Points to Bhutan
easiest way for visitors to enter Bhutan is by air on Druk Air,
Bhutan's national carrier and the only airline operating in Bhutan.
Druk Air's fleet consists of two British Aerospace jets, BAe 146s,
which are specially specially designed for Bhutan.
Flights to Bhutan are available from Bangkok in Thailand, Kathmandu
in Nepal, Delhi
& Calcutta in India, and Dhaka in Bangladesh several times each
week. Latest flight schedules are available on request.
On clear days the flight into Paro offers spectacular views of the
Himalayan mountain range, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga,
Chomolhari, Kula Kangri and many other peaks of the Himalayas.
Paro Airport, located in the mountains, is subject to the vagaries
of nature, and weather conditions sometimes prevent flight landing
and take off. Druk Air itself has an impeccable safety record, without
a single mishap since its inception in 1983.
We can book your air-seats in and out of Bhutan well in advance,
avoiding last-minute rush during the peak tourist seasons of Spring
Tourists wanting to combine a visit to Bhutan with Sikkim &
Darjeeling (or other places in India) can enter Bhutan by surface
through the border town of Phuentsoling. This is the only
other entry point to Bhutan other than flying into Paro airport.
In the reverse order visitors can fly into Bhutan and exit by surface
to India through Phuentsoling.
For those travelling to far Eastern Bhutan there is a option to
exit out of the country through the border town of Samdrup Dzonkar
to Guwahati Airport in Assam of India. Only exiting out of Bhutan
is allowed from here not entry. From Guwahati there are flights
available to Calcutta and Delhi.
Air, the national carrier of Bhutan, is the only airline that fly
in & out Bhutan's Paro
Air tickets will be issued only after your visa is approved by the
Home Ministry of Bhutan. To expedite this procedure, it is essential
that you send us all passport information required to apply for your
Bhutan visa (see below). The air-tickets cannot be issued until the
visa is approved - and this process takes a week or more.
visas have to be approved prior to your arrival in Bhutan. With prior
approval visas are then issued only on your arrive in the country,
either at Paro airport or (if by road) at Phuentsoling. Once your
are ready to confirmed your tour arrangements we will apply for your
visas. We need the following details in order to start applying for
Your full name (as it appears in your passport) -
02: Permanent address -
03: Occupation -
04: Nationality -
05: Passport number -
06: Date of issue and expiration of passport -
07: Date and place of birth -
Double check that the information is correct; if there are discrepancies
when you arrive in Bhutan, delays and complications can take place.
The actual visa is stamped in your passport only when you arrive in
Bhutan. You need to pay US$ 20 and present a passport photo with your
passport number written on the back. You will then receive a visa
for the period of your stay in Bhutan. We will process visa extensions
for you if they become necessary.
the major towns such as Thimpu, Paro, and Phuentsoling, comfortable
hotels await the visitor, while in smaller towns, modest, but adequate,
hotels, lodges and guest houses are available. Your tour agent should
ensure that the best available accommodations are arranged for you.
The Tourism Authority of Bhutan (TAB), regulates hotel standards and
all travel regulations in Bhutan. The cost of the accommodations are
included in the tour cost.
Bhutanese food is hot and spicy. For our visitors, however, Chinese,
Indian, and Continental fares are served. The more adventurous can
try the local delicacies like the tasty, but fiery, ematatshi,
the national dish of Bhutan, made with red chillis and cottage
are normally served buffet style in the hotels. On
trekking tours, we serve simple but nutritious and tasty dishes, freshly
cooked by our trained cooks. The daily tour cost includes all meals
while in Bhutan as well as other services, including trekking arrangements,
as required. Your only extra expenses will be mineral water, liquor,
laundry, souvenirs and optional tips to the guide, driver and hotel
use comfortable and safe Japanese cars, jeeps, vans and coaches to
transport our guests. The cost of transport is already included in
the daily tour cost. All our drivers are fully trained in safety and
are well experienced in driving in Bhutan. You will find that you
are more comfortable driving through the winding hilly roads of Bhutan,
where sane driving prevails, and drivers are unusually courteous to
each other, unlike in some of the neighboring countries.
will be accompanied throughout their stay in Bhutan by an English-speaking
guide and have a vehicle and driver at your disposal at all times.
All of our guides are trained by the Tourism Authority of Bhutan (TAB)
and licensed by the Government. Our trekking guides and cooks undergoe
an additional mountain guide training, including safety and first
aid instruction. TAB has received assistance from the Austrian Government
in the form of trainers and funds to establish the training programs
for tourist guides.
visit to Bhutan can be planned anytime of the year but the best
period is from mid-September to May. The peak seasons, when most
visitors come to Bhutan, are during the Spring and Autumn. Spring
is from April through June and Autumn from September through November.
There are many festivals during these periods, and visitors come
to take advantage both of the pleasant climate and the wonderful
festivals. However, Bhutan has limited tourism infrastructure and
during peak seasons facilities are packed. For those wanting to
avoid the busy tourist periods the winter months of December, January,
February, are recommended.
Tourism Authority of Bhutan (TAB) regulates all tourism related activities
in Bhutan. All tour operators are registered with them, and the TAB
also fix the daily tariff rates. Thirty-five percent of the daily
cost goes directly to the TAB and hence to the national treasury.
These funds are used by the government for the socioeconomic development
of Bhutan. Hospitals, schools, and roads are built and maintained
with the income. TAB has released a travel information booklet detailing
their role and the regulations by which all tour operators are governed.
normal rates for tours in Bhutan is as below:
-- 3 or more persons travelling together: US$ 200 per person
following surcharges are applied for smaller groups:
-- Two people travelling together - US$ 30 per night per person
-- One person travelling alone - US$ 40 per night per person
Contact us if you have any questions regarding the tour costs. The
daily rate may sound high at first, but remember that this includes
all your accommodation, all meals, guided tours, and all transportation
within Bhutan as per tour itinerary.
following list will cover your needs for a vehicle-based cultural
tour. Since you will be travelling in private vehicles, there is less
concern about weight than if you were transferring your own luggage
on and off various forms of public transport. There is a 20 kg (44
lb) weight limit (30 kg or 66 lb in business class) on Druk Air flights.
You should try and keep to this allowance. Even if you are willing
to pay for excess baggage, it travels standby and may be offloaded.
As with all travel, the less you carry, the easier it is to move about.
Casual clothes are fine, but please also do take along a set of dress-up
clothes (jacket and tie for men, dresses for women) for festivals
or in the likely event that you are invited to a Bhutanese home or
social function. Thimpu and other towns in Bhutan have a small-town
atmosphere, and you might easily find yourself in the company of a
high government official. If you have scheduled your trip during a
festival, you definitely should carry a set of dressy clothing. Bhutanese
people dress quite formally, and dirty jeans do not fit-in on such
Even in the summer, it can be cool in Bhutan, and it is downright
cold in winter. Days can be quite warm, especially in the lower regions
such as Punakha and Phuentsoling, and you could start off driving
in the cold of dawn and be uncomfortably warm by midmorning. Use a
layering system, starting with thermal underwear and adding a shirt,
pile jacket and wind-breaker (or parka) as necessary. If you are not
trekking, you will need:
(including thermals for cold weather)
Cotton skirt for women
Pile jacket or sweater - even in summer
Down jacket - in winter; not needed in summer
T-shirts or short sleeved (not sleeveless) cotton shirts *
Sneakers or walking shoes and socks
Sandals or flip-flops
Rain jacket (Gore-Tex if possible), otherwise a poncho or nylon
Dress-up clothes for festivals
All hotels provide sheets, blankets or quilt, and a pillow. Unless
you are trekking, you won't need to carry a sleeping bag. Most hotels
also provide some sort of heating in winter, either an electric heater
or a wood stove. The heating, plus the pile of blankets on your bed,
should keep you warm.
You will be outside a lot, much of the time at altitudes above 2,500
m (7,800 ft); so there is plenty of sun and wind. Bring a supply of
sun cream and lip protection, such as Blistex; these items are not
available in Bhutan.
There are several things that you should carry to make a trip to Bhutan
more comfortable. All of the following items are essential:
A folding umbrella; especially if traveling during the monsoons. Rain
is possible any time, and is almost certain from June through August.
Be sure to carry ear plugs (and spares) to reduce the noise from the
barking dogs at night. There are a lot of dogs in Bhutan as the Bhutanese
There are occasional electric outages throughout the country; so you
should always keep a torch (flashlight) beside your bed.
Carry a pair of sunglasses (as protection from high altitude
A Swiss army knife has many uses, such as cutting cheese and opening
Bring a small clock with an alarm to help you wake up, because not
all hotel rooms have telephones.
If you are on a cultural tour, it's OK to bring a hard suitcase, though
a soft bag is more versatile and easier to pack into the luggage space
of a vehicle. For those trekking in Bhutan a strong duffel bag as
luggage is best. You will also want a small rucksack (back pack) or
waist pack to carry your camera, water bottle and other essentials
in the vehicle and when you are walking around town or visiting monuments.
Once your tour or trek in Bhutan is confirmed we will provide you
with a detailed Pre Departure Information packet which contains
a list of recommended clothing & equipment along with many other
details that will help you prepare for you tour/trek in Bhutan.