FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I am not sure where Bhutan is?

Bhutan is a small Buddhist country in South-East Asia. It is known as the last ‘Shangri-La’ on earth, the land of thunder dragon. Bhutan is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by India. It is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim and Bangladesh by the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal.

How do I book my travel to Bhutan?

You can use any licensed Bhutanese tour operator to facilitate your travel to Bhutan.

Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan?

Yes & No. International tourists coming to Bhutan need pre-arranged visa. However, if you are a national of India, Bangladesh or Maldives, you may obtain visa on arrival. However, according to Kuensel, the national newspaper of Bhutan (02.10.2015), “the proposed online permit system for regional tourists will be operational by the end of this year with testing beginning this month, Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) officials said. TCB and the department of information have been working on the system”.

How do I arrange my Bhutanese visa?

You just have to correspond with any registered tour operator in Bhutan, probably Rewotala Holidays, about your plan to come to Bhutan and your visa will be processed from Bhutan.

Do I have to pay for my visa?

International tourist visa costs USD $ 40 and has to be pre-arranged.

Where would I send the advance payment for my trip to Bhutan?

You will send it directly to government’s account through your travel agent. The payment only comes to your tour operator once the tour is complete.

What all should I expect from the cost of my travel package?

There are two packages, low season ($200/ person/day) and high season ($250/person/day). The package includes:

Government royalty of $ 65/day

Pick up from and drop to airport

3 star hotel accommodation

Meals

Travel guide

Transportation

How about my accommodation in Bhutan?

Your package includes 3 star accommodations. However, you can prefer to stay in luxury to deluxe hotels with extra cost.

How would I enter Bhutan?

You can come to Bhutan by Air or by Road. If you wish to fly into Bhutan, you can do this either from Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Singapore. If you do so you will land at Paro International airport- the only international airport in Bhutan. Then, normally it takes one hour drive to reach Thimphu-the capital city.

If you wish to enter Bhutan by road, you will have to do it from the Bhutan –India bordering town of Phuntsholing or from Samdrupzongkhar.

Do international flights come to Bhutan?

No, only the national airline of Bhutan-Druk Air and a private airliner-Tashi Air operate in Bhutan.

Where could I change my money to local currency in Bhutan?

You can do this at Banks and it doesn’t take much time. Ngultrum (NU) is the Bhutanese currency. The exchange rate of 1 USD against Nu is around 65.

When is the ideal time to visit Bhutan?

March to October is warm. November to February is usually cold with snowfall sometimes in December -January.