- Accommodation on double occupancy basis on choice of your hotels.
- All transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
- Three meals a day.
- English speaking local tour guide.
- Sightseeing admission fee.
- Bhutan visa fee.
- Service of airfare reservation.
Trip Does Not Include
- Airfare to and out of Bhutan.
- 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 motor vehicle-based trip will accommodate all travelers in general good health. The trip’s highest altitude is at Dhochu La Pass (10,000 feet or 3,048 meters); our stop there is brief, and our overnight stays are all in lower, far more comfortable elevations. The trip requires some easy walking and hikes, all of which are optional. Bhutan roads – cut into steep hillsides and mountains, alone winding rivers, and sometimes unpaved – can be a challenge. We use Japanese cars, micro buses, and minibuses, depending on group size. SUVs are available for an additional charge.
Thimphu and Paro are the major cities of Bhutan and offers some choices of accommodation. The standard tour includes the 3* hotels (indicated as variation A) with private bathroom, running hot and cold water. For those seeking more comfort and luxury, we have 4* (Variation B) and 5* hotels and exclusive properties such as Uma in Paro and Tat Tashi in Thimphu (variaion C).
Your trip features 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners. Most meals are arranged in tourist class restaurants in town or if you are staying in variation A hotels, some meals will be arranged at your hotel. You will mostly have fixed set menu served in buffet style, that means all the guests in the hotels or restaurants are eating the same food. Meals include rice, bread, curried vegetables, noodles or spaghetti and chicken or pork. As Bhutan is a Buddhist country, they don't slaughter animals in Bhutan and the meats are imported.
Beware: 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 Bhutanese, proficient in English, and trained and licensed by local tourism authorities. Just as important, they are friendly and committed to deliver the best services.
International and internal airfares:
Currently there are two airlines- Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines and flight to Bhutan come from Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu, Singapore and Mumbai. So, you need to first fly to one of these cities; spend a night there and next day, you can fly to Bhutan. You can buy the tickets either on the airline website or we can help you book these flights for you. Both the airlines have one flight a day from Bangkok but fewer flights from other destinations.
Passport and Visa
Remaining validity of your passport must be minimum 6 months beyond your return date. Make sure, you are not running out of blank visa pages. Bhutan visa needs one blank visa page (Not the endorsement page) and some blank spaces for entry and departure seals.
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.
Booking Deposit 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. 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
- 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 begin. We highly recommend that all travelers purchase trip cancellation insurance.