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FAQ

How can we confirm our Bhutan visa and Tour?

Your Bhutan Visa and Bhutan tour will be 100% confirmed once the company receives your full payment. You will receive you Bhutan Visa and confirmed tickets 24-48 hours after you transfer us the full tour payment.

When is the best time to travel to Bhutan?

You can visit western Bhutan (Thimphu, Paro, Punakha and Wangduephodrang) anytime of the year. Avoid central and eastern Bhutan during the monsoon months of July and August when the weather is sometimes a little wet for sightseeing.

Would we need travel insurance?

All visitors in Bhutan are advised to get their insurance coverage from their own country.

Is tipping a standard practice?

Yes, tipping is a standard practice in Bhutan and it is part of a Bhutanese culture. All your service staff such as guide, driver, hotels staff will expect tips from you at the end of the service.

What kind of travel guides can we expect?

Licensed Bhutanese travel guides will introduce you to the many facets of this interesting country. The English-speaking guides undergo regular training and, where required, specialized guides will lead you on bird watching, botany or other special tours.

What is Bhutan’s electricity supply like? Can I use electrical appliances in the hotels?

Bhutan uses a 240 v system. Electrical supply is generally good, but can be less stable in the smaller towns outside the capital, Thimphu. If you are using computers and other sensitive equipment, be prepared for fluctuations and power surges. Many rural areas are still without electricity although some farms have solar electrification.

What type of electrical plug is used in Bhutan?

Bhutan uses the Indian round pin sockets. You can find adaptors in many of the hardware shops in the capital, Thimphu.

Are cigarettes available in Bhutan?

There is a ban on the sale of cigarettes in Bhutan. Smoking is also prohibited in public places, hotels and offices.

Can we buy antiques in Bhutan?

The export of antiques is prohibited by law. Tourists should buy only artifacts that have been certified for sale and for export. The government provides an official seal to certify that artifacts can be taken out of Bhutan.

Who is Colorful Bhutan travels?

Colorful Bhutan Travels is a government registered tour operator (https://goo.gl/pjd0J8) based in Bhutan. Colorful Bhutan Travels is one of the best trusted and top travel company in Bhutan based in the capital.

Whats the difference between booking a trip directly through Colorful Bhutan Travels and Agents abroad?

Colorful Bhutan Travels is a local operator in Bhutan, and you save a good deal of money by booking your trip directly through us. The abroad agents are commission agents and you will have to pay commission on top of daily tariff, and hence the cost goes up. Even if you book your trip through any one of abroad agents, they ultimately need to deal with local operators in Bhutan, because tourist’s visas can only be arranged by the local operators.

Are there any tips for taking pictures in Bhutan?

Bhutan is perhaps one of the most photogenic places in the world. The landscape, nature, architecture and the people make it a photographer’s paradise. People are generally happy to pose for pictures, but do ask before you do so if you are focusing on one person. Photography is not permitted inside Dzongs, monasteries and temples as they are considered living institutions.

Can I get films and other photographic needs in Bhutan?

It is advisable to bring your own photographic equipment and needs. Films and camera batteries are available generally only in major towns. Slide film is generally not available so bring plenty of slide rolls if you’re shooting slides.

What does it cost to visit Bhutan?

The Tourist Tariff is set by the Royal Government of Bhutan and is valid for all inclusive packages. The tariff is divided into a high season and a low season rate. The rates are the same for cultural tours, treks or any other special interest tours.

For groups of three persons or more, the rates are as follows:

  • High season tariff: US $250/- per person per night in March, April, May, June and September, October and November.

  • Low Season Tariff: US$ 200 per person per night in December, January, February and June, July and August.

For a group of less than three persons, there is a surcharge to the daily tariff:

  • One person: US $40 per person per night.

  • Two persons: US $30 per person per night.

  • Three persons and more: No surcharge applicable.

When should I pay for my tour?

It is best to pay for your tour at least four weeks before the date of arrival. This will give enough time for the Royal Government of Bhutan to clear your visa formalities (which is done only after the payment is received). For visits during the peak season in March, April, May, September, October, & November, it is advisable to make your payment 12 weeks in advance. This is to enable us to make a confirmed booking for you on the airline, since seats are in high demand during these months.

How should I pay for my tour?

The best way to transfer money is through wire or bank transfer to the Bhutan National Bank in Thimphu. Colorful Bhutan Travels will provide you with full instructions on how to transfer your payment once you confirm you tour.

Can I use credit cards in Bhutan?

Credit cards are accepted in very few hotels and shops in the capital and towns. All credit card transactions take extra time and are cumbersome to use. For convenience, it is preferable to have traveler’s cheques and cash.

Is there ATM facility in Bhutan?

Yes, if you have visa, masters and Maestro with a pin code, you can encash money from all the banks in Bhutan.