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Filming In Bhutan

Bhutan is picturesque for aesthetic art and photography. It has one of the most unique lifestyles and traditional architecture blend with modern development. Moreover, the country provides exquisite landscapes, monasteries, fortresses, and people and one can photograph freely, except for the places like monasteries and some parts of fortresses, where special permission must be sought.

The protocol for filming in Bhutan differs from that of normal tours and treks. Tourists or professionals keen on filming in Bhutan must abide by the Bhutanese Filing Regulations of 1995, available with the implementing agency, the Tourism Council of Bhutan. ( the regulation doesn’t apply to feature or cinematographic films). Applications for a filming permit must be submitted to the Tourism Council of Bhutan at least 30 days in advance.

The application must be accompanied by:

  • The theme of the film -Theme/background/objective/purpose etc.
  • Specific locations/objects/activities.
  • Composition of the team and list of equipment, accessories/ consumables (members of the team will have to pay the full daily tourist tariff).
  • Letter of recommendation from sponsoring agency (application forms can be obtained from the Tourism Council of Bhutan on payment of Nu 300.)

Filming Royalty

  • First 30 Minutes or part thereof ~ US$ 10,000
  • Next 30 Minutes or part thereof ~ US$ 6,000
  • Every additional 30 Minutes or part thereof US$ 3,000
  • In addition, a security deposit of US$5,000 must be deposited with the Tourism Council of Bhutan. This deposit will be refunded upon completion of the film to the satisfaction of the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

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Frequently Asked Question

You can initiate contact with Truly Bhutan, and we can assist you through the process. Or if you know which vacation is right for you, you may book it online, through email, fax, or phone. If you want a bespoke vacation, you must first estimate the approximate duration of your stay in Bhutan, then consult the airline schedule to calculate your entrance and departure dates; the duration of your stay in Bhutan will influence your package fees.

You will not be disappointed if you visit at any time. However, if you are willing to travel outside of the high season seasons (APR-MAY and mid-SEP-NOV), you will encounter fewer tourists and have a more gratifying experience. Summer months (June-July) and winter/spring months (December-March) are highly recommended. Trekking requires you to go during peak season months in order to find adequate circumstances.

Bhutan offers several tourist attractions. It is a nation with a wide range of heights, temperatures, vegetation, and landscapes. Bhutan’s culture remains mostly preserved. Bhutanese people are kind and hospitable. There are many functioning Buddhist temples and monasteries, many of which date before the 17th century and are well worth seeing.

Bhutan’s architecture is one-of-a-kind, colorful, and well preserved. Bhutanese people dress differently. Several colorful festivals feature old mask dances. Bhutan is a paradise for hikers, offering mountain views and journeys through virgin forests and secluded villages with few other tourists. As a result, the list might be rather lengthy

Let’s put this misconception to rest right now! A Bhutan visit may appear to be pricey since the Bhutanese government has implemented an all-inclusive’ nightly rate structure. In our encounters with Bhutan, we frequently hear from repeat guests about how fantastic the ‘value for money is. Given that each tourist gets access to a private guide, driver, private car, and a land package that includes all meals, accommodations, sightseeing, entrance fees, transfers, taxes, sustainable development Fees, and visa fees, it is truly fantastic value for money.

You may choose what you want to see and how you want to see it in Bhutan. Unless you are part of a group trip with a predetermined schedule, you are not required to precisely adhere to a planned tour. You will be given a tour schedule, but once in Bhutan, you will have some freedom with our Host.

  • Inclusion
  • Exclusion
  • Insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium update).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
  • Route Permit
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
  • All land transportation by private vehicle
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable
  • Drinking water
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable development fee of $200. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, and poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
  • Airfare & Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.

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