Travellers Guide

The easiest way for visitors to enter Bhutan is by air on Druk Air, Bhutan’s national carrier and the only airline operating in Bhutan. Druk Air’s fleet consists of two Airbus A319, which are specially designed for Bhutan.

Druk Air flies to Paro airport in Bhutan from Bangkok in Thailand, Delhi and Calcutta in India, Kathmandu in Nepal, and Dhaka in Bangladesh. Latest flight schedules are available from Druk Air.

traveldochula On clear days the flight into Paro offers spectacular views of the Himalayan Mountain Range, including Mt. Everest (Jhomo Lungma), Mt. Kanchenjunga (Kangchen dzonga), Chomo Lhari, and Kula Gangri.

One will also notice the green and dense forest cover as the flight crosses over the international border into Bhutan. The country boasts more than 70% forest cover, which is one of the highest in the world.

Following the exciting flight into Bhutan, Yu-Druk’s licensed guide will meet you at the airport.

From the moment you enter Bhutan, you are an honored guest and you will enjoy the traditional hospitality and friendship of the Bhutanese.travelbridge

Paro Airport, located in the mountains, is subject to the vagaries of mother nature, and weather conditions do sometimes prevent flights from landing and taking off. Druk Air itself has an impeccable safety record, without a single mishap since its inception in 1983.

Yu-Druk can book your tickets with Druk Air well in advance, avoiding last-minute rush during peak tourist seasons of Spring and Autumn.

Druk-Air Tickets and Visas

Druk Air e-tickets will be issued in Bhutan and sent to you. To expedite this procedure, it is essential that you send us all information detailed below immediately so that the visa application can be made. This process takes about 3 to 5 working days.


Visas are not issued by Bhutanese embassies abroad. Visas are issued only when you arrive in the country, either at Paro airport or (if by road) at Phuentsholing. You must apply in advance. You can either fill in the visa application form using Adobe Acrobat, fill it out and fax it to us or email or fax us the following information. We will take care the rest:

  • Your full name as it appears in your passport
  • Permanent address
  • Occupation
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Date of issue and expiration of passport
  • Date and place of birth

Double check that the information is correct; if there are discrepancies in any important numbers when you arrive in Bhutan, there are delays and complications in issuing the visa.travelfolkheritage

After the visa clearance is issued by the Department of Immigration, they send a visa confirmation number to Druk Air and your tour operator.

The actual visa endorsement is stamped on your passport when you arrive at Paro International Airport. You will then receive a visa for the period you have arranged to be in Bhutan. We will process visa extensions for you if they become necessary.


In the major towns such as Thimphu, Paro, and Phuentsholing, comfortable hotels await the visitor, while in smaller towns, modest but still comfortable hotels await the visitor. Yu-Druk will ensure that the best available accommodations are arranged for you. More information is available from the Tourism Council of Bhutan, which regulates hotel standards and all travel regulations in Bhutan. Accommodations are included in the daily tariff rates.

We also arrange luxury hotels that range from 250-1,300 US dollars per night.


Government regulations require that the tour payment be deposited before the visa can be processed. The easiest way to make this payment is to transfer the money to Bhutan National Bank using the following details.

Transfer to Bhutan National Bank

Bank address ; Standard Chartered Bank Ltd.,
One Madison Avenue,New York
Swift Code : SCBLUS33
CHIPS ABA : 0256
FED ABA : 026002561

Beneficiary Bank
Account No With SCB: 358-202-171-9001(USD AC
Beneficiary Bank : Bhutan National Bank,P.O.Box:439
GPO Building,Changlam,Thimphu Bhutan
Swift Code : BNBTBTBT
Ultimate Beneficiary : Yu Druk tours & Treks
Ultimate Benf A/C nr. ; 1006002 maintained with BNB,Thimphu Bhutan

Bank address ; Bank of America
100 West 33rd. Street New York
N Y 10001, USA
ABA # ; 026009593
Swift code ; BOFAUS3N
Beneficiary Bank
Account # ; 6550691700 ( USD A/C)
Beneficiary bank ; Bhutan National Bank,PO Box 439
GPO Building, Chang Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
Swift code ; BNBTBTBT
Ultimate Beneficiary : Yu Druk tours & Treks
Ultimate Benf A/C nr. ; 1006002 maintained with BNB,Thimphu Bhutan

After depositing the funds, please advise us of the details and fax the receipt to us at + 975 2 322116 for verification.

Food and Drink

Traditional Bhutanese food is hot and spicy. For our visitors, however, Chinese, Indian, and Continental fares are also served. The more adventurous can try hot Bhutanese dishes. For visitors on treks, we serve simple but nutritious and tasty dishes. Meals are normally served buffet style in the hotels. Your tour cost includes all meals, accomodation in tourist standard hotels.Your only extra expenses should be imported liquor, laundry, souvenirs and optional tips to the guide and driver.



We use comfortable and safe Toyota vans and cars to transport our guests. The cost of transport is also covered by the daily tariff.


You will be accompanied throughout the time in Bhutan by an English-speaking guide and have a vehicle and driver at your disposal at all times.All of our guides are trained in programs conducted by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) and licensed by the Government. Our trekking staff undergoes an additional mountain guide training, including safety and first aid instruction, also offered by TCB. TCB has received assistance from the Austrian Government in the form of trainers and funds to establish the training programs.

The cost of the guides and drivers is covered by your daily tariff and no additional payments have to be made.

Tourism Council of Bhutan and Tariffs

Tourism Council of Bhutan regulates all tourism related activities in Bhutan. The existing travel agencies are registered with them, and they also fix the daily tariff rates. Thirty-five percent of the daily tariff goes directly to the national treasury. These funds are used by the government for the socioeconomic development of Bhutan, and hospitals, schools, and roads are built and maintained with the income. The Department of Tourism has released a travel information website at detailing their role and the regulations by which we and all other travel agencies are governed.

Peak Seasons and Sample Itineraries

The peak seasons when most visitors come to Bhutan are during the Spring and Autumn. Spring is from April through June and Autumn from September through November. There are many festivals during these periods, and visitors come to take advantage both of the pleasant climate and the festivals. However, Bhutan has limited tourism infrastructure and during peak seasons facilities are packed. For more private visits, off-peak seasons are recommended. For a list of he latest festivals and suggested itineraries click here.


The normal rate for travel in Bhutan is US$250 per day. The following surcharges are applied for small groups:

Two people travelling together – US$30 per night per person
One person travelling alone – US$40 per night per person

Contact us via email if you have any questions regarding the tariff.

The daily rate may sound high at first, but remember that this includes your accommodation, all food, guide, and transportation within Bhutan.

What to Bring

The following list will cover your needs for a vehicle-based cultural tour. Since you will be travelling in Yu-Druk’s private vehicles, travelvalleythere is less concern about bulk and weight than if you were transferring your own luggage on and off various forms of public transport. There is a 20 kg (44 lb) weight limit (30 kg or 66 lb in business class) on Druk Air. You should hold yourself to this allowance. Even if you pay for excess baggage, it still travels standby and may be offloaded. As with all travel, the less you carry, the easier it is to move about and the less there is to misplace.

Casual clothes are fine, but you would also do well to have a set of dress-up clothes (jacket and tie for men, dresses for women) for festivals or in the likely event that you are invited to a Bhutanese home or social function. Thimphu and other towns in Bhutan have a small-town atmosphere, and you might easily find yourself in the company of a high government official. If you have scheduled your trip around a festival, you definitely should carry a set of dressy clothing. Bhutanese people dress quite formally, and dirty jeans don’t fit in on such occasions.

Even in the summer, it can be cool in Paro and Thimphu, and it’s downright cold in winter. Days can be quite warm, especially in the lower regions such as Punakha and Phuentsholing, and you could start off driving in the cold of dawn and be uncomfortably warm by mid-morning. Use a layering system, starting with thermal underwear and adding a shirt, pile jacket and windbreaker or parka as necessary. If you are not trekking, you will need:

  • Underwear (including thermals for cold weather)
  • Swimming costume (for the hotel swimming pool in Punakha)
  • Cotton trousers
  • Cotton skirt for women
  • Pile jacket or sweater – even in summer
  • Down jacket – in winter; not needed in summer
  • T shirts or short sleeved (not sleeveless) cotton shirts * sneakers or walking shoes and socks
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Rain jacket – Gore-Tex if you can afford it, otherwise a poncho or nylon jacket
  • Dress-up clothes for festivals
  • Sun hat

All hotels provide sheets, blankets or quilt, and a pillow. Unless you are trekking, you won’t need to carry bedding or a sleeping bag. Most hotels also provide some sort of heating in winter, either an electric heater or a wood stove. The heating, plus the pile of blankets on your bed, should keep you warm.

You will be outside a lot, and much of this time is at altitudes above 2,500 m (7,800 ft); so there is plenty of sun and wind. Bring a supply of sun cream and some lip protection, such as Blistex; these items are not available in Bhutan.


Essential Extras

There are several things that you should carry to make a trip to Bhutan more comfortable. All of the following items are essential:Pack a folding umbrella; especially if traveling during the monsoons. Rain is possible any time, and is almost certain from June through August.Be sure to carry ear plugs (and spares) to reduce the noise from the barking dogs at night. The Bhutanese are Buddhists and do not euthanize stray dogs.

There are occasional electric outages throughout the country; so you should always keep a torch (flashlight) beside your bed.

Miscellaneous Items

Carry a pair of sunglasses (as protection from high altitude glare). A Swiss army knife has many uses, such as cutting cheese and opening bottles. Bring a small clock with an alarm to help you wake up, because not all hotel rooms have telephones.


If you are on a cultural tour, it’s OK to bring a hard suitcase, though a soft bag is more versatile and easier to pack into the luggage space of a vehicle. You will also want a small rucksack or waist pack to carry your camera, water bottle and other essentials in the vehicle and when you are walking around town or visiting monuments.

Yu-Druk Tours & Treks
PO Box 140, Thimphu, Bhutan
Telephone: 975-2-323461
Fax 975-2-322116
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Mobile Numbers:
Mr. Robin Pradhan +975-1762-9898
Mrs. Sonam Wangmo +975-1760-1555
Mr. Rinzin Ongdra +975-7777-2222

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Updated: April 11, 2018