Quick Guidelines for your Trip to Bhutan
Bhutan is a tiny landlocked nation located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China. Its landscape ranges from subtropical plains and forests in the south to sub-alpine forests and snowy mountains in the North. Bhutan is a predominantly Buddhist country and is known as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism.
Visit anytime of the year - you won't be disappointed indeed you will be blessed to experience Bhutan differently suppose say that you tare raveling to Bhutan during Spring this year and next time you can still travel to Bhutan in winter time because winter has its own specialty. In case, if you plan to travel during the regular season there are fewer visitors & you will enjoy a more rewarding experience. We especially recommend June - July (summer) and December-March (Winter/Spring). If you are trekking you will need to generally travel in the peak season months for suitable conditions.
All International tourists other than Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian requires a visa which must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator or one of their international partners. Visa clearance must be obtained through your tour operator prior to travel and without Visa clearance you cannot purchase air tickets to Bhutan.
The cost of the international tourist visas applies USD $40. This can be paid in advance to you tour operator or travel agent. There is no cost incurred for Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives.
There is nothing much to worry about because there are plenty of airports from where you can fly into Bhutan and on the other hand our representatives shall update you with the information's which shall guide you on how to get into Bhutan. Some of the nearby and easiest flight you can take while coming to Bhutan is from Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai. At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, DrukAir and Bhutan Airlines. There is other option to get into Bhutan i.e. via Land. There are three entry points through which you can get into Bhutan and they are from Phuntsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar.
There is nothing much to worry about your payment because the Tourism Council of Bhutan is responsible for all regulations and monitoring of all travel agents in Bhutan. Upon receiving your payment, we further deposit the amount into TCB account in order to process your VISA and the money is withheld by the TCB until your departure. The only way to transfer your tour payment is by wire to Bhutan National Bank Limited account then to ultimate beneficiary M/s. Exotic Vacations Bhutan. It takes more than 3 working days to be credited your payment into our account.
Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee which is also accepted as legal tender. However Indian notes in 500 and 1000 denominations are not acceptable.
It is a government regulation that you must use a license Bhutanese Tour Operator to book your travel to Bhutan or one of their international partners to ensure safety and also to avoid unforeseen problem ahead. It is not possible to gain an entry visa for Bhutan unless you pre-pay for a pre-arranged land package itinerary with a licensed and approved inbound operator and pay the appropriate nightly tariff. Bhutan prohibits independent backpacker style visitors to maintain its strict cultural and ecological values. However please be aware you can enjoy a degree of flexibility during each day to hike, visit markets & villages and interact with locals as you wish.
No need to worry about the food because there are well trained chefs who cooks amazingly wonderful western cuisine. However coming to the Bhutanese cuisine chili is an essential part of nearly every dish prepared in Bhutanese society and are considered so important that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal without spicy. Rice is the major portion of the meal and is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Pork, beef and chicken are the meats that are eaten most often. A wide selection of western and Indian food is also available in many of the restaurants around the country.
There is no limit on the number of tourists admitted into the country each year. In order to protect our culture, traditions and natural environment the government has adopted a strict policy of "High Value, Low Impact Tourism". 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.