Bhutan FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Bhutan is a small, landlocked nation located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China. Its landscape ranges from subtropical plains and forests in the South to subalpine forests and snowy mountains in the North. It is a predominantly Buddhist country, which has remained independent throughout its history and is governed by a Constitutional Monarchy.

You have two main options for traveling to Bhutan: by air or by land. The national carrier, Royal Bhutan Airlines (Drukair) and Bhutan Airlines, operates direct flights from various Asian cities, including Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu, Dhaka, New Delhi, Kolkata, Gaya, Bagdogra, and Guwahati.

Additionally, you can enter Bhutan through two land gateways in India: Phuntsholing in southern Bhutan or Samdrup Jongkhar in the southeast. Travelers often choose Samdrup Jongkhar if their destination is in the eastern regions of Bhutan, such as Trashigang, Mongar, Lhuentse, and Trashiyangtse.

The level of customisation is entirely at your discretion! You have full control over your itinerary, including arrival and departure dates. Extend your trip as desired, and select any day for arrival or departure. Share your preferences for experiences, and we will provide insights into the diverse opportunities Bhutan offers while helping you plan the most efficient itinerary.

Certainly, it is possible. Our guests have the option to travel in private groups, whether it’s just one person or a larger group of dozens and more.please note that traveling with fewer than three people will incur an additional fee compared to group rates.

The Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) is a daily fee imposed on visitors to contribute to Bhutan’s development. For all non-Indian visitors, the SDF is set at US$100 per person per night. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 at the time of travel receive a 50% concessionary discount on the SDF, while those aged 5 or younger are exempt.

The SDF for Indian nationals (showing a valid Indian passport or Voter ID card) is Nu. 1,200 (or the equivalent amount in Indian rupees) per person, per night. Children aged between 6 years and who have not yet turned 12 are eligible to pay Nu./INR 600 per night. Children who have not yet turned 6 years old do not have to pay any SDF.

Payment of the SDF is a prerequisite during the visa application process, with an additional non-refundable visa application fee of US$40.

Since the country’s opening in 1974, visitors have played a vital role in Bhutan’s growth, with SDF funds allocated to various projects enhancing facilities, services, infrastructure, and supporting free healthcare and education for both Bhutanese nationals and visitors.

The tour package covers all three daily meals, taxes, surcharges, entry fees to points of interest, daily provision of mineral water, the services of a guide, a driver, and transportation. Almost all aspects of your travel are included, except for shopping alcoholic beverages and the horse ride fee to Tiger’s Nest.

Our package fees do not cover the following items:

  • Flight into Bhutan
  • Meals at 4-5 star restaurants
  • Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
  • Expenditures of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Alcoholic drinks

Certainly, the package includes accommodations in 3-star hotels. If you prefer, you have the option to upgrade to 4-star or 5-star resorts with luxury amenities such as spas for an additional fee. Just inform us through the form below, and we’ll present the available options to you.

Yes. All visitors must have full, valid travel insurance for the duration of their visit. For all visitors except those from India, Bangladesh and the Maldives, it is required to be in place when you make your visa application.

The local Bhutanese currency is the Ngultrum. Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee which is also widely accepted in the country. Many local businesses will accept major credit cards. USD cash can also be readily exchanged for local currency and you may wish to also bring some USD for your convenience.

Before embarking on a trip to Bhutan, please seek advice from your doctor with regard to vaccinations and appropriate medication you should have prior to your travels. Avoid drinking tap water which has not been boiled or ice cubes in drinks at all times as most water sources in Bhutan are untreated.

Tourist SIM cards can be purchased at the airport and from many local outlets throughout Bhutan. These operate in both Android and Iphones.

The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, but most of Bhutanese are fluent in English.

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