BEST TIME TO VISIT

SEPTEMBER | 20°C | SPRING

Bhutan experiences a wide range of seasons. The months of September and October are the best time to visit Bhutan as they greet visitors with clear skies and pleasant weather. Winters in Bhutan are also a good time for a trip, as the days are sunny, though evenings and nights can be very cold. Spring in Bhutan is a pleasant time to visit as well. Summers are not so great though, as the beginning of summer brings heavy rains.

HERE’S WHAT IT WILL COST

Flight (Delhi - Bagdogra): Rs. 9,000 (return)
Taxi (Bagdogra - Phuentsholing): Rs 4,600 (return) 
Bus (Phuentsholing - Thimphu): Rs 500 (return) 
1&2 stars: Rs. 3000 to Rs. 4000 
3&4 stars: Rs. 4000 to Rs. 7000 
5 star: Rs. 10,000 onwards 
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Per person per day (excluding alcohol):-  
Budget: Nu 1500 
Mid: Range: Nu 3000 
Splurge: Variable based on choice of restaurant 

VISA

Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a visa at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 month validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card). Indians coming to Bhutan by road are required to obtain an 'Entry Permit' on the basis of valid travel documents from the Immigration Office of Royal Government of Bhutan at Phuentsholing, lo ... READ MORE

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GETTING IN

BY AIR

Bhutan’s only international airport is in Paro, about two hours away from Thimphu by road. There are regular flights from New Delhi and Mumbai to Paro city by Drukair- Royal Bhutan Airlines, which is the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

BY ROAD

Thimphu is connected to most parts of Bhutan. It has a city bus station from where inter-district buses depart and arrive. From Paro airport.

PACKING

Here are a few things you must ensure you have before you travel to Bhutan:
  • Valid passport
  • Emergency contacts
  • Laptop and mobile phone along with chargers
  • Basic medication
  • Woollens as per the season you’re visiting in
  • Umbrella/raincoat
  • Photocopies of documents required for entry permits and other permits

DOs & DON’Ts

LOCAL ETIQUETTE
  • Buying and selling of tobacco products is banned in Bhutan.
  • Smoking in public is a punishable offense. You will be required to pay duty even if you wish to carry cigarettes into Bhutan.
  • Do not try to buy antiques when shopping as you are not allowed to take them across the border.
  • Indian Rupee of denominations up to Rs. 100 can be freely used anywhere in Bhutan. However, Rs. 500 and Rs. 2000 notes are illegal to carry and use in the country.
  • The legal drinking age is 18 years and above.
  • Tipping is not customary in Bhutan but you may want to give tips to your guides and drivers. If you have been trekking, it is advised to tip the guide, cook and waiter and your horsemen.
SAFETY
  • Although Bhutan is a very safe destination, devoid of scams, avoid roaming the streets after 9 pm. And if you do venture out at this hour, be sure to move around in a group or with your guide.
  • Theft is minimal in Bhutan but is slowly growing. Take good care of your personal belongings including passports, route permits, cameras, wallets and handbags.
 
GOOD TO KNOW
  • There are chances of getting lost in Thimphu as there are no street names. Stay with your guide or get a map.
  • There are not many options for vegetarians to choose from in Bhutanese cuisine. Most restaurants stop serving food by 9:30 pm so get to dinner early.
  • Bars remain closed on Tuesdays.