Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the most common questions regarding traveling to Bhutan.


General

What is included in the daily fee?

The daily fee of USD 200 (off season) or USD 250 (peak season) includes: A night's stay in a 3-star hotel or farm stay (4 & 5 star hotels may require an added fee) Three meals per day at standard hotels or restaurants A licensed Bhutanese tour guide (for the extent of your stay) All internal transport (excluding internal flights) All internal taxes and charges A sustainable tourism royalty of USD 65 Please see https://mybhutan.com/pricing for pricing details.

What is the easiest way to book a trip to Bhutan?

MyBhutan.com is now the easiest way to book your trip.

What currency is used in Bhutan?

Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum.

What are the popular sports in Bhutan?

Archery, the national sport, tops the list of popular sports in Bhutan; a sport that is played internationally as well as domestically using both traditional and modern equipment.

What is the capital of Bhutan?

Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan.

What is the climate in Bhutan?

The climate in Bhutan is extremely varied, which can be attributed to two main factors, the vast differences in altitude present in the country and the mild influence of North Indian monsoons.

What religions are practiced in Bhutan?

With the freedom of religion guaranteed by the Constitution of the Royal Government of Bhutan, the majority of the population practice Buddhism, which was introduced into the country in the 8th Century by Guru Padmasambhava.

Can I withdraw money in Bhutan?

ATMs are available in the major districts of Bhutan.

What is the traditional architecture of Bhutan?

Constructed with rammed earth, buildings in Bhutan have always been traditionally built by skilled craftsmen without any proper plans.

Is there television in Bhutan?

Television was formally introduced to Bhutan in June of 1999, in the form of the Bhutan Broadcasting Service, officially picking up the title of ‘the last country to open up to television broadcasting’.

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Pricing

Is there a minimum daily fee to visit Bhutan?

Yes, all visitors to Bhutan are required to pay a minimum daily fee, which includes your standard accommodations, three meals at standard hotels or restaurants, a tour guide, and transportation in Bhutan.

What is included in the daily fee?

The daily fee of USD 200 (off season) or USD 250 (peak season) includes: A night's stay in a 3-star hotel or farm stay (4 & 5 star hotels may require an added fee) Three meals per day at standard hotels or restaurants A licensed Bhutanese tour guide (for the extent of your stay) All internal transport (excluding internal flights) All internal taxes and charges A sustainable tourism royalty of USD 65 Please see https://mybhutan.com/pricing for pricing details.

What is the difference between booking a trip directly through MyBhutan and agents outside Bhutan?

MyBhutan does not add any charges on top of the government-mandated minimum daily rate.

What is the cheapest way to travel to Bhutan?

MyBhutan offers the cheapest way to travel to Bhutan, because we remove all of the premiums and hidden costs that previously made it prohibitively expensive for many people.

Will I pay more if I book a trip to Bhutan through an international tour agency?

Yes.

How much is the visa fee to visit Bhutan?

A visa fee of USD 40 is levied on all travelers to Bhutan by the Department of Immigration.

What discounts on the daily rate are available?

A 50% discount on the USD 65 royalty is given after the 8th night and a 100% discount on the royalty is given after the 14th night. A discount of 50% on the minimum daily package is given to one person in a group of 11 people. A 100% discount is given to one member in a group of 16 or more persons. Full-time students below the age of 25 years, holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions, are given a 25% discount. There is no charge for children under the age of 5 years. Children between the ages of 5–12 years accompanied by elders/guardians are given a 50% discount on daily rates. Visitors using discounts under sections 3 or 4 above will not be eligible for discounts under section 1.

What package is provided with the daily tariff payment?

The daily tariff includes the following services: Standard accommodations (4 or 5 star accommodations may require an additional fee) Standard Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner A licensed Bhutanese tour guide Vehicle and professional driver

Will I get a refund on my payment if I cancel my trip after completing the transaction?

If you need to cancel your trip, you will receive a full refund if you cancel 45 days or more prior to the arrival date in Bhutan.

Is there a student discount?

Full time students below the age of 25 years, holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions, are given a 25% discount.

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Travel Visas

Is there a minimum daily fee to visit Bhutan?

Yes, all visitors to Bhutan are required to pay a minimum daily fee, which includes your standard accommodations, three meals at standard hotels or restaurants, a tour guide, and transportation in Bhutan.

What is included in the daily fee?

The daily fee of USD 200 (off season) or USD 250 (peak season) includes: A night's stay in a 3-star hotel or farm stay (4 & 5 star hotels may require an added fee) Three meals per day at standard hotels or restaurants A licensed Bhutanese tour guide (for the extent of your stay) All internal transport (excluding internal flights) All internal taxes and charges A sustainable tourism royalty of USD 65 Please see https://mybhutan.com/pricing for pricing details.

What is the difference between booking a trip directly through MyBhutan and agents outside Bhutan?

MyBhutan does not add any charges on top of the government-mandated minimum daily rate.

What is the cheapest way to travel to Bhutan?

MyBhutan offers the cheapest way to travel to Bhutan, because we remove all of the premiums and hidden costs that previously made it prohibitively expensive for many people.

Will I pay more if I book a trip to Bhutan through an international tour agency?

Yes.

How much is the visa fee to visit Bhutan?

A visa fee of USD 40 is levied on all travelers to Bhutan by the Department of Immigration.

What discounts on the daily rate are available?

A 50% discount on the USD 65 royalty is given after the 8th night and a 100% discount on the royalty is given after the 14th night. A discount of 50% on the minimum daily package is given to one person in a group of 11 people. A 100% discount is given to one member in a group of 16 or more persons. Full-time students below the age of 25 years, holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions, are given a 25% discount. There is no charge for children under the age of 5 years. Children between the ages of 5–12 years accompanied by elders/guardians are given a 50% discount on daily rates. Visitors using discounts under sections 3 or 4 above will not be eligible for discounts under section 1.

What package is provided with the daily tariff payment?

The daily tariff includes the following services: Standard accommodations (4 or 5 star accommodations may require an additional fee) Standard Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner A licensed Bhutanese tour guide Vehicle and professional driver

Will I get a refund on my payment if I cancel my trip after completing the transaction?

If you need to cancel your trip, you will receive a full refund if you cancel 45 days or more prior to the arrival date in Bhutan.

Is there a student discount?

Full time students below the age of 25 years, holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions, are given a 25% discount.

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Planning

How far in advance must I book my trip to Bhutan?

Most tour operators take 2 to 3 weeks to process a trip to Bhutan, from the start of your communication with them to the receipt of your visa.

Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan?

Yes, all tourists require a visa to enter Bhutan.

When is the best time to visit Bhutan?

Many parts of Bhutan have moderate daytime temperatures year round, making the country an inviting place for cultural visits and sightseeing in any season.

What is the easiest way to book a trip to Bhutan?

MyBhutan.com is now the easiest way to book your trip.

How much is the visa fee to visit Bhutan?

A visa fee of USD 40 is levied on all travelers to Bhutan by the Department of Immigration.

What are some books I should read before visiting Bhutan?

One of the most charming depictions of Bhutan published in the last decade is "Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan," by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, in which she describes her visits to the farthest reaches of the country on foot and the changes she has witnessed since Bhutan opened its doors to the world.

Do I need a tour operator to visit Bhutan?

Yes.

Do I need travel insurance to visit Bhutan?

We recommend that travelers purchase travel and medical insurance prior to visiting Bhutan.

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