To ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip to Bhutan, consider the following steps before departure:
Choose a licensed tour operator
All international tourists, except for citizens of India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives, must book their trip through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or an international partner. They will help you plan your itinerary, apply for a visa, and make necessary arrangements.
Obtain a visa
We will apply for your visa on your behalf after you provide your passport details and a passport-sized photograph. Visa approval typically takes 72 hours, and you will receive a visa clearance letter that you must present upon arrival in Bhutan.
Plan your itinerary
Work with us to develop an itinerary that matches your interests and preferences, taking into account the best time to visit, must-see attractions, and any local festivals or events.
Book your international flights to Paro International Airport, which has connections to cities like Bangkok, Kathmandu, Singapore, and Delhi. Flights are operated by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines.
Check health requirements
Consult with your doctor about any recommended vaccinations or health precautions, such as altitude sickness prevention. Ensure you have an adequate supply of any prescription medications you may need during your trip.
Purchase travel insurance
Obtain a comprehensive travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, emergency evacuation, and trip cancellation or interruption. Make sure it covers any specific activities you plan to do, such as trekking.
Bring clothing suitable for the climate and activities you plan to do, including layers for varying temperatures, comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent. If trekking, ensure you have the suitable gear.
Prepare for currency and money
The currency in Bhutan is the Ngultrum (BTN), which is pegged to the Indian Rupee (INR). Indian Rupees are widely accepted in Bhutan, except for the INR 500 and 2,000 notes. Bring enough cash, as ATMs can be limited, and not all establishments accept credit cards.
Bring necessary electronics and adapters
Bhutan uses 230V, 50Hz electrical supply, and the power sockets are type D and F. Carry a universal adapter to ensure compatibility with your electronic devices.
Learn about local customs and etiquette
Familiarize yourself with Bhutanese customs and traditions, particularly those related to visiting religious sites, dressing modestly, and appropriate behavior in public spaces.
By completing these steps before traveling to Bhutan, you will be well-prepared for a unique and memorable journey in the Land of the Thunder Dragon.