Bhutan Tourism Policy
Bhutan follows high-value low impact tourism policy. Hence minimum tourist tariff of US$ 250 per person per day in High Season and USD 200 per person on low season. This is in line with country's policy of sustainable tourism and its aspiration to be carbon neutral country. The US$ 250/200 minimum slab basically is an all inclusive package incorporation hotel, meals, sightseeing, cars, guide, driver and most importantly the government taxes payable. However, this is a minimum fee only and based on the travel agency and services provided the fee may vary. Consequently, all tours to Bhutan has to be pre-booked through a local travel agent.Please refer to travel cost for more details
Bhutan has been for years, taken a very cautious approach to tourism, keeping in mind the ripple effect mass tourism brings to a particular country. The low volume high impact tourism policy has been a perfect recipe, in keeping Bhutan rich culture and tradition intact. Today Bhutan stands proud with at least 70 percent of its land under forest and protected areas, which are home to diverse species of flora and fauna, no wonder Bhutan is regarded as, one of the top ten biodiversity HOTSPOT in the world.
The high-value low impact tourism policy has paved way for Bhutan tourism to be sustainable in long - run and the revenue generated supports major social obligation such as free health care and education in the country.
Getting into Bhutan (Air)
Bhutan has only one international airport in Paro that caters to the needs of visitors. Paro international airport is located at a height of 7,300 ft and surrounded by mountains and hills as high as 16,000 ft. Paro International airport is connected to Bangkok,Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore, and Mumbai.
The flight between Paro and Kathmandu is one of the most exciting ones as the flight passes over four of the five highest mountains in the world. In clear weather, one can enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kangchenjunga. Please refer to the link Bhutan Flights for more details.
Getting into Bhutan (Land)
Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar are the only land border areas open to tourists.The town of Phuentsholing is located approximately 170 km from Bagdogra international airport in Siliguri. From Siliguri to Phuentsholing it takes about 4 hours to reach Jaigoan ( Bhutan - India border). After crossing Phuentsholing, you begin your journey to Thimphu, the capital city takes about six hours ( 170 km ).
Gelephu in south-central Bhutan is another entry point to Bhutan. It is approximately 250 km from Thimphu and the journey will take you through the sub-tropical areas of Bhutan before entering the alpine zone and then finally into Thimphu. One will have to traverse across three districts and the travel time will be about ten hours. Alternatively, one may choose to take a domestic flight from Gelephu to Paro.
The district of Samdrup Jongkhar in southeast Bhutan, borders the Indian district of Darranga, Assam and is approximately 150 km away from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. The journey from Guwahati is about three hours. Tourists entering Bhutan through Samdrup Jongkhar will take you to Trashigang, and from there over the lateral route to Mongar, Bumthang, Trongsa, Wangdue Phodrang and then finally into capital,
Thimphu. The distance is about 700 km and will take you a minimum of three days to reach Thimphu. Alternatively, one may choose to take a domestic flight from Trashigang to Paro.
It is imperative that the hard copy of visa is brought along to be shown in the immigration post. Furthermore, it should be noted that all government offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Trophel Tours & Treks is accredited by Tourism Council of Bhutan (License No: 1030972) and member of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Global Sustainable Tourism Council.