When is the best time to travel to Bhutan?
- If you want to see an abundance of magnolias, various stunning Rhododendrons, and wildflowers scattered throughout the landscape, you should plan your visit during the months of March, April, and May. The weather is pleasant, the skies are clear, and there is little to no rain.
- The months of September, October, and November are popular for visiting Bhutan as they coincide with many local festivals and are considered the optimal time for trekking.
- For those looking to avoid crowds and catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains, December, January, and February are the ideal time to visit.
How do I get my Bhutan Visa?
Your visa to Bhutan can only be applied and processed through online system by an authorized and registered travel agent such as us. The Visa will come together with your travel package to Bhutan.
What is the SDF and how is it used?
The SDF is the Sustainable Development Fee, a daily levy paid by visitors to support Bhutan’s development. Since the kingdom first opened its doors in 1974, guests have played a critical role in the country’s growth. As we reopen on September 23rd 2022, this partnership is once again evolving to enable us to protect and preserve our kingdom and its priceless assets. It also helps us to ensure that tourists visit in sustainable numbers and that we can continue to offer guests tranquillity and an intimate experience.
The SDF is collected by the national exchequer and funds are allocated to various projects that enhance facilities, services and infrastructure for Bhutanese nationals and visitors, as well as funding free healthcare and education.
How much is the SDF?
For all visitors except those from India, the SDF is US$200 per person, per night. For guests from India (who have an Indian passport or Indian voter ID card), the SDF is 1,200 ngultrum, or the equivalent amount in Indian rupees, per person, per night. Without an Indian passport or Indian voter ID card, the full SDF of US$ 200 will be levied.
Children aged 6 to 12 at the time of travel receive a 50% concessionary discount on their SDF. Those children who have not yet turned six are exempt from paying any SDF.
Day visitors to the Bhutanese towns bordering India are also exempt from paying the SDF until they reach a point designated by the Bhutanese government
If we stay in 4-5 star hotels, do we have to pay extra?
Yes, visitors who opt to stay at 4-5 star will have to pay the hotel supplement on top of the daily tariff specified.
Do I need to send my passport for visa application?
We don’t need your physical passport to apply for visa. We simply need a color scanned copy of your passport to process the visa application.
What currency is used in Bhutan ?
Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. It’s value is also pegged to the Indian currency – Rupee which is widely accepted in the country.
You can bring sufficient cash preferably in US dollars for your personal shopping and expenses. Credit card like visa and master card also accepted, however at very few establishment and local bank here.
Would we need Travel Insurance?
We have always advised our guests to get their insurance coverage from their own country
Are Cigarettes Available In Bhutan?
There is a ban on the sale of cigarettes in Bhutan. 100% sales tax and 100% customs duty is applicable on the tobacco products which are being imported from any other country than India.
What kind of accommodation is available in Bhutan?
Bhutan offers a wide range of accommodation, from luxurious five-star hotels to cosy homestays in traditional village settings.
Please contact our hosts for the Department of Tourism’s list of approved accommodation.
If i cancel my trip will my SDF be refunded?
The Department of Immigration will refund the SDF for any trips that are cancelled or shortened, but any bank charges will be subtracted from the total refund amount.