Booking a Tour to Bhutan:
All travelers visiting Bhutan must book their tour through a local tour operator. The local tour operator provides all travel management service such as visa processing, flight and hotel reservation, ground transportation and planning tour itinerary.
Bhutan Tour Cost:
The Government regulates the minimum daily spending of all travelers visiting Bhutan. The minimum daily spending regulation is known as the Minimum daily tariff. The minimum daily tariff is set at US$ 250 per person per night during peak season and US$ 200 per person per night during the lean season. The minimum daily tariff is an all-inclusive package. It includes accommodation, daily meals, ground transportation and local guide services and attraction fees.
Travelers cannot apply for the tourist visa directly. It must be applied through a local tour operator. A passport copy with a minimum of 6 months validity and a duly filled visa form must be submitted to the Tourism Council of Bhutan. The Council will endorse a tourist visa upon full payment of the tour by the traveler. A one-time visa fee of US$ 40 per person is levied as visa processing fee.
Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian nationals are referred to as regional tourists and are not subject to the minimum daily spending regulation. Regional travelers do not require a visa to visit Bhutan. However they must apply for entry permit and route permit to visit the country.
Getting to Bhutan:
Paro International Airport is the only point of entry and exit for tourists visiting Bhutan by air. Bhutan Airlines and Druk Air operate inbound flight to Paro International Airport from Singapore, Bangkok, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Delhi and Calcutta. Tourists can also enter Bhutan by road. There are three points of entry from southern border town. Phuntsholing town links to the Indian state of Bengal. The town is roughly 170 kilometers away from Bagdogra National Airport in India. The border town of Samdrup Jongkhar is close the Guwahati International airport in the Indian state of Assam.
Things to do in Bhutan
Cultural sightseeing: 17th century fortresses are ubiquitous across the country. The architectural aesthetics are impressive. These medieval fortresses still remain functional. It serves as the district’s administration office, houses the central monk body and sacred Buddhist shrines.
Festival tour: The most popular festival is Bhutan is the tsechu (masked dance festival). The monks perform a series of religion inspired dances. Religious faithful believe the dances invoke deities to bless the congregation. Tsechus are a spiritual social gathering. The tsechus are held in the open courtyard of the majestic Dzongs across the country. This color fest event is a must visit for travelers to witness the Bhutanese culture.
Trekking and hiking: The mountainous terrain and rich biodiversity offers great trekking and hiking routes in Bhutan. The snowmen trek supposedly the most difficult trekking in the world is gaining international attention. The trek spans over a month. There are other mild treks which are equally scenic and rewarding. The hike to the Tiger’s Nest remains the most popular hike in Bhutan. The Tiger’s nest monastery is perched on a cliff 900 meters above Paro valley. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist site in the country and the most visited tourist attraction in Bhutan.
Spiritual tour: Meditation is fundamental to Buddhism. The practice of Buddhism for millennia has gifted Bhutan with exception meditation centers at some of the most pristine destinations. Tourists can also be guided by many Buddhist masters to meditate effectively.
Adventure tour: Aside from trekking and hiking, mountain biking, rafting and kayaking are also popular in Bhutan. Some national parks in the country organizes wildlife safari where travelers can engage in wildlife photography and outdoor camping activities.
Popular Tourists Attraction in Bhutan
Some of the popular tourist attractions in Bhutan are The Tiger’s Nest and The National Museum in Paro. The Thimphu Dzong (Tashichhodzong), Buddha Dordenma (World’s tallest sitting Buddha) and Dochula Pass in Thimphu. Phobjikha valley in central Bhutan is an idyllic getaway.