Experience, explore and discover Bhutan’s hidden culture, preserved tradition and impressive landscape. Our Bhutan tours offer you easy access to this unique destination.
Bhutan tours by Namaste Nomad may be your ticket to this marvellous country. Travel to Bhutan as a group is less complicated and expensive. Learn more about Bhutan and check out which one of Bhutan tours is your way to travel Bhutan.
Bhutan is a stunningly beautiful and peaceful place that has been isolated for much of its recent history. In fact, it is sometimes known as the last Shangri-La. Expect Buddhist monasteries set amidst stunning mountain scenery, long, winding roads around impressive peaks and ample forests often still untouched by human activity.
Bhutan is a Buddhist nation with only about 800,000 citizens. It strives to maintain its traditional culture and festivals, limiting foreign influence and impact. Many Bhutanese still wear traditional clothing and the buildings are preserved as they were hundreds of years ago. A secluded nation that measures prosperity by gauging its citizens’ happiness levels rather than the GDP, Bhutan is rather unique in the world.
Bhutan tours are the best way to explore this Himalayan country. Travel to and around Bhutan is not as simple as in most other nations. The government has a quality over quantity tourism policy, where only high yield tourism is accepted. Guides are required for foreign visitors. Furthermore, with Bhutan adopting just enough technology to modernise services, public transportation is limited.
Namaste Nomad makes all the necessary arrangements and has experienced guides who can show you typical Bhutanese villages. We can also take you on wild treks that few foreigners will ever see.
Namaste Nomad offers a wide choice of tours, with varying duration and location, to discover beautiful Bhutan. Browse through our upcoming tours and contact us for further information or to book a private group tour.
Good to know
Here is some useful information about your destination! Refer to our FAQ further below for more useful information before you travel Bhutan.
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Travel Bhutan FAQ
Do I need a visa to visit Bhutan?
Citizens of most countries will require a visa to enter Bhutan. You must apply for the visa in advance through your tour operator and receive approval before you travel. The visa can only be approved when your entire trip is paid for. The actual visa is stamped in your passport upon arrival in the country at Paro airport.
Why is it so expensive to travel in Bhutan?
Everyone has their own budget, but Bhutan is not as expensive as many people believe. The government of Bhutan has adopted a policy of “High Value, Low Impact” tourism designed to protect the country’s culture and natural resources. They have instituted a daily tariff that averages $250 (USD) per person per day, with discounts for the low season and a surcharge for single travellers. However, this fee includes 3-star accommodation, meals, driver, guide, comfortable ground transportation within Bhutan, entry fee into monuments and temples, drinking water, and a royalty of $65 that supports education and health services for Bhutan citizens.
Can I travel Bhutan on my own or must I join a group?
You can travel single in Bhutan however you will still need a guide and driver throughout your tour. There is currently a government imposed $40 surcharge per day for singles.
Can I have a guide who speaks my language?
English-speaking guides are included in the tour price. We can provide French, Japanese, German, Chinese and Italian-speaking guides for an additional charge.
How much should I tip the guide and driver?
Tips are not mandatory, however most clients offer a tip to their guide and driver for good service. We recommend $10 per day for your guide and $7 per day for your driver.
What currency should I carry?
US Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Australian Dollars, Singapore Dollars, Euro, English Pounds, Swiss Franc, Danish Kroner, Norwegian Kroner, Swedish Kroner, Japanese Yen and Indian Rupees are all widely accepted. Most handicraft shops accept US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Euro and Pounds. You can even exchange these currencies in some local shops for a better exchange rate than in banks.
Can I use credit cards in Bhutan?
Yes, you can use Visa, MasterCard and Maestro debit and credit cards in most towns in Bhutan.
Should I have travel insurance?
Yes, Namaste Nomad is committed to careful preparation for your tour, but we cannot foresee all risks and contingencies. As such, participation is at your own risk and you must have travel insurance that covers travel delays, loss of luggage, accident and the cost of repatriation, if necessary.
When is the best time to travel Bhutan?
March to May and September to November offer the best climate and several festivals. You can, however, travel any time of the year. While December to January is less crowded, it may be rather chilly, whereas June to August may be rather wet.
What should I pack?
Bring clothing for different weather: a few warm clothes, discreet clothing for the monasteries and comfortable hiking pants or shorts for day hikes. Include a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a good pair of hiking boots. You may wish to consider extra memory cards for your camera.
How are the hotels in Bhutan?
There are few 5-star hotels in Bhutan, however the three-star hotels included in the government required tariff are clean, carpeted and have good bathroom facilities.
Do hotels have an internet connection?
Yes, most hotels have WiFi.
Can I use my mobile phone?
Yes, you can use your mobile phone. Check with your local service provider to ensure they provide roaming service in Bhutan, or buy a local SIM card very cheaply.