All foreign visitors to Bhutan require a visa to enter the country. Visa clearance must be obtained before entering to Bhutan and travel must be booked through a Bhutanese tour operator or international partner.
-Passport details should be forwarded to the Travel agent at least 1 month prior to date of travel for visa processing.
-The visa is stamped only on arrival in Bhutan with the support of visa clearance, which will be sent to you in advance.
-Those Travelers, entering Bhutan via Druk Air, visa clearance number is forwarded to the concerned overseas Druk Air Stations and without this clearance number the passengers are not allowed to board the flight.
-Travelers entering the country by surface through Phuentsholing and Samdrup Jongkhar (The border town in the Southern Bhutan), visa clearance number is forwarded to the Local Authority and the actual visa is stamped on arrival. Two copies of passport size photographs are required on arrival.
Visa fee is USD 40 per person one time and which should be paid along with the Tour payment.
There are flights to destinations that include Kathmandu, Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai.
Paro is situated at a height of 2,225 m (7300 ft) above sea level and is surrounded by mountains as high as 4,876 m (16,000 ft). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. Flying into Bhutan’s Paro International Airport is typically an exciting experience as the descent into Paro valley brings you closer to the mountain tops than most other flights in the world. The flight between Paro and Kathmandu is one of the most exciting ones as the aircraft passes over four of the five highest mountains in the world. In fine weather, as you soar higher up, you can enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kangchenjunga at their best.
TRAVEL BY LAND
Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar are the only land border areas open to tourists.
The town of Phuentsholing in south-west is located approximately 170 km east of the Indian national airport at Bagdogra. After crossing Phuentsholing, you begin your journey to Thimphu, the capital city with travel time of about six hours for the 170 km stretch.
Bhutan is a land with tales of rulers dressed in silken robes living in lofty castles clinging to the side of mountains; of rivers plunging through high mountain passes through valleys; of winding trails through hill and dense forests of rhododendrons and wild orchids; of colorful houses dotting the landscape. Fabled with mysticism, and adorned with incomparable natural beauty this land of the Thunder Dragon remained a land of mystery till it opened its door to the world recently.This fairy tale land has the world's greatest concentration of mountains. Bhutan is like a trip to another world, into an exotic era untouched by modernization.
Adventure awaits you in Bhutan
The geographical location of Bhutan makes it a perfect location for adventure activities from trekking & hiking to rafting, kayaking, biking and so on.The landscapes of Bhutan consists of rugged mountains, magnificent lakes & glaciers and deep valleys that makes it very exciting for tapping your adventurous side. There are numerous numbers of exciting trekking trials in Bhutan, such as: Gasa Hot Spring Trek, Druk Path trek, Jhomolhari Trek, Samtengang Trek and the Samtengang Trek.
Explore the mountains
A visit to Bhutan offers you the majestic view of the Himalayan range under a clear sky. Bhutan has one of the most rugged mountain terrains in the world. The mountain ranges of Bhutan is divided into three main geographic regions: the Great Himalaya, the Lower Himalayan Range (or Inner Himalaya), and the Sub-Himalayan Range. You can enjoy the most magnificent views of the Himalayas while you visit Bhutan.
Weather in Bhutan depends upon the altitude. In the northern part where the mountains rises above 7000m from sea level,it's freezing cold during the winter. However, in the southern part of the country, closer to India, the weather is hot and humid in summer and cold in winter. The best times to visit Bhutan are spring, March-May and autumn, late September – November. The center part of Bhutan enjoys the sub-tropical climate with very cool winters. The temperature ranges from -2.5°C in January to 25°C in summer with a rainfall of 100mm in the capital city - Thimpu.
The currency is the Ngultrum, divided into Chetrums, which are at a par with the Indian Rupee. The Indian Rupee is also used in Bhutan.
Acceptable foreign currencies: US Dollars, British Sterling, Deutsche Mark, Swiss Franc, French Franc, Japanese Yen, etc.
No ATM machines anywhere in the Kingdom so make sure to bring enough spending money- either cash (USD, Euros, Pounds etc.,) or Traveller's Checks. Money is easily changed in Bhutan - your guide will help you.
Some of the bigger handicraft stores take American Express, Visa and Mastercard. However, the small shops do not.
The Banks and the currencies accepted in Bhutan are as given below:
Bhutan National Bank Limited (BNB)
Bank of Bhutan Limited (BOBL)
Currencies accepted as foreign exchange within the banks are: