There is a wrong perception that Bhutan is an expensive destination because of the government-controlled tariff. But what we shouldn't forget is that the daily tariff includes almost everything: three-star hotels, three meals a day, accompanying guide, transport, sightseeing admission fees, and government royalty. All you need to pay out of your pocket is the airfare, personal expenses such as drinks, tipping, souvenir purchase, etc.
Bhutan government has set fixed the minimum daily tariff as below.
Party of 03 persons or more: USD 250 per person per day.
Party of 02 persons: USD 280 per person per day. (Inclusive of small group surcharge).
Solo Traveler: USD 290 per person per day (Inclusive of small group surcharge).
During the festive season, some hotels may apply surcharges.
All rates and discounts are set by the government of Bhutan as follows:
- There are discounts for visits in more than ten days. The discount is 10% per day per person for stays of 11 to 20 days. The discount is not applied to the first ten days but is applied to days 11 through 20. The discount is 20% per day per person for visits of more than 20 days. The discount is applied from day 21 and onward.
- There will be no charge for children aged five and younger.
- Children between the ages of 6 and 12 will be given a 50% discount when accompanied by an adult/guardian.
- Full-time students under the age of 25 will be given a 25% discount if they have a valid identity card from their academic institution.
The cost includes
- Three-star hotel on a double occupancy basis.
- Three meals a day.
- English speaking local tour guide.
- All transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
- Necessary entrance fees and permits.
- Government Royalties.
The Cost does not include
- International and internal airfares.
- Airport taxes.
- Drinks, tips, and other expenses of personal nature.
- Travel Insurance.
- Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.