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Agency Commission

Reservation

Entry into Bhutan

Visa Application

What to bring

Currency

Accommodation

Guides

Food

Transport

Driving Distances

Agency Commission

We pay 10% of the gross Tour payment to the principal agents as commission, which is deductible at the source. This commission shall be calculated from the net amount after deducting the discounts mentioned above. 

Reservation

For all cultural tours the booking must be completed at least 4 weeks in advance but for tours during festivals, 8 weeks advance confirmation required. Festivals held in autumn and spring are the peak time for the tourists and without early reservation it is difficult to confirm flights and hotels. 

For trekking groups, it is important to do bookings at least 8 weeks in advance, as it requires plenty of planning. Bhutan Peaceful Tours & Treks will use its immense resources, built over years of Experience and successful operation, to offer a choice of the finest trekking in the entire Bhutan.


Entry into Bhutan & Visa

Bhutan is accessible by air and by road. The land route is through the border town of Phuentsholing, Bhutan's southern gateway and commercial hub. The town is a three-hour drive from the airport at Bagdogra in the Indian state of West Bengal. The Indian hill stations of Darjeeling and Gangtok are seven hours away by road.
Druk Air, the national flagship airline, is the only such service operating in the country. Its two British Aerospace BAe 146 jets, technically the aircrafts most suited to Bhutan, fly to and from Paro town. Paro is, thanks to the difficult topography of the country, Bhutan's only airport. Druk Air fllies in from the capital cities of Bangladesh, Nepal, and Thailand and from New Delhi and Calcutta in India. Each of these routes offer views of some of the highest mountains in the world such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, and Bhutan's revered peaks of Jhomolhari and Kulagangri.


Every airport on the world's mightiest mountain range is subject to the whims of nature and Para is no exception. Druk Air flights are sometimes delayed by unfavorable weather so visitors would do well to include an additional day in their itineraries. But rest assured that the airline has had no history of mishaps since its operation started.
As with visas to Bhutan, Druk Air tickets are issued only in Bhutan. BPTT can book them for you and send them directly to you or to the Drukair out stations. It is advisable that contact us well in advance of your visit. This will save you unnecessary hindrances that arise otherwise, particularly during the peak spring and autumn months.
The same applies to visa formalities. Early intimation allows timely issue of visa numbers.  

Visa application form

The following information must be sent to us to process visa approval.
 
1. Full name as in passport
2. Permanent address
3. Occupation
4. Nationality
5. Passport Number
6. Date of Issue and Expiry date
7. Date of birth and place
8. Place of Issue
9. Exact duration of visa required
10. Date of entry and exit and sector
11. Is this your first vist to Bhutan? (Yes/No)

The number, which we will then send to you, is essential in order to be allowed onboard Druk Air flights. The actual visas are issued on payment of US $ 20 upon entry into Bhutan. You will also need two passport size photographs.
Note: Visas are not issued by Bhutanese embassies and missions abroad. Visas are also extended only in Thimphu by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

What to bring
Druk Air observes a baggage weight limit of 20 kilogrammes (44 lb) in economy class and 30 kilogrammes (66lb) in business class so it may be troublesome and expensive to carry too much. Casual clothes are generally most suitable though a set of formal wear might come in handy as might rain gear, windbreakers, sun caps and sunglasses. You should come prepared for vast contrasts of weather. Sun cream and lip protection will help.
Strange as it may seem you may wish midway through your stay that you had brought along a set of ear plugs, a Swiss army knife or useful equivalent, a small backpack, and a soft suitcase instead of one made of less versatile material.

Currency
The national currency of Bhutan is the Ngultrum (Nu.) valued at par with the Indian Rupee, which is also used in the country. As of midyear 2004, the Ngultrum's exchange value hung at about Nu. 45 to the US Dollar.
Visa and American Express credit cards are accepted in few places but have a limited use. Travellers cheques as well as US and Hong Kong Dollars, Pound Sterling, French and Swiss Francs, Euro, and Japanese Yen can be exchanged at local banks and at most hotels.

Accommodation
while hotels in Bhutan cannot equal international standards, all tourist hotels are comfortable, clean, and reasonably well run. We have full access and carefully selected the best hotels and guest houses in Paro, Thimphu, Wangdue, Punakha, Trongsa, Bumthang, Phuntsholing and all other districts in Bhutan.

Guides
Our guides are licensed and trained in programs conducted by the Department of Tourism. Our trekking guides have additional mountain guide training,including safety and first aid instructions to lead any size of groups. You will be accompanied throughout your time with an English, Japanese, German, or French speaking guide, driver and car at your disposal at all time. Guides have explored every route in Bhutan.

Food
Spicy chilies and cheese blended with a wide variety of vegetables are found on many bhutanese menus. BPTT chooses restaurants and hotels that prepare food more suitable to western taste ranging from Continental to Chinese and Bhutanese to Indian. The choice is yours.

Transport
BPTT maintains modern Toyota cars, land cruisers and coaster buses for all group sizes.
Every transport is rechecked properly before every tour to ensure safety and comfort for all clients.

DISTANCES & DRIVING 

All mode of transport within Bhutan is by motor vehicle as there is no domestic airline or trains. However, motor roads are well maintained and link all parts of the country. The mountainous terrain and winding roads restrict the average driving speed of vehicle to less than 35 kilometers per hour.

From

To

Distance [in Km]

Driving Time [approx]

Thimphu

Paro

54

2 Hrs.

Thimphu

Phuntsholing

178

7 Hrs.

Thimphu

Wangdue Phodrang

70

3 Hrs.

Thimphu

Punakha

76

3 Hrs.

Punakha

Wangdue Phodrang

17

40 Mins.

Wangdue Phodrang

Trongsa

129

5 Hrs.

Trongsa

Bumthang

68

3 Hrs.

Bumthang

Mongar

198

7 Hrs.

Mongar 

Lhuntshi

76

3 Hrs.

Mongar 

Trashigang

91

3 Hrs.

Trashigang

Chorten Kora

52

2 Hrs.

Trashigang

Samdrup Jongkhar

180

7 Hrs.

Samdrup Jongkhar

Guwahati (India)

110

3 Hrs.

Samdrup Jongkhar

Phuentsholing

380

10 Hrs.

Phuntsholing

Bagdogara

170

4 Hrs.

 

 

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