Bhutan, one of the countries that managed to preserve the unique culture of South Asia, is located to the east of the Himalayas. Since there is no airport in the capital city of Thimpu, a 1.5-hour road trip from the city of Paro is the only airport in the country.
The temple in every corner of Bhutan’s capital, Thimpu, offers impressive architecture, different cultural traces, and landscapes that you cannot see anywhere else.
The local cultural heritage museum, Jigme Dorji National Park, Phajoding Temple, Sakyamuni Buddha is worth seeing. Turkish citizens travelling to the country can get a 30-day visa at the border, but their practice is very different.
Bhutan has a very different visa policy from other countries. It is not possible to visit Bhutan without contacting a tour operator in Bhutan. The information on the quota for tourist restrictions in Bhutan is not realistic. Contrary to what is thought, there are no restrictions on the number of tourists by the Bhutanese State.
Before you travel to Bhutan, you are contacting a tour operator, and you need to pay. The tour operator makes an online application to the Bhutan Tourism Council in Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. A confirmation letter is issued to the tour operator after checking that this council has paid the entire tour.
Tour operator and this confirmation letter with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bhutan for you to apply for a visa. You do not need to fill in any form for these operations. All you have to do is send a photo of your passport along with a photo to the tour operator.
How to get to Bhutan
When your Bhutan visa application is approved, the Ministry sends an approval number to Druk Air (Bhutan Airlines) and your tour operator. Going to Bhutan with this confirmation number is possible. When you get the confirmation number to Druk Air, it is possible to buy tickets. Otherwise, you cannot buy tickets.
Drukair has several flights a week from New Delhi, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Kolkata. It is possible to fly directly to Kathmandu with THY where you can fly to Bhutan.
When you enter the country, your passport is stamped with a classic visa seal — the main gateway to the country by road to Phuentsholing Bhutan, the neighbouring city of Jaigaon in West Bengal, India. Another gateway to the country is Paro Airport, which has the hardest landing and take-off track in the world. I need to make a reservation months ago. The planes are flying very high, flying between the mountains and carrying 90 passengers. Let us also remind you that the tickets are very expensive and difficult to find. (I went on a road trip, I will let you know my experience in coming posts)
The Bhutan Tourism Council determines the cost of Bhutan tour. There is a 1-day minimum package for tourists. This package includes accommodation, all meals, local transfers and guidance services excluding Druk Air flights. You must pay for the Bhutan tour before starting the visa process.Click herefor detailed information on the tour fee of the Bhutan Tourism Council. Visitors get 200$ a day. Two hundred dollars for hotels, meals, tour fees included. Groups under four people pay more per day.
In the west and south of India, Bhutan in the north, the colorful prayer flags flying in the cool wind, the sound of a trumpet coming from the distance, the Buddhist monk in the burgundy and orange colors, the breathtaking view of the Himalayas at sunset and the atmosphere far away from the world we know mystic. It is quite easy to get a Bhutan visa, although it may seem a bit complicated from visa applications at the door or the embassy.