Bhutan Travel Information
Bhutan was open to foreigners since 1974. We need to abide by Bhutanese rules while visiting Bhutan.
Minimum Daily Tariff
The minimum daily tariff of Bhutan travel cost is fixed by Bhutanese government. The cost varies according to the nature of services that you are willing to take like hotel accommodation, meals, hotel taxes RGoB Royalties, sightseeing, guide, driver and vehicle. In order to avoid negative influences in culture and environment, Bhutanese government has strictly said that the visitors either need to be invited by the government itself or they need to take the government approved travel program.
Since an independent traveling is not allowed on Bhutan, you must choose the prepaid guided package tour. According to the Royal Government tourist tariff 2012, the daily tariff is set to be USD250 per person per day during peak season. Peak season in Bhutan are March, April, May, September, October and November. For a group of three visitors, the single supplement costs $20 per single per day. During off season, the minimum daily tariff is USD200. For a group of two people, it is $250 per person and $30 supplement per day double occupancy. For a single person, it is $20 plus $40 per single per day.
The cost can be higher as it depends upon your trekking itinerary, the season in which you like to visit and the travel operator you choose.
Indian and Bangladeshi citizens do not require visa for Bhutan visit. You need visa clearance from Thimpu before visit. Air tickets for Bhutan can be bought only after visa clearance.
Yeshe Gompo and Paldenp Lhamo are two major deities in Bhutan. Tsechus is celebrated in Punakha, Thimpu, Bumthang and Paro in spring season which celebrate the warding off of evil spirit. Takin festival is celebrated in Damji and Gasa in February. Punakha Tsechu is celebrated from February to March in Punakha Dzong. Chorten Kora is celebrated in March in Trashiyangtse. Ura Yakchoe is observed in April in Ura Lhakhang, Central Bhutan.
Trekking in Bhutan
The mountains, forests and valleys in Bhutan offer best trekking experiences. Chomolhari trek is most widely preferred trek. May is best for taking rhododendron trek. Bhutan Druk Path Trek, Bumthang Cultural trekking, Birdwatching trek and Lingshi Trek are other popular treks.
Climate in Bhutan
Bhutan has tropical temperature in south, temperate in central Bhutan and cold in northern Bhutan.
Mahayana Buddhism was brought to Bhutan from Tibet by Guru Padmasambhava in 8th century. Drukpa Kargyu is the dominant sect in Mahayana Buddhism.