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Frequently Asked Questions for Travel to Bhutan

There is apparent to be informed of a location’s general information before visiting it. The essential items to keep on top of are general weather conditions, people and locations, travel laws, people’s behavior, and cultural norms. Furthermore, prior passengers’ testimonies, recommendations, and questions might help you create your travel itinerary. The recommended equipment checklist aids with packing. Thorough research on a destination often includes an examination of commonly asked questions by previous visitors.

This will not only make your journey easier, but it will also allow you to have a more in-depth understanding of the areas you visit. Everyone wanting to visit Bhutan, like anyone else, should educate themselves in order to properly enjoy the wonderful world of The Thunder Dragon’s land.

Bhutan’s physical position is in the Himalayan foothills between India and China.

Bhutan is famed for its untouched natural beauty and complete cultural history, which have been safeguarded by a tourist policy as distinct as its traditions.

Yes, except for inhabitants of India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives, all the other travelers to Bhutan require a visa.

Send a copy of the photo page of your passport to the operator, and the operator will handle the visa procedure. Bhutan does not provide Visa on Arrival services. Obtaining a visa is luckily not a tough procedure for all international tourists, despite being the most stringent in the world. You should be informed that you cannot apply for your visa on your own, and the Bhutan Embassy does not provide travel visa services. The only method to enter Bhutan is to plan a trip with an international tour operator or a local travel agent who is registered with the Bhutan Tourism Council and the Bhutan Foreign Ministry.

After you’ve booked a trip, your tour operator will submit an application on your behalf using an online system.

The Tourism Council of Bhutan will process your visa using the information on your passport, and it will be completed and cleared within 72 working hours. Once the visa application is granted, a visa clearance number in the form of a letter will be supplied. This clearance number will be forwarded to the tour operator, the immigration terminals at Paro International Airport, the road border checkpoints at Phuentsholing, Gelephu, or Samdrup Jonkhar, and both Bhutan’s national carriers, Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. Your visa will be stamped into your passport on arrival at the entry point, depending on how you enter Bhutan.

A visa costs $40 for the visitor, which is already included in your package cost. Extra charges are applied for the extension of the visa.

 

9. What documents will you give me that I’ll need to bring with me to Bhutan?

Your passport to have the visa stamped at Paro Airport, as well as a printed copy of the visa confirmation letter to produce at the airport.

Bhutan tours cost $200 a day during the off-season and $250 during the peak seasons of autumn and spring. If you are traveling alone, you must pay an extra $40 each day, bringing your total expenditure to $290 per day. However, if you are traveling on a private trip with only two other people, you will be charged an additional $30 each day, bringing the total cost to $280. Those who want to stay in 5-star hotels or premium resorts will have to pay several hundred dollars more each day, as would those who want to go trekking with first-rate gear and camping equipment. The daily fee covers visa, certified guide, driver, and transportation, as well as hotel and admission fees, accommodation meals and non-alcoholic beverages, trek gears, and applicable taxes. The other personal nature expenses and additional expenses like international flights, souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, and tips to guides and drivers.

Taking a flight is the most convenient method to go to Bhutan. Bhutan has direct flights from Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu, Delhi, and a few more Indian towns. There are three border posts for Indians.

Bhutan is best visited between September and November when the days are clear and the temperature is agreeable. Another beautiful period is from March through May when the flowers blossom among the verdant woodlands. Bhutan’s weather varies dramatically based on height. The spring season, between March and May, is possibly the greatest time to visit Bhutan. Although these months might be damp, the valley comes alive with wildflowers blooming and birds buzzing in a variety of tones. It also provides for an amazing stroll along the serene paths of Bhutan’s remote areas. The autumn season, which lasts from October to December, is also a good time to visit Bhutan.

These months, like the spring season, are less damp and the skies are bright, the air is fresh, and ideal for hiking on Bhutan’s solitary paths. During the autumn season, higher elevations may get snowfall. The winter months of December and January are every photographer’s dream, with heavy blankets of snow, but the weather becomes colder. The monsoon season, which lasts from June to August, is extremely rainy and unsuitable for travel in Bhutan, thus it is best avoided.

Your passport to have the visa stamped at Paro Airport, as well as a printed copy of the visa confirmation letter to produce at the airport.

The cost of your package is inclusive of accommodation at a three-star hotel including meals, a trip guide, taxes, and domestic transportation. You will be indirectly contributing an amount of $65 for the sustainable development of local people through its use in education and health care.

Druk Air accepts 20 kilograms of checked luggage. Due to the tiny size of these flights, it permits only one piece of hand luggage. If a traveler’s luggage weighs more than 20 kg, he or she must pay an additional baggage fee.

A traveler can choose to have a private tour. Let us know your requirement for a private tour while pre-booking conversation.

You may choose the number of days and activities included on the tour. To personalize it, let us know if you want to change the number of days in the pre-booking conversation. In general, you should consult with your group to tailor activities and notify your guide ahead of time so that your guide can prepare with the required management.

We utilize a comfortable, clean, and well-kept 4WD vehicle or Hiace. If you are dissatisfied with your car, you may request that it be changed.

It is preferable to book as early as possible in order to have more alternatives for departure dates. Book as soon as possible for more benefits.

Basically, Bhutanese cuisine is available for this tour. In option, restaurants in Bhutan also feature Indian, Chinese, and Continental cuisine. The food in the region is frequently spicy.

We normally encourage you not to drink tap water, aswe do in Nepal and India. Carrying a water filter, on the other hand, protects your safety anytime you wish to drink tap water.

Yes, regardless of your age or fitness level, you may suffer altitude sickness. It is preferable to keep hydrated and acclimate when your body requires it.

 

Bhutan does not specify any specific vaccination standards. However, you should keep up with your routine vaccinations, including Covid.

The Bhutanese currency is the Ngultrum (Nu) with currency code BTN. It is Bhutan’s domestically and officially recognized currency, and it is utilized in all national and international economic transactions. They also take Indian rupees worth less than 500 rupees. US dollars are also accepted. It has the same value as the Indian rupee.

Cards are accepted at a number of Thimphu’s big handicraft shops and large hotels. A fee of 5% to 7% is assessed on you.

Bhutan is a safe destination for female lone travelers as well as families with children. There is political stability in the government, and there has been no violence against it. Aside from a few incidents during the monsoon, only a few cases of natural catastrophes have been documented in recent years. With more than 70% of the total land covered in forest, the nation is carbon negative. This contributes to a reduction in the number of natural catastrophes. Because of its well-functioning transportation infrastructure, Bhutan has a low rate of traffic accidents. It is the world’s only country without traffic signals.

Despite the fact that Bhutan is a very safe country, you should keep the following in mind:

  • Be mindful of the high altitude when trekking or climbing in Bhutan.
  • Bad weather and natural disasters, such as landslides and blockages, are especially common during the rainy season. We do not recommend visiting Bhutan during the rainy season, particularly in eastern Bhutan.
  • At night, stray dogs that sleep peacefully in the streets during the day become enraged and vicious.
  • Vehicle traffic may be disrupted by snowfalls at the start of the winter season.
  • Wildlife may pose a concern if hiking or trekking off the beaten route in Bhutan.
  • Many accidents have been reported around Bhutan’s hairpin corners, so drive, cycle, or stroll with caution.

Hotels in Bhutan have basic amenities. There are hotels of three, four, and five stars. The hotels feature basic to standard eating amenities, private bathrooms, and hot water.

The standard voltage and frequency are 230 V and 50 Hz, respectively. Type D, F, and G plugs are all acceptable.

As a horse/yak can only carry 30 kilograms, each trekker will have a limit of 15 kg of baggage. One horse/yak can carry the luggage of two persons.

One can take up to 200 pieces of cigarettes after paying for customs permission. It’s legal to smoke it in private spaces like your room or apartment. Smoking in public places or offices is punishable by a three-month prison sentence.

It is a government requirement that you arrange your tour through a licensed tour operator approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan prior to your arrival. The government keeps a watchful eye on Bhutan’s tourism industry. All foreign travelers, except Indian, Bangladeshi, and Maldivian nationalities, must book their tours through a tour operator. Visitors to Bhutan cannot simply book flights and travel about on their own.

After paying charges, one can carry up to 200 pieces, but could only smoke tobacco products in private areas such as a room or apartment. It is regarded as a felony. Smoking in public places in Bhutan is punished by up to three months in prison.

Is there a yearly limit on the number of people allowed to visit Bhutan?
There is no specific instruction in Bhutan to limit the number of people who can get a tourist admission permit. As a result, the number of visitors authorized to enter Bhutan each year is unlimited.

Yes, English is the medium of instruction in Bhutan’s schools. Both government letters and traffic signs are written in Dzongkha and English.