Even though the potential for Tourism development is enormous, Bhutan has chosen to ignore the global pace, placing happiness of the people before outright material gain. A policy epitomized by “high value low volume” tourism, which is sustainable and sensitive to preservation of its heritage in a rapidly changing world. In trying to strike a balance between the past and the present, authenticity and sensitivity govern the development of all tourism products.
The policy of value tourism is best supported by a system of a daily minimum high season price of US$ 250 per person per night for visits to Bhutan. The price also in a way limits the volume of visitors allowing exclusivity and care.
The daily minimum price is most often misinterpreted to be extremely high. The fee in fact covers a package that include all internal taxes and charges including royalty, accommodation, all meals, services of licensed guides, internal transport and camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours.
The royalty portion goes to the government exchequer, which in turn mainly support free medical care, free education and other welfare schemes. All visitors in way therefore make valuable contribution to the welfare system of the country.
The International Tourist Tariff is set by the Royal Government of Bhutan and is valid for all-inclusive package. The tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follow:
High Season Tariff
For ( March, April, May, September, October and November) US$ 250 per person per night
Low Season Tariff
For (June, July, August, December, January and February) US$ 200 per person per night
Both the above rates are applicable for cultural tours, treks or any other special interest tours.
Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subject to surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:
Single individual US$ 40 per night
Group of 2 persons US$ 30 per person per night
Single Room supplementary US$ 40 per night.
Single Tent supplementary US$ 25 per night.
The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visit duly approved and cleared by Tourism Council of Bhutan
Tour payment must be sent four weeks prior to date of arrival in Bhutan. For high seasons, it is advisable to remit payment for flight ticket at least 6 months in advance or earlier the better. It will help us to manage confirmed seat. Once the trip is confirmed we will send you the instructions for making payment.
- Tours specified in the itinerary.
- Accommodation in Govt. approved 3 Star Hotels on twin sharing basis.
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at 3 star hotel and local restaurants).
- Tea and Snacks.
- Mineral water.
- Comfortable transportation.
- Trekking equipment-sleeping tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, mattresses, and sheets.
- Services of fluent English speaking guides.
- Trekking cooks and trek assistant.
- Supply of pack animals.
- Museum and monument fees.
Price does not include:
- Travel insurance.
- Rescue operations by air.
- Transfer and services outside Bhutan.
- Visa fee of US $ 40 per person.
- Wire transfer fee for transferring tour payment from your bank to Bhutan.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Beverages, Tipping and laundry
- Any other services not specified above
The rates given above are applicable per tourist per night in Bhutan. On the day of departure, the ‘local agents’ host obligation shall be limited to breakfast only and any extra requirements shall be payable on actual basis.
The rates shall apply uniformly irrespective of locations and the type of accommodation provided/asked for. List of hotels and lodges approved for international tourist accommodation updated from time to time shall be issued by TCB (Tourism Council of Bhutan).
- 60 days before the start of the tour : Free
- 1 month before the tour : 30% of the total tour tariff
- 14 days before the tour: 50% of the total tour tariff
- Less than 7 days or cancellation without notice : 70 % of the total tour tariff
- Upon arrival in Bhutan : 100% of the total tour tariff
There is 50% cancellation charge of the daily tariff for delayed arrival because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The cancellation charges is for the guide, hotel and transport arrangement.
Tour Payment Method
The tour payment can be remitted by Electronic transfer to the account of Bhutan National Bank through your corresponding banks. We would give you the Bank Details for remitting your tour payments to us.