Visitors Info


Tourist Tariffs

The tourist tariffs (not applicable to the citizens of India, Bangladesh & Maldives) are set by the Royal Government of Bhutan ensuring the policy “HIGH VALUE, LOW VOLUME” remain intact and that Bhutan has a sustainable tourism towards the future and that the values and traditions of the country remain intact for the visitors of the future to the country.

The minimum daily package rates:

  • US $ 250/ per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November.
  • US $ 200/ per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August and December.
  • Note: SDF (sustainable development fee) of US$ 65/ per person per night is included in the above package rate which goes to the Government.
  • NOTE : For visitors from India, Bangladesh & Maldives, please write to us separately at travelbcat@gmail.com for cost and travel arrangements.

Surcharges:

  • Additional surcharges are applicable over and above the daily package rates for tourists visiting in a group of two or less than two persons or more (irrespective of the seasons) are as follows :
  • Surcharge for 01 person = US $ 40/ per night
  • Surcharge for 02 person = US $ 30/ per person per night

Visa Fee:

  • A one-time fee of US$ 40/ per person is applicable as the visa fee (single entry visa).

Reservation Policy:

  • All reservation has to be sent through email.

Conditions:

  • As per the tourism policy of Bhutan, the tour payment has to be made in advance – prior to arrival in the country and without which the Government will not approve the visa. The payments are monitored as they are routed through the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB). The payments must be wire transferred to us as per our details which we will provide upon confirmation of the arrangement of the tour.
  • The package tariffs are inclusive of accommodation and meals in a minimum of 3 star accommodation along with all the meals (in buffet). Inland transport throughout the trip, a licensed English speaking local tour guide, visa and other travel permit within Bhutan. During the trek, the nights would be spent in a tented campsite and meals would be provided as per the standard norms of the Government.
  • Comfortable vehicles will be provided as per the size of the groups for the trip. Similarly, pack ponies/yaks will be provided for individual groups to carry the luggage and equipment.
  • The tariff remains the same for any type of tours irrespective of the kind of night halt arrangements. For tours with trekking included, extra charges will apply according to the size of the group.
  • Cancellations:
  • Within 60 days: Cancellation Fee is 35% of the rate.
    • Within 40 days: Cancellation Fee is 45% of the rate.
    • Within 30 days: Cancellation Fee is 55% of the rate.
    • Less than 25 days or cancellation without notice: Cancellation Fee is 100% of the rate.
    • Flights once booked and confirmed will not be refundable.
  • DELAYED arrival or DEPARTURE due to bad weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks will not invite any cancellation charges. However, is such cases, the clients will have to bear for accommodation, food, transport, guide and other related services.

Visa for Bhutan

Visa is required to visit Bhutan and it has to be arranged through a local travel agent registered with the Government of Bhutan, before arriving into the country. BCA Travel will assist in obtaining the visa. A scanned copy of the page with photo in colour of the passport with minimum validity of six months at the time of travelling in Bhutan would be enough to process the visa. Please note that the same passport has to be used at the time of travelling to Bhutan.

As per the tourism policy of Bhutan, the tour payment has to be made in advance and without which the Government will not approve the visa.The payments are monitored as they are routed through the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB).  

For visitors from India, Bangladesh & Maldives, though visa is not required, passport with at least six months validity will be required to travel to Bhutan. You will have to avail an entry permit at the point of entry with which you would be allowed to enter Bhutan for specific number of days as per your travel plan. Please write to us at travelbcat@gmail.com for more information and travel arrangements.

Coming to Bhutan

You can enter Bhutan either through air or by land.

Via AIR

The country’s only airlines, Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines has connection to some of the major cities like Bangkok in Thailand, Kolkata and New Delhi in India, Kathmandu in Nepal. We will assist you with the flight reservations for you in any of the two airlines while you will have to make your own arrangements for your international flight connection.

For more information on Druk Air, flight schedules, prices and updates, please visit www.drukair.com.bt

For more information on Bhutan Air, flight schedules, prices and updates, please visit www.bhutanairlines.bt

Overland

Bhutan is accessible through road also. Phuentsholing, an important business hub of Bhutan is located in the south-west border town to India. Siliguri is the nearest connecting city in India to Phuentsholing in Bhutan. Samdrupjongkhar located in the south-east border town to India is also another option. This town mostly serves to visitors coming from Guwahati, one of the important city of North-east India.

Weather

The year starts with winter in Bhutan. January and February would be cold and there might be occasional snowfall with light rains. Although cold, March won’t be as chilly as its earlier months. The temperature would start increasing by April followed by monsoon and heat during June till late September.  While the northern part of Bhutan gets nominal rain during the monsoons, the southern part of Bhutan experiences very heavy rainfall.

Favorable Time

While the spring months of March and April brings you the flowering season with endless varieties of flowers, the autumnal months of October and November showcases scenic beauties and festivity around the Kingdom.  Monsoon has its own charm as well with lots of greeneries to see and people busy with their work in the field.

Health

Though, for Bhutan, no vaccinations are required however, it may be equally advisable for all the visitors to consider availing one as a precaution before leaving their country. Carrying one’s own medicine especially if he/she is under medication is most necessary.

Healthcare facilities are free in Bhutan. Just about a couple of private clinics has been introduced and they are available only in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

Currency

The local currency is called Ngultrum and the value is at par with the Indian Rupee. Except for denominations of Rs. 500/-, Rs. 1000/- and Rs. 2000/-, rest of the denominations are acceptable in Bhutan.  You could also use VISA and the MasterCard for their local expences at some of the stores here in the country.