If you’re organized to execute that long again dream to visit the land of monks and monasteries, here are the best 7 guidelines to be aware of when planning a outing to Bhutan to help you put together before you go.
5 Travel Tips to understand before planning a visit to Bhutan in 2020
1. Do’s and Don’ts While Visiting Religious and Cultural Places in Bhutan
- Have a printed Bhutan VISA clearance copy at the time of arrival for the flight to Kingdom of Bhutan
- Follow the correct dress code while visiting Religious sites and Monasteries.
- Carry some extra cash in hand if needed.
- Take help from your Guide if you need anything.
- Please beware of street dogs.
- Make sure your luggage is always counted while checking out from hotel.
- Remove your shoes before entering into temple.
- Always carry your passports along with you.
- Avoid passing negative comments on religious sites.
- Don’t climb on religious sites and take pictures.
- As a tourist you can not drive in Bhutan.
- Photography is not allowed inside religious places and monasteries.
- Smoking in Public area is not allowed.
- Not allowed to shout or speak loudly inside religious places.
- Don’t wear hats and sunglasses inside religious places.
2. Top Tourist Attraction Places to visit in Bhutan
Paro, Thimphu and Punakha is the center point of tourist attraction places to visit in Bhutan.
7 best Places to visit in Paro are Drukgyal Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Ta Dzong, Tiger`s Nest Monastery, Rinpung Dzong, Sang Chokhor Buddhist College & Tachog Lhakhang.
Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, occupies a valley in the country’s western interior. In addition to being the government seat, the city is known for its Buddhist sites. The massive Tashichho Dzong is a fortified monastery and government palace with gold-leaf roofs.
3. Peak & Non Peak Tourist Seasons in Bhutan
Bhutan’s peak tourist seasons are Spring: March –May and Fall: September –November. Particularly involving March, April, October and November. If you plan your trip to Bhutan in the middle of these months, book your tour package and flight tickets no less than 3 months in advance to make sure you book.
During Peak season travel cost to Bhutan is $250 (USD) per night per person and $200 (USD) in off season.
If you are planning your travel to Bhutan then note the price for peak and non peak seasons. During Paro Tshechu, Thimphu Tshechu and Punakha Tshechu, price of hotels are expensive so you have to pay some extra charges if you book your Bhutan trip in last minute.
4. How much do a solo traveler needs to Pay?
Travelers planning their trip to Bhutan as solo or as couple, the travel cost to Bhutan is different.
In Bhutan, extra Government fee (Surcharge) is application for traveler less than two. Single traveler has to pay US$40 every night (Surcharge) and for two travelers a fee of USD $30 per person per night.
The total cost for single traveler visiting Bhutan would be calculated as:
Peak Season: $250 + $40(visa fee) + $40(Surcharge/night)
Low Season: $200 + $40(visa fee) + $40(Surcharge/night)
Gathering of 3 traveler or more – No extra charge (so assemble 2 of your companions along, spare some cash and shape enduring recollections!).
5. Planning trip to Bhutan during Festival season.
Planning your trip to Bhutan during the festival time is the best way to explore the rich culture and tradition preserved. There are around thirty (30) festivals held annually in different parts of Bhutan. The most prominent tourist attraction festivals in Bhutan are Thimphu Tshechu, Paro Tshechu and Punakha Tshechu.
Various mask dances are performed during the festival (Tshechu), folk dances, traditional songs and many more. There are individual reasons behind every mask dances performed, which was first introduced by Guru Rimpoche to attract demons and subdue them. Different people come across wearing expensive dresses making the entire place colorful.
Aside from religious celebrations, there are some other festivals trying to preserve flora and fauna. Some of the main festivals are like the Rhododendron festival, Black Necked Crane festival, Mushroom festival and many more.
Check our festival dates for 2018.
Best time to Visit Bhutan
Winter is a decent time to get the imperiled black necked crane in their winter home. The Phobjikha valley is a magnificent time for mushroom picking & to get looks of rainbows over the valleys. In case you’re there to look for comfort or for deep sense of being reasons, whenever would be a decent time to go.
It truly relies upon what you need to see and do. In the event that you need to trek, April, May, September and October are the greatest months with ideal climate. In spite of the fact that it is colder, the skies are by and large clear and blue, and above all, it won’t be sloppy. Do take note of that the storm season in Bhutan is from July – August and amid this time, light rain (1-2 hours) toward the beginning of the day is average. Substantial deluges are uncommon, yet we by and large don’t prescribe trekking, unless they are short day climbs.
How much Discount can be availed for your Eastern Bhutan Tour?
If you Book your Bhutan tour to the eastern part of Bhutan, then you are omitted to pay $65 per day Royalty fee as surcharge to the Royal Government of Bhutan. The Tour cost to Bhutan will only be $160 in peak and $130 on off season. One time visa fee of $40 is additional.