When is the best time to visit Bhutan?
Bhutan receives majority of the tourists in the spring months of March, April and May and fall months of September, October and November as major festivals are celebrated in these periods. Hence these months are considered peak travelling season. However if tourists are not particularly interested in the festivals, and plan on just exploring Bhutan, we suggest you to plan your trip during the lean period.
What is the weather like in Bhutan?
Weather in Bhutan varies in different region. The climate ranges from sub-tropical in the lower altitude to alpine in the north. Southern and eastern Bhutan enjoys a subtropical climate, and are generally warmer and humid. The temperature in the capital city of Thimphu ranges from -2.5 0C in winter to 25 0C in summer.
What is Sustainable Development Fee?
Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) is a replacement of the formerly minimum daily tariff. SDF is in place in accordance with the “Tourism Levy Act of 2022” approved by the Royal Government of Bhutan in June 2022. USD 200 per person per night is charged as the SDF for all tourists. For tourists from India, Nu.1,200 is charged per person per night and this remains in effect for the next two years. SDF for tourists visiting from India will reviewed and revised after two years aligning with the principle of exemption levy. In addition, a one-time non-refundable application fee of USD 40 is charged.
How can I get to Bhutan?
Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines operate inbound flight to Paro International Airport in Paro Bhutan from India (New Delhi, Calcutta, Guwahati and Bagdogra) Dhaka in Bangladesh, Bangkok in Thailand and Changi airport in Singapore.
Is it mandatory to book my trip through a local tour operator?
Tourist have the option to plan their own trip or to book a trip through any local tour operator which are certified and/or listed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. A licensed tour guide is mandatory for any type of trip except from the first entry point to the first hotel. Trekking permits are required for trekking services.
If a trip is booked through a tour operator such as us, all your necessary requirements will be arranged.
Is it mandatory to have a health insurance?
Yes, it is mandatory to have an international health insurance which also includes travel and emergency coverage. For tourists from India, local health insurance is available for your duration of stay in Bhutan. Local health insurance can be bought from Bhutan Insurance Limited.
Do I need a VISA to visit Bhutan? How do I apply for a tourist VISA?
Tourist visiting Bhutan requires a visa before their visit. Visa can be applied online on the wesbite of the Department of Immigration. A tourist can apply for their own visa or it can be applied by a tour operator on their behalf. Indian tourists requires a permit which can be applied at the Department of Immigration website or at your first point of entry to Bhutan. Tourists from Bangladesh and Maldives require a visa and the SDF payment is applicable.
You will need to submit a duly filled VISA form, scanned copy of your passport (with at least a validity of 6 months), a recent digital passport photograph, your arrival and departure dates, a valid health insurance for the duration of your stay and a proof of payment. Visa will be processed only for your planned stay duration in the country. We recommend arranging your permit and/or visa prior to your visit.
Can I organize events or workshops in Bhutan?
Based on your needs, we can organize any event of workshop which will require acquiring permits from relevent government agencies. We strongly recommend to plan at least a year to a year and half ahead in case of such plans.
How can I make a tailored trip?
Accordingly to your wishes, we can help put together a trip for you. We recommend you to get in touch with us at earliest possible to make a well-suited trip.