Pricing for Bhutan Trips

The Government of Bhutan sets a minimum daily tariff for visitors (other than Indian citizens) of US$ 250 per person per night, twin sharing. (During the summer monsoon months, US$ 200.)  There is a single-room supplement of US$ 40 per night. 

The steep tariff limits the number of visitors and successfully minimizes the impact that visitors have on Bhutanese customs. The tariff generates significant income for the country, which is used to help pay for education and medical care, both of which are free in Bhutan. 

In addition, groups of fewer than three people are charged an extra fee: US$ 40 per night for a solo traveler and US$ 30 per person per night for two people. 

The tariff covers almost everything in a trip: ground transportation, accommodations, meals, activities, and a professional guide. Bottled beverages usually aren't included; alcohol never is. Hotel upgrades are possible in Paro and Thimphu from US$ 100 upwards, and there are a few Deluxe resort hotels with rates between US$ 350 and US$ 1000 per night.

Flying to Bhutan

There is only one carrier serving Bhutan and only one international airport, in Paro. Druk Air is a government-operated airline with a great safety record but a bureaucratic mindset: Schedules change and delays are common. There are daily flights from Kathmandu, Delhi and Bangkok. Other cities are served less often.

Flight schedules are available at the Druk Air web site. The codes used in the schedule are:

BKK=Bangkok CCU=Calcutta DAC=Dacca DEL=Delhi GAU=Borjhar(India) IXB=Bagdogra(India) KTM=Kathmandu SIN=Singapore