Planning

Frequently Asked Questions


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. MyBhutan can get it done for you within 1 to 5 business days.

Even though you can book a trip with MyBhutan within a week of travel, we strongly recommend earlier booking to ensure that your wish list hotels are not already booked — especially during peak season.


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. Most attractions are open throughout the year.

Spring and fall are the best seasons for adventure sports and trekking in Bhutan, with the skies above the Himalayas at their most cloudless azure. These are also the best seasons for experiencing masked-dance festivals and exquisite natural beauty, like the rhododendrons that carpet mountainsides a light purple in spring.

Summer is the monsoon season, with brief daily rainfall in many areas, and is the best time for eco tourism, farm visits, and exposure to village life. It is also a great time for extreme adventure travel.

The colder temperatures of winter see animals migrating up to the rainforests of southern Bhutan from Assam in India, making this a great season to see wildlife up close. Many national celebrations also happen during the winter months.


Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan?

Yes, all tourists require a visa to enter Bhutan.

Upon completing your transaction with us, your visa will begin to be processed. You will not be required to take any further action to obtain the visa.

We can also process visas for citizens of India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives, who, while not required to pay the standard USD 40 fee to enter Bhutan, are still required to secure a travel visa ahead of their arrival in Bhutan.


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

MyBhutan.com is now the easiest way to book your trip. We're the only one-stop portal for travel to Bhutan, the place where you can create your entire itinerary, connect with a local agency, process your visa application, and pay for your trip — all at a cheaper rate for the same services than you will find anywhere else.


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.

If you choose MyBhutan as your travel partner, your visa fee will be processed ahead of time. When you arrive at the airport in Paro, simply present a hard copy of the visa included in your MyBhutan Welcome Packet to be allowed into the country.

The visa fee is a one-time levy on each traveler, in addition to the daily rate.


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.

The 704-page History of Bhutan, by Karma Phuntsho, is an authoritative, sweeping survey that describes the country's valiant resistance to invasion over centuries -- Bhutan, alone among its neighbors, was never colonized -- and its transition to a constitutional monarchy that is a model of good governance and environmental stewardship.