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Tourist Info

Getting into Bhutan

BY AIR

Flights to Bhutan

Drukair  the national airline of Bhutan has flghts to/from Bangkok, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Singapore, New Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Mumbai and Gaya.

For more information on flight schedules and airfare visit: www.drukair.com.bt

 

Bhutan Airlines has flight to/from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kolkata and Kathmandu.

For more information on flight schedules and airfare visit: www.bhutanairlines.bt

 

We at Bhutan "Your Way" will handle all of the necessary flight arrangements for the Bhutan portion of your trip free of any charges.


Note: Kindly note that during the peak tourist season , especialy when there is festivals going on in Bhutan, flights normally get sold out very fast. Therefore, we recommend you get your flight tickets arranged as early as possible.

 

Tourist Tariff

Nightly rates (tariff ) for Bhutan

Tariff fees vary depending upon the group size, or number of people traveling together, and apply to all foreigners other than Indian, Maldivian and Bangladeshi nationals. And although the nightly tariff appears quite high, it in fact is quite reasonable as it is essentially an all-inclusive package...

INCLUSIONS
- All meals and water/tea/coffee in tourist-standard establishments
- The best available tourist-standard accommodations and/or farmhouse stays as you prefer on a twin-sharing basis (deluxe and luxury options are also available)
- A deluxe trekking experience if you're venturing into the great outdoors
- All activities and entrance fees for the sights, museums, and temples noted in your custom program
- Internal transportation in a private SUV or Hiace bus as you choose
- An experienced and very knowledgeable English-speaking guide and driver at your disposal 24 hours a day (other languages can be accommodated upon request)
- Government Royalty of $65 per person per night & all taxes
- Your Bhutan visa and all necessary route, culture, and trekking permits
- And personal attention with our signature perks for the entirety of your journey.

EXCLUSIONS
- Visa fee of $40 per person, Wire transfer bank charges, Airfare and expenses of a personal nature including but not limtited to alcohol, laundry, gifts, gratuities, telephone calls, Internet, spa treatments, etc

Further, we handle your airfare arrangements free of charge and other domestic and international arrangements as you require to ensure a worry-free holiday experience.

Kindly note, in keeping with Bhutan's GNH ("Gross National Happiness") policy, a portion of the nightly tariff goes to the government which in turn is used to fund free medical care, free education, and other welfare schemes throughout the Kingdom. Essentially, each visitor contributes to the betterment of the lives of the Bhutanese people.

Nightly Tariff per person (USD)
For travel through 31 December 2012 and applicable year-round (Jan-Dec)
For individuals (single travelers)
$290

For couples (2 people travelling)
$280

For 3+ people (3 or more people travelling)
$250

Trekking and long journeys
Additional surcharges may apply for trekking depending upon group size and desired trek. Small groups and single travelers may also be subject to pick-up and/or drop fees if entering/exiting overland, or for fast-paced tours which cover extensive distance in a short period of time, additional fees may apply.

Discounts & Specials
Children (accompanied by a parent)
5 years of age and under
 
6 - 11 years of age
discounted
(not subject to gov't royalty)
 
discounted
(not subject to gov't royalty)

Students
Full-time students of 25 years and younger after meeting certain criteria
25% discount on government royalty

Long stays
$32.50 off on nights 9-15
 
$65 on nights 15+

Large groups
12-15 people
 
17+ people
1 person - 50% off
 
1 person - 100% off

Getting to Bhutan by Land

Traveling to/from Bhutan overland

travel the expanse of the country on an overland journey

If you are exploring India or simply want to diversify your trip, there are two locations in which you can enter overland: Phuentsholing at the border of Jaigon, West Bengal or Samdrup Jongkhar at Assam.

 

PHUENTSHOLING

The nearest airport to Phuentsholing is Bagdogra (airport code IXB), also in the Indian state of West Bengal. The driving distance is 170 km over Indian roads, or approximately 4 hours of driving time. The cheapest way to travel this route is via taxi but we can also pick you up, or drop you off respectively, for additional cost.

Entering or exiting Bhutan via Phuentsholing is a recommended choice for your travel plans/routing as the drive is a relaxing way to see more of the country, and also allows the opportunity to see the immediate contrast in culture and pace of life between India and Bhutan. The 6-hour drive to both Paro and Thimphu from the border takes you from the lush green tea gardens of India through windy mountainous roads and into the heart of Bhutan; the entire journey offers breathtaking views of waterfalls and continually changing scenery.

SAMDRUP JONGKHAR (EASTERN BHUTAN)

Formerly open only for exiting, Samdrup Jongkhar is now open for entry and exit. If you plan to travel throughout Bhutan (west to east), you may find it easier and time saving to leave here into the Indian state of Assam. Or, if you have a limited amount of time, this provides fantastic opportunity to visit remote, less explored areas without the need for venturing into the western and central areas.

The nearest airport is Guwahati in Assam, approximately a 3 1/2-hour drive, which has connections with several of India's major domestic hubs. For your safety, entry/exit here is subject to stability in the Assam region.

Tourism Policy

Bhutan's policy on tourism

"low volume, high value" enables Bhutan to maintain its unique culture and protect its environment despite modernization

The Kingdom of Bhutan opened its doors to tourism only in 1974 under a regulated program. And in 1991, the Royal Government of Bhutan privatized the tourism industry to encourage increased private sector participation. Today, the number of tourists visiting the country continues to increase each year as Bhutan becomes better known globally.

The Royal Government of Bhutan has been always aware that an unrestricted flow of tourists can have adverse impacts on Bhutan’s unique culture and traditions and its pristine environment. Bhutan therefore adopted a policy of "Low Volume and High Value" tourism on the principle of sustainability, meaning that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable, and economically viable. Hence, tourists must arrange travel through a licensed Bhutanese travel agency and cannot travel independently.

Having restricted the flow of tourism right from the beginning, Bhutan is now a living museum, rich in culture, tradition, religion, history, and has successfully preserved its environment in its pristine form. Though there is no quota or limit on the number of tourists allowed to visit Bhutan, the volume of tourists visiting to Bhutan is regulated to a manageable level by the constraints of tourism infrastructure and the high tourist tariff set by the Royal Government of Bhutan.

 

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

protect yourself from the unexpected...

Travel insurance protects a traveler's vacation cost against cancellation and interruption while also providing medical, lost or damaged property, and travel delay coverage.

 

If you would like to protect yourself, your family, and your trip investment with travel insurance, please visit Bhutan "Your Way" Tours & Travel' recommended provider where you may compare policies, agents, and prices.


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Available protection options for your upcoming journey

Trip Cancellation – Reimburses travelers unable to take their trip due to Illness or death (of the traveler or a family member), weather, airline strikes, terrorism, bankruptcy, becoming unemployed, jury duty or their home being rendered uninhabitable due to fire/flood etc.

Trip Interruption – Reimburses travelers if they have to cut short their trip due to Illness or death (of the traveler or a family member), weather, airline strikes, terrorism, bankruptcy, becoming unemployed, jury duty or their home being rendered uninhabitable due to fire/flood etc.

Medical/Health – Reimburses medical and emergency dental costs. Almost all travel insurance plans work by reimbursing the traveler after they have paid locally for treatment. Claims are usually paid within 7 to 10 days. Pre-Existing conditions are covered by most policies if the policy is purchased within (at the most) 21 days from the date the traveler made the first trip payment (deposit).

Medical Evacuation – Provides emergency transportation to either a local hospital in the event the traveler is unable to get there by themselves or back to a hospital near the travelers home. If family members are covered on the same policy they can return home also.

Air Flight Accident – Covers death or dismemberment during an air flight only. Usually provides the highest amount of coverage due to a lower risk.

Common Carrier – Covers death or dismemberment while traveling on public transport such as, plane, ferry, train, bus or taxi.

Accidental Death – Covers death or dismemberment at any time on your trip. Usually provides the lowest amount of coverage due to a higher risk.

Travel Delay – Reimburses travelers for hotel, food or clothing expenses in the event of a flight delay. Some plans also cover costs associated with catching up to a cruise should a delay cause the traveler to miss embarkation.

 

Festival Dates 2015

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FESTIVAL

PLACE

DATES

1 Punakha Drubchen  Punakha 23 - 27 February
2 Punakha Tshechu Punakha 28 Feb - 02 March
3 Tharpaling Thongdrol Bumthang 05 March

4

Chorten Kora

Trashi Yangtse

05 March & 20 March

5

Gomphukora

Trashigang

27 - 29 March

6

Talo Tshechu

Punakha

27 - 29 March

7

Gasa Tshechu

Gasa

27 - 30 March

8

Zhemgang Tshechu

Zhemgang

27 - 30 March

9

Peling Tshechu

Wangdi Choling Palace, Bumthang

29 - 31 March

10

Paro Tshechu

Paro

31 March - 04 April

11

Rhododendron Festival

Lamperi, Dochula, Thimphu

18 - 20 April

12

Domkhar Tshechu

Bumthang

28 - 30 April

13

Ura Yakchoe

Bumthang

30 April - 04 May

14

Nimalung Tshechu

Bumthang

24 - 26 June

15

Kurjey Tshechu Bumthang

26 June

16

Haa Summer Festival

Haa

05 July

17

Masutaki Mushroom

Festival

Bumthang 22 - 23 August

18

Thimphu Drubchen

Thimphu

19 September

19

Wangdue Tshechu

Wangduephodrang

21 - 23 September

20

Gangtey Tshechu

Gangtey, Wangduephodrang

26 - 28 September

21

Tamshing Phala Choepa

Bumthang

23 - 25 September

22

Thimphu Tshechu

Thimphu

23 - 25 September

23

Thangbi Mani

Bumthang

27 - 29 September

24

Jhomolhari Festival

Jangothang, Paro

07 - 08 October

25

Chhukha Tshechu

Chhukha

20 - 22 October

26

Jakar Tshechu

Bumthang

21 - 23 October

27

Pemagatshel Tshechu

Pemagatshel

25 - 27 October

28

Jambay Lhakhang Drup

Bumthang

27 - 30 October

29

Prakhar Kuchhoed

Bumthang

28 - 30 October

30

Black Necked Crane Festival

Gangtey Gompa, Wangduephodrang

11 November

31

Mongar Tshechu

Mongar

18 - 21 November

32

Trashigang Tshechu

Trashigang

19 - 22 November

33

Jambay Lhakhang Singye Cham

Bumthang

25 November

34

Nalakhar Tshechu

Bumthang

25 - 27 November

35

Druk Wangyel Tshechu

Dochula, Thimphu

13 December

36

Trongsa Tshechu

Trongsa

20 - 22 December

37

Lhuentshe Tshechu

Lhuentse

20 - 22 December

38

Nabji Lhakhang Drup

Trongsa

25 - 27 December

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