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Getting into Bhutan

You can visit Bhutan any time of the year. Visitors tend to stay away during the Monsoon months of June, July & August when the weather is sometimes a little wet for sightseeing Due to wide range of temperature and climatic conditions, it is advisable to bring appropriate clothing. For protection against cold, layered clothing is better than a few thick ones, so choose your cloths accordingly. Cloths should preferably be made from natural materials, which allow the body to breathe better. You will be offending people if you walk around in skimpy or tight fitting cloths. Shorts are not welcomed and women are advised to wear skirts or loose trousers; men should not wear singlets. During visit of monasteries, Dzongs and religious institutions, one should not wear shorts & hats, caps or smoke.
Cottons and light woolens in summer (June to September) and Woolens and jackets the rest of the year. Rain gear for the monsoons and comfortable shoes.
 

Accommodations

The five star hotels are not available in Bhutan. Comfortable hotels and lodges built in traditional architectural style are available in the major towns. All tourists are lodged at the hotels approved and classified by the Department of Tourism. Western Bhutan has better hotels while in central and eastern part of the country, accommodations establishment are simple and offer minimum facilities.

Cuisine

Tourist hotels have a choice of Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and Continental food

Guides

Our guides are experienced and can speak English fluently. They are trained and certified by the Department of Tourism. Frequent refreshers courses are being conducted for the guides to update their knowledge.

Land Transportaions

We use Japanese imported Toyota cars and buses for the land transport within Bhutan.

Tipping

Although the system of ??give and take?? is always there in Bhutanese tradition, tipping is not compulsory. But if you would like to appreciate the services of our guides, drivers and other staff (while on trek) you may give them according to your will.

Toursim Policy

The tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability, meaning that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable. For this reason the number for tourists visiting Bhutan are kept to an environmentally manageable level through Government regulated tourist tariff.

The Royal Government of Bhutan has been strictly limiting the number of tourist coming to Bhutan so that traditional culture can be preserved. Bhutanese are highly religious people and therefore it is important to show respect and understanding for local customs, way of life especially while visiting religious institutions.

Currency

Bhutan??s currency is the Ngultrum (Nu) equivalent to Indian Rupee, which is also accepted in Bhutan. There are no ATMs in Bhutan, and credit cards are accepted only at a few high-end tourist shops. You cannot purchase Ngultrum prior to arriving in Bhutan, but you can easily buy Ngultrum at the Paro airport, at Bhutan National Bank and the Bank of Bhutan, and at major hotels in Thimphu and Paro, all of which accept traveler's checks and/or dollars and various other currencies. When visiting smaller towns, however, you should bring Ngultrum for your purchases, as it may not be possible to exchange your currency.


Planning The Tour--Six Steps to Plan Your Tour to Bhutan

1. Choose your Itinerary

Please see if you like any of the itineraries given in our website. We offer various cultural tours, trekking, festival tours, meditation tours, bird watching tours, textiles tours and adventure tours.
If you like something different, we can also customize based on your specific interest and timeframe.

 
2. Decide on your date of travel

For cultural tours you can visit Bhutan anytime of the year. Visitors tend to stay away during the monsoon months of June, July and August when the weather is sometimes a little wet for sightseeing.
For high altitude trekking, months of March, April, May, September and October are recommended. Low altitude trekking can be done in March, April, May & September, October, November, December, January and February.
There are many festivals throughout the country. .
 

3. Decide on your flight sectors

The Druk Air flies in and out of Bhutan from Bangkok, Delhi, Calcutta, Kathmandu and Dacca. For detail flight information, please visit the corporate website of Druk Air.
We will assist you in arranging your flights for in and out of Bhutan. The Druk Air tickets will be bought and sent to you in advance.

4. Contact Us

Send us an email and we will get in touch with you at the soonest.

5. Tour payment

Confirmation of your tour is subject to full advance payment. Once we receive your payment we will process your visa and the copy will be sent to you. We will also arrange your hotels, transport and guides.
If you wish us to arrange your Druk Air flights, you may need to send the tickets cost with the tour payment.

6. Start packing and board the plane for adventure in Bhutan!


Getting To Bhutan

Druk Air is the only airline operating in Bhutan. As Druk Air flight can be delayed because of weather, it is advisable to keep a 24-hour gap before any onward international connections.
There are two overland entry/exit points. One is from the Indian state of West Bengal into Phuntsholing in southwest Bhutan. Four hours drive from Phuntsholing will take you to Bagdogra in the state of West Bengal (India) which is the nearest airport from from Phuntsholings. Phuntsholing serves as a convenient point for the travelers wishing to visit the Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal along with Bhutan. The drive from Phuntsholing to Thimphu takes six hours.
The other point is Samdrup Jongkhar in the southeast, 110 km from Guwahati, India. An Inner Line Permit to enter Assam will also be required to enter/exit through Guwahati. Tashigang is six hours' drive from Samdrup Jongkhar.

The best way to enter Bhutan is by Druk Air. The following cities are connected to Bhutan with Druk Air flights.
India: Delhi (DEL) and Calcutta (CCU)
Nepal: Kathmandu (KTM)
Bangladesh: Dhaka (DAC)
Thailand: Bangkok (BKK)
Burma: Rangoon (RGN)
 

Delayed Arrival / Departure

There shall be no fixed charge for the number of days of delay in arrival of visitors due to weather conditions, Druk Air problems or road blocks except for minimum charge on hotel cancellation, transport and guide.
There shall be no charge for the number of days of delay in departure of visitor due to weather conditions, Druk Air problems or roadblocks. They will be charged only the actual expenses on accommodation, food, transport and other services required.
 
 
Tourism Development Fund 

All tourists are required to pay US$ 10 per visit as Tourism Development Fund.
Land cost cancellation policy
Tour programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as below:

Within 30 days of the start: No charge
Within 21 days: 10% of the rate
Within 14 days: 15% of the rate
Within 7 days: 30% of the rate
Less than 7 days: 50% of the rate
Cancellation without notice: 50% of the rate
After arrival in Bhutan: 100% of the rate
 
 
 
Druk Air Cancellation Policy 

For the airfare portion of your tour, you will be subject the cancellation rules set by Druk Air for purchased tickets as follows:

Cancellation of Druk Air tickets regardless of season or number of days prior to departure are subject to at least a 15% penalty of the airfare price.

During the peak season (March, April, May, September, October, November) Druk Air cancellations made 60 days to 30 days before departure are subject to 50% penalty of the airfare price.

Cancellations made within 30 days prior to departure are not eligible for a refund.
During the low season (December, January, February, June, July, August) Druk Air cancellations made 21 days to 14 days before departure are subject to 50% penalty of the airfare price.

Cancellations made within 14 days prior to departure are not eligible for a refund.
Passengers who fail to show up for a flight will not be eligible for a refund.
Lost tickets are nonrefundable.

Passengers who reschedule their flights will be subject to the following rebooking fees:
-- 48 hours before departure: $11
-- 36 hours before departure: $22
-- 24 hours before departure: $33