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FAQs About Bhutan Travel

Bhutan is the safest destinations in Asia. The crime rate in Bhutan is very low and people are peace loving.

Visa must be obtained before departing for Bhutan. We as a travel agent in Bhutan can get your visa. We assist our client to acquire all necessary travel documents for visiting Bhutan. You simply need to email your passport details and your intended duration of stay with dates of travel. Once we get this information we apply visa on your behalf. Visa clearance numbers are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and must be obtained before coming to Bhutan. It takes 7 days for processing. A visa clearance number is then faxed or emailed to you – this confirms your visa for your arrival to Bhutan.

At the point of entry your actual visa will be stamped on your passport. Please have 2 passport size photos to be used upon arrival, and a visa fee of USD 40 is to be paid directly to tour operator including your Bhutan tour payment. You cannot get visa from any other country.

you may depart for Paro International Airport from Bangkok, Kathmandu, Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati, Singapore and Dhaka.

Ours is a customer-oriented company. Thus, we specialize in small groups and customer-crafted independent tours. Our group departures are guaranteed with a minimum of two sign-ups. In order to ensure that all visitors receive the same attention from guides and your leaders, we usually refrain from making our groups large.

Moreover, small groups permit flexibility in itineraries and access to areas and sights unknown or unavailable to large tour groups.

Yes! We recommend every client to contract a travel-insurance in your home country. Please check your medical and accident insurance policies with your insurance agent. It is a security for unpredictable circumstances that may arise.

Our journeys in Bhutan lead us through the mid-mountain belt of the Eastern Himalayas, which ranges from 900 to 3,354 meters or 3,000 to 11,000 feet altitude. Most of our time is spent around 2,300m/7,544 feet or lower, but we do travel over high passes. If you have any altitude problems, please let us know and we can work additional acclimatization time into your itinerary. You will also want to consult your physician before traveling so he/she can give you suggestions as well.

Best Season to visit Bhutan is all months except June, July and August due to the rains that may disrupt your flight schedule to get in or out of Bhutan.

In spring, the trekking season commences in moderate altitudes. Above 2500 meters, spectacular rhododendrons forests bloom. In Paro, one of the largest monastic festivals “Paro Tsechu” takes place. The temperature is pleasantly mild. Rain comes in May as the harbinger of the approaching monsoon. Autumn is the traditional season in Bhutan. September, October and November have the highest number of Tsechus (religious festivals). Trekkers particularly enjoy the clear view of the mountains in October and November.

Your stay will be in A-class hotels that guarantee comfort and charm. A few luxury five-star hotels have been established in Bhutan. In general, visitors can expect as they travel through the country a unique combination of traditional Bhutanese style accommodation with modern services. Clean and well maintained, most of the hotels are equipped with telephones, fax machines and internet services. Hotels and lodges are categorized by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. International visitors will only be accommodated in hotels that fulfill the standard set by the Government. Five-star accommodations are available in Bhutan. But you would have to bear the extra charges over and above your daily tour cost you choose to stay in the luxury hotels in Bhutan.

Your clothing needs depend on the season. Based on the limitations on baggage offered by the two Bhutanese airlines, we advise you to pack properly. We can help you with suggestions when you book your trip. As Bhutan is a developing country, most of the essential things you need may not be available here. Do bring all special medications, if you have any. Also, get your contact lenses and a backup pair of glasses. A flashlight is a necessity. Things needed for leisure, such as i-pod, good books and your favorite herbal tea could be brought. For personal consumption, passengers are permitted to bring in only 200 cigarettes (10 packets) on payment of 200 percent duty.

English speaking guides only in Bhutan; but German, French, Italian or Japanese speaking guides are made available with an extra fee- usually for groups of four or more persons.

“Kuzuzangpola” meaning “good health” is the most common way to greet a person. This greeting can be used throughout the day irrespective of whether it is morning, afternoon or evening. There are many ways to address people in Bhutan. The royal family members are addressed Dasho (male) and Ashi (female). A minister and the deputy minister’s are called Lyonpo’s who wear orange scarf on their shoulders with a long ornamented sword worn from the waist on the right side. People whose ranks are above the post of a director in the civil service and who wears a red scarf (scarf given when honored by the King) are addressed as “Dasho” meaning the “best”. A junior monk is addressed as “Gelong”, a senior monk as “Lopon”, an elderly monk made in charge of a monastery or a temple is addressed as “Lam” generally appointed by the “Je Khenpo” the religious abbot of the monk body. On the other hand, nuns are called “Anims”. Additionally, a re-incarnate lama is known as “Trulku” or “Rimpochey” and is regarded very highly. An older woman is addressed as ” Aum” and a man as “Aap”. Address a boy as “buu” and a girl as “bum”. A layman is addressed as “Gomchen”

Traditionally, men wear the gho, a long robe that is gathered and tied at the waist. This is accompanied by knee-high socks and dress shoes. Women wear the kira, a beautiful woven garment that covers nearly the whole body, from shoulder to ankle. A colorful silk jacket completes the outfit. Traditional clothing is still worn daily throughout the country today.

 

If you’re interested, we can help you purchase your own gho or kira when you arrive.

You can decide on what you want to see in Bhutan; you do not have to follow a planned tour strictly unless you are part of a group tour with a fixed itinerary. We will give you a planned tour itinerary, but once you reach Bhutan you can have flexibility with your guide. What ever you want to see or do in Bhutan will be mainly determined by how much time you have at your disposal. We will do whatever we can to make your trip to Bhutan most comfortable and interesting. Just let us know what your wishes are. But, yes, you must buy a package tour that is an all inclusive of (hotel, full board, transfer & transport, guide and sightseeing). Having paid for a package tour, you can be flexible in the tour program, change the tour to see or do what most interests you

Tourists can blend along with the crowd and take photographs. However, a Special Permit for Filming should be obtained. You are advised not to disturb the festival audience or distract the performers while taking photographs.

 

There is a dress code while visiting festival/Tshechu. We request you to refrain from wearing hats and using umbrellas. Smoking is not permitted and visitors cannot come in slippers, short skirts and shorts. Tour Guide licenses may be checked by the police anytime to authenticate that the tour groups are handled by a licensed guide.