When is the best time to visit Bhutan?
Bhutan is a year-round destination for cultural touring & hiking. High altititude trekking is best mid-March to mid-June and early October to mid-November.
Do consider travel in the ‘Regular’ season JUN-AUG and DEC-FEB. There are less tourist travellers and you can realise a more rewarding experience. This will also reduce your tour costs.
How far in advance should we book for Bhutan?
During peak tourist travel months, MAR-MAY & SEP-NOV, please book 6-9 months ahead. For regular season travel, JUN-AUG & DEC-FEB, we suggest booking 3-6 months in advance.
Is independent travel possible to Bhutan?
All tourist visitors must book a pre-paid and pre-arranged tour to be granted a visa. This includes the services of a guide and driver. However you can enjoy a reasonable degree of flexibility during each day to hike, visit markets & villages. You must stay in your pre-allocated hotel at night. Most temples, dzongs & key sights can only be accessed with your guide present.
Many of our travellers to Bhutan go on private tours; as a couple or small group of family or friends. They choose their own preferred dates and duration of travel.
Bhutan prohibits independent backpacker style visitors to maintain its strict cultural and ecological values.
What group tours do you offer to Bhutan?
We operate small group cultural tours, motorcycle tours, trek tours & yoga tours . In addition, periodically we offer special interest photography & textile tours. Most of our cultural tours take a maximum of only 8 persons.
How do we arrange flights to/from Bhutan?
Bhutan & Beyond will book and ticket your air flights to/from Paro airport, Bhutan’s international gateway. General travel agents, and other airlines, do not have the ability to make these air reservations with the two Bhutanese airlines.
How do we obtain our Bhutan visa?
Bhutan & Beyond will pre-arrange your Bhutan visa which is included in your tour cost. We require a scanned copy of your passport photo page. Passports must be valid 6 months longer than your journey and the visa is issued between 14-20 days prior to arrival. We will email your visa as soon as it is received.
For information on how to obtain Nepal or India Visa please click here.
What are the cancellation charges & do I need travel insurance?
Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory to visit Bhutan. Insurance should be purchased no later than the day you pay your tour deposit for your protection. Failure to do so could result in serious financial loss should you be forced to cancel your journey.
The Drukair/Bhutan Airlines air flight component, and initial land tour deposit, are both totally non-refundable after your deposit is paid. Your Bhutan land tour arrangements are subject to the cancellation fees below.
Deposit date until 60 days prior to arrival in Bhutan – Loss of deposit
60 days or less prior to arrival in Bhutan – No Refund Permitted
When do the festivals in Bhutan take place?
Festivals in Bhutan have reputations for being raucous, joyous affairs. The most popular for tourists are those held in Thimphu & Paro. As a result they mark the busiest time of the year for the tourism industry. Regional festivals can be more rewarding to attend. Howevetr dates often change at short notice.
What are the roads like in Bhutan?
Your travel through Bhutan will be on the one main road that traverses the centre of the Kingdom. The road has been upgraded over the last 5 years. As at MAR19 it is in good shape between western & central Bhutan. There is still some further upgrading going in in the eastern part of the country. Most journey times by road have been reduced and the road has less bends than before. All good news for tourist visitors!
Why is it so expensive to visit Bhutan?
Because the Bhutanese Government has imposed a unique ‘all inclusive’ nightly tariff structure for all tourist visitors. Bhutan tours can therefore ‘appear’ to be expensive. We regularly receive comments from returning visitors on how great the ‘value for money’ genuinely is. Especially considering every visitor has access to a private guide, driver & private vehicle. Furthermore the land package is all-inclusive. For instance, all meals, accommodation, sightseeing, hiking, entry fees, transfers, taxes, Govt Tourism Sustainability fees & visa fees. As a result it is indeed excellent value for money. And….Bhutan is such a privilege to visit!
Is the internet available?
Most of the standard 3* tourist class hotels offer free WiFi. Sometimes only in the lobby area. In addition some have a small business centre where you can use the hotel PCs . All of the luxury resorts & lodges offer a wireless internet facility however not necessarily in guest rooms.
Remote valleys, like Phobjikha, have intermittent power and internet supply so please factor in for some inconsistency as you travel.
Purchasing a local SIM card for your smart phone or iPad will give you WiFi most of the way through the Kingdom.
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