The Bhutanese Department of Tourism sets a non-negotiable minimum daily tariff for all visitors to Bhutan which must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan.
The rate includes all accommodations, all meals, transportation and services of licensed guides and porters
The minimum tariff for tourist visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:
Low Season Tariff
- USD $200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December
High Season Tariff
- USD $250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November
For those traveling in a group less than three has to pay additional surcharge of US$ 30/40/ per person.
Included in the rates are:
- All meals and accommodation
- A licensed Bhutanese Tour Guide
- All Internal Transportation
- Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
- All internal taxes and charges (including the government royalties)
The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night halt 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.
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:
- FIT surcharge of US$40 per single per night, or US$60 per double per night, for the duration of your stay
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 TCB.
- With effect from 01/07/2009, the government has revoked the 25% discount on Diplomatic visas
- Children under the ago of 5 years will be complimentary. 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 Government Royalty.
- 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 in a group of 11 to 15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons
- 50%discount on Royalty per person, per night for the ninth (9) night until the fourteen (14) night
- Government Royalties charged per night are waived from the fifteenth (15) night onwards
Tourist visas are required for all travelers and must be obtained prior to arriving in the country. All visas are approved from Thimphu and are only issued to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator. The processing of visa application can be arranged by Gomo Adventures and requires at least 5 working days for processing.
The actual visa endorsement is stamped in your passport when you arrive at one of the ports of entry for tourists. You will receive a visa for the exact period you have arranged to be in Bhutan. Extensions can be obtained in Thimphu at a cost of Nu.510.
Please note that Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals are the only nationals’ visitors to Bhutan not requiring a visa.
Tour Programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:
- within 30 days of start of program ~ 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 ~ 100% of rate
- after arrival in Bhutan ~ 100%
There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or roadblocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services require
Traveling within Bhutan
Despite the major hurdle posed by the inaccessible terrain, the high mountain passes, all major towns and important places of visit are connected by a good road network. However, an important feature of the road system is the innumerable curves and bends that one will have to negotiate. Besides the bends, another characteristic of the road network is the steep ascents and descents that slow down the car travels. An average speed for road travel rarely exceeds 40 kilometers per hour, with tourist buses making even slower progress. One is however generously rewarded for the long and tiring car journey, by the spectacular views of the mountains, the lush green jungles, the ancient villages, the majestic temples and monasteries and the many road side restaurants and inns.
The roads are well sealed but the rides can still be bumpy as the lanes are single and narrow at most points. The advantage is that the Bhutanese are well accustomed to driving such lanes and know their land well and are careful drivers.
Tourists can travel in Bhutan with medium-sized buses (16-22 seats), small buses (5-7 seats) Road widths do not permit larger buses.
Although most of the religious places receive tourists, yet there are some restricted places. If you wish to visit those, you can do so, with a special permit. To acquire one, please contact Department of Culture through us.
Bringing in your own vehicle
Indian visitors can bring in their own vehicles. For the entry of the foreign cars, the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA): www.rsta.gov.bt will have to endorse the documents. However due to the basic nature of Bhutan’s roads and the ongoing up-gradation of the same, we recommend that you use our cars and the services of the local drivers as the narrow and winding roads in Bhutan may pose a challenge for you.