Though many factors affects when you plan a trip to Bhutan, we would like to list the most important information that can help you understand how your travel to Bhutan can be achieved effortlessly.
Bhutan Tourism industry is monitored by Tourism Council of Bhutan and strictly follows “High Value, Low Impact” policy. All registered and license travel agent should follow this policy when preparing holiday package for their guest. This policy is implemented to ensure all Bhutan holiday packages are pre-arranged prior to arrival of the guests in Bhutan. This means, hotel, guides, vehicles, meals and itinerary should be fixed and approved by guest. To ensure this procedure is followed, minimum daily price has been identified by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
For peak tourist season: March, April, May, September, October and November – US $250/night per person is chargeable.
For non-peak tourist season: December, January, February, June, July and August – US $200/night per person is chargeable.
Minimum daily package may sound expensive at first but this daily tariff covers everything required when you are in Bhutan. This includes:
Additional charges may occur if you upgrade your hotels to 4 stars or 5 stars and for all personal expenses not mentioned in the cost include head. You will be charged $40 (One time) for applying Bhutan VISA. This amount is deducted by Tourism Council of Bhutan for processing your Bhutan VISA.
If you are travelling alone or with a friend, you might be charged additional Surcharge as this charge is applicable for single or 2 traveller in group. Three or more in a group is exempted from surcharge.
Once you have finalized your date to travel to Bhutan and paid all your holiday charges, your travel agent will apply VISA online. This process usually takes not more than 5 to 6 days for your Bhutan VISA to be approved and endorsed by Tourism Council of Bhutan. The printed copy of VISA can be provided to VISA officer when entering to Bhutan.
Tourist visit Bhutan all year however, you can visit Bhutan depending upon the activities you choose for Bhutan. Bhutan cultural tours can be favorable all year however we recommend to avoid the monsoon season (July and August) for its rain and December and January for its cold. If you plan a trip to Bhutan for cultural tour, we recommend you to coincide your travel dates with one the festival, so you can witness exotic display of Bhutanese culture and tradition. You will also get to interact and understand the mindsets of Bhutanese as you observe crowd gathered from various locations of the nation.
April and May month in spring season and September and October in autumn season is considered the best season for trekking in Bhutan. This season displays clear blue sky and minimum rainfall which enables trekkers to see wide Himalayan ranges and beautiful nature in its peak. This ensures absence of weather related obstacles. View trekking packages.
If you are in Bhutan for short stay, Paro, Thimphu and Punakha are the most popular destination where you can visit most iconic temples, monastery and cultural hotspots. Though these three places can take up your time, we urge you to squeeze in few more days to visit Bumthang. Bumthang; often known as Switzerland of Bhutan, beautiful landscape and traditional touch of the place is truly rejuvenating. Travelling to Bumthang can take up a whole days but you can cut it short with domestic flight flying directly from Paro to Bumthang, this will avoid long day worth journey through valleys and sweeten your stay.