Best Time to Visit Bhutan
Peak Season is from March to May and September to November. During March - May, Bhutan experiences spring, and from September to November, autumn. The eastern Himalayan peaks can be viewed clearly during the month of October.
Shoulder Season: December to February usually sees hotel tariffs dropping and during the months of December and January, the tourist numbers start dwindling. But if you can brave the winter, this is a good time to travel to Bhutan.
Off-season: June to August in Bhutan brings heavy downpour, making it impossible to venture out for treks or hikes in the valley. But one can visit during these months to make the most of the tourist-free streets and revel in the serenity, that the numerous monasteries offer.
Budget for Bhutan
For Budget Travellers: INR 2000 - 3000 a day
- Accommodation in basic hotels: INR 1000-1500
- Food in local tiffin-houses and street eateries: INR 200-300
- Public Transport in metro and buses: INR 20 - 60
- Sightseeing (Entry-tickets): INR 10 - 100
For Mid-range Travellers: INR 3000 to INR 5000 a day
- Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 1500 - 2500
- Food in cafes and restaurants: INR 650 - 1000
- Local transport in local taxis (1km): INR 25 - 80
- Treks: INR 500 - 600
For Luxury Travellers: INR 5000 and upwards
- Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 4000 and upwards
- Food in upscale restaurants: INR 1000 and upwards
- Local transport in cabs (with waiting, over 1km): INR 100 and upwards
Visa Information for Bhutan
All tourists must obtain a visa before arriving in Bhutan, except India, Bangladesh & Maldives nationals.Tourists have to book their trip through a local licensed tour operator, who will apply for the visa online, thus making it unnecessary to go through a Bhutanese embassy or consulate. Before being granted the tourist visa, the complete cost of your travel must be paid to the Tourism Council of Bhutan via wire transfer. During peak tourist season, the cost of a Bhutanese visa is $250 a day and $200 a day during the shoulder season, which comprise of accommodation, transportation, meals, water bottles and special entry fees. Until your travel is complete and the tour operator is paid in full, the money remains with the tourism council. Once the council receives the full payment, visa clearance can take anywhere up to 72 hours. On arrival, the visa is stamped on your passport upon payment of USD40 (this has already been paid by the operator before). Because there’s hardly any direct flight to Bhutan, ensure beforehand that you meet the visa requirements of the stopover countries.