"Destination of the Travellers"

Bhutan Tour

tourim map BhutanThe Last Shangri-La on the Earth " The Land of Thunder Dragon" The kingdom of Bhutan is an exotic land of high mountains and lush valleys snow-clad peaks and clear running springs a pristine ecology and an incredible wealth of wild life. Hidden in the eastern Himalayas between India and Tibet. This sparsely populated country in of six hundred thousand people is the last surviving Mahayana Buddhist state.

 

Bhutan has remained a hidden secreted by the choice for many years. Now it has opened for the visitors and limited numbers of people are welcome to explore this fascinating and mysterious land.

Visa:
Foreign travelers must possess a visa for Bhutan, which is granted initially for 14 days. While the actual visa is stamped on arrival in Bhutan upon payment of US $20, visitors need to obtain visa clearance from the Tourism Authority of Bhutan (TAB) in advance. The visa can be extended in Thimpu for up to six months. The operator making your travel arrangements will handle the official formalities.

Access:

Druk Air, Bhutan's airline, operates flights to Paro from Bangkok, Kolkata, Dhaka, Kathmandu and New Delhi. The overland entry/exit point is from the Indian state of West Bengal into Phuntsholing in southwest Bhutan. Phuntsholing is four hours' drive from Bagdogra, the nearest Indian airport, and seven hours' drive from both Gangtok (Sikkim) and Darjeeling. The drive from Phuntsholing to Thimpu takes six hours.

Taktsang (Tiger's Nest)TARIFF
International Toursit Tariff is valid for all-inclusive package.

(1.) The daily tariff for the tourists visiting in a group of 04 PAX or more is approx.:
Cultural Tours/Trekking: US$ 240 per person per day (Minimum)

(2.) For individual and small groups of less than four PAX (04 PAX), there is additional surcharge above the daily applicable rates as follows:

Single person (01 Person) : US$ 40 per day
Group of 02 persons : US$ 30 per pax /day
Group of 03 persons : US$ 20 per / per day

(3.) The rates are inclusive of the following:
(a) Accommodation on the twin sharing basis with meals
(b) Transfers and sight seeing within Bhutan by a deluxe vehicle
(c) The services of the guide/porters/ponies wherever required
(d) Royalty & Taxes to the Govt.
(e) Monastery and Monument entrances fees if any.

AIR FARE
Departure from Y CLASS J CLASS
KTM-PBH-KTM US $ 420 (Round Trip)
"All Schedules, aircraft, seat configuration and other information are subject to change without prior notice. No responsibility will be assumed by the airline for delay, cancellation of flight or for missed connections."
For more details about the flights please see the website – http://www.drukair.com.bt
It is also possible to enter/exit Bhutan by overland transportation, stopping en route at Sikkim & Darjeeling (India).


Season:
March-May and September-November are the high season months, while June, July and December-February comprises the low season. Bring cotton or light woolen wears in summer (maximum temperature 30 degrees Celsius) and heavy woolens and down jacket in winter (minimum 1.1 degrees Celsius).

 

Travel TipS

Personal clothing: Strong, normal clothing (according to season), preferably cotton for summer and woolen clothing for evening and winter. For trekking, strong comfortable trekking boots, warm socks, sunglasses, headgear, raincoat, and warm clothing, including a down Jacket for higher altitude treks and for the evenings. A sleeping bag is a must (medium too heavy).

Note: for trekking, limit load to 25 kg.


Currency

The national currency is the Ngultrum (Nu). 100 Chetrum=1 Nu. Exchange rate is approximately USD 1=Nu. 45.85 (September, 2008). Indian Rupees circulate at par and is widely used except for the denomination of Rs 500 and Rs1000

American Express credit cards

VISA credit cards are accepted in few shops in the capital and important towns. American Express credit cards are accepted in few hotels and shops at a higher commission. Visitors are advised to carry traveler cheques (preferably American Express) with some cash (US Dollars)

Time Difference

Bhutan Standard time is 6 hours ahead of GMT. There is only one time zone through out the country. The time in Bhutan is 30 minutes earlier than India, 15 minutes earlier than in Nepal, and 1 hour later than in Thailand.

Electricity

230-240 volts, 50 cycles A.C. The current is variable. If you do bring electrical appliance, bring along an international converter kit with a set of adapter plugs.

Plugs and Sockets

Bhutan uses the standard Indian roundpin sockets which come in variety of sizes. Most European round pin-plugs work, but their pins are usually smaller than the Indian variety and fit loosely and provide an unreliable connection. There are plenty of Electrical shops in Thimphu whereyou can buy an adapter if you have any trouble plugging in an appliance.

Laundry

Hotals do the laundry, but vary few hotals have dryers. Same day service is possible depending on the availability of sunshine. There are few dry cleaners in Thimphu and Phuntsholing.

Communication Facilities

Reliable telephone and fax services are available in all towns in Bhutan. International connections are excellent. Internet cafes are few in number and available only in a few places. However most tourist hotels have internet connection. Prepaid SIM card can be purchased and you can use your mobile phones in most of the major towns in the country.

Health Information

No Vaccinations are currently required for travelling to Bhutan. However, Visitors coming from an area infected with yellow fever are required to get a yellow fever vaccination and must be administered at least ten days before arrival into Bhutan. Likewise, visitors arriving from a cholera infected should get vaccinated.

Cuisine

Bhutanese delicacies are rich with spicy chillies and cheese. Continental, Chinese and Indian cuisine is served in most restaurants. In Thimphu, there are more choices with restaurants specialized splely in Chinese, Thai, Italian and Indian.

Shopping

The country’s exquisite postage stamps, lovely hand woven fabrics, carved masks, woven baskets, wooden bowls, handmade papers, finely crafted metal objects, thangkha paintings are popular items purchased by foreign visitors. Buying and selling of antiques id strictly forbidden in the kingdom.

Gratitudes

In general, tipping is neither compulsory nor there is any fixed amount. It is dependent on how much the individual did to make your travel more enjoyable.

Winding Roads

The roads are winding and narrow by western standards. Since bhuatn is a mountainous country it takes time to travel from place to place. To travel 127 kms it may take 5 hours.

Altitude

The maximum elevation that you can reach on a Bhutanese road is 3150m in the west and 3750m in the east. There are rare cases where individuals have suffered from altitude problems

Photography

Bhutan is a photographer’s paradise. However, it is recommended to seek permission before you photograph people and places of interest.

Senior Travellers

Many visitors are senior citizens travelling in organized groups. Hotal guides and tour operators are all familiar with their needs and treat them with respect that the Bhutanese have for their elders. The primary precaution one should take is to have an ample supply of any special medicines, as they probably may not be available in Bhutan.

Smoking in public places

On the 17th December 2004, in keeping with the decision of the Bhutanese parliament, the nationwide ban on the sale of tobacco products was implemented making Bhutan the first country in the world to do so. The maximum amount of cigarettes that can be imported for personal consumption is 200 pieces. For other tobacco, the maximum import amount is 50 grams. For pipe tobacco, it is three tins of 50 grams each.

Smoking in public places which includes parks, discotheques, entertainment centers, sports facilities like football grounds and archery ranges, commercial centers including shops, bars and restaurants, institutions like Dzongs, hospitals, schools, and government offices, public transport carriers, public gatherings such as monastic festivals, official receptions, national celebrations, and vegetable markets is banned

 

INSURANCE

The purchase of medical, baggage and trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended in your home country before the commencement of your journey. Besides reimbursement of non-refundable air tickets, it should also cover the cost of rescue operations by helicopter in the event of an evacuation.



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