FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION (FAQS)
1.What is the Tourism Policy of Bhutan?
Since, 1974 Bhutan has followed a policy of cautious growth a ‘high value, low volume’ tourism policy.Tourism has been monitered in Bhutan to some extent, so as to preserve the traditional culture and identity. The tourism industry in Bhutan is based on the principle of sustainability which means that tourism is ecologically friendly, environmentally, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable.Tourists have been required to travel with licensed Bhutanese tour operators accompanied by licensed guides, accommodated in licensed accommodation, travelling on defined routes and paying a minimum daily rate.
2.When and how to travel to Bhutan?
Bhutan has season for everyone.
Spring (March, April, and May) – The time for festivals in Paro, one of the largest monastic festivals, Paro tshechu (festival) take place. Season for trekkers in moderate altitudes. The temperature is pleasant mild even up to Alpine regions.
Summer (June, July, August) – This time of the year is monsoon, but this should not deter travelers. In the settled areas of central and western Bhutan pleasant summer temperatures without heat or humidity can be experienced. Rainfalls for short period daily but its manageable with adequate planning and equipment.
Autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov) – The traditional high season in Bhutan have the highest number of festivals. Trekkers enjoy the clear view of the mountains in October and low rainfall. Rice harvest means a picturesque landscape, remarkable terraces and changing colour.
Winter (December, January, and February) – The dry and pleasant conditions make this the best time of the year for bird watching in the jungles, village to village trekking in the lower altitude or a bicycle trip along the mountain roads is one way to spend a perfect holiday.
3.Do I need a passport? Do I need a visa for Bhutan?
Yes, you will require passport to travel to Bhutan and validity of at least six months beyond your intended stay.
All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain a visa except for Indian nationals holding a valid passport / voters ID card. For Indian nationals a valid Indian passport or voters ID card is required if you are traveling or flying into Paro International Airport/ and if you are traveling by road from the border town Phuentsholing you will have to carry a valid voters ID card or valid Indian passport & 3 copies of passport size photographs.For school student or children – Birth certificate is required or Valid Passport (any one) Note: Driving License / Pan Card / OCI card is not accepted as travel document in Bhutan.
4.How & from where do I enter Bhutan?
Druk Air www.drukair.com.bt and Bhutan Airlines www.bhutanairlines.bt is the only national carrier which operates from the following cities:
DEL New Delhi, India
CCU Kolkata (Calcutta), India
IXB Bagdogra (Siliguri)
KTM Kathmandu, Nepal
DAC Dhaka, Bangladesh
BKK Bangkok, Thailand
GUW Guwahati, Assam
Domestic airports within Bhutan
Bumthang (central Bhutan), Young pula (eastern Bhutan), Geleyphu - southern Bhutan
Paro airport is the only international airport in Bhutan at the moment.
5.How can I purchase airline tickets?
You can purchase Druk Air https://www.drukair.com.bt/ / Bhutan Airlines http://www.bhutanairlines.bt/ we can assist you in purchasing air tickets.
6.How much does it cost to visit Bhutan?
The cost to visit Bhutan is based on the following seasons;
Season (March, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov) price starts from US $ 250 per person/per night onwards.
Lean Season (Jan, Feb, June, July, Aug, Dec) price starts from US $ 200 per person/per night onwards.
The above mentioned price is all inclusive of land package tour which includes :Accommodation in 3 star hotels & resorts on full board, sightseeing, entry fee to monuments, licensed English speaking guide, all airport transfers, royalty, sustainable development fee, mineral water, transportation, internal govt. taxes.
7.Can I have an exclusive tour, family tours, private tour or customized tour?
Yes, you can travel exclusively or all by yourself and we do not group you together with other tourists. You can even decide who will be in your group and you will have your own English-speaking guide, driver, and transportation. We can design itineraries as per your specific requirements.
8.How far in advance do I have to sign up for the tours?
The tour booking must be completed within 5 weeks in advance, but for tours during the festivals booking must be completed at least 3 – 4 weeks in advance. The peak season month (March, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov), it is advisable to remit payment for Druk Air flights 3 - 4 months in advance and for hotels 3 months. This will help us to obtain confirmed seats on the requested flights and for hotels too.
9.What are the accommodations like?
We use what we consider to be the best accommodations in Bhutan (with the exception of the new high-end resorts Amankora Resorts, Uma Paro, Zhiwaling Hotel, Taj Tashi Le Meridien, Sixsenses which we can book & charges would be extra). Tourist standard hotels are 3 star approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan and each one is clean, comfortable, offering a warm welcome, friendly smile and are much appreciated after a day of cultural exploration. Most of the hotels, resorts, lodges and guesthouses are equipped with telephones, free wi-fi and international dialing facility.
10.What will the food & beverage be like or dining out?
Almost all restaurant serve Bhutanese, Indian, Continental, Thai and Chinese. The main staples of the Bhutanese diet are rice (red or white) and chilies. One dish favored by most Bhutanese is called “Emadatsi,” which is chilies and cheese. Meat is widely eaten in Bhutan, as are vegetables. Bhutanese food is spicy, since many dishes are made with chilies, but you can order your palate as per your taste and choice.Beverages locally produced beer and whiskey the local brew called ‘Ara’ that is distilled from rice, barley or wheat is also popular with visitors.
11.How can I pay for my tour? What Currency do I have to pay in?
Tour Payments can be wire-transferred through various international correspondent banks. You will have to pay in US $ dollar.
12.Can I use my credit card in Bhutan? Are there ATMs in Bhutan?
In general, credit cards are accepted only at a few high-end tourist shops. There are ATM machines available in Bhutan –you can use Master & Visa Card at Bank of Bhutan ATMs.