Bhutan is a small country in the Himalayas between the Tibet Autonomous Region of China and India. It is a mountainous country except for a small flat strip in the southern foothills. Perched high in the Himalayas, it is the world’s last remaining Buddhist Kingdom.
Besides the stunning natural scenery, the enduring image of the country for most visitors is the strong sense of culture and tradition that binds the kingdom and clearly distinguishes it from its larger neighbors. Bhutan’s high, rugged mountains and valleys boast of spectacular biodiversity, earning it a name as one of the world’s ten most important biodiversity hot spot.
While Bhutan is definitely one of the smallest countries in the world, yet the cultural diversity and its richness are profound. As such strong emphasis is laid on the promotion and preservation of its rich cultural diversity.
|Trip Duration||11 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)|
|Activities||Trekking & cultural sightseeing tours in Kathmandu|
|Best Seasons||(Mid-September to end-November) & (mid-March through May)|
|Accommodations||nights at Kathmandu & nights in lodge/teahouse during trek|
|Meals||Breakfast, Lunches & dinners|
|Transportation||Private vehicle / flights|
The most convenient way of entering Bhutan is by Druk Air BAE 319 airbus, the country’s national (and so far only) carrier. As flights can be delayed due to weather conditions (particularly during the summer months), it is advisable to allow 24 hours before any onward connection. The following stations are connected with Druk Air Flights:
Our national airline flies several times a week between each destinations, but flight timings and frequency vary according to season. Flight schedules click here
Arrival/departure through the south-western border town of Phuntsholing, south- central border town of Gelephu and the south-eastern border town of Samdrup Jongkhar.
The nearest airport to the south-western border town of Phuntsholing is at Bagdogra, West Bengal, about 4 hours’ drive away. Phuntsholing is a convenient entry/exit point for tourists wishing to visit the Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal along with Bhutang.
Bumthang airport in central Bhutan and Yongphula airport in Trashigang in the East are now open.
The nearest airport to the south-eastern border town of Samdrup Jongkhar is at Guwahati, capital of the Indian state of Assam, about 3 hours’ drive away. Samdrup Jongkhar is a convenient entry/exit point for tourists wishing to visit the Indian states of Assam and other North Eastern states of India along with Bhutan.
Tourism in Bhutan has been strictly limited so that tradition and culture is preserved and nurtured. The tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability, meaning that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable, and also economically viable. For these reasons, tourism is carefully monitored by its pricing and the number of tourists visiting Bhutan is kept to an environmentally manageable level.
All tourists are required to make their travel arrangements for both tours & trekking through an local tour operator on a pre-planned, pre-paid basis. The tour operator is responsible for visa clearance, flight confirmation and for all land arrangements during your stay in Bhutan including permits and special permits.
Visas Clearance is required for travelling to Bhutan, and applications are processed online in conjunction with tour booking dates and flights. No foreign missions/embassies abroad grant Bhutan tourist visas. Please email us your valid colored passport copy at least 4 weeks prior to date of travel. We do not require any photos for visa applications or on entry into Bhutan. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months starting from date of entry.
Visa applications are cleared in advance, visa clearance issued and forwarded to overseas agents and clients. Actual visa is stamped on clients’ passports on arrival at the port of entry for the exact number of days in Bhutan.
Note: For travellers entering Bhutan by Druk Air or by road, visa clearance is required for boarding; the actual visa is stamped on arrival. Tourists without a visa clearance document will not be permitted to board their flights.
Note: (The Government will process the visa only on depositing the full tour payment with them)
Tariff, Payment and Cancellation Policy Tariff:
The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more is as follows:
The minimum price includes:
Visa Fee US $ 40 per person and Airfare- Royal Bhutan Airlines Druk Air. For latest flight schedules & for airfare, please contact us.
The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on actual basis.
The rates shall apply uniformly irrespective of locations and the type of accommodation provided is monitored and approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan from time to time.
The Luxury package is based on 4 or 5 star hotel categories with extra services in addition to the Govt. fixed minimum tariff of US$250/person/day.
This package includes:
Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subject to surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:
Single individual US$ 40 per night
Group of 2 persons US$ 30 per person per night
The 10% agency commission payable to agents abroad shall not be deductible from the surcharge.
The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved .
Detailed information on Druk Air flights, tour and trekking programmes, festivals, places of interest, hotels etc can be obtained from us.
Advance payment in full for the entire tour package must be sent to Natraj Trekking at least 3 months prior to arrival. It is advisable to remit payment for Druk Air flights 4/5 months in advance or at the time of booking. This will help us to obtain confirmed seats on the requested flights.Payment is done through wire transfers; we do also credit card (Master/Visa Cards only) facility in Nepal for tour payments. If you are paying by credit cards, you need to fill the form that will be provided by us once you confirmed the tours through us.
Full tour Payment has to be transferred (wired) on confirming your Bhutan Visit with us to the following account of our Bank as follows: