- Accommodation on twin sharing.
- All transfers and sightseeing as on itinerary.
- Three meals a day.
- English speaking local tour guide.
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- Bhutan visa fee.
Cost Does Not Include
- Internal and international airfare costs (airfare is separately quoted).
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tip, laundry, phone, etc.
- Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
- Travel Insurance.
Trip Difficulty Level, Road and Transport
This is a motor vehicle-based trip that is accessible to all travelers in general good health. The trip’s highest altitude is at Dhochu La Pass (10,000 feet, or 3,048 meters) where we stop briefly. Our overnight stays are all in far lower elevations that have not presented altitude issues. The trip requires some walking, and includes a few easy hikes, all of which are optional. Bhutan’s mountain roads – narrow, winding with switchbacks, and sometimes unpaved – can be a challenge. We use Japanese-made cars, micro buses, and minibuses, depending on group size. On additional payment, we can also provide SUVs.
Generally, unless we have chosen other alternatives, we will be staying in moderate to best-available accommodations, each with 10 to 20 rooms of varying designs, but probably no gift shop. Outside of Thimphu and Paro, “best available" might be very basic, sometimes without hot water (or any water, for that matter). We make up for the inconvenience with adventure. During festival period, demand of accommodations can be intense and we sometimes book alternative hotels; we appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Major cities such as Paro and Thimphu have some high-priced international chain resorts; we do not feature them, but can book them at an additional charge.
Bhutan trip features three meals a day, most of which will be served at our hotel, usually in a buffet that includes rice, vegetables, and noodles. Our guides can arrange some dinners at local restaurants, but you should know that traditional Bhutanese food always features chilies, and the most popular dish, ema datshi, is made with large, green hot chilies in a cheese sauce.
Our guides are college educated locals, proficient in English, and trained and licensed by local tourism authorities. They are naturally friendly and committed to deliver the best services.
International and internal airfares
You will book your international airfare to the gateway city (such as Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata or Kathmandu) on your own and provide us your flight information and we will take care of the rest of the travel. The flight from to Bhutan from your choice of gateway city has to be locally booked. Please, plan to spend a night in the gateway city before and after the trip for a safe connection with your international flight. We are also able to book your international flight on your request.
Passport and Visa
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of travel and there should be enough blank pages for entry and exit seals. Bhutan visa is pre-processed by us and we will get approval letter for you before your flight into Bhutan. Your passport gets actual visa seal upon arrival at Paro airport. If your travel starts from India, you should obtain Indian visa beforehand as India does not grant visa on arrival.
Best time for this trip
This trip can be undertaken throughout the year but definitely October and November are the best months when temperatures are mild, skies are clear and we have clear visibility. The second best season is from March through early May.
Note on Itinerary
Although we will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed; it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
Booking and Payment Schedule
Tour Deposit: US$ 300 per person
If your trip involves internal air tickets, we may have to get the tickets issued within the deadline given by the airlines and we may request you the cost of the ticket along with the tour deposit. After we receive the tour deposit, we process the booking of internal air tickets and hotels, and will get back to you with the confirmation within a week. If some internal airfares require immediate purchase, we will ask you to wire the payment for the same. Some hotels and supplier may ask for a non-refundable deposit to guarantee the booking and we will request to include this in the second payment.
The balance and final payment is due 90 days prior departure. If your trip involves internal air or train tickets, we may also request the cost of the tickets with booking deposit to guarantee the lowest fare. Credit card payment attracts additional 3.5% fee. We accept the payment from traveler's account only. However, we reserve the right to refuse certain form of payment. Wire transfer fees are to be borne by the traveler.
Cancellation and refund
Notice of cancellation and refund request must be received in written form.
- 180 days prior departure: No penalty unless stated as non-refundable.
- 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
- 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 300 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Less than 30 days: 100%.
Cancellation and refund of air tickets cost will be as per rules and regulations of the concerned airlines plus a service charge of US$ 25 per segment will be levied. Cancellation terms and conditions of certain services may vary which will be informed per case to case basis.
No refund or adjustment to other services will be made for any unused land or air services for any reason whatsoever, once tour begins. We highly recommend that all travelers purchase trip cancellation insurance.