Where is Bhutan?
Bhutan is a tiny landlocked nation located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China.
Best time to visit Bhutan?
Visit anytime of the year – you won’t be disappointed indeed you will be blessed to experience Bhutan differently suppose say that you tare raveling to Bhutan during Spring this year and next time you can still travel to Bhutan in winter time coz winter has its own specialty. In case, if you plan to travel during the regular season there are fewer visitors & you will enjoy a more rewarding experience. We especially recommend June -July (summer) and December-March (Winter/Spring). If you are trekking you will need to generally travel in the peak season months for suitable conditions.
How do I get into Bhutan?
There is nothing much to worry about coz there are plenty of airports from where you can fly into Bhutan and on the other hand our representatives shall update you with the information’s which shall guide you on how to get into Bhutan. Some of the nearby and easiest flight you can take while coming to Bhutan is from Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai. At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, DrukAir and Bhutan Airlines. There is other option to get into Bhutan i.e. via Land. There are three entry points through which you can get into Bhutan and they are from Phuntsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar.
Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan?
All International tourists other than Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian requires a visa which must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator or one of their international partners. Visa clearance must be obtained through your tour operator prior to travel and without Visa clearance you cannot purchase air tickets to Bhutan.
What is the Bhutan visa validity?
Visas for Bhutan are initially granted for the duration of your stay in Bhutan. (As per your tour itinerary.)
Is my tour payment secure and how do I transfer it? How long it will take to reach Bhutan?
There is nothing much to worry about your payment because the Tourism Council of Bhutan is responsible for all regulations and monitoring of all travel agents in Bhutan. Upon receiving your payment, we further deposit the amount into TCB account in order to process your VISA and the money is withheld by the TCB until your departure. The only way to transfer your tour payment is by wire to Bhutan National Bank Limited account then to ultimate beneficiary M/s. Actual Travel Bhutan. It takes more than 3 working days to be credited your payment into our account.
Can I travel totally independently in Bhutan?
It is a government regulation that you must use a license Bhutanese Tour Operator to book your travel to Bhutan or one of their international partners to ensure safety and also to avoid unforeseen problem ahead. It is not possible to gain an entry visa for Bhutan unless you pre-pay for a pre-arranged land package itinerary with a licensed and approved inbound operator and pay the appropriate nightly tariff. Bhutan prohibits independent backpacker style visitors to maintain its strict cultural and ecological values. However please be aware you can enjoy a degree of flexibility during each day to hike, visit markets & villages and interact with locals as you wish.
Types of food served in Bhutan?
No need to worry about the food coz there are well trained chefs who cooks amazingly wonderful western cuisine. However coming to the Bhutanese cuisine chilli is an essential part of nearly every dish prepared in Bhutanese society and are considered so important that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal without spicy. Rice is the major portion of the meal and is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Pork, beef and chicken are the meats that are eaten most often. A wide selection of western and Indian food is also available in many of the restaurants around the country.
Is their internet available?
With modernization everything changed. However it wasn’t the case earlier until 1999 when internet was first introduced in Bhutan. At present, most of the Tourism certified hotels have a business centre to access internet facility. Other than that a few of the newer hotels now have wireless broadband and there are internet cafe’s in most of place. All of the luxury resorts & lodges offer a wireless internet facility however not necessarily in guest rooms.
What currency do I need to take?
Pleased be informed that the local currency Ngultrum (Nu.) is pegged to the Indian Rupee which is also accepted throughout Bhutan. We strongly encourage visitors to take in USD cash and/or travelers cheques which we recommend as a back-up in case ATM’s are not working. Take low denomination USD to cover any small daily purchases and use higher denomination USD for exchanging into Nu at local banks and also for guide/driver tips at the end of the journey. With the introduction of ATM’s in Thimphu & Paro in 2011 it is now possible to withdraw local currency via Visa & MasterCard credit & debit cards & Cirrus endorsed bank debit cards. Credit Cards are becoming more widely accepted too. Most hotels and many handicraft shops will now accept Visa & MasterCard and in some cases American Express. Please do note merchant fee surcharges on credit card purchases can be as high as 7% so it is wise to check this first before you use your card.
What will be the weather like?
Bhutan, like many countries in the world, is experiencing some climate change. Broadly speaking summers (June-mid-September) are warm, humid and wetter and winters (Dec-early March) cooler and dry. Winter nights are cold however the days are clear, sunny and surprisingly mild in the valleys and only averaging 2 snow falls per annum. The wettest month is August.
Is there a limit on the number of tourists that can enter Bhutan each year?
There is no limit on the number of tourists admitted into the country each year. In order to protect our culture, traditions and natural environment the government has adopted a strict policy of “High Value, Low Impact Tourism”. This policy is aimed at attracting discerning tourists that will respect the unique culture and values of the Bhutanese people while also providing the visitors with an unforgettable one of a kind experience.