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Bhutan Travel Information
Bhutan Travel Information
Alpine Bhutan Travel
Complete Bhutan Travel Information
Travelling to Bhutan is not as hard as you might think.
Royal Bhutan Airline, Druk Air, links the country to a number of Asian hub cities like Bangkok, Calcutta, Delhi and Kathmandu. If you are in Delhi or passing by in Bangkok, it is just a matter of boarding the flight on Druk Air and you would be soon descending into the fabled kingdom.
Bhutan requires that tourist travel to Bhutan only on pre-paid, pre-planned tour itineraries booked through a local travel operator in the country like Alpine Bhutan Travel. Bhutan is very concerned about the negative impact of uncontrolled mass tourism on the local people, the local culture, the local traditions and the local environment as is evident in many regional countries. Bhutan follows a strict tourism policy of "Low Volume, High Value", with a set daily tariff to be paid by the tourists. This tourism policy may not really sound like music to the ears of budget travellers and back-packers, however, it helps to keep out the ills of mass tourism while optimising the inflow of tourist dollars.
How can I book a tour to Bhutan? It is just a click away. With the coming of internet in Bhutan in 1999, it is so easy to book a tour directly with a tour operator in Bhutan like Alpine Bhutan Travel. We will answer your questions and help you in customizing a tour that suits your interests.
Booking a tour directly with Alpine Bhutan Travel offers the convenience, flexibility, security and knowledge only a local travel professional can offer. Moreover, when you book a tour directly with us, you save a lot since we are doing away with middleman mark-ups. The commission and cuts that accrue to the middleman are saved, which we finally pass on to you.
Financial security for your tour payment is guaranteed. When you are making a tour payment, you would be depositing money directly into the bank account of Department of Tourism, which is an agency of the Royal Government of Bhutan. Department of Tourism maintains accounts in New York, London and Singapore where you can deposit the money by either wire transfer or account to account transfer. The Department of Tourism would then disburse the money in local currency to Alpine Bhutan Travel bank account in Bhutan only after your arrival in Bhutan. In case you are not able to travel to Bhutan due to any reasons, refund of the your tour payment is also guaranteed, subject to terms and conditions of tour cancellation. So, you should note that you are dealing with an agency of the Royal Government of Bhutan and your financial security on tour payment is absolutely guaranteed.
Alpine Bhutan Travel is a government licensed tour operator based in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. (License No. 1021218). You can choose one of our tour packages or we will tailor a tour to suit you. With personalized service, an experienced staff and excellent contacts in Bhutan, we are committed to making your trip to this wildly beautiful country a memorable one!
Bhutan's Tourism Policy and Tourist Tariff
Travel to Bhutan is only possible with a pre-planned, pre-paid tour booked through a licensed tour operator in Bhutan like Alpine Bhutan Travel Service. However, you can decide on what you want to see and when you want to see it. We can tailor a tour plan to suit your individual needs.
tourist tariff for peak season and off season are given below:
Peak Tourist Season: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December
Tariff: US $ 200 per person per night
Season: July and August
Full name as in passport:
Bhutan Air Ticketing
Bhutan National Airline, Druk Air, flies to cities of
neighbouring countries only. The cities include Bangkok in Thailand, Delhi
and Kolkata in India, Kathmandu in Nepal, and Dhaka in Bangladesh. You
would have to get a connection flight to one of these cities before you
board Druk Air flight to Bhutan.
It is advisable to purchase plane tickets to one of these cities abroad because it is expensive to arrange from Bhutan. However, since Druk Air tickets are sold only in Bhutan, we would arrange for the Druk Air ticket once the visa has been approved. We would then arrange to either send by post to your address or forward it to Druk Air outstation in the above mentioned cities' airport so you can collect it from there.
The Tourist tariff in Bhutan doesn't cover your home plane ticket or Druk
Druk Air (Royal Bhutan Airlines)
Bhutan by Road
Bhutan is accessible by road.
If you reach North East India, it is easy to come to Bhutan by road
through the Bhutanese border town of Phuentsholing. You can fly till
Bagdora airport West Bengal, India, from where it is only three hours
drive to the border town. The Indian hill stations of Darjeeling, West
Bengal and Gangtok, Sikkim are only 5 hours away by road from
Currency in Bhutan and Foreign Exchange Rate
The currency in Bhutan is Ngultrum
(Symbol - Nu.). It is divided into 100 Cheltrum. Ngultrum is pegged to
Indian Rupee on par, meaning 1 Ngultrum = 1 Indian Rupee. As in
neighbouring countries in the region, Indian Currency is accepted in
Bhutan, except the 500 Rupee and 1000 Rupee denominations. This high
denominations were banned since there a few cases of fake bills being
circulated by counterfeiters in India.
Using Credit Card in Bhutan?
Visa and American Express credit cards are accepted in few places but have limited use. Travellers cheques as well as Euro, US Dollars, Pound Sterling, Swiss Francs, Singapore Dollar, Australian Dollar and Japanese Yen can be exchanged at banks and most of the hotels.
Climate in Bhutan
Climate in Bhutan is Bhutan varies drastically from place to place with a
short range. The land rises from the southern moist sub-tropical
foothills at an altitude of about 200 meters above sea level to
snow-capped peaks of over 8,000 meters in the north. The central temperate
belt, which is the touristy valleys, ranges from about 900, to 4,500
meters above sea level. The capital city Thimphu, is situated at 2,400
meters above sea level.
winter months of December, January and February are the coldest and night
time temperatures often plummet below – 10C in higher
altitude valleys. Once or twice there are snow fall in colder valleys of
Thimphu, Paro, Trongsa, and Bumthang.
It maybe troublesome and expensive to carry much because Druk
Air observes a baggage weight limit of 30 kg (66 lb). You should come prepared for vast
contrasts in weather. Casual clothes are generally most suitable.
Warm clothes are a must in winter since the temperature drops below 0 C.
Trekking shoes, rain gear, windbreakers, sun caps and sunglasses are
important for trekking and outdoor activities. Revealing clothes are
discouraged in public places and religious sites.
Sunblock cream and lip protection will be of help. On a sunny day, the sun
can be scorching.
Generally, it is very safe in Bhutan. But if you plan to trek or engage in adventure sports in Bhutan it is advisable that you draw a travel insurance policy in your home country since such services are not available in Bhutan.
Our travel agency has built over the years a close relationship
with the best hotels in every town in Bhutan. Over all, hospitaIt is a fact that Bhutan
doesn't have a five star hotel till date (two 5-star international resort
chains are in Bhutan - Uma Paro and Aman Resorts), but all tourist are housed in the
Department of Tourism (DoT) approved and classified hotels only. All
tourist hotels are comfortable and clean.
You will be accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide
throughout your stay. Our tour guides are licensed and trained in programs
conducted by the Department of Tourism. They have mountain guide training,
including safety and first aid instructions. They are well versed in local
history and local knowledge. Plus their extensive experience and knowledge
of western culture would make you feel at home.
Transport in Bhutan
Electricity in Bhutan
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Dangers and Annoyances
Due to the Buddhist belief of respecting all forms of life, there are many
street dogs roaming all valleys in the country. Dog barking at night is
one of the annoyances in Bhutan. Bring along a ear plug to help you sleep
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