Travel to Bhutan - Everything you need to know

May 31, 2018 · 13 min read

What and where is Bhutan?

Can barely see Bhutan on this map ©

Tourism in Bhutan

1. Must book through a local tour operator/travel agent in Bhutan

Tip: Book directly through a local Bhutanese travel agent, save costs on commissions added on by middlemen.

2. Minimum daily package and tour cost

Surcharge for FIT or small group

How to get discounts on your tour package to Bhutan

Tip: To differentiate themselves (as they can’t do on price), tour operators may provide extras. So, feel free to ask.

How does the tour booking process work?

Choosing a tour operator

Tip: Avoid travel agents that offer you a rate that is much lower than the minimum package rate. They are probably pulling tricks. You don’t want to be party to such practice and break laws before you even set foot in Bhutan.

Planning your tour itinerary

Tour payment and visa processing

Tip: Ensure you are transferring the payment to TCB’s bank account (the ultimate beneficiary will be the tour operator). Since 2017, you can also make online payment using Bank of Bhutan’s payment gateway.

The best time to travel to Bhutan

Weather in Bhutan

Best time to visit for festival

Getting to Bhutan

Flying into Bhutan

Paro International Airport
View from your plane window. Photo credit: youtube

Tip: If you are planning to visit Bhutan during the high tourist season, plan and book your trip at least 3 to 4 months in advance as airline seats and hotel rooms get fully booked.

Entering Bhutan by road

Phuntsholing Gate

Popular places to visit and things to do



Central and Eastern Bhutan

Hotels and accommodations in Bhutan

Typical 3-star hotel

Luxury accommodations

Farm stays in Bhutan

Tip: It is best to decide and ask your travel agent to arrange your choice of accommodation in advance during your tour booking process.


Watch Mark Wiens take on traditional Bhutanese food

Where and what will I be eating in Bhutan?

Tip: During your tour booking, mention your dietary preferences to your travel agent so that they can better plan the food and restaurants for your itinerary


Roads in Bhutan are for the most part fine
But, you’ll sometimes be traveling on some stretches of roads like this :P

Tip: Bring along your motion sickness medications if you are prone to getting car sick. These twisty roads are much worse than the expressways you’re used to.

Helicopter sightseeing tours

Phone and internet

SIM cards and phone coverage

Internet Wifi

Tipping for services

Other important tips and advice


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