The Kingdom of Bhutan is a visually stunning Himalayan country sitting in the Eastern Himalayan region, is bordered by Tibet and India. The mountain peaks here are over 7,000m, yet the nation also has lush subtropical plains. The pristine countryside is home to fabulous wildlife including tiger, red panda, Himalayan black bear, leopard, gray wolf, elephants, to name some of the more iconic animals. The people are Buddhist, and their culture is fascinating. Sitting at 2,350m, Thimphu is the capital city although we fly into the main airport at Paro, 1.5 hours drive away from the capital. Flights for Paro leaves Kathmandu in the early morning, so the rest of the day is free to acclimatize and enjoy.
We can offer you short tours of 3 nights, to more extended visits of 7 nights. On these tours, some of the places you may visit include the Tiger’s Next – a monastery built into a cliff (yes, we will hike up to it), and Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of the government. There are many places of cultural value, museums, monasteries, and craft bazaars. You can try your hand at the national game, archery, hike through rice fields, green valleys, and fascinating villages. The countryside is so stunning. You will certainly not be disappointed by this Kingdom with its snow-capped mountains and crisp, clean air.
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It is widely known USD 250 is the price to visit Bhutan during the main tourist season between September - November, and March-May. While USD 200 for the rest of the month, otherwise also known as off-season price. If you are at least two or more in the group that considered a group price, but If you are single, there is a "single supplement charge" of USD 40 per day on top of the seasonal cost of USD 250 and USD 200.
If you are making Nepal as an entry point, there are more expenses you should know. Such as flight ticket, visa fee etc. here is the complete cost breakdown for 5 night 6 days Bhutan tour from Nepal.
|5 Night 6 Days Bhutan Tour Cost|
|Package fee/per day (Main season)||USD 250x2||USD 500|
|Package fee/ per day (Offseason)||USD 200x2||USD 400|
|single supplement charge||USD 40||USD 40|
|Visa fee||USD 40+10||USD 50|
|Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu flight Cost||USD 225x2||USD 450|
|A full-time student under the age of 25 (25% less)||25% less||25% less|
Note: NEST Adventure as one of the highest Bhutan tour package selling company, we offer an amazing discount for our customers. For market privacy purposes, we like to keep our best offer private. So If you wish to receive the best offer from NEST Adventure for your Bhutan tour, please get in touch with one of our team members.
A large number of tourists visiting Bhutan first arrive Kathmandu Nepal and then to Paro Bhutan. All because of the opportunity to see the highest mountain in the world. Believe, or not the air route between Kathmandu- Paro - Kathmandu offers 7 out of 14 highest mountain in the world that includes Mt. Everest and hundreds other small peaks below 7,000m. It is literally flying more than half of the airspace of the Himalayas. However, Nepal is not only the route to get into Bhutan. There are limited (only five of the) countries that have flight transit to Bhutan. While from Indonesia, the service only available during busy tourist seasonal. There is two weekly flight from Bagdogra, India, Bangkok, Thailand, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Guwahati, India, Kolkata (Calcutta), New Delhi, and Singapore. There are more than ten flights every week by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines available from Kathmandu Nepal. By far, Kathmandu Nepal is the largest transit point to enter Bhutan.
Individual travelers are not allowed to enter Bhutan. It means you must book the tour through the authorized travel company by Tourism Council of Bhutan (In our case, we work with our sister company Dream Bhutan Tours) Who will organize the visa for you. It roughly cost USD 40 for 30 days single entry visa for all nations (Excepts Indians, Bangladeshis, and Maldivians can receive the permit in the port of entry)
It is more straightforward to process a Bhutan tour package through the Nepal base, operators. If you look at the requirements of the Tourism Council of Bhutan, you have a long list that should complete in advance. Kathmandu Nepal, as the largest entry point to get into Bhutan, travel company here has more flexibility and a competitive market price.
- Better deal with Nepal based company
- You can pay the visa fees once you received the visa online.
- Per day package fee (USD 200-250 ) could be paid upon arrival.
- Only a copy of the passport is required to issue the visa.
- Visa will be ready within 72 hours, which you can request to receive in your email.
All you need to do is plan the itinerary and make a deal with local operators. Please send us an email for more information. We are happy to make the best offer and an easy process. Visit our review page on TripAdvisor to learn more about our recent customer who has recently explored Bhutan with NEST Adventure.
As of 2020, there are more than ten flights in one week by Druk Air and Bhutan airlines between Kathmandu and Paro. While Druk air flight to Kathmandu Nepal every day and Bhutan Airlines flights every other day. It's a question I frequently received from my customers. Why should I go to Nepal before I go to Bhutan, and here why?
- Opportunity to fly beside the 7 out of 14 highest mountain in the world that includes Mt. Everest and hundreds of other small peaks below 7,000m.
- The only available short (404km/ 1.20minutes) flight but one of the scenic and most challenging air routes in the world.
- The only country with every day flights with two carriers and the cheapest of all.
- Easy, affordable, and hassle-free visa and permit arrangments by a local Nepali travel company.
- For many, while visiting Nepal, Bhutan is a great add up destination.
Part of the government tourism policies "high-value low impact." A 3-star hotel is included as a part of the Bhutan tour package. When you book a tour with a local company, You can't lower the price or request a standard hotel while visiting Bhutan. Typically there is wifi, nice and clean bed, hot/cold shower, TV, phone, restaurant/bar, etc. You can upgrade to a 4/5 star hotel with an additional USD 50 a night.
Part of the package, all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) is included. As Bhutan carried out more local and authenticity, you might not get all westerner food, but definitely, a local test is guaranty. While visiting Bhutan don't forget to try some of the most common local Bhutines food Ema, Datshi (chilies and cheese), Jasha Maro (spicy chicken), Phakshan Pang (pork with red chilies), Momos, (Dumplings)
All meals, ground transportation, a local guide, entrance fee to the attraction, accommodation are part of the package that you should arrange in advance. However, personal expenses, tips, and donation shopping, etc. should be extra. Bhutan is also a great place for shopping. It would be best if you arrived with your backpack fairly empty, so you got space to brings things back. As a last Buddhist kingdom in the world, they have many artistic souvenirs that your friends and family will love to have one. Thanka painting, singing bowl, a statue of Buddha, colorful Buddhist door curtain, praying flag might be the best souvenirs from Bhutan.
Bhutan is located in the eastern trans-Himalayas with Tibet in the north and Indian on the east, west, and south. Weather in Bhutan is varied by place to place, depending on where you were.
The monsoons start from June to September with heavy rains and high humidity. During monsoon, the Himalayan vista might often bother by the cloud but the hide and seek between these two giants and the most dramatic to watch in Bhutan. Autumn starts from October to November. The sky remains unobstructed with clear views of the Himalayas. While it is normally sunny, a light snow shower might accord in the high elevation in late November.
Another best time is during the spring season of March until May. High up in the valley, seasonal flowers come in full bloom. The Mountain views are at their most visible with the clear skies. Here is the weather of Paro Bhutan and the temperature throughout the year.
|Min Temp °C||-17||-15||-10||-5||-1||3||5||4||2||-5||-12||-16|
|Max Temp °C||1||1||4||7||10||12||12||13||11||8||5||3|
What Should You Know before visiting Bhutan?
- It's the first tobacco-free country. Buy and sell tobacco is illegal in Bhutan. Tourists can bring only 200 cigarettes and make sure you will find a safe place; otherwise, you might be in trouble.
- The last standing Buddhist nation in the world with a compulsory national dress for everyone.
- The last country who experienced the radio (1988) TV and the Internet (1999).
- The only country products and consumption is organic food.
- In Bhutan, they don't measure their countries' progress in GDP (Gross Domestic Production). Instead, they use GNH (Gross National Happiness), which is based on spiritual values. Bhutan has consistently ranked number #1 in Asia in the happiness index and top 10 in the world.
- Bhutan is just about three times smaller than New York in size, with a population of about 750,000 people.
- The first carbon negative country in the world, meaning it absorbs more co2 then it gives out.
- 72% of the total area in Bhutan is forested, and the rest of the land is covered with mountains, wildlife sanctuaries, nature reserves and green hills tarraces deep down in a valley.
- The wildlife in Bhutan is preserved very well. If you harm, kill, or hunt an animal, you will be lifetime sentenced to jail.
- Paro international airport is one of the most dangerous airports in the world. As of 2020, there are only 17 pilots in the world who are qualified to land in Paro Bhutan deep down in the valley of 2,200m.
- 35% of the money that you paid as part of the package directly goes to the government fond of free health care, education and to maintain the tourist attractions.
- If you love spicy food, you should try the Bhutanese menu. The eat chili during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- A phallic symbol in Bhutan is common, and you can see almost every monasteries, during the festival, etc.
- You pay in USD or Bhutanese currency (NU), but receiving change in Indian rupees (INR) is common in Bhutan. Bhutanese currency NU 1 is 1 INR equivalent.
- Mountaineering is not permitted in Bhutan. Anything below 6,000m considers as a trekking peak and legal to hike.
- Summer means, monsoon in Bhutan. Expect the rain and heavy snow in the country.
- Do not discuss the royals or about the political issue and make a discussion matter of illegal things, such as Bhutanese refugees, public smoking, etc.
The Cost Includes
- Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu both way flight ticket
- Bhutan entry visa fee
- Private transportation.
- All necessary travel permits
- English speaking local guide.
- Accommodation on a twin room basis. (3* hotel)
- Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Meal plan: Full Board Basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
The Cost Excludes
- Insurance of any kind.
- Additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance
- Personal expenses such as drink, guide tips &, etc.
Today we will fly to Paro airpot. When you are on the air, the scenic beauty of Himalaya, mountains will amaze you. If the weather favors, you can also view Mt Everest and other peaks. After arriving at Paro, we will drive to Thimpu and Check in to our hotel.
Today, we will go to Kuenselcholing viewpoint from where Thimphu is seen clearly. We can also go for the prayers to Buddha because there is the giant statue of Buddha in Thimpu. Similarly, memorial Chortens is the next attraction where the particular Chorten was made in the memory of 3rd King in 1974. The king was also popular as the father of modern Buddha. Likewise, 'Fortress of Glorious Region' Tashichho Dzong is another feature of this place which was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1641. In that place, there is the throne of the king, King's office, Secretariat building, and the central body of the monk. Overnight at Thimphu.
Early in the morning, we will drive to Punakha from Thimphu for the visit of second oldest of male and female river in Bhutan found by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. After that we will also Chime Lhakhang and stay overnight at Punakha
Today we will move to Paro. First, we will drive back to Thimpu and hike to the Tibetan refugee village called Hontsho village. After that we will drive to Paro. Stay overnight.
Early in the morning, after having breakfast, we will go for a sightseeing tour of Paro. There we will go for a hike to Taktshang Monastery, also called Tiger's nest. It is a remarkable thing in Bhutan, which is perched. The fire destroyed it in 1998 and rebuilt again. It is said that the Guru Rimpoche came to this site sitting in the back of Tigress. The trail during the hike is some gentle, steep to some stony. After that, we will visit the Farmhouse. Take rest, refresh, and stay overnight there.
Earlier today we will eat our breakfast and head back to our destination from Paro Airport.
Frequently asked QuestionExpand/Close
Bhutan is a South Asian country and a landlocked nation that is located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China.
People except for the resident of India, Bangladesh, Maldives needs a visa to enter Bhutan. Also, a tour operator is needed. The cost of a visa is 40 USD.
The best time to travel Bhutan is Autumn and Spring i.e September to November Autumn and March to May Spring. The festivals of Bhutan falls under this time and also the weather is warmer and perfect for the view.
You need to have the visa confirmation letter provided by your tour operator and a copy of an itinerary with you.
Bhutan is a Himalayan country. So altitude sickness is common and many travelers are affected. When you feel fatigued, edema, dehydrated, insomnia, shortness of breath and dizziness while traveling to Bhutan be sure that you are affected by altitude sickness. To prevent yourself from altitude sickness, make sure to stay hydrated, plan for the rest days, limit the intake of alcohol and prepare yourself with short hiking and exercises before the tour.
Bhutan is a safe country as it has a low crime rate. But is said that prevention is better than cure so take care of your bag pack and personal items. It is better to have a professional and mostly travel guide to Bhutan for safety.
In most of the places, the facilities and services are limited in Bhutan as the country is still in the developing process. However, hotels and resorts where you stay may have the facilities of wifi, electricity, hot water, etc. But you will be charged for using those facilities.
Ngultrum is the currency of Bhutan which is tied with the value of India currency. So India currency is accepted in Bhutan.
Western and Indian cuisine are found in most of the places in Bhutan. The main feature of the Bhutanese food is the sharp taste and chilly in every food. Accommodation can be from the homestay, small 3 star hotels to big 5 star hotels. It all depends on how much you can afford and the place you visit.