Know Before You Go

Rated as one of the happiest countries in the world, Bhutan, a small Himalayan Kingdom has earned its place on many curious traveler's must visit list. Bhutan remained isolated through much of the global industrial revolution era which has led to this small nation carve its own way of life that is distinctly unique and unheard of in the western world. This rich heritage that was amassed over many generations which include ancient temples and fortresses glorified with mythical tales of the past, the pristine environment and its majestic culture and traditions have attracted thousands of travelers from across the globe.

Bhutan however has joined the globalization wagon along with the rest of the world and the country has since seen major transformation over the last 2 decades than it has in its entire history in terms of socio economic development. With the medieval structures slowly disappearing and locals enthusiastically subscribing to the western culture, travelers are rushing to witness this Last Shangri-La before it is too late.

Sustainable Development Fee

Tourism industry is one of the primary pillars of the nation’s economy hence implementing policies and measures that will achieve sustainability is a national objective.

All visitors must pay a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) as part of their visa application process. The SDF is a daily levy which supports Bhutan’s development.

  • US$200 per day per person for an adult.
  • Children aged 6 to 12 at the time of travel receive a 50% discount on their SDF.
  • Children below 6 are exempt from paying any SDF.

Weather in Bhutan

Bhutan has varied climatic conditions depending on the region’s elevation. It stretches from the southern foothills with humid sub-tropical weather condition to moderate in the central region. The northern region is subject to severe cold weather dominated by Himalayan Mountain. In Thimphu, temperature ranges from -2.5°C in winter to 25°C in summer. The southern plains may see a range from 15°C in winter to 30°C in summer.

When to visit Bhutan

Season Months Highlight
Spring & Fall Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct and Nov Festive and trekking season
Winter Dec, Jan, and Feb Clear warm blue sky and fewer tourists in winter

Read more about the best months to visit Bhutan

How to book your tour to Bhutan

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    Choose from our wide selection of pre-designed Bhutan tour packages.

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    You can contact us and discuss on changing any details of your tour, including itineraries, accommodations, etc.

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    Once your itinerary is finalized, we will check and confirm the availability of flights and hotel rooms. Once the availability is confirmed, the next process is to apply for the visa followed by securing flight and hotel room reservations.

    Note* you may opt to make your own flight reservation. Learn more about flights to Bhutan.

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    You will need to email a scanned copy of a duly filled visa form along with your passport with a minimum of six months validity. Students will need to send a copy of their student ID card to avail student discount.

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    You will now transfer your entire tour payment + visa application fee to Tourism Council of Bhutan (BookMyTour as the ultimate beneficiary). You can either make the payment via wire transfer from your bank or use our online secure payment gateway. We accept VISA and MasterCard cards. TCB will only approve visas subject to full payment of tour calculated based on the minimum daily tariff.

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    Upon successful payment transaction, Tourism Council of Bhutan will approve your visa application and we will share you a PDF copy of your visa.

Bhutan tour booking for tourists from Bangladesh, India or Maldives

If you are a tourist from Bangladesh, India or Maldives, the minimum daily tariff does not apply to you. Please contact us to get a quote for your tour.