Book your trip

For ensuring your smooth planing trip it is advisable to book your holiday several months in advance.Since tourism started relatively recently in Bhutan, tourist infrastructure is still limited. There is also a limited number of flights in and out of the country. This means that peak season can be quite busy, so the earlier you book, the better chance we have of securing flights and good hotel rooms for you.  At festival times you may need to book around four or five months ahead to get flights, especially if you are unable to be flexible and are tied to a particular date. 

Visa Procedures

How to Get There ?

The Bhutanese tourism industry is founded on the principle of sustainability, meaning that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable.

Guided by the unique tourism policy of  “High Quality and Low Impact”  set by the royal government of Bhutan, it’s a mandate to book your trip through a local travel agent like us and must take a minimum package, which includes all your arrangement including your visa.

The minimum daily tariff is set by the government with all the requirements to be provided to the visitors. Once the dates and the itinerary are finalized, we will send you the invoice and you have to wire us the tour payment. With regard to tour payment, bank transfer is the only possibility to transfer payment to Bhutan. Credit card and online payment system is till not available in Bhutan.

Once the payment is received, we will apply your visa.
All you need to do is,  fill the visa application form which we will send to you.
Fill it, sign it and attach a photo and email it back to us.

Once we received it, we will apply your visa and send you the visa approval letter. This letter will allow you to board in to the flight to Bhutan. Actual visa is granted upon your arrival in Bhutan.

We will send the visa approval letter one week prior to your arrival date in Bhutan. In case of any exception, on your demand we can send you the approval letter before in hand. For your information, tourist visa NEVER gets rejected so do not worry. The company remains guarantee once the trips is booked and paid.

Getting  to Bhutan – by Druk Air

Most visitors arrive via Druk Air, the only operating airline in Bhutan, at the only  international airport in the country, in Paro.

Druk Air operates flights from New Delhi, Kolkata, Dhaka, Bagdogra, Bodhgaya, Guwahati,Singapore Kathmandu and Bangkok. Because of limited seating, these flights fill up fast and must be reserved well ahead of anticipated departure dates and these are charged separately from the tour price above.

 

Check your flights here:   http://www.drukair.com.bt/

How do I confirm my booking?

Payment for your trip is made via bank transfer to Bhutan through the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

We will provide you with bank details once your choice of trip is confirmed.  Please note that it is not possible to make payment by credit card as the payment has to be routed through the government’s account and is not paid direct to our company.

Payment should be made at least 30 days in advance for cultural tours and treks and 60 days in advance for trekking .

During the high season (March–May, September–November), it is advisable to dispatch payment for Druk Air flights at least three months in advance to allow us to confirm seats.  Once we receive notification from the bank that your payment has arrived, we will send you a formal trip confirmation and receipt.

Cancellations
Tour program booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  •     within 30 days of start of programme:  no charges
  •     within 21 days: 10% of rate
  •     within 14 days: 15% of rate
  •     within 7 days: 30% of rate
  •     less than 7 days or without notice: 50% of rate
  •     after arrival in Bhutan: 100%

Tour Payment
All Tour Payments must be settled one month in advance of commencement of Tour to clear the visa and other necessary documents. The Tour booking will be confirmed only after we receive 100% of the Tour payment. During high seasons, especially during festivals, payments should be sent as soon as possible (7 months or more) due to limited availability of flights and hotel rooms.

Payment must be sent using wire transfer in US Dollars.  Details of the bank transfer (account number and SWIFT code) will be sent when you are ready to make the payment.  If you are unfamiliar with wire transfers, please visit your bank in person with the transfer details and they will be able to assist in making the payment.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept credit card payments for tours at this time.

Delayed Arrivals

There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions, disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

Flight cancellation and or changes

The flights booked subsequently cancelled shall be subjected to cancellation charges. Similarly charges apply, any changes required for flight dates and names. Charges levied are as follows:

(a) cancellation
-before 30 days of date of  travel : 100 % refund
-between 10-30 days: 50% refund
-within last 10 days: no refund/ticket valid for 1 year
-administrative fee : US$ 25 per cancellation

(b) changes in flight dates
 US$ 10 or equivalent local currency

(c) name corrections after obtaining PNR
 US$ 25 or equivalent local currency

 

Tariff and cost includes
The Royal government of Bhutan sets minimum selling prices to Bhutan and it must be paid in US dollar prior to arrival in Bhutan as follows :

-Tourist tariff is US Dollar 280 a day as per the government rules.

-The minimum price includes:
-All internal taxes and charges (including the royalty)
-Accommodation (unless you choose for luxury hotels for which you pay a supplement)
-Meals (Breakfast, lunch & Dinner excluding Beverages)
– A licensed tour guide and driver through out your trip
-All Internal Transport
-Camping Equipment and Haulage for Trekking Tours

Child Policy:

Ages – Under 5 years of age in adult’s room

  • Stay is complimentary
  • Government Visa fee of US$40 per Child

Ages – Five (5) to Twelve (12) years of age in adult’s room

  • Compulsory board charge of US$120 per night, per child (includes all meals and house beverages) and is subject to 20% government tax and service charge
  • Government Visa fee of US$40 per Child.

Ages – Two children aged One (1) to Twelve (12) years in their own room

  • Rack rate of US$1,550 per night plus 20% government tax and service charge (US$1,860 on net level)
  • Inclusive of all meals and house beverages
  • Government Visa fee of US$40 per child.

note- In effect this means that the only extra money you need to bring with you to spend during your holiday is for things such as gifts and souvenirs, personal items and laundry, drinks and tips.  There is also a charge of US$ 40 per person for the visa which we arrange for you.