Abrupt announcement of the major overhaul of Bhutan tourism policy and pricing took us by total surprise. We expected tourism reopening and incentives to attract visitors, instead government gave us a slap and big kick. We fiercely disagree with the new policy, however once approved by the legal process of the country, we will duly follow. We will readjust and continue our mission to attract visitors to Bhutan and make their stay wonderful experience worth of the expenses. Here we would just like to summarize what might have change if His Majesty signs this bill into the act.
While Bhutan tourism reopening plans remains unclear, the future outlook is quite bright and nice. 2021 will mark the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and tourism will return to the much anticipated “new normal”, whatever that actually means. Read below our thoughts and expectations how this will unfold and keep hoping with us, that nothing can hamper the recovery.
We got several inquiries from people who did pay for their tour to Bhutanese tour operators, often several thousands US dollars, and had to cancel due to COVID-19 pandemic. Now they are struggling to get their money back. Some tour operators stopped communicating, some did say that they only can provide voucher for tour in 2021 or gave other doubtful excuse. Given the long duration of the pandemic with no end in sight, most travelers want to get their money back now, and we are here to help with that!
Tiger's Nest monastery called as Taktsang Phalphug in Bhutanse, is the major highlight of every trip to Bhutan. It is like the Eiffel Tower in France or Taj Mahal in India – if you miss it, it’s like you didn’t visit the country at all. On the other hand, for many travelers this iconic monastery perched on the steep cliff above Paro valley is also the source of concerns, since you need to undertake the hike – presumably difficult one – to reach up there. Should you be worried? How is the hike in real? Read more in this blog post!
Although Bhutan is located in the Himalayas, the main settlements like Paro, Thimphu or even Bumthang are in the elevations below 3000 meters which poses very little or no risk to health in regard of altitude sickness syndrome. Unless you are going for trekking above 3500 meters, you don’t need to worry at all. To read about the risk on Bhutanese treks, prevention and related topics, follow reading this post!
Post-covid economic crisis is looming and the travelers might be forced to do some penny-pinching. While travel to Bhutan is hardly ever going to be really cheap, there are numerous options how to save. See some travel hacks suggested in this post!
Summer doesn’t have very good reputation for visiting Bhutan and for a good reason. From June through August, Bhutan is affected by monsoon coming from the Bay of Bengal and while the temperatures are conveniently warm, the chances of occasional showers or continuous drizzling are major setbacks for most of the tourists. Anyway we believe that if you really want to visit Bhutan, you can still enjoy your time during the summer months and below you will find some good reasons for that.
Flight to Paro airport in Bhutan is world famous for two main reasons. The first is the unusual landing procedure during which plane maneuvers dramatically in the narrow valley before making it to the runway. Paro is rightfully considered as one of the most daring international airports in the world. Second and much more interesting feature of the flight is the stunning mountain panorama which you can see when flying from Delhi and Kathmandu in good weather conditions. In this article we will tell you what you can see and how to enjoy the experience to the maximum!
Staying connected when visiting Bhutan might be a considerable challenge. Not every phone operator has roaming agreement with one of the two Bhutanese network providers and even if they have, cost might be excessive. Getting Bhutanese SIM card is the best way to keep in touch and also save. Please read below how to get, set and use your SIM card when visiting Bhutan.