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Frequently Asked Questions
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YANA Expedtions's answer
What's included in the cost of my trip?
Accommodation on twin sharing basis
All meals as listed in itinerary
Transfer as per itinerary
The services of knowledgeable English speaking guide
Monument fees
35 % Royalty taxes to the Government
Druk Air airfare (Bangkok/Paro/Bangkok)
Tourism Development Fund (US$ 10 per visit)
What's NOT included in the price of my trip?
Visa Fees (US$ 20 for two weeks)
Excess baggage & Airport Tax (Approximately US$ 10)
Personal items like laundry & toiletries
International airfare (Home Country/Bangkok/Home Country)
Do I need a passport?
Yes... everyone needs a passport to travel to Bhutan and it must have a validity of at least six months beyond your intended stay.
What other travel documents do I need?
Unless you are an Indian nationality holding a valid Indian Passport, all other nationalities need a visa to enter Bhutan.
How can I get Bhutan visa? Are there any other countries from where I can get a visa? How long does it take?
We as a travel agent based in Bhutan can get your visa. The easiest way to get your visa is through your Bhutan tour agent. You simply need to fax or email your passport details and your intended duration of stay with dates of travel. Once we get this information we apply on your behalf. Your visa is then ready in 10 days. A visa number is then faxed or emailed to you- this confirms your visa for your arrival to Bhutan. When you arrive at Paro airport or at the border at Phuentsholing (for those using the land option), you will then have your visa stamped on your passport; please have 3 passport size photos to be used upon arrival, and visa fees of US$ 20 is to be paid directly. Visas are not issued at Bhutanese Embassies and missions abroad.
Why is there a fixed cost for travel to Bhutan? And why is it relatively more expensive than neighboring destinations?
The fixed cost that you pay is not just a fee for entry to Bhutan. This cost is a package tour cost that covers all your hotel, meals, transfers to and from the airport or border, transport for sightseeing with knowledgeable English speaking local guide, all inland permits and fees. And if you are trekking this covers all expenses for the treks such as horses/yaks, guide, all tenting/camping equipment, meals and transport. The government largely controls this fixed tariff and all tour companies must charge the established rate. Working directly with our agency will provide the greatest flexibility and the lowest cost possible. The government controls the cost in order manage tourism in a sustainable way, to grow sensibly without taxing on the environment and allowing for unchecked growth with all the negative aspects both to the environment and more importantly on the culture. The only way to visit Bhutan is by purchasing a tour with a reliable and licensed travel agency at these rates. With only 2-3 percent growth in tourism in the last 20 years, the country has marvelously preserved its age old traditions, its beautiful monasteries and temples; the river is still clean and habitable for its creatures, there are no large cities, and slums, and one will not find beggars in the streets. Bhutan promises to charm you with an unspoiled ancient landscape and quietly challenge your view of the world.
Can I travel as an individual with a tour guide?
Individual travel is possible in Bhutan; costs for single only travel is US$ 40 extra per night halt.
Can I decide on what I see in Bhutan or do I have to go with a planned tour?
As you explore our website, you will certainly realize we are not your run-of-the-mill 'active adventure' company. One of the main differences is that you can tell us exactly when you want to travel, instead of us giving you a pre-set schedule of tours to choose from. We are also open to any size group. Furthermore, our tours are very flexible and open to your input, as well as what might be called 'the pleasure of chance', the small, daily discoveries that make traveling so exciting. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, we quietly and efficiently take care of a multitude of details in order to ensure that you have a care- free, fun-filled adventure in one of the worlds most enchanting countries, BHUTAN: The Treasure Chest Of The Himalayas! Pick from among our sample tours, mix and match or start from scratch. Either way, we can tailor a tour to best fit your travel desires. All this adds up to making your holiday truly personalized and unique, with expert guidance to help pave the way towards having a wonderful, and memorable time in Bhutan. You will have to go as per the tour itinerary if you are part of a group tour.
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