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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

1. Do I need a visa for Bhutan?
All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain a visa, except for Indian nationals holding a valid Indian passport.

2. How can I obtain a visa for Bhutan?
We as a travel agent based in Bhutan can get your visa. You simply need to fax or email your passport details and your intended duration of stay with dates of travel within four weeks of the anticipated date of arrival. Bhutan Journeys will duly process your application and provide you with the Visa clearance number.
You must submit your trip payment in full. A visa clearance will not be issued by the government of Bhutan until all tariff and Druk Air fees have been received.

3. How much does it cost to visit Bhutan?
The price of the tours is set by the Royal Government of Bhutan to keep the inflow of tourist under manageable level and to have less impact on the environment and rich cultural heritage.

Peak Season Rates: (January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December)
US$240 per day for an individual traveler (inclusive of government surcharge)
US$230 per day per person for groups of two (inclusive of government surcharge)
US$200 per day per person for groups of three or more (no government surcharge)
US $20 per person Visa fee
US $ 10 per person as a Tourism Development Fund (TDF) (one off)

Off Season Rates: (July and August)
US$205 per day for an individual traveler (inclusive of government surcharge)
US$195 per day per person for groups of two (inclusive of government surcharge)
US$165 per day per person for groups of three or more (no government surcharge)
US $20 per person Visa fee
US $ 10 per person as a Tourism Development Fund (TDF) (one off)

4. What's included in the cost of my trip?
Services included in the rate are:

1. Accommodation
2. Food
3. Land transport within Bhutan
4. Services of an English Speaking guide
5. Supply of pack ponies, yak, trekking crews and porters
6. All necessary camping equipments for Treks (excluding sleeping bags & sleeping mat)
7. All entrance fees

Services not included in the rates are:
Airfare for your desired flight sectors.
Airport departure tax US $ 12.00
Drinks, Laundry, phone calls

5. Can I have a private tour?
Yes, you can have a private tour and our itineraries will be designed to fulfill your specific interest, providing far more detailed and informed access in exploring the living cultural of Bhutan. Your tour will be escorted by well experienced guide and driver with comfortable means of transportation.

6. Can I customize my itinerary/tour?
Yes, Bhutan Journeys give the right for our customers to customize and under take tours suited to their defined fields of interest. We will assist you in planning your itinerary including the best cultural and natural aspects of this country.

7. When is the best time to visit Bhutan?

The best times to visit Bhutan is during the spring months of March, April, May and mid June and the autumn months of September, October, November and Mid December because the weather is more relaxing and scenic with many popular festivals taking place during these months.
In the autumn the skies are clear, offering stunning views of the high Himalayas from the high passes and various other vantage points. During the spring, the weather is less clear but the blooming flowers and lush green valleys provide different splendor of this country.
Generally, there are more tourists during these peak seasons and to avoid the difficulties in arrangement of logistics; we always make sure that booking is confirmed well in advance.
The summer months of June, July, August, and even early September are typically the monsoon months, so you may come across rain. The winter months of December, January, and February can be cold, but the skies are clear and blue. Some treks remains closed due to the weather conditions. The advantage of traveling during the off seasons is that, you will come across less travelers. But the fact is, Bhutan is spectacular any time of the year, and your trip will be a great adventure no matter when you decide to visit.

8.How can I pay for my tour?
Your tour payment can be made via wire transfer in favor of Bhutan Journeys.

9. Where do I enter Bhutan?
You can enter Bhutan via Druk Air from the following cities:
::Bangkok, Thailand
::Kathmandu, Nepal
::New Delhi, India
::Calcutta, India
::Dhaka, Bangladesh
::Yangoon, Myanmar
The only airport in Bhutan is in Paro. You are required by the government of Bhutan to use Druk Air at least one way. You can also enter from a few cities on the Indian border by car.

10. How can I purchase Druk Air tickets?
We will purchase the tickets and forward them to you via express mail. Or your tickets will be sent to the Druk Air office at the airport of your embarkation port. You can obtain the tickets at the check-in counter on the day of travel.

11. Are there any discounts available?
There will be Discounts for:
a. DIPLOMATS from foreign embassies/missions accredited to Bhutan shall be given a 25% discount on the daily rates.
b. There shall be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years. However, those between the ages of 6-12 years accompanied by elders/ guardians shall be given 50% discount on daily rates.
c. Full time STUDENTS below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions shall also be given a 25% discount on daily rates.
d. A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person is a group of 11 to 16 people, 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 26 persons.

12. How far in advance do I have to sign up for the tours?
For most tours the booking must be completed 8 weeks in advance, but for tours during the festivals, booking must be completed at least 12 weeks in advance. Festivals held in the autumn and spring are peak travel time for tourists, and it can be difficult to secure accommodation and Druk Air seats without advance notice.

13. What will the food be like?
Bhutanese food tends to be spicy, since many dishes are made with chilies, but the spiciness can be reduced to your liking. But you will also have a variety of cuisines to choose from, including Bhutanese, Indian, Tibetan, Continental and Chinese.
The main staples of the Bhutanese diet are rice (red or white) and chilies. One dish favored by most Bhutanese is called "Ema datse," which is chilies and cheese.

14. What is the currency in Bhutan?
The currency in Bhutan is called the Ngultrum. It is equal in value to the Indian rupee, which is also accepted in Bhutan. You can easily buy Ngultrums at the Paro airport, Banks and at hotels, all of which accept traveler's checks and/or dollars and various other currencies. For up-to-date currency exchange information, you can refer to Exchangerate.com.

15. Can I use my credit card in Bhutan?
In general, credit cards are not accepted in Bhutan. Credit cards are accepted only in Handicraft shops.

16. Are there ATMs in Bhutan?
There are no ATMs in Bhutan.

17. What is the time zone in Bhutan?
Bhutan has only one time zone. It is six hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+6 GMT), 30 minutes ahead of India (IST) and one hour behind Thailand. Bhutan is 11 hours ahead of New York City. The country code for Bhutan is 975.

18. Is it safe to travel to Bhutan?
There is very little crime in Bhutan, and it is very safe for women travelers and solo travelers.

19. Do you provide travel insurance?
No, we do not provide travel insurance, but we recommend all our travelers to insure from your home country.

20. What if I need to cancel my trip?
You can cancel the trip at any time without obligation. You will be subject to a cancellation fee for tours booked as follow:
:: within 30 days to start programme ~ no charges
:: within 21 days ~ 10% of rate
:: within 14 days ~ 15% of rate
:: within 7 days ~ 30% of rate
:: less than 7 days or without notice ~ 50% of rate
:: after arrival in Bhutan ~ 100%

21. What are the accommodations like?
All of the hotels we use are clean, comfortable, and of the highest standard in Bhutan. They are all approved by the Department of Tourism. Western Bhutan (Thimphu, Paro, Wangdue, and Punakha) has the best hotels. As you head into central and eastern Bhutan the quality of the hotels goes down a little bit. But we use the best quality available in each region. Your hotels in Bhutan will provide you pillows, blankets, sheets, towels, bathroom tissue, and soap. You have to take your own toothbrush, toothpaste, lotions, and other items. Most hotels will have telephones.

22. What is the weight limit for luggage on Druk Air?
The limit is 20kg for economy class and 30kg for business class. It's possible to pay for excess baggage, but there is a chance that the luggage will have to be sent on the next flight. Also, there is not a great deal of cabin space, so carry-on luggage should be kept to a minimum.

23. Why do I need a guide? Can I just tour on my own?
Tourism in Bhutan is highly regulated by the government. If you want to visit Bhutan, you must do so through a licensed Bhutanese tour company. You cannot tour the country on your own. And you cannot rent a car on your own. You are obligated to have a guide and a driver. This policy ensures that when you come to Bhutan, you will be immersed in a culture and environment that have been carefully preserved.

24. When is the best time to trek in Bhutan?
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