Bhutan Travel Cost
Bhutan is a unique destination comparing to many Asian Destinations. Its nature and culture have attracted many curious tourists from all around the world. In order to maintain the beauty of Bhutan, the Government has mandated a daily tariff for all tourists visiting Bhutan. The tariff will control the over-tourism in Bhutan and maintain the quality of tourists. The minimum daily package rates of Bhutan are US$250 per person per night for the Peak season and US$ 200 for the lean season. The tariff is mandatory and all tours have to be booked through a Local Tour operator or from International Agency having a partner in Bhutan.
There are two flights that operate in Bhutan from different destinations. The two airlines are Drukair which is the oldest airline and owned partially by the government. Druk Air operates from Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkatta, Singapore, Guwahati, and Dhaka.
Tashi Airlines also called Bhutan Airlines which provides international flights into Bhutan from Bangkok, Kolkata, Delhi, and Kathmandu.
All nationals except Indian, Bangladeshi, and Maldives traveling to Bhutan need Visa to visit Bhutan. They need proper documents like confirmed air tickets and valid passport copies.
Visa and Daily Tariff Information
The minimum daily cost for staying in Bhutan is fixed by the Royal Government of Bhutan keeping the concept of the “high value and low impact” tourism industry, this was the dream of our fourth King to maintain the quality of tourism in Bhutan. The fixed tariff is USD 200 for the lean season and USD 250 for the peak season. The Bhutan Travel season starts from March, April, May, September, October, and November and the lean season months are June, July, August, December, January, and February. The fixed tariff also covers all your accommodation in a good 3 Star Hotel, all transportation, all meals and guide services.
Peak season months have lots of local festivals and the weather is very favorable to explore the cities and valleys whereas lean season is cold and monsoon rains are rampant and landslides and snow can be expected.
There are also group discounts and a single supplementary cost involved. The cost as follows:
Single individual traveler: US $ 40 per night halt
Group of 2 persons: US $ 30 per night halt.
The package cost includes the following service as follow:
1: Best Accommodation (3* Hotels) on twin sharing basis
2: All the meals
3: Land transport within Bhutan
4: Services of an English Speaking guide
5: Supply of pack ponies, yak, trekking crews and porters for the trek
6: All necessary camping equipment for Treks (excluding sleeping bags & sleeping mat).
7. All entrance fees.
8: Bhutan Visa
9: 37% Government TAX
10: Tea & Snacks
Package cost does not include:
3: Privates call
4: Beverages or Drinks
5: Insurance for travel and other contingencies.
Single supplement charges of US $ 35 per night halt per person will apply for any single room requirement.
How to get to Bhutan?
You can enter Bhutan by flights or by overland Journey from the southern border. Bhutan being the mountainous country entering into Bhutan is either by flight or by land. The roads are well connected and the country is bordered by INDIA in the south and Tibet and China in the North. Though China is our next neighbor in the north we do not have any diplomatic relation with them and therefore no road or Flights operates from Bhutan to China. If you have an onward journey to China from Bhutan you have to fly to Kathmandu Nepal or Bangkok Thailand.
There are three entry points from India to Bhutan and if you are planning to drive overland to Bhutan you have to come via INDIA. The first entry point is from Phuntsholing bordered by west Bengal. If you are planning a tour in Northeast INDIA (Sikkim, Darjeeling, and Kalimpong) the best route to enter Bhutan is via Phuntsholing and this is the main route used by most of the tourist. The journey time from each of these places will take 4 to 5 hours depending upon the traffic.
The second entry point is from Samdrupjongkhar in the east near Guwahati. This is quite far from the main touristic center but if you plan to explore the East-West Bhutan journey you have to enter by road from Guwahati to Samdrupjongkhar.
Third entry is from Gaylegphu the southern District but this entry point is hardly used by the tourist due to unavailability of airport nearby the city.