Druk Air is the Bhutanese national airline and flies to and from Bangkok (Thailand), Bodhgaya (India), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Kathmandu (Nepal), Kolkata (India), and New Delhi (India).
Druk Air has a very good safety record and also has a decent on-time record given the unpredictable Himalayan weather and the mountainous terrain that the pilots have to deal with while flying in and out of the country.
Free Checked Baggage Allowance
On Druk Air, you are allowed two pieces of checked luggage each weighing no more than 20 kg or 44 lbs in the economy class and 30 kg or 66 lbs in the business class.
The following Articles may be carried free of charge over and above the Free Baggage Allowance
- A handbag, pocket book or purse, not being used as a container to carry articles which would otherwise be regarded as baggage
- An overcoat wrap or blanket
- An umbrella or walking stick
- A small camera and/or a pair of binoculars
- A reasonable amount of reading matter for the flight
- Infant food for consumption in flight and infant’s seat
- Fully collapsible wheelchair and/or crutches or other prosthetic device for the passengers use provided the passenger is dependent on them
All other articles such as flight bags, briefcases, typewriters, ladies vanity cases, large size cameras, etc. will be weighed and, if applicable, excess baggage charges will be levied.
You will need a visa to enter Bhutan. You cannot travel to Bhutan without going through a licensed Bhutanese travel agency who will apply for a visa on your behalf. Visas must be approved prior to arriving in the kingdom and may take up to 30 days to obtain, as such planning ahead is very important. Visas are granted for a two week period for a one-time fee of $20 USD per person. If you wish to stay longer than two weeks, we can apply for an extension of up to two additional weeks for a fee of $15 USD per person. In addition to the visa fee, there is also a one-time fee of $10 USD per person tourism development fee charged by the government.
Once you decide to travel through us, all you will have to do is send us a clear copy of your passport and we will apply for your visa on your behalf. Once your visa is approved, we will e-mail you a copy of the approval. You will have to carry a copy of the approval when you check in at the airport and at immigrations in Paro. The actual visa will be stamped on your passport on arrival in Paro.
For your visa application, your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from your date of departure from Bhutan.
The currency used in Bhutan is Ngultrum (at par with the Indian Rupee) and is used inter-changeably with the Indian Rupee everywhere in Bhutan. Foreign currency can be exchanged upon arrival at the airport or through many of the banks in Bhutan throughout your stay. We recommend changing your currency in Thimphu, Paro, or Phuentsholing as it may be more difficult to do so in the smaller towns. Credit cards are accepted at most of the hotels and stores in Bhutan, however, in many shops and the smaller towns it will be cash only.
Bhutan has one time zone for the entire country. The time is +6 hours ahead of GMT. Bhutan is 30 minutes ahead of India, one hour behind Thailand, and 15 minutes ahead of Nepal.
Internet and Phone
E-mail access is available in Bhutan. Almost every town has at least one local internet cafe. Some of the hotels in the capital, Thimphu also have Wi-Fi connection although; it might not always be reliable.
The country's Internet service is still improving with some broadband internet cafes which offer fast and reliable services for you to stay in touch. The phone service in Bhutan is also very good. If you choose, you can also bring a GSM 900 mobile phone and get a local SIM card during your stay in the country. It costs about USD $10 to register for a local SIM and phone number.
Most people in Bhutan speak English so you will be very comfortable communicating in Bhutan as English is the medium of instruction in schools. The national language of Bhutan, Dzongkha is widely spoken along with Sharchogpa (eastern dialect) and Lhotsampa (Nepali).
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