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Getting to Bhutan from Kathmandu
Posted September 27th, 2012 - 9:50 am by from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (Permalink)
Hello,

I will travel to Nepal by end of this year and would like to include Bhutan in the trip. However, I understand that I'll need to book a tour in order to get to Bhutan. Could any of you please recommend any tour agency in Kathmandu? And how long does it take to get all the paperwork done before I can travel to Bhutan? Should I ask the tour agency take care of my air ticket or is it better to do it myself?

It'd be great if you guys can share some information and experiences on traveling to and in Bhutan.

Many thanks,
-mims

Posted September 27th, 2012 - 10:49 am from Haastrecht, Netherlands
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Posted September 27th, 2012 - 9:00 pm by from Kolkata, India (Permalink)
M leaving for Bhutan @ the end of October....on a roadtrip...

rbc.kolkata.bt ...its the official website of Bhutan Embassy in Calcutta...there are a few contact numbers given...call them up...i think they could throw in a couple of names...most importantly legit ones...

I do hope that u know ...that foreigners[apart from Indian]....will have to pay a minimum of $200 dollar per day to the travel agency that will include ur food, hotels and sightseeing....

Have a safe journey...!!!

Posted September 28th, 2012 - 2:26 am by from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (Permalink)
Hi Annie,

Could you please inbox me his contact? Where did you go last time and how long were you there? I have 3-4 days max to spend in Bhutan, and most tours last at least 5 days. I wonder if they also have requirement on minumum length of stay besides the daily tarriff..

Hi Rikth - thanks for your well wish. Please also share your travel plan and experience in Bhutan when you can

Cheers,

-mims

Posted September 28th, 2012 - 8:18 am by from Reading, England (Permalink)
Mimi,

The visa procedures are documented here:

http://www.mfa.gov.bt/visa

That site in general has got tons of information.

The Bhutanese government has a list of pre-approved tour operators. Have a look here:

http://www.tourism.gov.bt/bhutan/tour-operators

Each of the above links gives more information on tour operators, with contacts, numbers, website and email addresses.

If you have only 3-4 days in hand, you could stick to Paro (where you will be landing) and Thimphu (around 2-3 hrs away by road). Punakha is further away from Thimphu towards east, but adding that will make your itinerary very rough and tough.

Have fun!

Posted October 27th, 2012 - 12:43 am by from Mexicali, Mexico (Permalink)
Is there anyway to avoid the $200 tour fee ?

How many days should I stay if I am on $ 200 day plan ?
2 days ? I am planning a trip around the world, and why do cool places always have to be expensive :P ~

Posted October 29th, 2012 - 9:54 am by from Reading, England (Permalink)
Samuel - Bhutan is a cool place, but there is a reason why they have made the visa formalities so expensive! Limited entry of foreigners is the only way remote and sacred place like this country would survive. Hopefully, there will be more transparency (and less fee) in the future, but 200$ per day is what you need to pay right now.

The only ways to avoid the fee would be to get invited by somebody from within Bhutan. This approach has its own formalities and you need all the papers sorted before you fly in to the country. Check out some of the flagged and old posts - there is some information on how this can be done.

Vishnu.

Posted October 29th, 2012 - 11:58 pm by from Mexicali, Mexico (Permalink)
Thank you Oneiro,

The more I read about Buthan, the more I fall in love with the country. What tour operators do you recommend ?

Posted October 30th, 2012 - 9:23 am by from Reading, England (Permalink)
Samuel - I backpacked the country on my own since we (as Indian citizens) do not need to go via tour operators to enter and see Bhutan.

The full set of tour operators are given here:
http://www.tourism.gov.bt/bhutan/tour-operators

Check out old threads - there are several instances where people have recommended the names of good operators. You could use that as a start!

Posted January 5th, 2013 - 2:45 am by from Brasilia, Brazil (Permalink)
Hello, guys.

Can anyone suggest a really good/reliable travel company to visit the country?

And on the prices of the tours are included this fee of $200/250?

Posted January 5th, 2013 - 11:38 am by from Thimphu, Bhutan (Permalink)
Hello Marconi,

I have a travel company in Bhutan-Bhutan Namdruk Adventure. If you come to Bhutan during off season(December, January,February, June, July, August) the tariff is USD 200 per day and if you come during season time its USD 250 per day per person.


The price includes the following:

• All internal taxes and charges (including the royalty)
• Accommodation
• All Meals
• All travel with a licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide
• All Internal Transport

Surcharges:

Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subject to surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:
Single individual US$ 40 per night
Group of 2 persons US$ 30 per person per night

Visa fees USD 40 for the whole trip.

Looking forward to receive positive response.

Warm Regards,

Kunzang


Posted January 7th, 2013 - 1:31 am by from Brasilia, Brazil (Permalink)
Hi, Kunzang! Well, my doubt is really this:

For example, there are 2 packages:

1 - Photography tour 4 days

2 - Trekking 7 days

The first tour will cost 4x250 and the second 7x250, independent of the type of the tour?

Thanks!

Posted January 7th, 2013 - 7:55 am by from Thimphu, Bhutan (Permalink)
Hi Marconi,

The cost of the tour is independent of the tour.

We can plan your tour as per your preferences. Looking forward to plan your trip.

Warm Regards,

Kunzang
Mobile No.0097517117173

Posted January 11th, 2013 - 6:28 am from Bucharest, Romania
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