Bhutan is a small, landlocked nation located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China. Its landscape ranges from subtropical plains and forests in the South to subalpine forests and snowy mountains in the North. Bhutan is a predominantly Buddhist country and is known as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism.
All International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa that must be pre-arranged through a licensed Bhutanese Tour Operator or one of their international partners. Visa clearance must be obtained through your tour operator prior to travel. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals may obtain a visa on entry.
International tourist visas a cost of USD $40 applies. This can be paid in advance to tour operator or travel agent
There are a number of airports where you can fly into Bhutan from (Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore, and Mumbai). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair & Bhutan Airlines. Also, 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.
The $200 per day (low season) and $250 per day (high season) package include a minimum of 3-star accommodations, costs for food, an experienced guide, and transportation (with driver) within the country. Also included in the price is $65 per day royalty that goes towards free education, free healthcare, and poverty alleviation. Your tour operator will arrange all of these services.
Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. 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 in Bhutan.
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.
The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine is its spiciness. Chilies 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.