Travel Information

By Air

By Air you will land in Paro International Airport, the only international airport in Bhutan situated at a height of 2,225 m above sea level. There are flights to destinations like Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai.

 

By Land 

The town of Phuentsholing in south-west is located approximately 170 km east of the Indian airport at Bagdogra. After crossing Phuentsholing, the journey to Thimphu takes about six hours. 

Gelephu in south-central Bhutan, is another entry point to Bhutan. It is approximately 250 kms from Thimphu.

 Samdrup Jongkhar in south-east Bhutan borders the Indian district of Darranga, Assam and is approximately 150 kms away from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. The journey from Guwahati is about three hours. 

Visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives can obtain a visa at the port of entry on producing a valid passport/Voter Identity(VIC) with a minimum of 6 months validity. 

Tourists from all other countries must obtain a visa clearance prior to travel to Bhutan. Backyard Bhutan will process your visa through an online system after the full payment of your trip has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account.  Once received, the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.  

Visa Requirements

  1. Your passport needs to have at least 6 months validity calculated from the date on which you leave Bhutan.
  2. Send us a copy of your Passport by emai to [email protected] / [email protected] at least 25 days prior to your visit.
  3. Email us the copy of Bank wire transfer receipt and we will process your visa.
  4. We will send you the copy of Visa Clearance by email.
  5. At your point of entry the visa will be stamped on your passport.

Daily Tariff

The Royal Government of Bhutan sets Minimum daily package to Bhutan based on the policy ‘High Value, Low Impact’ and this must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan.

Package Inclusions:

  1. Accommodation in 3 star hotels
  2. All Meals
  3. A licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide
  4. All Internal Transport
  5. Camping equipment & haulage includes guide, cook and horses to carry luggage. Tents include sleeping, dining and toilet tent. 
  6. All internal taxes and charges
  7. Royalty of US$65 per night 

Package Exclusions :

  1. Flight tickets
  2. All drinks, laundry and items of a personal nature
  3. Tips and gratuities 
  4. Insurance

Surcharges

In addition to minimum daily tariff an additional surcharge is applicable if

  • 01 tourist travelling – US$ 40 per night
  • 02 Tourist travelling –US$ 30 per person per night

No additional surcharge is applicable for group more than 2 persons.

Discounts

  1. Children below 5 years have no charges other than the visa fee. 
  2. Children between the ages of 5-12 years shall be given 50% discount on minimum daily package rate.
  3. Full time students below the age of 25 years shall be given a 25% discount on  minimum daily rates upon producing valid identity cards from their academic institutions.

Money

Bhutan’s currency is the Ngultrum (Nu.). It is at par with the Indian rupee. POS (Point of Sale) services are available nationwide, meaning visitors can pay by credit card at most hotels and handicrafts stores. Visa and American Express credit cards are also widely accepted. It is however recommended to carry some cash preferably US dollar. 

Electricity

All major towns are well connected with electricity that runs on 220/240 volts with round hole two-pin and three-pin power outlets. 

Travelling Kit

Summers are warm with average daily temperature ranging from 20 to 25 Celsius. In winters temperatures are usually below 15 Degree Celsius so bring appropriate clothing and also a pair of full sleeve shirt and pant for cultural visits. Consider bringing with you a pair of sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, hat, altitude & car sickness medicine, camera. 

Shopping

A variety of items like hand-woven textiles and handicrafts are available for sale. One can come across these items in the many handicraft shops in and around Thimphu and also in major towns. Please remember that buying and selling of antiques is strictly forbidden in Bhutan.

Health Inoculations

Before embarking on a trip to Bhutan, it is advisable to have tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A vaccination.

Food

Rice forms the main body of most Bhutanese meals. It is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Pork, beef and chicken are the meats that are eaten most often. A wide selection of western and Indian food is also available in many of the restaurants around the country. 

All tour payments shall be done only in US Dollars by wire transfer. Tour payment must be sent at least four weeks prior to date of arrival in Bhutan so that your visa formalities are completed on time by the Royal Government of Bhutan. 

Payment Security

All payments you make remain secured in the Government Bank Account (Tourism Council of Bhutan) and will not be released to Backyard Bhutan Tours & Trek before completion of your tour. 

Banking Information

To Transfer money to Bhutan National Bank, Thimphu from any place outside Bhutan and India, please request your bank to remit money as follows:

1. Correspondent Bank Address:

Standard Chartered Bank Ltd.,
One Madison Avenue, New York,
NY 10010-3603
SWIFT Code: SCBLUS33
CHIPS ABA: 0256
FED ABA: 026002561

2. Beneficiary Bank Account: 

358-202-171-9001(USD A/C)

3. Beneficiary Bank:

Bhutan National Bank, PO Box.439,
GPO Building, Changlam, Thimphu, Bhutan
SWIFT CODE: BNBTBTBT

4. Ultimate Beneficiary:

Account No. 0100033333001

Account name: Backyard Bhutan Tours and Trek

maintained with BNB, Thimphu

Upon cancelation of the tour after booking, the following charges apply:

  1. Cancelled 40+ days prior to arrival date in Bhutan  – Full Refund
  2. Cancelled 35-39 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan – 50% Refund
  3. Cancelled 30-34 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan – 25% Refund
  4. Cancelled within 30 days prior to arrival date in Bhutan- No Refund

Delayed Arrivals & Departure

No charge will apply for delays in arrival and departure owing to natural calamities disrupting flights or road blocks. However, you must bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

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