The way to Bhutan:
There are two ways by which you can travel to Bhutan. Either by air or by the main roads. There are three entry points; One through Phuentsholing in the West-South, linking Bhutan with the Indian plains of West Bengal. The other one through the border towns of Gelephu, in the South-Central region and Samdrup Jongkhar, in the east, that links with the Indian state of Assam.
Entry from Phuentsholing is more convenient if you wish to tour Sikkim and Darjeeling before your tour in Bhutan. Drukair and Bhutan Airlines routes their services to and from Bangkok, Delhi, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Dhaka, and Singapore.
Best recommended route is through Paro International Airport by Drukair or Bhutan Airlines. Flights to Bhutan is one of the most spectacular airways in the entire Himalayas. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu crossing the highest mountains of the world or over the foothills from Kolkatta, each and every flight is a mesmerizing aeronautical feat and offers an exciting descent into the Kingdom.
Best Season To Visit
You can Visit Bhutan throughout the year. But in the month of July and August, it will be little wet for tours and trekking in Bhutan. Spring season (March, April, and May) and Autumn season (September, October, and November) are the best seasons to travel in Bhutan. Autumn is the season of festivals where you can witness various Bhutanese festivals and mask dances, and in Spring season is
Autumn is the season of festivals where you can witness various Bhutanese festivals and mask dances, and in Spring Season, beautiful flowers like Rhododendron blooms with clear blue skies for mountain scenarios.
How to get VISA
Arranging tours to Bhutan is not difficult as you assume. Once you get in touch with us, you need to produce Passports copies and necessary documents to process your visas. Your travel package will be arranged within few days which includes your Visa, Hotels, guides, transportations and other logistics.
Visa in Bhutan should be compulsorily arranged through any local tour operators in Bhutan (Rab-Zhe Tours and Travel is the registered agent of Tourism Council of Bhutan). No foreign missions or embassies abroad sanction tourists’ visas for the Kingdom of Bhutan.
As per the government regulations, you are required to make full payments in advance in the account of Tourism Council of Bhutan. We will never ask to make payments in our account but will be asking the electronic copy of your wire Transfer receipt.
Upon receiving the copy of the receipt and Confirming of full payment in Tourism Council of Bhutan’s account from your name, without any delay, we will process the visas with the Government and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It normally takes a maximum of one week to clear your visas. The Bhutan visa confirmation letter will be sent to you in advance and your actual Bhutan visas will be stamped in your passports on the strength of this confirmation letter on arrival in Bhutan.
You will have to carry this copy along with you always. Some airports do not allow you to board Drukair flights if you do not have this copy. For the visa application process, you will have to send scanned copies of your valid passport via email.
Tours & Trekking cost
Bhutan tour tariff is set by the government and it is mandatory for all the tour operators to provide this tariff to people wishing to travel to Bhutan.
All tariff is the same for cultural tours, treks, and any other special interests tours. Although all tour operators are registered by the government, there are some operators who often run tour below the government set tariff. This is often termed as “under quoting” and if the government comes to know, your visas will be revoked.
So be wise in choosing the tour company for your travel to Bhutan. Go through the Tour Operator Directory to check whether your Tour Operator is registered and recognized by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
The set Bhutan tour tariff is US $250 per night per person for high seasons months of March, April, May, September, October, and November. And US $200 per night per person for low season months of January, February, June, July, August and December.
If you travel in a group of fewer than three people, you are liable for the surcharge: US $40 per night for one traveler, US $30 for 2 travelers and there is no surcharge for three travelers and above.
The Minimum daily package covers the following services
- A minimum of 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
- All meals
- A licensed Bhutanese tour Guide for the extent of your stay
- All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
- Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours,
It also includes:
- All internal taxes and charges
- A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.
All tourists (excluding Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian passport holders) who wish to travel to Bhutan require a visa and must book their holiday through a Bhutanese tour operator. Rab-Zhe Tours and Travel is a valid registered travel agent of Tourism Council of Bhutan, we maintain licenses under Department of Trade and Industries, Ministry of Economic Affairs and we are the registered members of Association for Bhutanese Tour Operators.
We arrange tours by keeping with the Tourism Council of Bhutan’s policy of “High Value, Low Impact” tourism a Minimum Daily.
It has been brought to the notice of the Tourism Council of Bhutan Secretariat that some guests are booking their tours through unregistered Tour Operators and also making direct tour payments to the companies contrary to the official transfer channel.
Such arrangements have caused immense difficulties to both guests as well as this office. This office would like to inform and request all travelers planning their tours to Bhutan to make their reservations only through registered Tour Operators in Bhutan.