In Bhutan every season has its own charm; as such the country has variety of doings to the tourist according to their interest. But the most visited months are usually March, April and May during which the country is at its best scenery as the spring just hits off and of course in the later months of the year like August, September, October and November. These are the peak seasons as the weather during these time of the years are pleasant and warm and not to forget the festival months. However, Bhutan creative Tours is focusing to spread out visitation over the year because, come rain or shine, there is something for all parts of the year. The winters are cold, but we have winter treks and festivals in the southern parts of Bhutan,which has warm weather through out the year. A winter in Bhutan is characterized by clear blue skies, but you need your jackets with you.
All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain a Visa prior to your arrival to Bhutan, except for Indian nationals holding a valid Indian passport. After your confirmation to visit Bhutan with us, you can just download and fill out the Visa Application form from our website and send it to us. We’ll have the visa confirmation letter processed within 7 working days and send it to you. The Visa Application System used by the national tourism office is designed by our CEO when he was working as the Chief Researcher for the Tourism Council of Bhutan. This makes it very easy for us to leverage visa processing even during the final minutes before your arrival to Bhutan.
You will need your Passport which has 6 months validity for its expiry date, Druk Air e-ticket, whether you booked it through us or the Druk air’s website and your Visa confirmation letter which we will send you prior to your arrival in the country. And please to carry a copy of your tour itinerary as well.
You can enter Bhutan by Druk Air, the only national airline from the following entry points;Bangkok, Kathmandu, New Delhi, India, Calcutta, Dhaka, Bagdogra, SingaporeYou can also enter Bhutan by road through Phuntsholing, Gelephu and SamdrupJongkhar in southern Bhutan.
You can directly purchase the Druk air tickets from their website (www.drukair.com.bt) or if you may wish, we can book the tickets for you. Please note that all tickets are e-tickets and will be send to you via email. The best way to make less hassle you can ask your local agent to do so as the drukair is the only airline flying in and out of Bhutan there is less chases of getting the seats as the local agent book in advance.
Daily tariff to Bhutan is prescribed by the Government in order to maintain Bhutan’s exclusivity. A visitor has to pay an all-inclusive minimum amount of USD. 250 per day in spring and autumn (March, April, May, September, October, November) and USD.200per day in winter and summer (December, January, February, June, July and August).Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons are required to pay a 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
Visitors have to pay an additional USD 40 as one time Visa Fee that can be done together with your tour payment.
Tour operators are required to maintain the minimum standards and are not allowed to sell tour packages below the prescribed daily rates.
The minimum price as prescribed by the government is inclusive of all your travel needs such as:
- USD 65 as government levy (which goes directly as Government revenue that is used for free education and free health and most importantly poverty alleviation)
- Accommodation in at least a 3 start hotels.
- All meals
- Airport transfers
- Licensed English-speaking guide service.
- Overland transport in a tourist standard car with licensed driver.
- Trekking equipment and haulage using ponies for treks
We, at Bhutan Creative Tours also include a list of extras through our own initiative to make your stay in Bhutan as convenient and memorable as possible such as mobile numbers, mineral waters, internet data cards, trekking insurance, tea and snacks, beverages etc.
Bhutan Creative Tours do not prioritize our holidays according to types. Going by numbers, most of our visitors are of the cultural type, followed by mountain biking tours and treks. Special interest groups such as marriage tours, textiles, home stays, fishing, bird watching and fishing tours are also popular. We are focusing on Community-based tours to enable more interaction between visitors and community residents and engage the local people to make income through our tourism services.
What happens if I have already made a booking with you and then I have to cancel the trip due to unavoidable circumstances?
Tour Programmes booked with us and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as per company’s act as follows.
- Within 6 months of start of programme ~ no charges
- Within 4 months ~ 50% of rate
- Less than 4 months or without notice ~ 100% of rate
- After arrival in Bhutan ~ 100%
NB: We do refund if the case is genuine such as natural disaster or medical problem. The remaining amount is remitted back to your bank account.
Yes, our discount schemes are given as follows;1. 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 and 100% discount on Royalty.2. 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.3. A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person in a group of 6.11 to 15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.4. Visitors availing discounts under Sections A, B & C shall not be eligible for discount under E.
Please note that the fare of Druk Air changes according to the fluctuation of the exchange rate, so rates can vary a little from day to day. However, we can confidently say that it has one of the most friendliest inflight services. The rates are given in their website www.drukair.com.bt.
We make sure of your comfort to or fullest and therefore we use comfortable, clean, well-maintained vehicles. Our fleet of vehicles include Toyota Land Cruiser Prados, Toyota Hiace vans, Toyota Coaster buses, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Tucson SUVs. Through our Corporate Social Responsibility criteria, we at Bhutan Creative Tours do not use vehicles that are more than 3 years, in order to minimize our company’s carbon footprints.
If you can book your tour as early as possible, it will give us more time to plan your travel. However, given our company’s purchasing power and experience, we can also hand last minute bookings without hassle. It is however advised to book your travel 6-8 months in advance if it is coinciding with popular festivals like Thimphu and Paro Tsechu. Given that we only have one airline, tickets are notoriously overbooked during that period.
You will have a variety of cuisines to choose from- Bhutanese, Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, and Thai to Continental. The main staple diet of Bhutanese is rice which is savored with the most favorite dish made out of chilies and cheese called “emadatshi”. Meat is widely eaten in Bhutan as are the vegetables. Our partner hotels and restaurants are always aware of your eating habits and serve according to your palate. Even if you want to try Bhutanese, we do not make it as spicy as we are used to.
The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, though there are many other dialects that each region in the country has maintained. Since English is an official language, it is easy to communicate with most Bhutanese people.
We only have Indian embassy in the country and Bangladesh embassy. There are consulate offices of the Netherlands, Kuwait, Thailand and Canada. The closest international embassies are in Delhi, India, Kathmandu, Nepal and Bangkok, Thailand.
We do not have any screening to come to Bhutan, but for your own safety in the region, please check the following website for the latest international requirements (Centre for disease control website www.cdc.gov/).
The currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum. The value of Ngultrum is equivalent to the currency of Indian Rupee. You cannot buy Ngultrum prior to your arrival to Bhutan but once you arrive, you can easily exchange your currency to Ngultrum at the banks or even in your hotel. Please check the current exchange rates at www.bnb.bt.
You can use your MasterCard and Visa cards to withdraw Ngultrums from local banks. Some handicrafts shops also accept these international credit cards. However, you cannot pay the Visa fee of USD 40 at the Immigration Counter while entering Bhutan. You can transfer together with your tour payment and your local tour operator like Bhutan Creative Tour will take care of your visa fee and send you the scan copy of your Bhutan visa.
There are ATM machines in most of the major cities of Bhutan except in some of the remote places like phobjikha valley.
Bhutan has only one time zone. It is six hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), 3o mins ahead of India, 15 mins ahead of Nepal and an hour behind Thailand. In USA during daylight saving time, Bhutan is 10 hours ahead of New York City and during standard time, Bhutan is 11 hours ahead of New Your City. Thecountry telephone code for Bhutan is +975.
Given the minimal crime records in the country, it is very safe to travel in Bhutan.
Your payment can be made through wire transfer.
For the economy class, your check-in luggage cannot exceed more than 20 kg and for first class, and upto 30 kg for Business Class. You can carry some few extra kg in your luggage but you will have to pay for it.Is there an official number of tourists allowed to travel in Bhutan each year?No, there is no such official ceiling on the numbers of visitors to Bhutan. However, the premium which visitors have to pay as daily tariff and the requirement of taking a tour operator maintains exclusivity and limits arrivals. This is the high-value, low volume tourism policy that is aimed at averting mass tourism and backpackers.
The elevations on our trips range between 7000 feet and 12,000 feet. Altitude is definitely an important consideration for anyone planning to visit Bhutan as most of the people are not used to it. The average elevation is about 7000 feet. Most of our itineraries entail travel as high as about 12,000 feet, including a highest sleeping elevation of about 10,000 feet. We make sure to minimize the risks of altitude sickness and this is something we’re happy to discuss with our travelers.