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1. Posted by miranda73 (Full Member 76 posts) 11y

I need information about Bhutan. I just heard that it's quite expensive to visit Bhutan as every tourist has to spend USD 200/day no matter, no exceptional.

I would like to visit Bhutan end of next year, and I appreciate for all information you might probably have.

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1656 posts) 11y

Kinda keeps the backpackers and budget travellers out of their country - don't you think?

3. Posted by bhutanguy (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is unusual, unique and exotic. The world travelers found it absorbing, mystical and captivating. So much has been said, written and read but a visit to our exotic destinations still remain a personal experience that will last a lifetime. Its ancient cultures, deep-rooted traditions, absorbing history, natural beauty, wondrous architecture, awe-inspiring palaces and forts add new dimensions to the pleasures of travel and vacation. The sights, both natural and man-made are beautiful and unforgettable. The Taktsang “Tiger’s Nest” in Paro, Beautiful Punakha Dzong and Memorial Stupa in Thimphu with exquisite sculptures and carvings are considered work of art and masterpieces

Information before coming to Bhutan

Peak Season Rates:
For The Months Of March, April, May, September, October, and November
US$200 per person per day for 3 or more in a group
US$230 per person per day for 2 in a group
US$240 per day for a single individual

Off Season Rates:
For The Months Of June, July, August, December, January, and February
US$165 per person per day for 3 or more in a group
US$195 per person per day for 2 in a group
US$205 per day for a single individual

These rates include government mandated surcharge of US$40 per day for one person and US$30 per day per person for a group of two.

You get a lot more for your money in Bhutan!

Does not include airfare on Druk-Air:

Here's what's Included!

* All ground transportation and horses
* All lodging, hotels, camping equipment
* All Meals, & cooks for camping
* Fluent and knowledgeable English speaking guide

The above prices include all hotel accommodations, food, ground transportation, an English speaking guide, trekking equipment, tents, a cook, and pack animals, and sleeping bags if necessary. Our guests are hosted in Class A or B hotels (the best!) which are approved by Department of Tourism.

  • The rates quoted above are set by the Royal Government of Bhutan. Any other rates seen advertised is illegal. Many tour operators think they have to "undercut" prices that the government has set in order to compete. This inevitably leads to poor customer service as tour operators herd as many guests as they can in large groups, and put their guests in sub-standard hotels to cut expenses and hire unqualified guides to haul you around.

Accommodations:
The costs of all accommodations are included in tour costs. In the major towns of Thimphu, Paro, and Phuentsholing, comfortable hotels are available for the visitor. In smaller towns, modest, but adequate, hotels, lodges and guest houses are readily available. We will ensure that the best available accommodations are arranged for you. The Department of Tourism (formerly known as Tourism Authority of Bhutan: TAB) regulates hotel standards and all travel regulations in Bhutan.

Food and Drink:
Traditional Bhutanese food is hot and spicy. For our visitors, however, Chinese, Indian, and Continental fares are served. The more adventurous can try the local delicacies like the tasty and fiery the national dish of Bhutan, Emma Datshi which is made with chilies and Local Bhutanese cheese. Meals are normally served buffet style in the hotels. On trekking tours a trained cook will accompany your group to provide simple but nutritious dishes. All meals while you trek or visit in Bhutan are also included in the daily tour cost. Other services include trekking arrangements. Your only extra expenses will be, liquor, laundry, souvenirs and tips if you choose.

Ground Transport:
Again, all ground transportation is already included in your daily tariff. We use only clean, comfortable and well maintained cars, vans and coaches to transport our guests. Our experienced drivers are trained and licensed by the DOT and the Road Safety and Transport Authority. You will be at ease riding in the mountains of Bhutan unlike the experiences you will have had in Nepal and India. Sanity on the road prevails, and drivers are courteous to each other.

Guides:
Guests of the kingdom are required to have guide accompaniment throughout their stay in Bhutan. You will have a very fluent English speaking guide and driver at your disposal at all times. This is not to say you have to have your hand held everywhere you go. We are very accommodating and we can be flexible. Our guides have all been trained and licensed by the DOT (Department of Tourism). Our trekking guides and cooks undergo additional mountain training, including safety and first aid. None of our guests have ever needed a rescue, but we have helped lost trekkers from other tour agencies get out of the high passes safely. We have been successfully leading groups through the Bhutan highlands ever since tourism was privatized.

Tourist Seasons:
A visit to Bhutan can be planned anytime of the year but the best period is from mid September to November and March to June. There are many festivals during these months, and visitors should take advantage of trekking and the Tsechu. Most hotels sell out during this time and it is important for us to plan in advance if you want to attend.

Contact us if you have any questions regarding the tour costs. The daily rate may sound high at first, but remember that this includes all your accommodations, meals, guided tours, and all ground transportation in Bhutan, museums fees.

Travel Visa Application:

Tourist Visas: Your visa has to be approved prior to air ticketing and your arrival in Bhutan. Once you are ready to confirm your tour arrangements we will apply for your visas. We will need all of the following details.

01: Your full name (EXACTLY as it appears in your passport)
02: Permanent address
03: Occupation
04: Nationality
05: Passport number
06: Date of issue and expiration of passport
07: Date and place of birth

Your Bhutan visa will be stamped in your passport only when you arrive in Bhutan. You will have to pay US$ 20 cash upon arrival and present 2 passport photo with your passport number written on the back. We can process visa extensions for you if necessary.

contact bhutantravel@druknet.bt for More information

4. Posted by bhutan2020 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

wow that was lots of information..i hope you will be able to decide after reading the post...:)

5. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 10y

The expense is really a big difference between going to Nepal and to Bhutan. But both offer scenic views and rich culture...

Save more and more money!

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