THE LAND OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON:
Bhutan, best known to the world as the last Shangri-La has a rare combination of harmony and accord amidst a landscape of incredible beauty. Protected by the might Himalayas from the rest of the world and enriched by the essence of Drukpa Kagyu School of Buddhism, Bhutan has managed to remain to sustain the Himalayan flora and fauna. Dazzling white peaks and lush valleys provide Bhutan's stunning beauty and an aesthetic value . The delicate sensitivities of this pristine land and Mahayana Buddhism are the living faith of Bhutanese people and religious sites and institutions are the daily home of its people. Bhutanese architectures in Dzongs, buildings and houses are very striking.
All foreign nationals tourists traveling to Bhutan must travel through all-inclusive package tours. The Royal governments set fixed tariffs.This tarrif includes the services of accommodation, transport, guide and meals.
- Visa is required for traveling to Bhutan and it is processed in Thimpu and arranged by the agent.
- Passport details should be forwarded to us at least three weeks prior to the date of travel to process it with the concerned authorities.
- Actual Visa is stamped only upon arrival in Bhutan with the support of visa clearance, which will be sent you in advance.
- Visa clearance number is also required while issuing Druk Air Ticket.
- Two copies of original passport size photograph are required on arrival.
- Visa fees of US$ 20 per person are to be payed on arrival in addition to the package costs.
All tours must be booked through Tour Operator and the entire land arrangements will be made by the same agent. For clients traveling in peak seasons and festival time, it is necessary to book 08 weeks in advance. Autumn and spring are the peak times for the tourists and without early reservation it can be difficult to confirm flights and hotels.
International tourist tariff is set by the Royal Government of Bhutan and is valid for all-inclusive package.
1. The daily tariff for the tourist visiting in a group of 04 persons or more is:
US$ 200 per person per day
2.For individual and small groups of less then four pax (04 Pax), there is additional surcharge above the daily applicable rates as follows:
Single Pax (01 pax) US$ 40 per day
Group of 02 persons US$ 30 per pax/day
Group of 03 persons US$ 20 per pax/per day
3. The rates are inclusive of the following:
a) Accommodation on twin sharing basis with meals.
b) Transfers and sight seeing within Bhutan by a deluxe vehicle.
c) The service of the guide / porters / ponies wherever required.
d) Royalty & Taxes to the Govt.
e) Monastery and Monument entrances if any.
Bhutan’s unit of currency is the Ngultrum. 1Nu = 100 Chetrum.The Ngultrum is pegged to the value of Indian Rupee Approx. 1 $=Nu. 40
The best way to enter Bhutan is by Druk Air ,the National flag carrier. Following stations are connected with Druk Air flight:
India: Delhi and Calcutta
Druk Air Schedules:
Paro to Delhi and Kathmandu (Mon & Thus)
Paro to Calcutta and Bangkok (Tue Thus & Sat)
Kathmandu , Delhi to Paro (Mon & Thu)
Bangkok / Calcutta/Paro (Wed, Fri & Sun)
Druk Air is the only Airline operation in Bhutan. For more information about Airline, Please check the
Web: www.drukair.com OR you can e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry / Exit: To/From Bhutan is also possible through Phuntsoling, the southern Bhutanese boarder town. Bagdogra, in the state of West Bengal (India) is the nearest Airport. Approx. 04 hours drive from this place. For travelers wishing to visit Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal along with Bhutan, Phunstling service as the convenient point.
Exit from Bhutan can be made through Samdrup jongkhar also. This frontier Bhutanese town is approx. 03 hours drive from Guwahati, the capital town of Indian North Eastern state of Assam. Samdrup Jongkhar is the only authorized exit point and an important link for visiting further Indian North Eastern states.
- AS PER GOVERNMENT RULE IT IS MANDATORY TO TRAvEL ATLEAST ONE WAY BY DRUK AIR,IT CAN BE EITHER ENTRY OR EXIT OR BOTH (.In an exceptional case ,special permission can be obtained.)
Well- trained, knowledgeable guides certified by the Tourism Authority of Bhutan escort all our tours. Most of the guides are English speaking but Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian-speaking guides could also be provided with prior information on additional cost.
Bhutanese delicacies are limited with spicy chilies and cheese. However you will be served a buffet of continental food with some local dishes too. Even on trek, our trained cooks prepare dishes suitable to western taste ranging from continental to Chinese and Bhutanese to Indian.
WHAT TO PACK:
The following is a fairly exhaustive list of what you should pack for the trip.
Clothes as per persons, sunglasses, spare glasses or contact lenses, pair of casual shoes, washing kit, shaving kit, towel, hat, umbrella, camera, film and accessories, books, maps, insect repellent, hand cream, small sewing kit, safety pins, torch or flash light with spare batteries, mirror, nail clippers, scissors, sun screen cream, lip salve or soluble aspirin, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream [for relief of insect bites], anti diarrhea, preparation of relief of sunburn etc.
The southern part to Bhutan is tropical, and in general the east of Bhutan is warmer than the west of the country. The central valley of Punakha,Wangdiphodrang, Mongar, Tashigang and Lhuntshi enjoy a semi tropical climate with very cool winters, while Thimphu, Tongsa and Bumthang have a temperate climate, with monsoon rains in the summer and snow-fall in winter. Winter in Bhutan lasts from mid- November until mid-March, and at this time of the year the climate in dry, with daytime temperatures falling below zero. The monsoon usually arrives in mid-June, with the rain falling mainly in the afternoons and evenings. At the end of September, after the last of the big rain, Autumn arrives suddenly, and is a magnificent season for trekking-lasting until mid-November