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Bhutan Mindful Travels

Serbethang, Thimphu Bhutan.
Tel : +975-2351840
M : +975-17604290
E-mail : wangdimincha@yahoo.com / bhutanmindful@gmail.com
Wechat Id : mwangdi
Whatapps Id : +975-17604290
Post Box : 01251

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Bhutan FaQ

1.WHERE IS BHUTAN?
Bhutan is tucked away in the folds of the mighty Eastern Himalayas. It is a land locked country surrounded by on three sides by Indian states - Arunachal Pradesh in the east, Assam and West Bengal in the south and Sikkim in the West. The Tibetan autonomous region of China is in the North. The country lies between latitude 26 40" and 28 20" north and longitude 88 45" and 92 10" east.

2.HOW CAN ONE REACH BHUTAN?

The most convenient way of entering Bhutan is by Druk Air, the country's national carrier. As flights can be delayed due to weather conditions (particularly during the summer months), it is advisable to allow 24 hours before any onward connection. We can book the ticket for you. Druk Air flies few days each week between Bhutan and the following countries: India (Delhi, Bagdogra, Kolkata and Gaya by air and through Phuentsholing and Samdrup Jongkha by road) Nepal (Kathmandu) Thailand (Bangkok) Bangladesh (Dacca)

3.Why is there a fixed cost to travel to Bhutan? And why is the tariff relatively more expensive than the other neighboring countries?
All the tourists visiting Bhutan should come through package inclusive tours. The tariff you pay is not just a fee for entering Bhutan. The tariff covers the cost of  35% of royalty and taxes to the government, hotels, inland transportation, services of guide, meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner), and entrance fees to temple and monuments.
For trekkers, it covers the cost of riding ponies and pack animals such as yaks/horses, knowledgeable guides, camping equipment, meals, cooks and transportation.
The tariff is regulated by the Royal Government of Bhutan and is applicable to all the tour operators in Bhutan. 
The only way to visit Bhutan is by purchasing package inclusive tours from one of the licensed tour operators in the country.

4.Why does the Royal Government of Bhutan adopts strong pricing policy by keeping the tariff relatively higher?
The Royal Government has always been aware that an unrestricted flow of tourists can have negative impacts on Bhutan’s pristine environment and its rich and unique culture.

Therefore, the Royal Government of Bhutan adheres strongly to a policy of low volume and high value tourism, based on the principle of sustainability, meaning that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable.
Also the volume of tourists visiting Bhutan is regulated to a manageable level because of the constraints of the tourism infrastructure.

5.Could you explain what the royalty and taxes to the government are used for?
The Royal Government of Bhutan uses the royalty and taxes for the socio-economic development of the country, sustainability of public services such as free education and heath care services, rendering employment opportunities for the youth as guides, cooks and transport operators, and the development of other service sectors such as hotels, restaurants, transportations and communications. Tourism has also contributed significantly to rural incomes through earnings from tourist transport and portage. Thus, the royalty and taxes collected from tourism have largely benefited the people of Bhutan by improving their quality of life and ploughing back to environmental conservation.

6.How do I book the package tour to Bhutan?
If the tour itinerary given in the website suits you, you can book online, e-mail, call or fax us. Also if you want to customize your trip, we can start the dialogue and together we can develop an itinerary that really suit your utmost interests and travel dates. To help you in customizing the trip, decide the duration that you wish to spend in Bhutan, destinations and check the Druk Air flight schedules to make your entry and departure dates. The duration of stay in Bhutan will determine your package costs.

7.How can I obtain a visa to travel to Bhutan? Is there any country or embassy that issues visas on behalf of Bhutan?
You can download the visa application form using Adobe Acrobat and either fax or e-mail us after filling up the details. Otherwise you can also fill up the details as follows and e- mail to us:
Full Name (Mr/Ms/Mrs):
Permanent Address:
Nationality:
Date and Place of birth:
Profession/Occupation:
Type of Passport:  Diplomatic/Official/Ordinary/Un Lassie passer
Passport Number:
Date of Issue:
Place of Issue:
Date of Expiry:
Period for which visa is required: From:               
Point of Entry into Bhutan:
Point of Exit from Bhutan

All visa applications much reach Bhutan at least 4 weeks prior to the visitor’s intended travel date. We apply for visas on the behalf of our clients to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bhutan. After approval, your visa number will be faxed to you and this process confirms your visa for Bhutan.

Visas are not issued by Bhutanese embassies or any countries abroad and no visa is entertained upon arrival. Unless the visa number is obtained from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Druk Air will not issue the ticket and no passenger will be allowed to board the flight. The actual visa will be stamped at the Paro Airport upon the payment of the fee of US$ 20. Two copies of passport photos are required on the arrival. The visas can be extended, if required, upon the additional payment of US$ 15.

8. When is the best season to travel to Bhutan?
The best season to visit Bhutan is from March to May and September to November. However, some tourists prefer to visit Bhutan in the lean season too because there are abundant choices in terms of accommodation and flight bookings can be done very easily.

9.Do we need to cover travel insurance?
Yes, we advise you to get your insurance cover from your respective country.

10.How do we make the payment?
Once the tour reservation has been confirmed, Bhutan Mindful Travel will provide the secure and safer mode of payment.

11.Is my advance payment safe and secure?
Yes, your payment is safe and secure because your advance payment goes directly to a government account or Tourism Council of Bhutan; By rule, the tour operators receive their money only after the tour is completed.

12.What kind of hotels do you use?
We use the best available hotels in each tourist destination, which are approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan for the tourist which are rated 3 star and above.

13. What kind of tour guide do you use for the trip?
We use knowledgeable, experienced and English speaking guides trained and certified by Tourism Council of Bhutan.
What kind of transport vehicles are used for the trips?
We use 4WD Toyota vehicles such as Hilux and Landcruisers for a group 1-2  persons or SUVs, Hiace bus for a group of 3- 7 persons and Deluxe Coaster bus for group 8 – 20  persons. All these vehicles are periodically checked and maintained, and have full insurance with experienced licensed drivers.

14. Is it possible to travel as an individual with a guide?
Yes, individual traveler can also be arranged but there is a government surcharge of US$ 40 per night halt for the individual traveler and US$30 per night halt for the group of two persons. The surcharge is not applicable for a group of three or more persons.

15.Is it possible to get the package tour at cheaper cost?
The undercutting, or lower rate offered to any clients by any travel agent other than the tariff set by the Royal Government is illegal in Bhutan. The travel agent, if found, guilty would be liable for cancellation of the business license.  Also there would be chances of disrupting the planned trip or even deportation of the tourists. However, if the group spends more than two weeks the tarrif gets cheaper. Besides that, there are discounts for  students and children. For details, please read "Visa and Tariff" on "TRAVEL INFO" on our home page.

    

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