HOW TO GET INTO BHUTAN

Everything you need to know about Bhutan? Prepare for trip to Bhutan. Here’s what you need to know.

PREPARE FOR TRIP TO BHUTAN

Everything you need to know about Bhutan? Prepare for trip to Bhutan. Here’s what you need to know.

TRIP TO BHUTAN

Prepare a trip to Bhutan. Here's what you need to know about Bhutan.

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How To Get Into Bhutan

There are two Airlines that operates inand out of Bhutan –Drukair (Also known as Royal Bhutan Airlines) is Bhutan’s National Airlines and TashiAirlines(Also known as Bhutan Airlines) is a private Airlines started operating since 2013. Drukair operates to and from Bangkok, Kolkata, Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Gaya, Singapore, Bagdogra and Guwahati and whereas Tashi Airlines operates flights to and from Bangkok, Kolkata, Delhi, Kathmandu and Gaya. You can either book your flights directly online or we can make bookings for you without any extra charges. We quote fares as given by the respective airlines. It is also possible to make entry or exit Bhutan by road via Phuntsholing(a small commercial town the south west border of India).Phuntsholing is 170km away from the nearest airport, Bagdogra in the state of west Bengal. One can also make an entry and exit from Gelephu(a small town town in the south) and from SamdrupJongkhar too, a small commercial town in the south east of Bhutan.

Visa Formalities

You need to make sure that your passports have atleast 6 months validityfrom the date of your travel and make sure you have spare page for your  visa. So to enter Bhutan you must contact local tour operator like us in advance to arrange your visa. To process your visa you need to send us a scanned copy of the identity page of your passport (preferably in colour). We will apply the visa on your behalf and once cleared we will send you a copy of visa clearance letter that you need to show at check -in counters in both the airlines from where you will board your flight to Bhutan and based on your visa clearance letter you will get the original visa stamped on your passport on arrival.

If you are Indian, Bangladeshi or Maldivian you will be issued a permit on your arrival and there is no need of visa. The Indian nationals would require either passport or voters card whereas the Bangladeshi and Maldivians need to have valid passport to process permit.

When To Visit Bhutan

The best time to visit Bhutan is in the spring season (March, April and May) and autumn season(September, October and  November). Spring is the best time to embrace nature with colourful blossoms, blue skies and moderate temperature . Autumn season is also cool and fresh with spectacular views of snow capped mountains. All trekkings and nature hikings are possible in the spring and autumn seasons with amazing views of the mountains but not in winter as the trails gets frozen and the passes gets heavy snow fall and in summer because of the heavy rainfall. In addition most of the festivals in Bhutan takes place in spring and autumn seasons.

Communication

In all the towns we have good 3G and 4G network facilities. When you are trekking the network will be bad and so when you drive between the valleys. If you would like to have local number, it is possible to get from the airport and towns. All the hotels have WiFi facilities in their rooms and lobby and the WiFi is provided free in all the hotels.

Guide and Transport Services

All the tour guides in Bhutan are licensed, trained and certified by the tourism council of Bhutan. Our guides are fluent in English, knowledgeable, punctual, humble, flexible, friendly and jolly.

We provide safe and comfortable vehicles made in Japan and Korea depending upon the group sizealong  with trained and licensed driver. For one or two people we provide SUVs 4WD cars such as Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and Korean cars like Tucson, Santa Fe, Creta, Terracan and Sorento. If you are travelling in a group of three or more we provide Korean Hyundai H-1, Toyota Hiace buses and Toyota coaster bus to explore the places.

If you want to use domestic air services to explore the places and avoid the long and bumpy drive, you can always opt for domestic flights. We have three domestic airports in Bhutan. One in Bumthang (central Bhutan), Yonphula (eastern Bhutan), Gelephu (southern Bhutan). You can feel free to choose the mode of transport during your stay in Bhutan and we are ready here at your service.

Accommodation

The accommodation in Bhutan ranges from traditional farmhouse to fancy five star luxury hotels. Our government has a strict rule on starred and budget hotels and all international touristmust be accommodated in a minimum of three star hotels. In recent years, several luxury hotels came up, including  Uma, TajTashi, Le Meridian, Amankora, Six Sense, Zhiwa Ling and TermaLingka resorts. For four and five star hotels you will need to pay additional premium on your standard tariff.

In eastern Bhutan the accommodation will be much simpler as we have very few hotels and we see very few tourist visiting there compare to the western Bhutan.

On trekkings we provide the visitors with waterproof tents(kitchen, dining, sleeping and toilet tent) and other necessary equipments for campings and trekkings. Bhutan does not have tea houses or lodges on trekking trails like in other countries, it is real wilderness trekking.

Weather and Clothing

 April, May, June, July, August and September will be warmer.  June, July and August months are monsoon season in Bhutan and we receive heavy rainfall, so the rain gears would be necessary in this season. Whereas in October, November, December, January, February and March will be cold, especially in the mornings and evenings and you need to bring warm clothes.

Food

The hot spicy chillis mixed with local cows cheese becomes the national dish of Bhutan often served with local red rice or white rice. We also serve side dishes with meats and fresh tasty vegetables. We can also prepare variations of EmaDatshi by adding fresh beans, spinach, potatoes, ferns, mushrooms, and asparagus.  Common meat items like pork, beef, chickens and fish are also available on the menu. Most hotels and restaurants in Bhutan serves in buffet style and offers range of cuisines from continental to Chinese, Bhutanese to Tibetan, Koreans and varieties of Indian cuisines. Besides this, buckwheat pancakes, noodles, Tibetan style momos(dumplings) and Bathubs are also available at your service if you have low appetite.

Money

The ngultrum (Nu) is the currency of the kingdom of Bhutan and currently the ngultrum is pegged to the Indian rupee at par. ATMs are available in major towns but you cannot always rely on the foreign cardholders and even if it works you need to have master visa cards to withdraw money. The best way is that you can bring cash dollars and exchange with local ngultrum (Nu) at the airport on your arrival or from the town. In almost all the major handicraft shops, hotels and restaurants you can do payments with your credit cards. You can use Indian rupees in Bhutan except 1000 rupee notes but you cannot use ngultrum (Nu) in other countries, so it is valueless once you board from the paro airport.

Dress Code

The national dress of Bhutan is gho (for men) and kira (for woman) and we Bhutanese dress up formally when we visit Dzongs, temples and monasteries. But as a foreigner you can wear casual jeans or long pants with full sleeves especially when you are visiting Dzongs in Bhutan. If not if you happen to wear shorts and skirts you won’t be allowed inside the Dzongs and such clothing’s are usually not appreciated in holy places.