The Kingdom of Bhutan has adopted a cautious approach to Tourism in order to avoid any negative impact on the country’s culture and environment.
All tourists, group or individual, must travel on a pre-planned all inclusive guided tour through a registered tour operator in Bhutan or their counterparts abroad. The basic rate is fixed by the government
There are still plenty of takers wanting to explore the breathtaking mountains and valleys of this astonishing country.
The Tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability, meaning it must be environmentally friendly, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable.
The number of tourists is also kept to a manageable level by the limited infrastructure. With its closely guarded culture and traditions, and well-conserved pristine natural environment, Bhutan is unique and fascinating in many ways. Bhutan is the last surviving Mahayana Buddhist kingdom in the roof of the world. Religion has shaped the nation’s history, and it still plays a vital role in the everyday life. Bhutan has a wide range of climates, from the hot and humid jungles of the southern foothills to frigid snowcapped peaks in the north which rise to 7,700 meters. This has made it possible for a lot of unique and rare plants and animals to thrive. Realizing that uncontrolled tourism can have devastating and irreversible effect on the local environment, culture and the identity of the people, the Bhutanese government has introduced fixed ‘daily tourist tariff’ to limit the number of tourists visiting Bhutan per year. The tourists are charged a fixed rate per night halt during their tour in Bhutan. This rate includes meals, accommodations, transport, services of guides and porters, supply of pack and riding ponies and cultural programs when and where available.
There are two ports of entry into Bhutan: by Air via Paro Airport or by road from India via the southern gateway city of Phuentsholing. Either way, a trip to Bhutan must be planned in advance because tourist visas can only be processed through a registered tour operator in Bhutan after full payment of tour price.
Although it is more expensive than visiting another South Asian or South East Asian country, you will find Bhutan very different from any other country you have visited. You will find a country where all people in villages as well as in cities still wear their traditional dress. A country whose past is still the present, a country where TV and the Internet have not changed the people’s age-old traditions, a country which is rightly called by some as “The Last Shangrila”.
Arranging your trip to Bhutan is simple and straight forward once you understand. Get in touch with us. Finalize on the itinerary, flight sectors, date of travel and costs. Then we will provide you wire instruction details and ask you to wire the fund. Once we receive payment, we will buy your tickets and send them to you. We will also then process your Visas with the Government and the Visa Clearance Letter will be sent to you. On arrival at Paro airport, your actual Visas will be stamped on your passports based on this Clearance Letter.
Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Bhutan, particularly the months of October and November, when the skies are clear and you can get stunning views of the mountain peaks. For those who wish to catch a Bhutanese festival, especially the masked dance of the monks, see our festival dates.
The people of Bhutan are like other people! Ask before you take their picture. Ask your guide before taking pictures in museums or public buildings. There are some places that are off limits to visitors for religious and safety reasons. Ask your guide so you can always be sure.