Only two airlines fly to Bhutan’s international airport at Paro (PBH). Bhutan Visit will book your flight for you as part of the package arrangement and we offer you the lowest prices available.
You only need to arrange the connecting flights to one of the main departure points – Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu or Dhaka. There are also connecting flights from Bagdogra (access to Darjeeling) and Guwahati (Assam).
Flights usually depart early in the morning but Himalayan weather conditions can affect timings. Check-in usually opens three hours before departure and it is best to arrive early in case a flight departure time is changed at the last minute.
On the return journey, the airlines do not advise you to book a flight which connects on the same day unless you have a ticket that allows some flexibility. It is possible to experience delays of some hours or, in some cases, postponement until the next day. There are no night flights out of Bhutan.
All visas must be processed in advance. There are no embassies or missions abroad that can issue Bhutanese Tourist visas. The visa formalities are taken care of by Bhutan Visit. You will be asked to complete a visa application form once you have booked your tour. The visa costs US$40 and the cost will be added to your invoice. There is nothing to pay on arrival at the airport but the actual visa is stamped in your passport upon arrival in Bhutan.
Booking and Payment
Booking with us is simple. Once you have chosen your tour and decided the dates in consultation with us, we will send you the payment details and make a provisional flight reservation so that you can book international flights.
You can choose to pay in two instalments or in full. The Payment in full finalizes your confirmation and allows us to process your visa and confirm the airline reservations. Payment is made in USD by international bank transfer via the Tourism Council of Bhutan’s international bank account. It takes between 4 – 10 days to clear.
You can also pay by credit card. A 3.5% fee will be added to your invoice so please indicate if you wish to pay by this method. Once you have received your invoice, click on the link in the Fat Footer to proceed with your online payment.
Clients will be welcomed at their entry-point by our representative and will be accompanied by him/her throughout their stay. Your tour itinerary has been planned by us to make sure you get the most out of your visit and your guide is there to assist you at all times. However, none of our tours are automated tour packages and so there is room for some flexibility in the programme, according to your interests and requirements. Please do not hesitate to discuss options with the guide.
It is important that you have an insurance policy with adequate cover for travel in this part of the world and according to the nature of your activities. Those who are trekking should confirm that your insurance policy covers you adequately if you were to fall sick in the mountains and need airlifting back to the capital or to a third country. While this is very rare, it is worth covering yourselves for peace of mind.
Clients should check with their doctors with regard to advisable immunizations prior to visiting Bhutan. Please be warned that rabies is present in the east of the country so it is important to keep away from all dogs. Rabies treatment is available in the event of being bitten by a dog and should be availed in all cases.
It is important to bring some cash with you if you plan to purchase souvenirs or pay for drinks and snacks outside the luxury hotels. Facilities for credit card payments are extremely limited outside the luxury hotels. A few handicraft shops in the main towns accept cards as payment for large items. Cash can now be obtained with Visa and Master Card debit cards at the Bank of Bhutan ATM machines but international withdrawals are not available at other ATMs or with a credit card. US$ (and, usually, Euro) cash is easily exchanged or spent anywhere and most international currencies are accepted at the bank in Thimphu. Indian currency is accepted everywhere but only small denominations – 500 and 1000 Rupee notes are not accepted by the bank but some shopkeepers will be willing to accept them.
In the event of any problems or emergencies you or your families can contact us 24 hrs at +975-2-325817 or +975-1711-5415 (mobile)
Spring (March – May) and Autumn (September – November)
This is when the skies are clear with warm, dry weather. These are also the trekking seasons. Spring skies can sometimes be slightly hazy. Autumn skies are usually very clear.
Winter (December – February).
Dry and a little windy. These days it is unlikely that you will be hampered by snow, which is likely to fall only on the very high passes from time to time. The countryside looks rather dry and dull but this is actually a pleasant season for visiting Bhutan since it is sunny and dry – a great escape from the wet and windy European winter.
Summer (June – August)
Bhutan receives the tail end of the Indian monsoon rains but generally this does not interfere with your trip since the clouds build up during the day and it generally rains after 4pm in the afternoon and overnight. The attraction of visiting at this time of year is the beautiful green rice-terraces, fewer tourists and comfortably warm night-time temperatures.