Travel Info

All tourists (excluding Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian passport holders) who wish to travel to Bhutan require a visa and must book their holiday through a licensed Bhutanese tour operator or one of their international partners. The Bhutan Paramita Tours and Travels is a licensed tour operator under Tourism Council of Bhutan and Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators. We will take care of Visa arrangements for you.
With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors to Bhutan need a visa. Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a visa at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 month validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC)). All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior to travel to Bhutan. Your Visas are processed through an online system by us. You are required to send the photo-page of your passport to us and we 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. 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, the visa will then be stamped into your passport.
Inclusive Package Tour & Tariff All tours must be booked through a licensed Bhutanese Tour Operator such as Bhutan Paramita. Visitors may only experience Bhutan on an all-inclusive package tour for which a fixed daily tariff is set by the Royal Government / Tourism Council of Bhutan. Minimum Package Tour Rate: (Standard Package) • US $ 250 per person per night (Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov – Peak Season) • US $ 200 per person per night (Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec – Regular Season) • US $ 40 Bhutan Visa fee per person (per one time visit) Govt. FIT Surcharge:in addition to the tour rates given above Single Individual: US $ 40 per night per person (Peak & Regular Season) Groups of 2 persons: US $ 30 per night per person (Peak & Regular Season) Group of 3 persons and more FIT Surcharge is waived (Peak & Regular Season) The above Standard Package covers the following land costs: (a) Govt. approved standard hotels in twin sharing room (2-3 star) (b) All meals at the Govt. approved standard hotels or local restaurants (c) Standard Transport / transfers within Bhutan for the duration of the tour (d) A licensed English speaking local guide for the duration of the tour (e) Sightseeing, entrances fees to museums & monuments, all permits (f) 35% royalty to the government & all taxes (g) Trekking (basic equipments, haulage & crew) Other services, activities and higher category of hotels will require a supplement Accommodation Most hotels in Bhutan are in the 2-3 star level and are referred to as Standard Hotels. A few luxury 4 & 5 star accommodations are also available (Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang). The standard accommodations all offer the necessary facilities, and are properly maintained. Generally speaking, hotels in western Bhutan (Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue) are better appointed than the rest of the country. Accommodation establishments are more modest with fewer amenities in the more remote areas of central (Gangtey, Trongsa, Bumthang) and eastern Bhutan (Mongar, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Samdrup Jongkhar). Sometimes the best accommodation may be the only accommodation and a very modest one in that area especially in the central and eastern regions. When you travel with Etho Metho, you can be sure that your accommodation in lodges, guest houses, smaller hotels and tented camps will be up to the best available. Food The Standard Package tour will include breakfast at the overnight hotel/accommodation; lunch and dinner at local tourist restaurants or at the overnight hotel/accommodation. We provide packed lunch for journeys that pass through areas where local tourist restaurant are not available (central and eastern Bhutan) and on treks and hikes. If weather permits, the packed lunch is normally enjoyed outdoors at a suitable area along the journey. If weather is not suitable, then lunch is provided at the nearest available sheltered structure (house, barn, etc). Guides All our tours are escorted by well trained and knowledgeable local English Speaking Guides. Our guides are all certified and trained by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. There will be extra charges for German/French/Japanese guides. Since there are not many language speaking guides in Bhutan, advance booking will increase the confirmation of the language speaking guides. Transportation Chauffeured by our skilled and experienced drivers, they will ensure your safety and comfort while traveling on the small winding roads of Bhutan. The Standard transportation consists of Toyota coaches seating 6-20 people and smaller Toyota vans seating 1 to 5 people. We have a well maintained and an up-to-date fleet of 20 Toyota vehicles. The options of upgrading to luxury 4 wheel drives are also available. Trekking On your trek, you will be accompanied by a professionally trained and experienced catering/trekking team, who will set up camp, prepare fresh meals, and cater to all your needs while on the trek. Since there are no teahouses or lodges along the trekking routes in Bhutan, tented camps are set up during the treks. All members of our catering/trekking team are certified and licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.
The following articles are exempt from duty: (a) Personal effects and articles for day to day use by the visitor?(b) 1 litre of alcohol (spirits or wine)?(c) 200 cigarettes, on payment of import duty of 200%?(d) Instruments, apparatus or appliances for professional use?(e) Photographic equipment, video cameras and other electronic goods for personal use You have to complete the passenger declaration form on your arrival before checking out. The articles mentioned under (d) & (e) must be declared on the declaration form. If any such items are disposed of in Bhutan by sale or gift, they are liable for customs duty. On departure, visitors are required to surrender their forms to the Customs authorities. Import/export restrictions of the following goods is strictly prohibited:? (a) Arms, ammunitions and explosives? (b) All narcotics and drugs except medically prescribed drugs (c) Wildlife products, especially those of endangered species ?(d) Antiques Imports of plants, soils etc. are subject to quarantine regulations. These items must be cleared on arrival. Visitors are advised to be cautious in purchasing old and used items, especially of religious or cultural significance, as such items may not be exported without a clearance certificate.