nu) there is no ATM machines in Bhutan and credit cards are usually not accepted.

The daily tariff for visitors starting 2009 is US$250, whether you stay in hotels or go trekking. This covers all your accommodation, food, land transport within Bhutan, service of guides and porters, supply of pack animals and some cultural programs. The rate applies uniformly irrespective of location and the type of accommodation asked for or provided (which means if you get bumped from the fancy hotel you booked - which occasionally happens during busy times - you have no recourse). Groups of fewer than four people pay a daily surcharge, ranging from US$20 per person in a group of three to US$40 for a lone traveler. This covers all your costs apart from drinks, laundry and cultural splurges such as a traditional Bhutanese hot-stone bath.

Bhutan has two banks, with branches throughout the country. You can cash travelers’ cheques at any bank and most hotels, but you should only carry well-known brands such as American Express. You can use your credit card, but only at bigger hotels and shops in Thimphu. There are no ATMs in the country.

Although the system of ‘give and take’ is always there in Bhutanese tradition, tipping is not compulsory. But if you would like to appreciate the services of our guides, drivers and service staff you may tip them according to your will.

Electricity Supply:
Bhutan uses a 240 v system. Electrical supply is generally good, but can be less stable in the smaller towns outside the capital, Thimphu. If you are using computers and other sensitive equipment, be prepared for fluctuations and power surges. Many rural areas are still without electricity although some farms have solar electrification.

Bhutan uses the Indian round pin sockets. You can find adaptors in many of the hardware shops in the capital, Thimphu.

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