Q. What should I do if I am interested in traveling to Bhutan?
A. That's exciting news! First you need to decide on an appropriate time and duration you wish to spend in Bhutan. Then click through pre-arranged adventure packages to determine if you are interested in any of them. Or you also have the option to customize your trip and we will help and make it happen. The duration of your stay in Bhutan will determine the package cost.
Q. Do I need to get a Visa for Bhutan?
A. Yes! All visitors irrespective of nationalities need valid passport and a visa to enter Bhutan except for Indian, Maldives, and Bangladeshi citizens who may obtain visa on entry. Contact us for more details.
Q. How do I get a Visa to visit Bhutan?
A. Bhutanese law requires visitors to Bhutan come through a licensed local tour company. The Bhutan Government Regulations require the deposit of Tour Payments in full prior to processing of visa. Upon your payment assurance, DAJ Expeditions will duly process your visa application. Please fill up the Online Visa Form and email it to us. The visa will be stamped at the entry point on your arrival. Please bring two Passport size photographs and there is a Visa Fee of USD 40 per person which can pay in advance to DAJ Expeditions.
Q. Why is the Tariff fixed at USD 250?
A. The government sets this fixed Tariff to manage tourism in a sustainable way. All Tour Companies must charge the established rate. Bhutan’s greatest concerns are protection of environment, avert negative impacts, and more importantly preserve the culture. The only way to visit Bhutan is to purchase a Tour Package with a licensed Tour Company/Travel Agency at the rates fixed by government. The country has marvelously preserved its age-old traditions and cultural values.
The cost that a visitor pays is not just for entry into Bhutan. This $250 covers your hotel accommodation, 3-meals per day, transportation while in the country, certified tour guides, all inland permits & fees, except your airline ticket. If your Tour package is for trekking, this covers expenses such as pack ponies/yaks, camping equipment, and guides. Thus, when you breakdown the cost, it is not as expensive as one thinks. Moreover, visitors to Bhutan discover things such as that most countries in the world have lost centuries ago. The government of Bhutan does not encourage cheaper influx of tourists to achieve its noble goal of sustainable tourism with “low-volume high value” so that the privileged visitors truly enjoy once they are in the country.
Q. Can we book directly with you for a package travel to Bhutan?
A. Of course, you can do that and we will be happy to help you in every possible way we can.
Q. Can I travel alone with only a tour guide?
A. Yes! Individual travel is possible in Bhutan but with an extra Surcharge of USD 40 per day. All other coverage remains the same (hotel accommodation, meals, guide and transportation).
Q. Do I have to travel as per Planned Tour Package or can I decide what I would like to see/do in Bhutan?
A. You can decide to see what you want without following a Planned Tour Package unless you are part of a Group Tour with fixed itinerary. If you prefer, we can work with you to create a customized tour package.
Q. How do I confirm my booking?
A. First, you have to make Payment for your trip via bank transfer to Bhutan through the Tourism Council of Bhutan. We will provide you with bank details once your choice of trip is confirmed. Please note that it is not possible to make payment by credit card as the payment has to be routed through the government's account and is not paid directly to us. Payment should be made at least 30 days in advance for cultural tours and treks and 60 days in advance for festival tours. During the high season (March–May, September–November), it is advisable to make payment for Druk Air flights at least three months in advance to allow us to confirm seats. Once we receive notification from the bank that your payment has arrived we will instruct the bank to transfer part of the payment for your Druk Air tickets. Once everything is arranged, we will send you a formal trip confirmation and receipts along with your Druk Air e-ticket.
Q.How do you get paid if payment is made directly to the Bhutan Govt.?
AA. This is another reason why traveling to Bhutan via authorized tour operator is a must. The government hold tour operators accountable and ensure that visitors feel safe when making travel plans to Bhutan. The Tourism Council of Bhutan will continue to hold the money you have sent for your tour until your trip has taken place. It will not be released to us until you have left the country on your return flight. This provides assurance that your money is safe until your holiday takes place. If for any reason the trip doesn't happen for any reason, then the government will not give your money to us but will return it to you (subject to any cancellation charges which apply if you have cancelled the trip).