Bhutan Tourism | Tourism in Bhutan.
The Bhutan Tourism is guided by the policy of ‘High value, low impact’ right from the start. The door to tourism in Bhutan was opened to the outside world in 1974. It was introduced with the primary objective of generating revenue, mainly foreign exchange. And also to promote the country’s unique culture and traditions to the outside world. The policy of ‘high value, low impact’ was adopted to conserve Bhutan’s pristine environment and unique culture. The policy of imposing high tariff has succeeded in making Bhutan tourism an exclusive and distinctive experience.
Tourism in Bhutan is the second highest income contributor to the country’s economy after hydro power. The revenue from tourism in the year 2018 was US $ 85.41 million. Bhutan bagged the Green Destinations Gold Award at the ITB Berlin in March 2019. This is in recognition of Bhutan’s consistent effort in preserving its rich culture and traditions, environment and social wellbeing.
Tourism Council of Bhutan:
The Tourism Council of Bhutan is an official body responsible for the overall development, regulation and promotion of Tourism in Bhutan. The promotion of Bhutan Tourism with a policy of “High Value, Low Volume” is based on the values of Gross National Happiness (GNH). Bhutan is a world leader in environment conservation and Sustainable Tourism practices.
Bhutan Tourism Fee:
The Bhutan Tourism fee is regulated by the Royal Government of Bhutan. The visitors are required to pay a minimum daily tariff fixed by the Government which is below:
Lean Season Months (December, January, February, June, July and August): US $ 200 per person per night.
Peak Season Months (March, April, May, September, October and November): US $ 250 per person per night.
F I T Surcharge: Tourists travelling in a small groups like Solo travelers and 2 people have to pay additional Surcharge (F I T Surcharge) on top of the daily tariff mentioned above. The Surcharges are below:
- Solo Travelers: US $ 40 per night.
- 2 people in a group: US $ 30 per person per night.
Bhutan Tourism Fee: The Bhutan Tourism Fee or the Minimum Daily Tariff covers all meals, 3 star accommodation, a licensed tour guide, transportation, entry fees for Monuments and Museums and royalty of US $ 65 per person per night. However, 4 and 5 star accommodation requires an additional premium.
While on Trek, the cost covers, 3 meals, services of Trekking guide, cook, helper, Ponies to carry supplies, tents and Trekking permit etc.
Bhutan Tourism Visa fee is US $ 40 per person.
Flights to Bhutan:
There are only two Bhutanese Airlines operating flights to Bhutan viz. Drukair (National Airline) and Bhutan Airlines, also called Tashi Airlines which is a Private Airline.
Drukair is owned by the Royal Government of Bhutan and flies to the following International destinations: Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore (Singapore), Kathmandu (Nepal), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Kolkata (India), Delhi (India), Guwahati (India), Gaya (India), Bagdogra (India) and Mumbai (India).
Bhutan Airlines (Tashi Airlines) flies to New Delhi (India), Kolkata (India), Bangkok (Thailand) and Kathmandu (Nepal).
Please contact us for the latest Flight schedule and fares.
Bhutan Tourism places / Places of Interests:
Bhutan is a country high up in the mountains. Most of the towns and cities are located in the beautiful valleys surrounded by snow covered mountains and peaks. The most recommended Bhutan Tourism places are Paro, Haa valley, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdiphodrang, Gangtey/Phobjikha, Trongsa and Bumthang. However, some visitors also travel to far eastern Bhutan which has its own unique charm.
Bhutan has many ancient and famous monuments spread throughout the country. The most recommended ones to visit are listed below:
Paro: National Museum, Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong), Drugyal Dzong (Victory Fortress), Tamchog Monastery.
Hikes in Paro: Bumdra Hike, Chelila Hike, Taktsang hike.
Haa Valley: Chelila Pass, Ha Dzong, Chorten Nagpo, Chorten Karpo.
Thimphu: Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan. Memorial Chorten, Tallest Statue of Sitting Buddha in the world, also called Buddha Dordenma (51.5 m), Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat, Takin Zoo (Mini Zoo), Changangkha Monastery, Royal Textile Museum, Craft Bazaar, School of 13 Arts and Crafts, Sangaygang view Point and Simply Bhutan Museum.
Day hikes in Thimphu: Cheri Monastery, Tango Monastery, Sangaygang, Phajoding, Trashigang Goemba, Talakha Goemba.
Punakha: Dochula Pass with 108 chortens (Stupas) at 3140 m), Lam Pelri Botanical park, Chimi Lhakhang Temple (Also called the Temple of Fertility), Punakha Dzong, Khamsung Yulley Monastery, Talo Monastery and the Suspension bridge in Bhutan across Pho Chu River.
Wangdiphodrang: Wangdiphodrang Dzong and Rinchengang village.
Gangtey: Gangtey Gompa Monastery and Gangtey village.
Day hike: Gangtey Nature Trail.
Phobjikha: Crane Information centre and Phobjikha valley.
Trongsa: Trongsa Dzong, Royal Heritage Museum (Ta Dzong).
Bumthang: Jakar Dzong (Castle of White Bird), Jambay Lhakhang (The Oldest temple in Bumthang built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Srongtsen Gampo), Kurjey Monastery, Tamshing Monastery, Kencho Sum Monastery, Swiss Farm, Nalakhar Temple,
In Tang Valley, you can visit Mebar Tsho or “The Burning Lake, Ogen Choling Palace Museum and Nunney.
In Ura valley, you can visit the Ura temple.
Bhutan Tourism Guide:
All Bhutan Tourism guides are certified and trained by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. They are fluent in English and highly knowledgeable. Other Language guides also can be provided at an additional cost.
Bhutan Tourism Packages:
The highly recommended Bhutan Tourism packages (Cultural Tour) are:
- 5 nights / 6 Days Bhutan Tour.
- 6 nights / 7 Days Bhutan Tour.
- 7 nights / 8 Days Bhutan Tour.
- 8 nights / 9 Days Bhutan Tour.
- 9 nights / 10 Days Bhutan Tour.
The highly recommended Bhutan Festivals are Paro Festival, Thimphu festival, Punakha Festival and Jakar Festival. Please contact us for the latest festival schedules.
Trekking in Bhutan: The best time for trekking in Bhutan is in Spring (March, April and May) and in Autumn (September, October and November). The Most recommended trekking Itineraries are below:
- Bumdra Trek: 02 Days.
- Druk Path Trek: 05 Days.
- Dagala Trek: 05 Days.
- Jumolhari Trek (Round Trek): 08 Days.
- Beautiful Laya Gasa Trek: 12 Days.
Welcome to Bhutan!