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For all the cultural tours, the booking must be completed at least one month in advance, but for tours during festival periods, 3 months advance reservation is must. Spring and Autumn festivals, which falls during the peak season, requires early flight and hotel reservations in order to get confirmation too. Because Bhutan now has only two airline with 4 mid-sized Airbus planes.

For trekking groups, it is important to book at least 8 weeks in advance, as these requires lot of time for a detailed planning.

ENTRY POINTS (via Air) Flights

The best way to enter Bhutan is by Air. Because driving from Indian border can be quite tiring and strenuous, if you are not used to the quick bends of the road but we can say that the view is much better along the road.

Flights

Bhutan has two airlines that operates flights in and out of Bhutan. Drukair is a national carrier and Bhutan Airline is a private airline which started operating in 2011 and has brought in some needed competition. There is only one international airport at Paro and takes about an hour and half drive from Thimphu. There are also some new domestic routes in operation connecting Badbalathang in Bumthang, Yonphula in eastern Bhutan and Gelephu in southern Bhutan.
Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines flights can now be booked directly by yourself online, but usually it is preferable for you to ask us to make the flight booking for you. We can hold the seats for you for a period without commitment as we discuss your itinerary and you can take time to finalize your travel plans. But shall not be held liable for the change in the costs of the airfare due to unforeseen circumstances.

It is always advisable to plan one day overnight stay or to have 5 to 6 hours in excess after reaching to your chosen point of entry to Bhutan. Because the schedules for Bhutan flights are subject to frequent change, due to unpredictable weather condition and often in very short notice.

Routes

The routes taken by our airlines are Delhi, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Kolkata and Singapore. There are also flights from Dhaka, Gaya, Baghdogra, Guwahati and Mumbai.
Bangkok flights come in and out every day with both airlines during the peak season but flights on the other routes are not as frequent. Delhi and Kathmandu flights tend to be 5 times a week. Kolkata flights run around 5 times a week with Druk Air and daily with Tashi Air and Singapore flights are twice a week with Druk Air. Tashi air also has future plans to fly to Singapore.

Flight Timings
Flight timing Varies on whether it is a direct flight or has a stopover:

  • Singapore-Paro: 6 HOURS
  • Bangkok-Paro: 3 hours 30 minutes (5 hours and 30 minutes
  • Katmandu-Paro: 45 minutes
  • Delhi-Paro: 2 hours
  • Dhaka-Paro: 55 minutes
  • Guwahati-Paro: 1 hour

Prices

The current rates for both entry and return flights are around US$450 (Kathmandu), US$700 (Delhi), US$750 (Bangkok), US$450 (Calcutta) and US$1150 (Singapore). They are charged in US dollar, as the price and value of the currency keeps on fluctuating on daily basis and therefore it can be only confirmed after issuing the tickets.
***Please note that Airfare of Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines is charged on top of the tour price***

CUSTOMS

Visitors are required to complete the Customs form and hand it over on arrival. The following articles are should be declared:

Personal/Tourists allowance.
Alcohol-1 bottle not larger than 1 litre bottle
200 sticks of cigarettes, 50 pieces of cigar, 250 grams of other tobacco products. But they are all subjected to 100% customs duty and 100%sales tax. If found excess in quantity mentioned then above it will be confiscated.

Instruments or appliances for professional use.
Tourists shall be allowed to import temporarily free customs duty for his /her personal effects and articles required for visit like photographic equipment, video cameras and other electronic goods for personal use only and that items will be re-exported with them when the leave Bhutan.

The Import and Export of the following goods are strictly prohibited:
Arms, ammunitions, explosives and military stores. All narcotics and drugs, except medically prescribed drugs. Wildlife products, especially those of endangered species. Antiques(any household items).
All visitors are advised to be cautious in purchasing old and used items. Custom authorities will not allow any old/used items to be taken out of the country if they have not been certified as non-antique. The import of plants, soil etc. is subject to quarantine regulations. These items must be cleared on arrival.

Entry point (via Land)

Entry to and exit from Bhutan is also possible through Phuentsholing and Gelephug through the southern Bhutan border town. Bagdogra, in the state of West Bengal (India) is the nearest airport to the bordering towns, if you wish to travel by road it will take you least 4 hours’ drive to reach the border of Bhutan.

Now entry and exit from Bhutan can also be made through Samdrup Jongkhar (Eastern Bhutan). This frontier Bhutanese town is also the main trade hub for the people living in east of Bhutan and it is approximately 3 hours’ drive from Guwahati on a traffic free day, the capital town of the Indian north- eastern state of Assam, which too has an airport. Samdrup Jongkhar is also an authorized exit point for tourists who wish to visit other north eastern Indian states.

CLIMATE

The southern part of Bhutan is tropical, and in general the east of Bhutan is warmer than the west. The central valleys of Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Mongar, Trashigang and Lhuntse enjoy a semi tropical climate with very cool winters, whilst Thimphu, Paro, Haa, Trongsa and Bumthang have a much harsh climate, with heavy monsoon in the summer and heavy snow-falls in the winter, which often blocks the pass on the highway connecting to central and then to the eastern Bhutan. Winter in Bhutan starts from mid-November until mid-March, and at this time of the year the climate is dry, with day time temperatures falling below zero. The monsoon usually arrives in mid-June to end of September, with the rain falling mainly in the afternoon and evening. In autumn which starts from October, most of the trees growing in sub-tropical region suddenly changes their colour marking the arrival of beautiful clear sky and a good weather for die hard trekkers, until the mid-November.

ACCOMMODATION

There are comfortable hotels, lodges and farm houses throughout the tourist destinations in the country. The Western and Central Bhutan has better hotels, while in the eastern parts of the country, it’s more of a pure untouched lands in other word one would find rustic beauty establishments. The hotels that we provide is categorized as 3 star hotels , hotel. bt and we have few luxury five star hotels but with it comes the extra costs.

 

FOOD

Bhutanese delicacies are rich in cheese and spicy with chilies, in bhutan we use chilli as vegetable rather than spice. The hotels and restaurant in the list of Karmic’s Best Odyssey offers delicious local Bhutanese, Continental, Indian, Thai and Vietnamese food. Even on the trek, our cook prepares palatable dish suitable for western tastes. Most meals are provide in buffet style during peak season but we can also do ala carte depending on the size of the group and the time availability.

Local Expert (Guide)

The local experts (Guide) provided by Karmic’s Best Odyssey works on regular basis with us and all of them does speak fluent English, they are knowledgeable, certified by the Tourism council of Bhutan under Royal government of Bhutan.
We plan, design carefully because we don’t compromise on the quality of the service that we provide. Kadrinchey La.

GRATUITIES

Tipping is not compulsory nor there is any fixed amount, but it is normally expected and greatly appreciated – the bottom line is to determine how much the individuals concerned has added value, to your travel experience and tour expectarion.

On an average we would suggest a tip of $10 per person a day.