Bhutan is a green, sustainable, inclusive, and high-value tourism destination guided by the “high value, low volume” policy, aiming to contribute to the country’s socioeconomic development. The country’s rich culture and identity are preserved, and tourism is limited to maintain a manageable number of visitors. The Royal Government of Bhutan advises accompanied by a certified tour operator for safety and well-being. Alluring Bhutan Travels offers a unique opportunity to explore Bhutan and advance intercultural understanding, forging stronger friendships based on admiration and respect for diverse cultures and lifestyles.
HOW TO REACH BHUTAN
BY AIR: Drukair and Bhutan Airlines are the two official airlines of the kingdom. Direct flights from and to our international airport in Paro (Bhutan) to India (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Gaya, Bagdogra, Gawahati), Nepal (Kathmandu), Thailand (Bangkok), Bangladesh (Dhaka), and Singapore. it’s advisable to book your air tickets in advance to avoid a visitor’s rush. The Kingdom also has Domestic airports (Yonphula, Bumthang and Gelephu).
BY SURFACE: Phuentsholing, the kingdom’s (south-western Bhutan), is a popular place of entrance for surface travel into Bhutan. We offer pick-up and drop-off facilities from Bagdogra Airport (IXB) and Railway Stations (New Alipurdaur, Hashimara, and Japaiguri). Siliguri, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and the states of Sikkim.
Acquiring a Bhutan visa is a simple process once you comprehend the procedure. Visitors can apply for visas online through the visa portal. Alternatively, in behalf of visitors, Alluring Bhutan Travels will submit your visa application and obtain visa clearance. After the full trip cost, including a $40 visa charge, is wired over and deposited in the Department of Tourism (DoT) bank account, the Department of Immigration and DoT only approve visas. The visa application must be submitted at least one month before the trip date for timely processing. Bhutan offers flight-specific visa clearance letters, and visitors must present a visa clearance copy at the immigration counter. The visa is stamped in the passport upon arrival in Bhutan, either by air or road.
Visitors from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives can apply for a permit (for Indian nationals) or a visa (for Bangladeshi or Maldivian nationals) before traveling. However, can obtain an instant visa or entry permit at the port of entry by presenting a valid passport with six-month international validity.
Swiss and Thai nationals holding diplomatic or official government passports are eligible to apply for a visa at their port of arrival.
Bhutan Visa requirement
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FEE (SDF)
The Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) is a daily levy paid by visitors to support Bhutan’s development (free healthcare, education, training, tourism and hospitality upskilling, improved infrastructure, environmental and cultural preservation, and more).
BHUTAN MINIMUM DAILY TARIFF PER PERSON
|Number of Travelers|
Peak Season Tariff
(March, April, May, September, October & November)
Low Season Tariff
(January, February, June, July, August & December)
|INDIVIDUALS||USD 240 per night||USD 220 per night|
|02 PERSONS||USD 180 per person per night||USD 160 per person per night|
GROUP (MIN. 03 PERSONS)
|USD 160 per person per night||USD 140 per person per night|
CHILDREN (Ages between 6 and 12)
|USD 100 per night per child|
Acquiring travel insurance is mandatory for Bhutan visitors, protecting you and your families from unexpected occurrences. It only exists for the duration of the visit, and it’s essential to obtain insurance prior applying for a Bhutan visa.
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD
We’ve chosen the most well-known Bhutan government-certified premium hotels, resorts, and farmhouses in the country to suit visitor values of convenience, comfort, and services, and have chosen top-tier government-certified eateries and hotels that serve delectable vegetarian and non-vegetarian Chinese, Indian, Continental, and Bhutanese cuisine.
We offer luxury, comfortable, and well-maintained Japanese Toyota (land cushier Pardo, Innova, HiAce bus, and coaster bus) and Korean Hyundai cars (Santa Fe, Creta, and Tucson) with well-experienced drivers holding professional driving licenses (PD), for an entire tour.
All our tours are accompanied by Bhutan’s government-certified English-speaking tour guides, who are well-trained, knowledgeable, and experienced. We offer a language guide for non-English-speaking visitors.
DOS & DON’TS
DRESS CODE while visiting SHRINES/FORTRESS
CURRENCY & BANKING
Bhutan’s currency (ngultrum) is equivalent to Indian rupees at 1:1. It’s entitled to bring in cash equivalents of $10,000 in total. Cash in US dollars and Indian rupees is also widely accepted. Moreover, Bhutanese ATMs accept Visa, MasterCard, or MaestroCard. can also avail POS (point of sale) at hotels, restaurants, handicrafts, shopping, and more using international cards. where 3.5% of the transaction value is the service fee rate.
Bhutan’s telecommunications infrastructure is excellent. In hotels and cafes, Wi-Fi is accessible for free. A month’s worth of valid tourist SIM cards are readily available. The country code is +975.
Time, Climate & Clothes
Bhutan is ahead of IST (Indian Standard Time) by 30 minutes. The weather in Bhutan is reportedly pleasant, with slight variations from region to region; at night, it will be a little chilly. May to September can be worn in cotton, but a thin wool sweater or light jacket is also desirable. From the beginning of November until the end of April, we need to be dressed in warm clothing and cozy, warm shoes.
SECURITY AND CUSTOMS
One of the world’s safest and most tranquil travel destinations is Bhutan. The people of Bhutan are incredibly kind, helpful, and spiritual. Upon arrival, all visitors must fill out a customs form and submit it to the appropriate authorities. Personal electronics are allowed with an inspection by the authorities. Maximum personal consumption is permitted for visitors as follows:
Import and Export of following goods are strictly prohibited:
Visitors are cautioned against buying any Bhutanese products without a clearance certificate since it is legally prohibited. Before making such purchases, the guests may ask the tour company or tour guide for guidance and assistance.