Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum (Nu.). Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee which is also accepted as legal tender. However Indian notes in 500 and 1000 denominations are not acceptable.
Other international currencies are also widely accepted in various Hotels, Handicrafts and business entities.
There are a number of airports where you can fly into Bhutan from: Bangkok (Thailand), Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Guwahati (in India), Dhaka (Bangladesh) Kathmandu (Nepal) and Singapore. At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines.
There are three land border crossings which you can travel into the kingdom overland. All crossings are along the Indian border only – Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar. All travel arrangements to Bhutan must be made through a local tour operator.
There is no limit on the number of tourists admitted into the country each year. In order to protect our culture, traditions and natural environment the government has adopted a strict policy of “High Value, Low Impact Tourism”. This policy is aimed at attracting discerning tourists that will respect the unique culture and values of the Bhutanese people while also providing the visitors with an unforgettable one of a kind experience.
Bhutan is located in Asia bordered by China (Tibet) from North, Indian States of Assam & West Bengal from South, Arunachal Pradhesh from East and Sikkim from West.
All International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator or one of their international partners. Visa clearance must be obtained through your tour operator prior to travel. For Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian nationals visa is not required.
It is a government regulation that you must use a license Bhutanese Tour Operator like us, to book your travel to Bhutan. You can approach international representatives of the agent in your local area, yet the final booking would be done by a Licensed Bhutanese Tour Agent in Bhutan.
US$ 40 is one time applicable visa fee per person. This should be paid in advance along with the tour payment to you tour operator or travel agent.
The $200 per day (low season) and $250 per day (high season) package includes
- 3 star accommodations
- Three Meals a day plus tea/coffee
- An experienced English speaking guide
- All land transportation (with driver) within the country (vehicle at disposal).
- $65 per day royalty that goes towards free education, free healthcare and poverty alleviation.
- All monument/Museum entry fees.
- Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
- Bottled water for entire trip.
The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine is its spiciness. Chillis are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered so important that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that was not spicy.
Rice forms the main body of most Bhutanese meals. It is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Pork, beef and chicken are the meats that are eaten most often. A wide selection of western and Indian food is also available in many of the restaurants around the country.