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We ensure that the best available accommodations are arranged for our guests throughout our tourist destination. Hotels in western Bhutan are better, while accommodation in the central and eastern part of the country are more modest, with fewer amenities. There is no star luxuries hotel available; but there are resorts, like Aman and Uma managed by the foreign expertise, which we can arrange (but at your own expense). During peak season no hotels gives confirmation in advance; thus, and we can only provide hotel names and details 21- days before arrival.
We have carefully selected the list of accommodation units, with the best of location, ambience and service:
Phuntsho Pelri Hotel
Hotel River View
Hotel Pine Wood
Druk Tshering Guest House
Hotel Dragon Roots
Namsey Chholing Resort
Hotel Eye of the Tiger
Rinchen Ling Lodge
Hotel Valley View
Tashi Namgay Resort
Hotel Lhaki Yangchak.
Hotel Pema Karpo
Hotel Zangtho Pelri
Hotel Meri Punsum
Y. T Hotel
Puna Tshangchu Cottages
Damchen Resort & Singye Lodge
Dragon Nest Resort
Yue Loki Guest House
Jakar Village Lodge
Swiss Guest House
Leki Guest House
Udee Guest House
Mepham Guest House.
Druk Zhongkhar Lodge
New Lee Hotel
Tashi Longched Trokhang Hotel
The climate in Bhutan is extremely varied. This variation in the climatic conditions and average temperature can be attributed to two main factors: the vast differences in altitude present in the country; and the influence of the north Indian monsoons.
Southern Bhutan has a hot, humid, sub-tropical climate, that is fairly unchanging throughout the year. Temperatures can vary between 15-30 degrees Celsius. In the Central parts of the country the climate cools a bit, changing to temperate and deciduous forests, with warm summers and cool, dry winters. In the far Northern reaches of the kingdom, the weather is cold during winter. Mountain peaks are perpetually covered in snow and lower parts are still cool in summer, owing to the high altitude terrain.
The Indian summer monsoon lasts from late-June through late-September and is mostly confined to the southern border region of Bhutan. It brings heavy rain and high humidity, to the southern region. These rains bring between 60 and 90 percent of the western region’s rainfall.
Annual precipitation ranges widely in various parts of the country. The northern border region to Tibet gets about forty millimeters of precipitation a year, which is primarily snow. In the temperate central regions, a yearly average of around 1,000 millimeters is more common, and 7,800 millimeters per year has been registered at some locations in the humid, subtropical south, ensuring the thick tropical forest, or savanna.
Thimphu experiences dry winter months (December through February), and almost no precipitation until March, when rainfall averages 20 millimeters a month and increases steadily thereafter to a high of 220 millimeters in August for a total annual rainfall of nearly 650 millimeters.
Bhutan’s generally dry spring starts in early March and lasts until mid-April. Summer weather commences in mid-April, with occasional showers, and continues to late June. The heavier summer rains last from late June through late September, and these which are more monsoonal along the southwest border.
Autumn, from late September or early October to late November, follows the rainy season. It is characterized by bright, sunny days, with and some early snowfalls at higher elevations.
From late November until March, winter sets in, with frost throughout much of the country, and snowfall common above elevations of 3,000 meters. The winter northeast monsoon brings gale-force winds at the highest altitudes through high mountain passes, giving Bhutan its name: Drukyul, which in the Dzongkha language means Land of the Thunder Dragon.
The Bhutanese diet is rich in meat and poultry, dairy, rice and vegetables. Emadatse (chili and cheese stew) is considered the national dish. However, all the hotels and lodge on Vajra Guru’s selected list of accommodation offer delicious Continental, Indian, and & Chinese cuisine, along with local dishes, too.
Most local people drink water straight from the taps placed in convenient places around the country; however, we advise our tourists and visitors to drink bottled water. Both hard and soft drinks are available in almost all hotels and restaurants around the country.
All foreign nationals traveling to Bhutan must have a visa approved prior to arriving in the Kingdom of Bhutan. No foreign mission or embassies abroad have any authority to grant tourist visas.
All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior to travel to Bhutan. Visas are processed through an online system by Vajra Guru Spiritual Travels on our clients’ behalf.
You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to Vajra Guru Spiritual Travels, who will then apply for your visa.
The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received, the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.
At your point of entry, you will be required to show your visa clearance letter, which will be forwarded to you (and you will need to print out and carry with you); the visa will then be stamped into your passport.
Note: You will need a unique visa for each entry into Bhutan; multiple entry visas are not issued.
Standard Time +0600 UTC
Bhutan time is 6-hours ahead of GMT; and there is only one time zone in the country.
Druk Air limits you one checked bag at a maximum weight of 20 kg for economy class and 30 kg for business class, and hand luggage must not exceed 5 kg.
Clothing requirements vary greatly depending on the season. Comfortable sports shoes are ideal for light touring, while hiking boots are recommended for anyone wishing to undertake a trek.
Sunscreen/sun cream, lip balm/salve, ear plugs, hat, umbrella, camera, film and accessories, insect repellent, torch or flash light with spare batteries, soluble aspirin, antiseptic cream, anti-diarrhea pills, and any medication you take regularly, or might need to take for a periodically recurring condition, such as asthma.
Bring enough film and plenty of spare camera batteries, as these may not be available locally.
The best facilities are available at the general hospital in Thimphu.
Altitude sickness can be a problem for some travelers, and efforts should be made to acclimatize before undertaking extensive activities or treks.
No vaccination is currently required for traveling to Bhutan.
General medicines are readily available but guests are advised to bring in their own requirement for the duration of their visit.
If you get motion sickness you should also get medication for that, as Bhutanese roads are winding and travelling to different parts of the country consists of long drives.
REMITTANCE OF TOUR PAYMENT
Prior to your trip to Bhutan, you will be asked to wire the full payment for your holiday to the Tourism Council of Bhutan.
* Entire tour payment must be settled at least 6- weeks prior to date of arrival in Bhutan; and VISA is cleared by Government subject to advance payment only.
You must wire the tour payment calculated by Vajra Guru Spiritual Travels as well as USD 40 (one-time visa fee) to the Bhutan National Bank through one of their certified international partners Bank. with Vajra Guru Spiritual Travels as the ultimate beneficiary.
We will guide you step by step.
Tourist tariff is set by Tourism Council of Bhutan, Royal Government of Bhutan and it is valid for all- inclusive packages.
The government fixed package tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 03 persons or more are as follows:
January, February, June, July, August, and December = US $ 200/ per person per night
March, April, May, September, October, and November = US $ 250/ per person per night
This tariff is the same for Cultural Tours, Treks or any other Special Interest Tours.
These minimum daily rates are inclusive of following services:
iii) Services of accompanying English- speaking guide
Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons are subject to following surcharges, over and above daily package tariff:
Surcharge in case only single person traveling = US $ 40/ per night
Surcharge in case 02 persons traveling together = US $ 30/ per person per night
(In case the number of persons traveling together is 03 or more then there is no surcharge.)
As per international norms, 10% of the gross tour payment shall be payable to the principal agents abroad as commission and shall be deducted by these agents at source. Further, this commission shall be calculated from the net amount, after deducting the discounts wherever applicable. Also, there is no commission on FIT Surcharges, applicable in case of 01 and 02 pax.
The Government set package rates are valid for accommodation on twin sharing basis and, in case of using single rooms, following supplements will be applicable:
For, Festival season = US$ 40/ per single room per night
For, other season = US$ 25/ per single room per night
A sum of US $ 05/ per tourist per visit shall be payable towards Tourism Development Fund.
Visa fee US $ 40/ per person is payable over and above the charges cited; it can paid along with tour payment.
If you want to cancel your trip, your payment that you made will be refunded, after deducting the bank charges and other service charges (see below). But visitors have to let us know immediately as to when they decide to cancel their tour.
Tour Programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:
DELAYED ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE
There shall be no charge for the number of days of delay in departure of visitor due to weather conditions, Druk Air/Bhutan Airline problems, or roadblocks. In such circumstances, they will be charged only the actual expenses for accommodation, food, transport, and any other services required.
It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance prior to travel.
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