Bhutan is a small, landlocked country situated in the eastern Himalayas between China and India. Its landscape ranges from Subtropical plains and forests in the south to subalpine forests and snowy Himalayas in the North. Bhutan is a principally Buddhist country and it is recognized as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism.
Yes, it is Bhutanese government regulation that you must use Licensed Bhutanese Tour operator in order to book your tour to Bhutan or one of their international associates.
All foreign tourists planning to visit Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator or any of their International associates. Visa clearance copy must be obtained via your tour operation in order to fly to Bhutan. For Indian passport holders (or VIC), Bangladeshi nationals and people from the Maldives may obtain a visa upon arrival.
The visa fee for the foreign travelers is US$ 40. The fee can be paid in advance to your tour operator or travel agent. For Indian Passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and people from Maldives, there is no cost incurred.
There are several airports where you can fly into Bhutan such as Thailand (BKK), Nepal (KTM), Singapore (SIN), India (Delhi), Kolkata, Bodh Gaya, Bangladesh (Dhaka), Guwahati. At the moment, Druk Air, Tashi Air (Bhutan Airlines) are the two operators in and out of the country. Aslo, there are three overland borders crossing which you can enter Bhutan. All these three borders are from India such as Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar. Entire travel arrangements must be done via local travel operator or any of their international partners. You can get a list of local tour operator on the official website of Bhutan Tourism Council, however if you are booking through an international agency, make sure the international agent is a partner of any of the Bhutanese local tour operators listed on TBC.
The daily minimum package of Bhutan tour includes 3 star accommodations, all meals (Breakfast and dinner at hotel and lunch en-route), an experience guide, transportation. The package also can be called Full Board Basis. The Standard cost for the minimum package is US$ 250 Per Night (High Season) and US$ 200.00 Per Night (Low Season); this also includes US$ 65.00 Per Day as a Royalty that goes towards free education, free healthcare and poverty alleviation. All of those services and details will be arranged by your tour operator.
The currency of Bhutan is called Ngultrum. The value of Ngultrum is tied to the Indian Currency which is acceptable as a legal tender. Though, Indian note of 500 and 1000 are not acceptable at some point.
There is no limitation of the tourists admitted into the country every year. However, in order to protect our traditions, culture and natural environment, the government has implemented strict guidelines of “High Value, Low Impact Tourism”. This policy is meant at attracting discerning tourists that will respect the unique culture and values of the Bhutanese people while also providing the guests with a memorable one of a kind experience.
The most unique feature of Bhutanese cuisine is its sharp taste. Chillis are an important ingredient of nearly every plate and are considered so essential that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that was not spicy.
Rice forms the main body of most Bhutanese meals. It is come with by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Beef, Pork and Chicken are the meats that are taken most frequently. A wide range of western and Indian cuisine is also accessible in many of the restaurant across the country.
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