1. By Air
Bhutan’s only International Airport is located in Paro. Bhutan’ s national airline DrukAir operates regular flights from New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Mumbai, Bagdora, Bodgaya(seasonal), Kathmandu, Dhaka, Bangkok and Singapore. Bhutan Airlines operates from Bangkok, Kolkata, Kathmandu and Delhi.
2. By Overland
You can enter Bhutan through 3 points :- Phuentsholing and Gelephu in the South and Samdrup Jongkhar in the SouthEast. Bagdora Airport, in the state of West Bangal ( India) is the nearest airport about five hours drive from Phuntsholing.
Also Bagdora ( and it’s main town Siliguri ) is a convenient point for visiting the West Bengal region of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and the state of Sikkim.
Visa is required to travel to Bhutan. Visa is approved in advance and a visa clearance number is issued by the Department of Immigration under the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs. Without this visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country.
The copy of this visa clearance is forwarded to the concerned flight (DrukAir and Bhutan Airlines ) stations and other entry points by the concerned department. We also send the same copy to tour operators/tourists for their reference. A scanned copy in color of the original passport ( valid for atleast 6 months) should be sent through email to enable us to apply the visa on your behalf to the concerned government agencies of Bhutan.
Visa applications must reach Bhutan at least three weeks prior to your arrival date to allow time for processing.
How to send us your VISA details
With the new and simple process introduced by Tashel of Tourism Council of Bhutan all the interested guest need to send their valid passport scanned copy so that we will be able to process online with the information in your passport. Your passport need to have validity minimum of 6 months from the date of your Travel.
The tourism council of Bhutan will issue the Bhutan visa to Bhutan Dew Drop Travel only when they receive 100% wire tour payment in advance. Tourism council of Bhutan will hold the tour payment in their account and will release the tour payment to the tour operator’s account after deducting the Royalty and after the guest leave Bhutan.
Q: How and when to transfer the tour payment?
The guest has to deposit the full tour payment as per the tour invoice to the tour operators USD Bank accounts by wire transfer after confirming the tour package.
The depositor has to email or fax the Bank telegraphic transfer receipt copy.
Bhutan Dew Drop Travel will mail, fax, whatapps you back, the receipt copy of our Bhutan National Bank when we receive the transfer.
To wire transfer the Tour cost to Bhutan National Bank, from any Place outside Bhutan, Please request your Bank to remit money through Bhutan National Bank Ltd., Correspondent Bank as follows:
- Beneficiary Bank Account No: 0000081532029 (USD A/C)
- Beneficiary Bank : Bhutan National Bank. P.o box – 439
GPO Building, Chang Lam,
- Swift Code: BNBTBTBT
- Ultimate Beneficiary: Account No 0000081532029 (USD A/C) of Bhutan Dew Drop Travel maintained with BNB, Thimphu, Bhutan.
Q: How do I transfer my tour payment to Bhutan? Can I transfer payment via other banks also?
The only way to your payment to Bhutan is by bank wire to Bhutan National Bank Limited account then to ultimate beneficiary Bhutan Dew Drop Travel Yes! You can transfer the payments via other banks also but Standard Chartered Banks takes only 24-48 hours and the charges will be less also.
Q: How safe is bank transfer to Bhutan?
It is very safe to make tour payment transfer to Bhutan since the payment that you have deposited to the Bhutan National Bank is a bank where all the Government licensed tour company has its account, and which is registered with the Tourism council of Bhutan. The Tour payment will be duly deposited to Tourism Council of Bhutan(TCB) account where the TCB will withheld the payments to issue the visa and release it to the Tour operators only after the Guest leaves Bhutan.
100% received full tour payments have to be deposited to the Tourism council and the airlines account in the name of the transferor.
Q: How long will it take to reach Bhutan?
It takes more than 2-3 working days to be credited your payment into our account.
Also you are required to email/fax us bank transfer voucher/slip for necessary follow-up with the Bank from our end. We will also be sending you the receipt of the total payment which our bank has received, the payment transfer to Tourism council of Bhutan and airlines will also be forwarded to you.
Q: What are the Cancellations charges:
Tour programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:
(a) Within 30 days of the start of the tour programme: Free
(b) Within 21 days: 10% of the rate
(c) Within 14 days:15% of the rate
(d) Within 7 days: 30% of the rate
(e) Less than 7 days or cancellation without notice: 50%of the rate
(f) After arrival in Bhutan: 100%
Q: What about Travel Insurance?
The Government set package tariff do not include any Travel Insurance. It is imperative that tourists have full comprehensive insurance cover to protect against unforeseen accidents and mishaps.
The insurance policy should adequately cover baggage and travel delays etc., helicopter evacuation, transportation and medical assistance in case of treks. Currently in Bhutan we don’t have travel insurance so we advise you to do the travel insurance in your country.
Q: Are there any charges for Delayed Arrival / Departure:
There shall be no charge for the number of days of delay in departure of visitors due to weather conditions, Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines problems or road blocks. They will be charged only the actual expenses on accommodation, food, transport and any other services required.
The Royal Government of Bhutan since the inception of tourism in 1974 has adopted a very cautious approach to tourism growth and development. The Bhutanese tourism industry is based on sustainability. The principle being “Tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly; socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable”.
As per the kingdom’s policy – all tours in the country are in the form of an “all inclusive package tour‘. Independent travel is not permitted and tours need to be booked through a tour operator.
The ‘all inclusive pacakage tour‘ includes – accommodation in tourist standard hotels and lodges, meals, transportation, guides and museum fees. There are no restrictions on the number of persons travelling to Bhutan. Even individual travellers are welcome.
Clothing and Accessories
Comfortable clothing and sturdy, soft-soled shoes are essential for travel in Bhutan. Warm clothing is recommended; except for summer months, down jackets and woollen sweaters are suggested. In summer, heavy cotton and lightweight woollens will be acceptable. Altitude differences account for a wide range of temperatures from day to night the year round.
No vaccination is currently required for entry into Bhutan. However, if you are arriving from an area infected with yellow fever, you are required to have a yellow fever vaccination.
Bhutanese currency is Ngultrum ( Nu. ). The ngultrum’ is officially pegged to the Indian Ruppee. Indian Ruppee is acceptable all over Bhutan except for Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 denominations.
As of date, only American Express and Visa Cards are acceptable in the country and that too by very limited service establishments. We would also like to recommend all the travellers to bring along sufficient cash/travellers cheque for personal/shopping expenses.
Favourable time to visit Bhutan
This can be planned throughout the year, but best months are March, April, May, September, October and November. There are several festivals taking place during these months, offering an added attraction.
Winter in Bhutan is from mid November to mid March and at this time of the year, climate is dry and sunny for the most parts with perfect blue sky, temperatures peaking at around 15 degree celsius in the daytime and falling below zero at night.
Food and Drinks
Bhutanese food is generally good. Set meals for travellers tend to be on the bland side, because local food is heavily seasoned with red chillies and can be quite spicy.
However, the more adventurous ones can try the local delicacies like the tasty and fiery national dish of Bhutan. – Emma Datshi which is made with chillies and local Bhutanese cheese. Most hotels provide meals buffet-style.
There are usually Continental, Indian, Chinese and Bhutanese dishes. The food in hotels are often the best in town, but in main towns now there are few restaurants increasingly becoming popular. All tourists hotels have good selection of International and Bhutanese beverages.
In Bhutan, the tourist tariff is set by the Royal Government of Bhutan in an all-inclusive package structure.
*The Royal Government of Bhutan fixed the minimum package tariff for tourists visiting in a group of three persons or more are as follows:
1. For March, April, May, September, October and November = US $ 250 per person per night ( inclusive of Govt. Tax)
2. For January, February, June, July, August and December = US $ 200 per person per night (inclusive of Govt. Tax)
3. Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons are subjected to US $ 40 & US $ 30 per pax per night for 1 pax and 2 pax respectively.
4. Single supplement of USD 50 per person per night
5. Visa Fee of US $ 40 per pax for single entry will be applicable.
All rates and conditions applied above are subjected to change depending upon the policies of the Government which shall be intimated to you as soon as our office is notified officially about it.
NOTE: Above tariff is only for 3 stars accommodation and additional charge will be added based on the type of accommodation choice above 4 stars hotel.
Tour Programmes booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:
within 30 days of start of programme ~ no charges, , within 21 days ~ 10% of rate, within 14 days ~ 15% of rate.