Frequently Asked Question
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where is Bhutan?
Bhutan is a small, landlocked nation located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China. Its landscape ranges from subtropical plains and forests in the South to subalpine forests and snowy mountains in the North. Bhutan is a predominantly Buddhist country and is known as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism.
2. Do I need to use a tour operator to book my travel?
It is a government regulation that you must use a license Bhutanese Tour Operator to book your travel to Bhutan or one of their international partners.
3. Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan?
All International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator or one of their international partners. Visa clearance must be obtained through your tour operator prior to travel. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives may obtain a visa on entry.
4. How much does the visa cost?
International tourist visas a cost of USD $40 applies. This can be paid in advance to you tour operator or travel agent. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives there is no cost incurred.
5. How do I get to Bhutan?
There are a number of airports where you can fly into Bhutan from (Bangkok,Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai.). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. Also, there are three land border crossings which you can travel into the kingdom overland. All crossings are along the Indian border only – Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar. All travel arrangements to Bhutan must be made through a local tour operator. A list of tour companies operating in Bhutan is available on this website. Your selected tour operator will make all the necessary arrangements.
6. What does the $200/$250 per day minimum daily package include?
The $200 per day (low season) and $250 per day (high season) package includes a minimum of 3 star accommodations, costs for food, an experienced guide and transportation (with driver) within the country. Also included in the price is a $65 per day royalty that goes towards free education, free healthcare and poverty alleviation. All of these services will be arranged by your tour operator.
Single Individual – US$ 40/- Per night per person.
Group of two – US$ 30/- Per night per person.
7. What currency is used in Bhutan?
Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee which is also accepted as legal tender. However Indian notes in 500 and 1000 denominations are not acceptable.
8. Is there a limit on the number of tourists that can enter Bhutan each year?
There is no limit on the number of tourists admitted into the country each year. In order to protect our culture, traditions and natural environment the government has adopted a strict policy of “High Value, Low Impact Tourism”. This policy is aimed at attracting discerning tourists that will respect the unique culture and values of the Bhutanese people while also providing the visitors with an unforgettable one of a kind experience.
9. What’s the food like in Bhutan?
The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine is its spiciness. Chillis are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered so important that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that was not spicy.
Rice forms the main body of most Bhutanese meals. It is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Pork, beef and chicken are the meats that are eaten most often. A wide selection of western and Indian food is also available in many of the restaurants around the country.
Vajra Guru Spiritual Travels FAQ
Here you will find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you still have any doubts or queries do not hesitate to contact us.
Who is Vajra Guru Spiritual Travel?
Vajra Guru Spiritual Travel is a Government Licensed Tour Operator who organizes a wide range of tours, Cultural, Festival, and Religious, Pilgrimage, Textile, Sightseeing, Photography, Hiking, Trekking, Honeymoon, wedding ceremony and documentary film making and many more.
Is Vajra Guru Spiritual Travel, a secure site?
Yes, it is Registered and 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).
Why should I choose Vajra Guru Spiritual Travel?
Vajra Guru Spiritual Travel is one of the most renowned, repute and guided by a Buddhist Expert who offers you exciting cultural and festival tour and luxurious travelling services.
How does the booking process work?
The booking process is all done by e-mail and by fax/phone.
When is the best time to visit Bhutan?
Every season has its own charm. We have almost every month a festival taking place. The best season to travel to Bhutan is on March, April, May, September, October, and November.
Do I need a visa for Bhutan? How can I obtain a Bhutan visa?
All tourists travelling to Bhutan are required to obtain a visa, except for Indian Nationals holding a valid passport. We will handle the visa procedures for you. The actual visa will be stamped upon arrival at the Paro airport.
Do you offer discounts for children & students?
We offer 50% discount for children from ages 6 to 12 accompanied by parents/guardiansand 25% discount for full-time students below 25 years of age with a proper valid ID from their university.
What is included in my trip package?
The tour package includes airport transfers, accommodation on a twin sharing basis, all meals, land transport within Bhutan, sightseeing, a local English-speaking tour guide, a driver & vehicle, and museum fees. Pack horses for treks, along with the trekking equipment.
Can I have a private tour?
Yes, all of our itineraries are designed for private tours, meaning that we will not group you together with other tourist unless you requested. So you can travel solo or bring along your few friends.
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. We will help you plan your itinerary based on your interest and time frame.
What kinds of vehicles do you use?
We use comfortable clean, well- maintained Toyota or Hyundai vehicles: a four-seat car for group of one or two people; a minivan for group of three to seven people; and a coaster bus for larger groups.
How far in advance do I have to sign up for the tours?
For most tours the booking must be completed within 3 to 5 weeks in advance, but during the festival booking must be completed at least between 8 to 13 weeks in advance mainly to secure accommodation and Druk Air seats. We can sometime even conduct the tour within a week time.
How do I pay for bookings with Vajra Guru Spiritual Travel?
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 Vajra Guru Spiritual Travel. Without the advance payment the Tourism Council of Bhutan won’t clear your visa papers.
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.
What airline will I fly on and from where?
Druk Air is Bhutan’s national airline and they fly from any of the following cities: Bangkok (Thailand), Delhi, Kolkota and Mumbai (India), Kathmandu (Nepal), Bangladesh (Dhaka) and Singapore. You can also enter from a few cities on the Indian border by car.
How can I purchase Druk Air tickets?
There are two ways to purchase Druk Air Tickets. You can purchase online from Druk Air’s website (www.drukair.com.bt) Or we can purchase your Druk air tickets on your behalf without any commission and send to you via email attachment.
Do I have to worry about altitude sickness in Bhutan?
Most of our visitors have no problem adjusting altitude as our cultural and festival tours do not reach altitude higher than 3,500 meters. But during your long trekking we may go as high as 5,000 meters.
Can I use my credit card in Bhutan?
In general, credit cards are not accepted in Bhutan but in a few handicrafts shops accepts visa and Master card only.
Are there ATM in Bhutan?
We do have ATM in some major cities.
What is the time zone in Bhutan?
Bhutan has only one time zone. It is six hours ahead of GMT. The country code for Bhutan is +975
Is it safe to travel to Bhutan?
There is very very little crime in Bhutan, and it is safe for women travellers and solo travellers to visit Bhutan alone.
Do you provide travel insurance?
No, we do not provide travel insurance, but Government has recently introduced the travel insurance facilities but we do request you to get your travel insurance from your own country.
What is the weight limit for luggage on Druk Air?
The limit of 20 kg for economy class and 30kg for business class.
Is there a dress code for tourists in Bhutan?
There is no particular dress code for the tourist. It would be nice to avoid revealing clothing (such as wearing very short skirts and tank tops). Men can bring jeans, cottons pants, collar T-shirts, casual shirts, and long sleeves and coat/ jacket for the evening and early morning. You can’t wear short, short skirt, T-shirt without collar, hats/caps, and slipper while visiting Monasteries, Temples, Dzongs, though they are fine for trekking and hiking.
Festival etiquette and dress code:
Please always take off your hats while entering religious sites and festival (tshechu). Sneakers, jeans, T-shirt without collars and short are not allowed as festivals are held always in or near by the dzongs and monasteries. You are requested to dress decently (smart casual). Taking photography is allowed during the Tshechu festivals.
Why do I need a guide? Can I tour Bhutan on my own?
Tourism in Bhutan is highly regulated by the Government. If you want to visit Bhutan, you must do so through a registered licensed Bhutanese tour company/agent. You cannot tour the country on your own.
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:Within 21 days 10% of the rate
“ 14 days 15% of the rate< “ 7 days 30% of the rate Less than 7 days 50% of the rate After arrival in Bhutan 100% How do I contact Vajra Guru Spiritual Travel? Throughout the year by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling: +975-2-335588; Cell: +975-17636588
Guru Rinpoche's Meditation Caves Pilgrimage
Many important masters have come to Bhutan to pray homage to Guru Rinpoche's meditation Caves. On your spiritual tour, You discover Guru Rinpoche caves, Dzongs, monasteries and local temples;