1. Do I need a visa for Bhutan and how to obtain it?
Except travellers from India, Bangladesh, Maldives and all visitors to Bhutan require visa. Visas are issued only when a confirmed booking through a Bhutanese operator like (Discovery Bhutan Inc) is made. Air tickets to Bhutan can only be issued once the visa is confirmed. Your visa will be processed by the travel agent that you choose to travel with.
A Bhutanese visa is issued only by the Department of Immigration after receiving the full tour payment in the account of Tourism Council of Bhutan, Thimphu.
Passport: You are required to have a valid passport with at least six months validity from the date of your departure.
2. Where do I enter Bhutan?
Druk Air, the national carrier is the only airline that operates flights into Paro international airport. Druk Air operates a fleet of two Airbus 119 planes and flies to Kathmandu (Nepal); Delhi, Calcutta, Bagdora (West Bengal), Guwahati (Assam) India; Dhaka, Bengal Dash and Bangkok, Thailand.
Visitors can also enter or exit Bhutan by road through the neighboring Indian states of Assam and West Bengal in south.
You can enter or exit through road from Phuntsholing, a border town to India in the south- western part of the country which is about seven hour drive from Paro or Thimphu. The nearest airport from Phuntsholing is Bagdogra in India at the base of the foothills of Darjeeling and Sikkim between which you can drive overland taking about 05 hours approximately.
The Eastern Bhutan which is not that explored till now could be entered by road through south- eastern town of Samdrupjongkhar which is about an hour drive from Guwahati Airport in Assam. There are so many places of historical importance in east and not to forget its rich flora and fauna.
3. How can I purchase Druk Air tickets?
We will purchase the E- tickets and forward them to your email address. You can also buy your druk air ticket online from Druk-air website www.drukair.com.bt but there there won't be discount on the ticket.
4.I want to travel, but none of the dates/trips you run coincide with my holiday dates.
Don’t despair! We offer a tailor-make service for all of the destinations featured on our website - and a few more besides. Alternatively, if you can get your own group together (3+ persons) then it will be less expensive for you. Otherwise we have Single supplementary charges applicable for sin. We are happy to lay on a private trip for you, either on one of our existing itineraries or if you prefer, we can help you devise your own.
5. What kind of season do you have in Bhutan?
Spring is a botanist delight as rhododendrons, wild azaleas, and masses of wildflowers including the edelweiss cover the meadows like carpet. Pear and apple blossoms add a dainty touch to the valleys as their pink and white blooms add a sense of new wonder to the land that is about to burst with abundant growth again.
Summer is an abundant time of the year as flowers are in bloom and the valleys are covered in green, weeping willows sweep the banks of many of the rivers and the pine cones glisten in sun, so full with resin they are ready to plummet to the ground.
Autumn casts a bright golden glow on the vast landscape and is one of the more crowded times of the year for tourism to Bhutan. In fall, rice fields ripen to a golden brown under crisp blue skies. The merry pink and white of cosmos flowers dot the countryside.
Winter has its moments. The days are full of sunshine while evenings can turn chilly. The winter landscape lays bare the majesty of the mountains and the sweeping valleys. Soft tufts of cloud drape lazily over mountain tops as if waiting for new life to blow it across the landscape.
6. Who is Discovery Bhutan Inc?
Discovery Bhutan Inc is a Government Licensed Tour Operator who organizes a wide range of tours, Cultural, Textile, Festival, Flora & Fauna, Bird watching, Religious, Photography, Hiking, Trekking, Honeymoon vacations and other adventures.
7. Is Discovery Bhutan Inc, a secure site?
Yes, it is licensed by the Royal Government of Bhutan with the consultation of the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) and is a member of the Association of Bhutan Tour Operators (ABTO).(Click on the home page logo of Government)
8. Why should I travel with Discovery Bhutan Inc?
The billion dollar question… Whilst there is plenty of general competition, we feel that Discovery Bhutan is truly unique in the Bhutanese travel market and the high percentage of clients who travel with us again and again isn’t down to chance. Discovery Bhutan is a company that has been set up by travellers for travellers and the company ethos is to help travellers souls get to incredible places that would otherwise remain inaccessible. Our office is manned by experienced tour leaders and it is their knowledge and passion (along with that of our experienced guides) that is evident in all aspects of the trips, from planning through to implementation. In short, we run the kind of trips that we like to do! By keeping the group sizes small we can allow for a greater degree of flexibility and cater to individual needs and this unobtrusive ‘low impact’ tourism gives travellers a chance to get off the beaten track without damaging the places they visit. In addition, a percentage of the trip profits are used to fund various charities for monks & Nuns in the country – travellers and locals alike – benefit from the experience.
9. How much will my package cost?
The policy of value tourism is best supported by a system of a daily minimum 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.
Do you have extra charges for 1 or 2 people?
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$ 25 per night.
10. Do you offer discounts for children & students?
We offer 50% discount for children from ages 6 to 12 accompanied by parents/guardians
and 25% discount for students below 25 years of age with proper ID.
11. What is included in my trip package?
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.
12. How do I contact Discovery Bhutan Inc?
Email or fax us to discuss your travel plans with one of our specialists, be it to create your Tailor Made tour or to find out further information on one of our Inspirational Journeys. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax us at +975 2 333846
13. Tell me more about the tour & trek itinerary?
The entire itinerary is not fixed. It depends on one’s interest, whether cultural, festivals, trekking or a combination.
14. How do I pay for bookings with Discovery Bhutan Inc?
All the tour payments must be made in advance. Payment should be deposited through the Bhutan National Bank account abroad, payable in favour of the travel Agent in Bhutan whose names and addresses will be provided by us after the confirmation of your trip.
15. When will I get my trip confirmation?
Within 8 hours of your booking unless it is Saturday or Sunday or a government holiday in Bhutan, as they are closed on those days.
17. What if I need to cancel my trip at the last moment?
The tour programmes booked and subsequently cancelled are subjected to cancellation charges as follows:
* Season - Full refund will be made for the tour cancelled 30 days or more prior to arrival date (December, January, February, June, July and till Mid-August)
* Peak Season - Full refund will be made for the tour cancelled 60 days or more prior to arrival date (March, April, May, Mid-August, September, October and November)
* 30% penalty on the total tour cost for the tour cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival date. This is because by this time hotels would be already booked and company is subject to cancellation charges for rooms cancelled in less than 30 days.
* Duration lost or trip shortened due to unforeseen reasons after arrival in Bhutan, no refund will be made – because we will already have had paid for the hotels and other logistics.
Is it Secure to send payment before the trip?
It is very safe, the Tourism council of Bhutan will continue to hold the money you have sent for your tour until your trip has taken place. It will not be released to Discovery Bhutan Inc until you have left the country on your return flight. This provides you with the security of knowing that your money is safe until your holiday takes place. If for any reason the trip doesn't go ahead then the government will not give your money to Discovery Bhutan Inc but will return it to you (subject to any cancellation charges which apply if you have cancelled the trip). So in the unlikely event that we do not run your trip for you, you would not be out of pocket.