Bhutan is the Last Shangri-La and Himalayan Kingdom covered in stunning snowy peak mountains and shadowy alpine forest that offer picturesque landscapes. But, that’s not a end of its story, the best and unique thing about Bhutan is that it is the only country that is 72% covered in forests making it not only carbon-neutral but the world’s only carbon negative country. Moreover, Bhutan is such a place where Buddhist’s traditional culture gets together majestic fortress like monasteries and Dzongs, it is certainly a mystical and magical place to be and suitable for family vacation, honeymoon tour and even for adventure holidays.
Tourists other than India, Bangladesh and Maldives citizens need to obtain a Bhutan Visa Clearance prior to the travel to Bhutan. Visa is processed through your Bhutanese tour operator or any international travel agent/partner.
You will be required to send color copy of your passport (Photo Page) to your tour operator who will apply for your visa. The passport must be valid for at least 6 month from the travel date. Once the full payment of your package including visa fee has been transferred to the tour operator, Bhutan Visa Clearance will be processed by Tourism Council of Bhutan (TBC) within 72 working hours.
During the point of entry, you will be required to show your Bhutan Visa Clearance copy to the officer who will stamp into your passport with an entry details. No additional visa fee is required to pay at the immigration.
Bhutan Visa Clearance copy is approved by TBC along with your complete personal information and passport details. Your entry/exit details and places to visit have been clearly mentioned on the Visa Clearance Letter. So that it is required to bring the copy while boarding on and must be shown at the immigration of Bhutan along with your original passport.
The minimum standard daily package for tourists traveling to Bhutan in a group of 3 people or more is required to pay USD 250 Per night in high season (March, April, May and September, October, November) and USD 200 Per Night in Off Season (January, February, June, July, August and December).
The Minimum Daily Package of Bhutan covers the following services:
There would be some additional supplement cost per day is required if clients are doing multi-day trekking in the mountains.
As per the minimum standard daily packages, the category is hotel should be 3-star, if clients prefer to upgrade to 4 or 5 star hotels, the additional charges will be entertained (depends on the cost of the hotel). For the odd numbers of tourists (3, 5, 7, 9, etc), accommodation is provided on triple sharing room basis, if one requires single room, single supplement charge of USD 35 per night will be charged.
As per the minimum standard daily package, all meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner is included. Basically, breakfast and dinner is provided at the hotel and lunch is served en-route. Food is provided in a buffet system with several cultural local dishes. Soft or alcoholic drinks are not included in the packages and clients need to be paid by themselves.
The most unique feature of Bhutanese cuisine is its sharp taste. Chillis are an important ingredient of nearly every plate and are considered so essential that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that was not spicy. However, considering the taste of tourists, the menu does not include the spicy food, if one wants to taste the real spicy local food, he/she can request for it.
Based on the altitude, climate differs from semi-tropical to alpine (For every 1000 m height raise the temperature drops by about 7 degrees Celsius.