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04/07/2011 12:25:56 PM · #1
I'm going to Bhutan (a very generous birthday gift from my mom) and am wondering if anyone on this site has been there. I'm trying to decide between March when the rhododendrons are blooming and late October when the air is clear and the harvest is coming in. Decisions, Decisions!!! I would love input from anyone who has been there. Thank you!
04/07/2011 12:44:47 PM · #2
It might be worth sending a pm to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Gaurav - he is a very friendly and fairly active DPC member from Nepal - whilst Nepal isn't Bhutan, he may be able to offer some advice.
04/07/2011 12:59:26 PM · #3
What a coincidence, I was just reading this article the other day and loving the idea of Bhutan!

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04/07/2011 01:36:46 PM · #4
What a great birthday present. I haven't been to Bhutan, but have been to Nepal twice in '92 and '93. Both times I was there in October-November. The weather was perfect both times.
04/07/2011 01:46:21 PM · #5
Papua on that list... wow.... Anyone going there thinking it's peaceful might want to do some research depending on the region :shrug:

I thought Bhutan had a min $$ payment per day spent in the country for visitors... might be wrong but I don't think so. Part of protecting the native population. I agree it sounds like a great trip from what I have read and seen of the place remotely.
04/07/2011 02:12:29 PM · #6
Originally posted by robs:

I thought Bhutan had a min $$ payment per day spent in the country for visitors... might be wrong but I don't think so. Part of protecting the native population. I agree it sounds like a great trip from what I have read and seen of the place remotely.


It does:

Originally posted by wiki:

Everybody except citizens of India and Bangladesh must apply for a visa at least 30 days in advance of their proposed date of entry into Bhutan. There is no issuing of Visa on arrival. The local travel operator processes the visa on behalf of the guests. While the visa itself costs a reasonable US$20 for 14 days (extendable once), the visa will not be issued without pre-paid bookings for a tour, which costs from US$200 per person per night. These fees include room, board, guide, and transportation within Bhutan. This policy is influenced by the Gross National Happiness (GNH) policy, whereby the country intentionally develops slowly and learns from mistakes made by other countries. The tourism policy is designed to limit the number of arrivals through price controls. Bhutan claims it cannot afford to have too many tourists as it will dilute the rich and ancient tradition & culture. Although the tours are organized by private local tour operators, the cost is set & monitored by the government and thus not negotiable. It is illegal to under cut prices for the tours. However, a rule of thumb is that tours are slightly cheaper during off-season (January, June, & July) and more expensive for groups of three or less. There is surcharge of $40 per night for solo travelers and $30 pp/per night for groups of two people. There is also a surcharge for luxury hotels and certain treks. The only other options for visiting the country are to receive an invitation by "a citizen of some standing" or a volunteer organization. Once the tour or invitation has received government approval, visas will be issued either by immigration at Paro airport or in Phuentsholing - basically all the work for a visa application is completed within Bhutan. There is no need to visit a Bhutanese embassy or consulate.
04/07/2011 05:59:03 PM · #7
FWIW My mom, grandma, aunt, and some others were there this past fall and the pictures they came back with were wonderful and they all had a fantastic time while there.
04/07/2011 06:17:43 PM · #8
Librodo was there, did some awesome photos!
Bhutan
04/08/2011 05:06:28 AM · #9
Hello,
Bhutan is good for travel but a bit expensive in context and compare of Nepal. But in Bhutan what you want to do that really matter, if you get that same thing to do in Nepal in cheap price than why Bhutan?

Enjoy! need any more info about anything, do let me know.

Gaurav Dhwaj Khadka
04/19/2012 01:12:36 AM · #10
Bhutan is one of the best place for tours and also for the tourists to enjoy the vacation.I went there through a Bhutan travel agent and Bhutan tour operator based in Bhutan organizing a wide range of Bhutan tours and Bhutan trekking. They offers a daily fee for the person including accommodation will be used to expand access to infrastructure in an environmentally sustainable manner. We may book the Bhutan trips with Local tour agency or tour operator who arrange variety of programs and tourist packages. The tours and treks will give us an intimate insight into Bhutan\\\\\\\'s Buddhist . As just not any one can go and visit Bhutan, access into the country is limited.

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