FAQs

Travel To Bhutan

Visitors must book through a tour operator abroad or contact Sacred Himalaya Travel directly. Tour to Bhutan is pre planned, pre paid and an escorted tour. Tourism Council of Bhutan sets a minimum selling standard price for Bhutan and this must be paid in $ USD. It is required to pay prior to arrival in Bhutan.

Entering Bhutan

By Air: You can fly into Paro International airport by “Druk Air ”, the only airline to fly in & out of the country. The current operation is to Kathmandu, Delhi, Kolkata, Dhaka, Guwahatti, Baghdogra, Bangkok, Singapore and Mumbai. For more information log on to (www.drukair.com.bt)

By Land: The entry point by land is from Phuntsholing, the southern border of Bhutan to West Bengal, India. The nearest International Airport is Baghdogra. To the South Gelephug and to East Samdrup Jongkhar, boarder to Indian state of Assam. Nearest International Airport is Guwahatti.

Visa

Tourist visa can only be obtained by a local tour operator, after you sign up a trip with us. You need to send us a clear scanned copy of your passport in color, “JPG” format, along with permanent address and occupation. Approved visa will be sent to you via e-mail within 3 working days. You need to print and carry it with you. This can be produced to the Airport immigration officer on arrival so that your passport is stamped.

For Indian nationals there is no need for visa. Only a route permit is needed which can be obtained from any of the nearest immigration office. Documents required is Voter ID or Passport.

Cancellation Policies

Cancellation must be notified in writing, you can either email us or fax us your cancellation notice. Tour programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges.
a. 4 Weeks prior to arrival: free of cost.
b. 3 weeks prior to arrival: $500(advance deposit) of the total cost.
c. 2 weeks prior to arrival: 50% of original tour cost.
d. Within 1 week: 100 % of cost.
Please note that our cancellation policies apply in every instance. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you purchase Travel INSURANCE.

Currency

Bhutanese currency is called Ngultrum (abbrev. Nu.) which is divided into 100 Cheltrum. Bank notes come in denominations of 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 Ngultrum. One Ngultrum is equivalent to one Indian Rupees. Exchange to $ 1 is Nu 45 to Nu50.Approx.
Master Card / Visa can be used at any ATMs.

Mode Of Payment

Tour payment must be deposited by wire transfer at least 60 days prior to arrival in Bhutan. Bank account number and address will be advised. Without the advance payment your visa for Bhutan will not be approved by authority.

Accomodation

Bhutan is a remote, unique and a beautiful country, only recently emerging from isolation. With the package cost we provide 3 star Hotel which is our standard. With additional cost you can be upgraded to international standard luxury hotels. Farm house stay are arranged on request.

Climate

For specific information log on to : http://www.weatherforecastmap.com/bhutan/

It is hard to generalize about Bhutan’s weather since the mountain climate varies enormously from one region to another. It varies with the altitude and can also reach heat and cold within the 24 hours at any given altitude. Southern Bhutan is tropical, with monsoon season. The East is warmer than the West. The central valleys of Punakha, Wangdi Phodrang, Mongar, Trashigang and Lhuntshi enjoy a semi tropical climate with very cool winters, whereas Haa, Paro, Thimphu, Trongsa, Bumthang and Phobjikha have a much harsher climate, including occasional snowfalls in winter. The north of the country is inhabited up to 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) in summer.

Nov to Mid March 16 – 18 C 60 – 65 F day
-5 – 8 C -29 – 35 F night
March to June 27 – 18 C 80 – 85 F day
15 – 16 C 59 – 61 F night
Health and Medication

To assure that you are in good health, contact your physician and have a check up. Your doctor is the best source of information about immunizations and medicines.
If any medical support is required while in Bhutan, there is free health care in the country for the people and visitors.

Equipment and Supplies

In addition to the medication supply you may want to bring with you: sunscreen lotion, sunglasses, a flashlight with extra batteries, a folding pocket knife, a hat or headscarf in summer, cap and gloves in winter, rain gear, insect repellent (summer). Coffee lovers may want to bring their own preferred brand.

Clothing

The wide range of temperatures does not make dressing easy. The best solution is to wear several layers, such as a cotton shirt, pullover, wool cardigan and jacket, which can be taken off or added as needed. Do not bring delicate clothes: conservative sportswear is the appropriate style for a traveler in Bhutan. Comfortable sports shoes are strongly recommended; mountain boots are not necessary unless you plan to go trekking.
From May to September: Cotton clothes are sufficient, plus a woolen sweater or light jacket.
From November to the end of April: You will need very warm cloths including long underwear or woolen tights to wear under trousers, and a warm jacket.
Please dress respectfully when you visit a Dzong, monastery or temple.

Electricity

Bhutan is connected with electricity at all the major town and villages. 220 – 240Volts. Round hole two-pin and three pin power outlets are used in Bhutan/Nepal /India . The energy is totally from hydro power.

Tobacco Import rules

A person may import tobacco or tobacco products for personal consumption, as per the following maximum quantity per month or at a time.

a. 300 sticks of cigarette
b. 400 sticks of Bidi “Indian rolled tobacco leaf packet”
c. 50 pieces of cigar
d. 250 grams of other tobacco and tobacco product

A person shall not import tobacco and tobacco product on behalf of another person.

Tobacco must be declared at the customs. 100% tax for any tobacco product is levied. For more information go to www.bnca.gov.bt

Insurance

INSURANCE:  We strongly advise you to purchase travel INSURANCE, In-case of emergency evacuation while on Cultural Tour or Trekking in country.

For Indian Visitors

Indian nationals intending to visit Bhutan are required to carry any of the two valid ‘Travel Documents ‘(1)valid Indian passport valid of minimum six month or  (2)voter identity Card ,issued by the Election Commission of India .

Indian coming by road are required to obtain and entry permit from the immigration of royal Bhutan government at the entry point of your Journey.

Indian traveler entering by flight gets the entry permit at the airport. The entry permit allowed Indian to visit Paro and Thimphu only. to visit other places beyond these two places ned to make a special road permit from Thimphu immigration Office at working days ( Monday to Friday ).

Special Advisory:

Indian citizens travelling to Bhutan are allowed to carry Indian currency notes of the denominations of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 only upto the limit of Rs. 25000. Over and above this amount (Rs. 25000), the denomination must be less than Rs. 500 (i.e. Rs. 100 and below).

Please do not give sweets, pens and any money to children, Thanks !