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Getting There
The best way to enter Bhutan is by Druk Air, the national air carrier. Following stations are connected with Druk Air flight:

Country station
COUNTRY
STATATION
Nepal
 Kathmandu
India
 Delhi, Culcutta
Thailand
 Bangkok
 Bangladesh Dhaka

Druk Air is the only airline operating to / from Bhutan.

Entry / Exit to/from Bhutan is also possible through Phuntsholing, the southern Bhutanese border town. Bagdogra in the state of West Bengal (India) is the nearest airport approximate 4 hours drive from this place. For travelers wishing to visit Indian State of Sikkim, West Bengal (Darjeeling, Kalimpong) along with Bhutan, Phuntsholing serves as the convenient point.

Exit from Bhutan can be made through Samdrup Jongkhar also. This frontier Bhutanese town is approximately 3 hours drive from Guwahati, the capital town of Indian northeastern state of Assam. Samdrup Jongkhar is the authorize exit point only and an important link for visiting further Indian northeastern states.
As per Government rule, it is mandatory to travel at least one way by Druk Air. It can be either entry or exit or both.

Visa
A visa is required for traveling to Bhutan and it is processed and arranged by us. No foreign mission grants tourist visa. Please fill up the VISA Application Form after and forward it to us atleast three weeks prior to date of travel, for processing visa with the concerned authorities.

In addition, four copies of original passport size photographs should be mailed to us along with these information. Actual visa is stamped on arrival in Bhutan while visa is cleared in advance and a visa clearance number issued.

For all travelers, entering Bhutan by Druk Air, the visa clearance number is forwarded to concerned overseas Druk Air stations and without the Clearance Number; passengers are not allowed to board the flight. Visa Clearance Number is also required while issuing Druk Air tickets.

For all travelers, entering into the country by surface through Phuntsholing (the border town south of Bhutan), the visa is stamped on arrival and Clearance Number is forwarded to Foreign Ministry's office for references and record.

Visa fee is US$ 20.00 per person for 14 days visa, which can be further extended with additional fee of US$ 15.00. Visa fee is payable on arrival in cash.

For FITs / GITs travelling during festivals, visa particulars must be sent to us atleast 6 weeks prior to your date of travel as festivals are peak time for tourists and all tour formalities are required to be completed well in advance.

Customs & Regulations
The Bhutanese authorities strictly prohibit the export of any religious Antiquity or antiques of any type. All personal electronics, Cameras, Video Cameras, Computers and personal electronic equipment may be brought into the country but they must be listed on the customs form provided on arrival at Paro and will be checked on departure. Two liters of Alcohol and reasonable quantity of cigarettes may be brought in to the country without duty.

Currency
Bhutan's unit of currency is the ngultrum (Nu), which equals 100 chetrums. It is at par with the Indian rupee, itself a legal tender in the kingdom. One US dollar is exchanged for roughly 44 Ngultrums. Tourists can exchange traveller's cheques or cash at the Bank of Bhutan or at their hotels. American or Australian dollars, pound sterling, Euro, Hongkong dollars, Singapore dollars, Thai bath or Japanese yen are all accepted currencies.

Time
Bhutan time is GMT/UTC plus 06 hours; there is only one time zone throughout the country. The time in Bhutan is 30 minutes later than India, 15 minutes later than Nepal and one hour earlier than Thailand. When it is noon in Bhutan, standard time is 06:00 am in London, 04:00 p.m. in Sydney, 01:00 am in New York and 10:00 p.m. the previous day in San Francisco.

Accommodation
Hotels Vary in style and quality but are generally considered one of the welcome surprises for visitors. There is a variety of hotels in Bhutan, ranging from simple huts that cater to Bhutanese yak herders to Paro's fancy Olathang Hotel, which was built for royal guests. There is no International chain of hotels and not much imported hotel equipment; what you get is a Bhutanese version of what the tourists expect. In most cases, the facilities and service is good. The Tourism Authority of Bhutan approves the hotels for the International Tourists.

All government approved hotels are reasonably modern with running hot and cold water in Thimphu and Paro but less often further east in the remote areas. All hotels are equipped with telephone; fax machines with international dialing facilities.

Bhutan Tempreature

 

Place

Jan/Feb

Mar/Apr

May/June

July/Aug

Sep/Oct

Nov/Dec

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Paro

+13 

+3

+15 

+3

+23 

+13

+25 

+15

+22 

+10

+12 

+3

Thimphu

+14

0

+16 

+6

+22 

+14

+27 

+17

+20 

+13

+16 

+1

Punakha

+18 

+7

+24 

+9

+22 

+10

+26 

+13

+25 

+11

+22 

+9

Wangdi

+17 

+7

+24 

+11

+28 

+18

+29 

+20

+26 

+17

+22 

+7

Trongsa

+12 

+1

+16 

+2

+20 

+14

+18 

+14

+17 

+13

+16 

+9

Bumthang

+10 

+1

+16 

+5

+18 

+10

+21 

+13

+19 

+11

+15 

+2

Mongar

+23 

+10

+27 

+11

+30 

+20

+35 

+22

+30 

+18

+25 

+8

Trashigang

+16 

+4

+19 

+7

+20 

+13

+22