Most frequent questions and answers
All foreign travelers, other than Indian and Bangladesh nationals, need a visa to Bhutan and these are issued to travelers who have booked with a Travel company like Bhutan Travelcation. However your passport will be stamped at paro Airport on arrival
There are two ways to get into Bhutan, either by Druk Air line and Bhutan airline or by land through India. Most prefer to fly into Bhutan via Druk Air, which operates several flights in a week from Bangkok (Thailand), Delhi and Kolkatta (India), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Singapore to Paro (Bhutan).
Flight schedules and other information are available with us on request. If you prefer to enter Bhutan by land, there are two entry point 1-Phuntsholing in southwest Bhutan and 2- Samdrupjonkhar (east Bhutan)
Tourists are allowed to take photographs of and visitors are seated with the general public. However, tourists will have to obtain a Special Permit for Filming. Toilets are available for pay and use (a nominal fee). Tourists should be briefed beforehand not to disturb the festival audience or distract the performers while taking photographs.
Festival/tshechu dress code:
No hats. No umbrellas. No smoking. No slippers. No short skirts. No half pants. Tour Guide licenses may be checked by the concern authority anytime to authenticate that the tour groups are handled by a licensed guide.
Bhutan Travelcations is specialize in small groups and customer-crafted independent tours. Our group departures are guaranteed with a minimum of two sign-ups. We keep our groups small, usually less than 10 -12 persons, so that each participant receives personal attention from their guides and support staff. Small group travel allows our Travelers flexibility in itineraries and access to areas and sights unknown or unavailable to large tour groups—plus you have more independence and opportunity to socialize and share your experience with other participants.
Our itineraries are, in fact, an approximate indication of the schedule, scope of activities, and trip routing, rather than an inflexible schedule of events. Typically there are changes to the daily itinerary depending on local conditions and/or on the request of our guests, provided there is no financial consequence. These changes may vary from specific sights to the village or city visited. Every evening our guests and guide or Tour Manager sit down together to discuss the next day’s schedule, and at this time you will have the opportunity to put forth your ideas or request the change you would like to have in the itinerary.
Our trips cover history, the arts and architecture, religion and culture, local festivals and events, nature and landscape, and soft to moderate adventures (e.g., jungle safaris, river rafting, hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering, etc). Cultural tours are basically motor vehicle-based tours, but we also offer optional hikes and village visits. During our trips you will have the opportunity to meet the locals, try local cuisine and attend local festivals and events. For those who want more active adventures, we offer rafting, mountain biking, trekking, jungle safaris and more.
More than 70% of our customers select to customize their trips. Any trip featured on this website can be taken as a foundation upon which to build your own private trip. Select a date that suits you and we will suggest a detailed itinerary. If none of our existing itineraries works for you, we can craft one that does. If you do not have a travel companion, we can arrange a solo-traveler tour or look for a companion to join you.
Do I have to buy a tour package for travelling in Bhutan? Can I not travel on my own, choose any hotel I wish, and plan my own tour itinerary as I go along?
Yes. You must buy a package tour that is all inclusive (hotel, full board, transfer & transport, guide and sightseeing). Having paid for a package tour, you can be flexible in the tour itineraries, change the tour to see, or do what interests you most.
Druk Air flight tickets can be sent to you via e-mail. We will forward tickets to your e-mail address as soon as we purchase the Druk Air tickets (E-Ticket system) prior to your departure for Bhutan.
You will be served relatively hot Bhutanese style cuisines that contain chilies. Most visiting tourists enjoy the food. Chinese and Indian-style food is also available. Though the Bhutanese water sources come direct from the Himalayas, it is suggested that you always drink bottled mineral water.
Spring (mid of March – end of June) and autumn (mid of September – end of November) seasons are the best time for trekking.
For individual travellers we use Hyundai Tucson and 4WD Land Cruiser Prados. For groups of 3-7 persons we have Toyota Hiace mini buses. For larger groups of 8-20 persons we have Toyota Coaster Buses.
Like any other country, Bhutan also maintains a high sense of dress code for different places and events. If you are visiting temples, dzongs and offices, you are expected to dress in formal attire. In other, less formal, situations casual dress is appropriate. You are advised to bring warm clothing even if you are visiting in the summer (July-September).
Payments for the tour can be bank transferred or you could pay by your Visa/Master card (with extra 4% service charge) banking details are mention on website.40-50 USD will be charged by your bank overseas to wire your payment.
Credit cards like Visa, Cirus and master cards are usually accepted however ATMs and Swap machines may not work time to time, so we recommend to have some cash in USD, EURO,RUPESS (indain currency) as back up.
Yes. Air travel on any international flight, Druk Air flights and Bhutan airline can be arranged through Bhutan Travelcation.
Bhutan is a Buddhist country and bhutanese are very hospitable people. You will find that Bhutan is a very safe country, with helpful and friendly people. Most young people speak excellent English, and even older people know enough English to help you find your way, or assist you in making purchases.
A standard booking accompanies 3 star hotel (included) with comfortable bed and luxury booking accompanies 5-6 star hotel and all this accommodation are inspected by tourism council of Bhutan to meet the international standard.
Altidude in Bhutan ranges from 500m (1600ft) to 5000m (16000ft) however most of travelers journey ranges from 2000m (7000ft) to 3000m (10000ft)
High season in Bhutan is March to May. September-November is also the best time of the year to visit Bhutan. Because of limited accommodations and flights in Bhutan during these two seasons, you must plan your travel well ahead of time. We recommend at least three months in advance during these busy times yet each season have their own beauty.
In Bhutan, the traditional clothing is the gho for men, a long robe that is gathered and tied at the waist. This is accompanied by knee-high socks and dress shoes. Women wear the kira, a beautiful woven garment that covers nearly the whole body, from shoulder to ankle. A colorful silk jacket completes the outfit. Traditional clothing is still worn daily throughout the country today. Shorts trouser, miniskirts and sleeveless tops are not usually worn while visiting temples and monasteries, you will also need to wear a long-sleeve top and long pants to enter. Good walking and hiking shoes are a must, rain gear, hiking poles and down jacket if winter. (clothing depends on your season of travelling, please do feel free to ask while booking your trip)
Your clothing needs depend on the season. Druk Air, the national carrier, limits baggage to just 30 kilos(66 pound) in economy class and 40 kilos (88 pound) in first class, so you must pack carefully. We can help you with suggestions when you book your trip. Bhutan is a developing country; so many things are not available. If you have any special medications, you need to bring all your medication with you. The same is true for specialty items like contact lenses and a backup pair of glasses. A flashlight is always helpful as well. In addition, it’s nice to bring things that help enhance your relaxing times – an i-pod, a good book and your favorite herbal tea. Comfy slippers are nice to wear around your room at night. Cigarettes and any other tobacco-related products are forbidden in the Kingdom. For personal consumption passengers are permitted to bring in 200 cigarettes (10 packets) on payment of 200 percent duty.
All the tour payments must be made in advance. Tour payment must be settled by one month prior to date of arrival in Bhutan. The VISA is cleared by the Government subject to advance payment only. Once your tour is confirmed we will send you our bank address details to wire transfer the tour payments or payment with credit cards also possible with us.
For further query please do feel free to contact through website address or Bhutanchencho@gmail.com what app 0097517661919