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Travel Information

All travel in Bhutan is organized on a pre-planned and pre-paid basis and must be arranged through a local travel company. Journey to Discover Bhutan, handles the whole booking process on behalf of our guests, including flights, Bhutan Visa, Accommodation, Transport, Guide,Sightseeing etc.
COVID-19 UPDATES:
Quarantine is lifted and Bhutan is now open up for tourism.

Getting into Bhutan

Flight Map

By Air

Flights Around the Clock

On strict schedules fret not just state your preferred date of departure and we’ll make it happen. Travel by Air The Country has so far only one international airport that caters the needs of visitors coming through flight. Druk Air and Tashi Air are only two airlines that operate in Bhutan. Flight schedules vary according to seasons. The airlines operate additional flights during the peak travel seasons.

They are connected to following cities:
Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi, Mumbai, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Guwahati.

Land Map

By Land

Bhutan is also accessible by land through three entry points:
1-Phuentsholing
2-Samdrup Jongkhar and
3-Gelephu.


Bagdogra, is the nearest Indian airport and it takes approximately four hours drive to Phuntsholing (174KM) Entry and exit to Bhutan by road also provides an opportunity to tourists desiring to visit the neighboring Indian States of Assam, Sikkim and West Bengal.

Terms & Conditions

Tour programs booked and subsequently cancelled are subject to a cancellation charge as follows:

  • Within 30 days of start of programme – No charge
  • Within 21 days – 50% of the rate
  • Within 14 days – 70% of the rate
  • Less than 14 days and after your arrival in Bhutan – 100% of the rate

Delayed arrivals: There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or roadblocks.

Visa Approval Guaranteed

We boast a 100% approval rate when it comes to getting Visa’s for our clients. To enter Bhutan, you are required to have a VISA except for Indian, Maldivian and Bangladesh.

Bhutan Visas are not issued by any Bhutanese Embassies abroad and NO Visa is entertained upon arrival. It is mandatory to get visa for Bhutan in advance before departing Bhutan. Journey to Discover Bhutan is Local licensed Tour Operator authorized to organize Bhutan Visa and we boast a 100% approval rate when it comes to getting Visa’s for our clients. In order to help us to process your Visa, you are required to submit us:

  1. The Scan Copy of Passport in colour
  2. Passport must have minimum validity of six months from the intended date of departure from Bhutan
  3. Recent passport size photo
  4. Valid travel Insurance


It normally takes 1 Week working days to approve the visa. Visa fee of US$ 40 per person should be send along with the tour payment.

Bhutan Tourism Policy

With the New Tourism Policy 2022, the following has bee changed:

The Minimum Daily Package fee and Surcharge has been removed. The Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) has been increased to US $ 200 from US$ 65 per person per night. (which goes towards social welfare programs, conservation of environment and the improvement of infrastructure and facilities for tourist in Bhutan).

How much will tourists have to pay, now ?

If visitor comes for sightseeing tour, trekking the full package which includes standard lodging, guide, transportation, meals and SDF will cost approximately as follows:

  • Organized groups:  350 USD per person night
  • Couples:  370 USD per person per night
  • Solo travelers: 390 USD per night

Booking Procedures – To book your trip, 70% advance tour payment must be made via bank transfer in advance. Services are confirmed subjected to advance payment only.

Package cost includes following service as follow:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in 3 Stars Hotels
  • All the meals
  • Very Comfortable transport – SUV/Mini Bus/Coaster Bus within Bhutan
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Bhutan Visa and all the inland permits
  • Extensive sightseeing & touring
  • Government royalties and taxes
  • Mineral water during the journey

Package cost does not include.

  • Airfare
  • Entrance fee to historic monuments
  • Travel & Medical Insurance
  • Drinks/Beverage
  • Laundry,
  • Tips

Single Room Supplement:US $ 45 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.                                                                                                                                        

Trekking Supplement: US $ 30 per night halt per person.                                                             

NO HIDDEN COSTS: We take honesty and integrity very seriously. Our prices are transparent to ensure complete trust. All meals with daily mineral water, Visa Fees, Entrance Fees & Taxes to all sightseeing. No additional Payment required.

Accommodation

Hotels and lodges built in the traditional Bhutanese style are found in all major towns. Accommodation will always include rooms with private baths (toilet and shower), heating appliances, daily linen service, and food. In eastern and central Bhutan, accommodation is simple with access to basic facilities. Journey to Discover Bhutan will select the best available hotels for your stay.

Clothing

Between late May and early October, it is summer, with temperatures ranging from 5-270C (40–800F). Monsoon is from June to August. Light layers of natural or synthetic fabrics are recommended, with heavier outer layers, such as sweaters or fleece jackets, for the evening. A light raincoat or umbrella is useful and waterproof gear recommended for longer treks

Communication facilities

Telecommunication facilities are available across the country, although overseas mobile phones will not operate. If constant communication is required, we recommend the use of a satellite telephone. With the introduction of Internet in 1999, visitors can also access the same in all major towns and cities.

Beverages and drinks

Bhutan is known across the world for its excellent production of beverages and drinks. Alcohol is widely available at reasonable prices. In rural areas you can get home brewed ara. Imported beverages are also served at hotels. Bottled mineral water is available throughout the country.

Food

Bhutanese dishes are rich, with spicy chili and cheese flavours. Hotels offer a choice of Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and Japanese dishes, as well as some continental ones. Other food will also be made available to accommodate your preferences if given advanced notice.

Banking/credit card

You can avail services and facilities while in Bhutan at banks like BoB, BNB, Druk PNB and T-Bank. SMS and Internet banking facilities are also available. ATM facilities are available now in Bhutan. Traveler’s Cheques may be easily withdrawn and exchanged for local currency.

Walking conditions

Our walks and treks are mostly on established trails, and there are no particularly difficult sections, although some trails are steep and rocky and can be muddy and slippery after rain. Boots with ankle support and a trekking pole are recommended.

Insurance

In order to protect against unforeseen accidents and mishaps, it is advisable to have travel insurance policy from your country. The policy coverage should include helicopter evacuation and medical assistance, among others, since such policies are not available in Bhutan.

Equipment and Clothing

In addition to your normal daily clothes, you will need to bring the following items: backpack, warm jacket, good leather or waterproof fabric boots or shoes with good soles, waterproof jacket, sunglasses, warm hat, sunhat, sunscreen.

Power And Electricity

Electricity is available in all towns frequently visited by tourists. The voltage supply is 220/240V. Tourists, intending to carry electrical appliances, are advised to bring a converter with an adapter kit.

Currency

The currency of Bhutan is the Ngultrum (Nu), which is pegged to the Indian Rupee (Rs). Major currencies and Traveler’s Cheques can be exchanged in banks and some hotels.

Health Information

Good health facilities are available in major towns. However, it is advisable to drink only bottled water while in rural Bhutan. For trekkers, it is most important to acclimatize to higher altitudes.

Customs

Please note: The sale and consumption (in public) of tobacco is banned in Bhutan. While visitors can still bring in cigarettes for their own use, the items will attract a duty of 200%.

Local Time

Local time is 6 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), 30 minutes ahead of India, and 1 hour behind Thailand. There is only one time zone across the country.

Safety

Bhutan is a safe place with almost negligible crime rate. Towns and cities are safe to roam without any danger.

Transportation

In order to ensure your conformable travel, Journey to Discover Bhutan has a fleet of Japanese imported vehicles.

Essential for treks

Four-season sleeping bag, torch, backpack, towel, thermal underwear