Bhutan is a small, landlocked nation located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China. Its landscape ranges from subtropical plains and forests in the South to subalpine forests and snowy mountains in the North. Bhutan is a predominantly Buddhist country and is known as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism.
It is a government regulation that you must use a licensed Bhutanese tour operator to book your travel to Bhutan or one of their international partners.
All International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator. Visa clearance must be obtained through your tour operator prior to travel. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives may obtain a visa on entry.
For International tourist visas, a cost of USD 40 is applicable. This can be paid in advance to your tour operator or travel agent. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives, there is no cost incurred.
There are a number of airports where you can fly into Bhutan from (Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai.). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. Also, there are three land border crossings which you can travel into the kingdom overland. All crossings are along the Indian border only – Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar. All travel arrangements to Bhutan must be made through a local tour operator. A list of tour companies operating in Bhutan is available on this website. Your selected tour operator will make all the necessary arrangements.
The $200 per day (January, February, June, July, August) and $250 per day (March, April, May, September, October, November) package includes a minimum of 3 star accommodations, costs for food, an experienced guide and transportation within the country. Also included in the price is a $65 per day Sustainable Development Fee that goes towards free education, free healthcare and poverty alleviation. All of these services will be arranged by your tour operator.
Tourists travelling in a group of two (2) persons or less shall be subject to a surcharge, in addition to the minimum daily package rates. These are as follows;
The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved and cleared by TCB.
Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee which is widely accepted in the country.
Prior to your trip to Bhutan, you will be asked to transfer the full payment for your holiday.
Beneficiary Name Bank: Bhutan National Bank
Street name: Nordzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT
Ultimate Beneficiary BOOK BHUTAN TOUR
Account No: 0100021220001.
Street: Gongphel Lam Changzamtok,
Ashi Building No: 20
Postal Code: 11001
Tour programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:
There is no limit on the number of tourists allowed to visit in a year. In order to protect our culture, traditions and natural environment, the government has adopted a unique policy of “High Value, Low Impact ”. 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.
The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine is its spiciness. Chillies are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered so important that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that is not spicy.
Rice forms staple Bhutanese diet. It is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Pork, beef and chicken are consumed most often. A wide selection of western and Indian food is also available in many of the restaurants around the country.
Book Bhutan Tour is licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan, which is the Government regulatory body for tourism; it is also an active member of the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators. Licensed No: 1033320 and ISC Code: (ISIC-63040), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp: +975 17614054.
The Royal Government of Bhutan strongly follows to a policy of ‘high value, low impact’ tourism, which serves the purpose of creating an image of exclusivity and high yield for Bhutan. The principle of “high value, low volume” has been the overall tourism policy since 1974, which later changed to “High Value, Low Impact” in 2008.
As per the latest amendment made to the Tobacco Control Act of Bhutan in 2014, the following tobacco products are permitted to be carried for personal consumption:
800 sticks of cigarettes 150 pieces of cigars 750 grams of other tobacco products . A person shall be allowed to import only one tobacco or tobacco product at a time as stated above. A proof or receipt of tax payment shall be valid only for one month from the date of payment of tax.
Tax on import of cigarettes and other tobacco products depend on the place of import: Place of Import Tax India 100% Sales Tax Other Countries 100% Sales Tax 100% Customs Duty. Note: While in Bhutan, visitors must retain the tax receipt to present to, if you encounter any checking by Tobacco Control Inspectors. Source: Tobacco Control Amendment Act of Bhutan 2014.
A foreigner traveling to Bhutan is allowed to import the following (carried on person/accompanied baggage) items, free of customs duty: 2 liters alcohol 100ml perfume. Articles for personal use or as gifts and travel souvenirs up to a value of Nu. 10,000 (approx. US$ 150)
Import/export of the following items is strictly prohibited: Arms, ammunition and explosives. All narcotics and drugs except medically prescribed drugs Wildlife products, especially those of endangered species Antiques Import of plants, soils etc. are subject to quarantine regulations. Visitors are advised to be cautious in purchasing old and used items, especially of religious or cultural significance, as such items may not be exported without a clearance certificate.