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.
Flights to Paro, Bhutan depart from several airports - Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Singapore and Mumbai – most visitors arrive via Bangkok and Singapore. The two airlines that fly into Bhutan are Drukair and Bhutan Airlines.
It is a government regulation that you must use a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or one of their international partners to book your travel to Bhutan
All International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or one of their international partners. Visa clearance must be arranged by your tour operator prior to travel. Your passport must be valid for minimum of six month throughout duration of stay in Bhutan.
The visa fee for all international tourists is USD 40 which needs to be paid in advance to your licensed Bhutanese tour operator (or their agent).
As a small country with a unique cultural heritage and identity, Bhutan has adopted a policy of ‘high value, low impact’ tourism aimed at attracting discerning tourists who will respect the culture and values of Bhutan while providing visitors with a high quality and unique experience. Under this policy, the Bhutanese Government levies a Minimum Daily Tourist Charge of USD 200 (January, February, June, July, and August) and USD 250 (March, April, May, September, October, November). This covers all costs of accommodation (in minimum 3 star hotels), food, a qualified Bhutanese guide throughout the period of your visit and air conditioned vehicle travel within Bhutan (any internal flights are an additional charge). Also included within this charge is a $65 per day Sustainable Development Fee that supports Bhutan’s free universal education and healthcare. This payment is made to your licensed tour operator.
The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, but most of Bhutanese are fluent in English.
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.
We ask our all guest to cover a comprehensive medical and travels insurance policy that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
Tourist SIM cards can be purchased at the airport and from many local outlets throughout Bhutan. These operate in both Android and Iphones.