How to book?

Travelers can enter Bhutan by Air or by road and need a visa to enter Bhutan. Visa on entry is provided for citizens of India, the Maldives and Bangladesh. Citizens of all other countries need a visa to enter Bhutan and we Bhutan Morning Dew Tours and Travel provides the visa on arrival to Paro International Airport.

Entering Bhutan by Air, Flights

There are two airlines that operate flights inbound and outboard of Bhutan. Druk Air (Royal Bhutan Airlines) is Bhutan’s national carrier and Tashi Air ( Bhutan Airlines) is a private airline which started operating in 2013. There is one international airport at Paro, about an hour’s drive from the capital, Thimphu. We have domestic routes in operation with domestic airports at Batpalathang in Bumthang (central Bhutan), Yongphula in eastern Bhutan (close to Tashigang).

For your kind information you can have a look at the schedules on the Druk Air website and the Tashi Air website to help you to plan your trip.Druk Air and Tashi Air flights can now be booked directly yourself online, but it is usually preferable for you to ask us to make the booking for you because sometime there are changes which we will confirm and we don’t charge for this service.

If you buy the tickets from the airline websites you have to pay for them on purchase, whereas we can hold the seats for you for a period without commitment while we help you to discuss your itinerary and meanwhile you can finalize your trip plans. You will need to arrange your own international flights to your chosen point of entry to Bhutan. You should wait until we have confirmed your reservations with Druk Air/Tashi Air before you make long haul bookings. Bear in mind also that the airline schedules for Bhutan flights are subject to frequent changes.

Routing and Flight timings

There are daily flights between Bangkok and Paro. Other connected destinations are Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya in India; Dhaka in Bangladesh; Kathmandu in Nepal, and Singapore.

Flight timings are:

1. Bangkok – Paro: 3 hours 15 minutes (or 4 to 4 and a half hours with stopover)
2. Bagdogra – Paro: 30 minutes
3.Calcutta – Paro: 55 minutes
4. Delhi – Paro: 2 hours 20 minutes (or 3 hours 20 minutes with stopover)
5. Dhaka – Paro: 55 minutes
6. Guwahati – Paro: 55 minutes
7. Kathmandu – Paro: 55 minutes
8. Singapore – Paro: 5 hours 55 minutes (with stopover)

If you would like more precise information about flight timings or options please ask us or visit the respective website of the airline

Bhutan Tariff and Payment

Payment for your trip is made in USD via bank transfer to Bhutan’s bank account at the Bhutan National Bank, with us as the ultimate beneficiary of the funds.We will provide you with all the information needed to make the transfer once your choice of trip is confirmed. Please note that it is not possible to make payment by credit card as the payment has to be routed through the government account in order for your visa to be authorized and is not paid directly to our agent (Bhutan Morning Dew).

We ask for payment 60 to 90 days in advance of the tour to give us enough time to finalize the arrangements for your booking. We don’t require payment of a deposit, but if you are visiting in peak season we may need to issue your flight tickets as much as 6 months or more beforehand (if the flight has filled up) and in that case we will ask you to send payment for the flight tickets only at an earlier stage. Remember that your funds are held in the government account and will not be released to our agent until after your tour has taken place.

Your transaction is highly secured with us in collaboration with Tourism Council of Bhutan. If for any reason the trip doesn’t go ahead then the Tourism Council of Bhutan will not release the amount to our agent. Hence your money will be return to you except the cancellation charges in case if you happen to cancel the trip.The International Tourist Tariff is set by the Royal Government of Bhutan and is valid for all-inclusive package.

Entering Bhutan by Land

Tourists can enter Bhutan by land through the three main border towns (all bordering India) of Phuentsholing, Gelephu, and SamdrupJongkhar.

The town in Phuentsholing borders the Indian state of West Bengal and is generally known as the gateway to Bhutan. It lies about 170 km from the Indian airport in Bagdogra and it is about four-hour drive through the Indian plains. It takes about six hours to drive to capital Thimphu from Phuentsholing. This town can also be an exit town for outbound tourists.

Like Phuentsholing, Gelephu town acts like the gateway to the country for central Bhutan. It borders the Indian state of Assam. It takes about 10 hours to drive to capital Thimphu from this town.

The small town of SamdrupJongkhar is the gateway to eastern Bhutan. It lies about 100 km from the Indian airport in Guwahati. This town also acts as an exit town for tourists.

Surcharge

Tourists travelling in a group of two (2) persons or less shall be subject to a surcharge, in addition to the minimum daily package rates

These are as follows:

1. Single individual – US$ 40 per night
2. Group of 2 persons only – US$ 30 per person per night
3. The 10% agency commission payable to agents abroad shall not be deductible from the surcharge

The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved and cleared by TCB.

High Season Tariff & Low Season Tariff

For ( March, April, May, September, October and November) US$ 250 per person per night

For (June, July, August, December, January and February) US$ 200 per person per night.

Note: Both the above rates are applicable for cultural tours, treks or any other special interest tours.

Payment Procedure, Price Includes

Price Includes are:

1. Tours specified in the itinerary.
2. Accommodation in Govt. approved Hotels on twin sharing basis.
3. Group of 2 persons only – US$ 30 per person per night
4. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
5. Tea and Snacks.
6. Mineral water.
7. Comfortable transportation with driver within Bhutan.
8. Trekking equipment like best sleeping tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, mattresses, and sheets.
9. Services of fluent English speaking guides.
10. Trekking cooks and trek assistant.
11. Supply of pack animals.
12. Museum and monument fees.
Payment Procedure, Price dose not include

Price dose not include are:

1. Travel insurance.
2. Rescue operations by helicopter.
3. Airfare.
4. Transfer and services outside Bhutan.
5. Visa fee of US $ 20 per person.
6. Wire transfer fee for transferring tour payment from your bank to Bhutan.
7. Excess baggage charges.
8. Drinks and Tipping.
9. Hotels laundry

The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on actual basis. The rates shall apply uniformly irrespective of locations and the type of accommodation provided/asked for. List of hotels and lodges approved for international tourist accommodation updated from time to time shall be issued by TCB (Tourism Council of Bhutan).

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy are:

1. Within 60 days of the start of the tour program : Free
2. Within 1 months : 15% of the rate
3. Within 14 days : 30% of the rate
4. Less than 7 days or cancellation without notice : 50 % of the rate
5. After arrival in Bhutan : 100% of the rate
Delayed Arrivals

There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

Tour Payment Method

The Tour payment can be remitted by Telegraphic/Electronic transfer to the account of Bhutan National Bank through the corresponding banks from abroad. We would give you the proper Bank Details for wiring your tour payments to Bhutan if your Bhutan Travel is certain.

Beneficiary Bank Address

Bhutan National Bank

P.O BOX No: 439

GPO Building, Chang Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan

SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT

A copy of the remittance of the transfer must be email to us

To transfer money to Bhutan National Bank, from any place outside Bhutan and India, Please request your bank to remit money through Bhutan National Bank Ltd.

NOTE: Please remit the payment in favor of Bhutan National Bank indicating ultimate beneficiary as” A way to Bhutan Tours and Travel” and kindly fax or email remittance copy for us to trace the payment.

Ultimate Beneficiary Bank Account

Account No: 0100039223001 in the name of “Bhutan Morning Dew Tours & Travel” maintained with BNB, Thimphu, Bhutan.

VISAS

Your passport needs to have at least 6 months’ validity calculated from the date on which you leave Bhutan. You will also need to make sure that you have a spare page for a visa for Bhutan, as well as space for the visas for any countries you are visiting en route. If you need to get a new passport please do prior to your planned trip so that there is no delay in applying for your Bhutanese visa.

You are required to send the photo-page of your passport and your bio data to proceed your visa, once your funds including visa fee (USD 40) have arrived in Bhutan. Visas are usually authorized in the month before your trip, as long as funds have been received in full at that point.

We will send you a copy of the confirmation showing that your visa has been authorized and you will need to carry along with you as you will be required to produce in both Bhutan airline as well as on reaching to Paro international air port where the actual visa will be stamped into your passport. Remember if you are not carrying a copy of this visa authorization you will not be able to board the plane to Bhutan.

If you come in overland the process is similar and you need advance authorization of your visa in the same way. Your actual visa will be stamped in your passport when you arrive at the border at Phuntsholing or Samdrup Jongkhar.

Don’t forget to make enquiries about visa requirements for any countries you are passing through en route even if you are only in transit.With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors to Bhutan need a 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 (VIC)).