Tariff and Payment

Daily Tariff

The daily tariff to visit Bhutan is set by the Royal Government of Bhutan.

Bhutan’s minimum package tour cost per person will be USD 250 per day for the months of March, April, May, September, October and November. However, to encourage more people to visit during the months of June, July, August, December, January and February the minimum package tour cost per person remains at USD 200 per day. With the increase in the package cost the tour operators are mandated to keep their guests in accommodation facilities that have been rated as 3 stars and above.

The minimum price includes:

  •     All internal taxes and charges
  •     Accommodation
  •     All Meals (except for beverages)
  •     All travel with a licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide
  •     All Internal Transport
  •     Camping Equipment and Haulage for Trekking Tours

The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the “local agents” host obligation shall be limited to breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on actual basis.

The rates shall apply uniformly irrespective of locations and the type of accommodation provided/asked for. List of hotels and lodges approved for international tourist accommodation.

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

The 10% agency commission payable to agents abroad shall not be deductible from the surcharge.

The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved and cleared by DOT.

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.

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.

A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person if a group of 11 to 15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 26 persons.

Detailed information on Druk Air flights, tour and trekking programmes, festivals, places of interest, hotels, etc. can be obtained from the tour operators.

Visa Formalities
Other than Indian nationals, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa; all visas are issued from Thimphu; visas are only issued to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent. Applications for tourist visas are submitted by the tour operator. Visa clearance from Thimphu must be obtained before coming to Bhutan. Visa clearance takes a minimum of 10 days to process.

Visas are issued for a 15 day period; extensions can be obtained in Thimphu at a cost of Nu.510 (approx. US$10).

Cancellations
Tour programmes booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  •     within 30 days of start of 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%

Tour Payment
All Tour Payments must be settled one month in advance of commencement of Tour to clear the visa and other necessary documents. The Tour booking will be confirmed only after we receive 100% of the Tour payment. During high seasons, especially during festivals, payments should be sent as soon as possible (7 months or more) due to limited availability of flights and hotel rooms.

Payment must be sent using wire transfer in US Dollars.  Details of the bank transfer (account number and SWIFT code) will be sent when you are ready to make the payment.  If you are unfamiliar with wire transfers, please visit your bank in person with the transfer details and they will be able to assist in making the payment.

Unfortunately we are not able to accept credit card payments for tours at this time.