- Three star hotel accommodation in the cities and best available guesthouses where choices are limited.
- English speaking certified guide.
- All transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
- 3 meals a day.
- Bhutan visa.
- All sightseeing admission fees as per itinerary.
- Domestic airfare within Bhutan (Paro-Bumthang).
Trip Does Not Include
- All international airfares arrival and return to the gateway city.
- Travel Insurance.
- Expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone, internet, laundry etc.
- Extra expenses or loss due to nature or unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, road blockade, no show, emergency evacuation, etc.
- Taxi from Bhutan border to Guwahati.
Trip Difficulty Level, Road and Transport
This is basically motor vehicle based trip doable by all travelers with regular health conditions. You attain the highest altitude at Chelela (3810m, 12,497 ft.) but you will sleep in lower elevations and so you don’t have to worry about the risks of high altitude. The trip requires some soft walking and easy hikes but they can be skipped if you are not keen on. In Bhutan, roads are usually on hillsides and often follow the rivers. The roads are narrow, winding with switch backs and at times are bumpy. Currently, road widening works are at progress and travel delays are expected. The road condition deteriorates as you advance to the east. We use good conditioned Japanese or Korean SUVs, minivan, or minibuses depending on the group size.
The suggested hotels in the itinerary are 3 star properties by local standard. You will have en-suite bathroom with running hot and cold water. The hotels are usually small properties, built in a local architectural style with traditional decor and ensure essential amenities and facilities. However, hotel standard deteriorates as you advance to the east. There is often a disparity in rooms and sometimes, members of the same group may end up getting a different type of room. You may get a better room than other group members or vice versa. While the hotels ensure essential amenities and facilities, hair dryers, iron and ironing tables may not be available in some hotels. You will have to be prepared to adjust your normal routine and mentally be OK with things that may not work or be available when you want them to.
As there are limited hotels in Bhutan, the hotels listed in the itinerary are suggestions only. There will be huge demand of accommodations during October and again in April and in case we fail to secure reservation in the suggested hotel, we will book you in the next best available property. Your final trip dossier that Far & High will send you will be about a month ahead of the trip containing the final list of hotels. There are some international chain resorts like Uma, Taj, and Aman Resorts which are luxury properties in which our tour cost does not include. If you are interested staying at these properties, we can most certainly book them for you while making an adjustment to the total cost.
This Bhutan trip features 3 meals a day and you will eat most meals at the hotel. They are usually served in a buffet style that includes rice, vegetables, noodles etc. Our guide can arrange dinner at the local restaurants but beware: traditional Bhutanese food always features chilies and the most popular dish is ema datshi made with large, green hot chilies in a cheese sauce.
The guides are college educated locals, proficient in English and trained and licensed by the local tourism authorities. Most importantly they are friendly and committed to deliver the best services. They are always willing to show you the wonders that you may never have been able to find on your own. Every evening, you are advised of the next day's schedule and as to what your expectations and preparations should be like. This is also the opportunity to ask for any changes in the schedule if need be and your guide will do his or her best to accommodate your requests.
Getting into Bhutan and away
We will take care of all your internal airfare reservation. Bangkok is the best gateway to fly into Bhutan as there are daily two flights a day from here. Other popular gateways are Delhi, Kolkata and Kathmandu.
The trip also involves one domestic flight from Paro to Bumthang in central Bhutan. After the tour concludes in the eastern frontier town of Samdrup Dzongkhar, you transfer to Guwahati Airport in north-east India from where you can catch flight to Delhi or Kolkata or other major cities of India and connect with your international flight back home.
Passport and Visa
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of travel and make sure you are not running out of blank visa pages. You will need one dedicated blank visa page for each Bhutan and India.
Bhutan visa is pre-arranged by us for you. We will get the visa approval document that will be sent to you about three or four weeks prior the trip date. Your passport gets the actual visa seal upon arrival at the Paro airport.
You need to obtain Indian visa on your own before the travel begins. But nowadays, you can apply Indian visa online.
Best time for this trip:
This trip can be undertaken throughout the year but most definitely October and November are the best months as this is when temperatures are mild, skies are clear, and there is clear visibility. The second best season is from March through early May.
Note on Itinerary
Although Far & High will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed; it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control such as weather, road conditions, flight delays etc. The sights and activities listed in the itinerary indicate the scope of activities and opportunities during the trip, rather than an inflexible schedule of events. Itinerary order might change depending on the local conditions, time availability, your pace and interests. Every evening, the guide advises of the following day's schedule and explains about what your expectations and preparations should be like for the day. This is also the opportunity to request changes in the itinerary and our guide will do his or her best to accommodate the changes.
When you are certain about traveling to Bhutan, it will be wise to initiate your reservation process to secure rooms in preferred hotels. There are also limited flights to Bhutan and so an early reservation helps to ensure your flight. A deposit of US$ 300 on land plus the cost of internal airfares is requested along with booking application and passport photocopies.
The balance and final payment is 90 days prior departure. The payment schedule may vary with customized and private trips on case to case basis. Payments made within 60 days prior departure may be subject to a late fee and are required to make through wire transfer or cashier’s check. Credit card payment attracts additional 3% fee.
Cancellation and refund
Notice of cancellation and refund request must be received in written form. Cancellation fee structure has been listed below:
- 90 days prior departure: US$ 150 (Administrative Fee).
- 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 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%.
Travel Protection Plan
While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, flight cancellation or missed connection, or loss of baggage etc. that may cause interruption or delay or total cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Far & High’s tour cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses and so we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against any unfavorable conditions.