FAQ

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  1. Where is Bhutan?

Bhutan is a small, landlocked nation located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China. Its landscape ranges from subtropical plains and forests in the South to subalpine forests and snowy mountains in the North. Bhutan is a predominantly Buddhist country and is known as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism.

  1. Do I need to use a tour operator to book my travel?

It is a government regulation that you must use a license Bhutanese Tour Operator to book your travel to Bhutan or one of their international partners.

  1. Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan?

All International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator or one of their international partners.  Visa clearance must be obtained through your tour operator prior to travel.  For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives may obtain a visa on entry.

  1. How much does the visa cost?

International tourist visas a cost of USD $40 applies.  This can be paid in advance to you tour operator or travel agent.  For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives there is no cost incurred.

  1. How do I get to Bhutan?

There are a number of airports where you can fly into Bhutan from (Bangkok,Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai.).  At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. Also, there are three land border crossings, which you can travel into the kingdom overland.  All crossings are along the Indian border only – Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar.  All travel arrangements to Bhutan must be made through a local tour operator. A list of tour companies operating in Bhutan is available on this website. Your selected tour operator will make all the necessary arrangements.

  1. What does the $200/$250 per day minimum daily package include?

The $200 per day (low season) and $250 per day (high season) package includes a minimum of 3 star accommodations, costs for food, an experienced guide and transportation (with driver) within the country.  Also included in the price is a $65 per day royalty that goes towards free education, free healthcare and poverty alleviation.  Your tour operator will arrange all of these services.

  1. What currency is used in Bhutan?

Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee, which is also accepted as legal tender. However Indian notes in 500 and 1000 denominations are not acceptable.

  1. Is there a limit on the number of tourists that can enter Bhutan each year?

There is no limit on the number of tourists admitted into the country each year. In order to protect our culture, traditions and natural environment the government has adopted a strict policy of “High Value, Low Impact Tourism”. This policy is aimed at attracting discerning tourists that will respect the unique culture and values of the Bhutanese people while also providing the visitors with an unforgettable one of a kind experience.

  1. What’s the food like in Bhutan?

The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine is its spiciness. Chillis are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered so important that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that was not spicy.
Rice forms the main body of most Bhutanese meals. It is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Pork, beef and chicken are the meats that are eaten most often.  A wide selection of western and Indian food is also available in many of the restaurants around the country.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Green Mandala Tours is a licensed and registered tour operator in Bhutan. We pride ourselves in providing all kinds of customized tour services in Bhutan from simple cultural tours to organizing the grueling month-long Snowmen Trek, considered by many as the toughest trek in the world.

The founder of the company is Tashi Dorji (Mr), a former newspaper journalist who worked in four newspapers and served as editor in three of them. An ardent traveller himself, Tashi Dorji always gives his personal touch to all groups of tourists and takes personal interest in making each and every tourist enjoy Bhutan to the fullest.

We believe every tourist visiting Bhutan is on a-once-in-a-lifetime trip and we try our best to make it as much memorable as we can. We are more than eager to organize exclusive and luxurious trips and we take it as a challenge to meet each and every wish of our guests.

We customize travel plans meticulously for single, couple, as well as group travellers and we take delight in organizing personal and special requests and wishes like building up a romantic atmosphere for a partner to make marriage proposals. When the groom is on his knees, we ensure the bride says yes! We also organize marriage parties and any other festivity on request.

We organize cultural tours and trekking expeditions that could be easy, medium or tough. We organize adventure and sports, spiritual and meditative retreats, and special family packages and romantic honeymoon jaunts are our expertise. We also specialize in offering customized services according to the wish of our guests.

All our guides are professional and licensed guides who speak fluent English and are trained Bhutan experts. We also offer guides who speak other foreign languages including Japanese, Chinese, French and other languages on demand.

logo-final-newGreen Mandala Tours is a reputed Tour Operator and Travel Agency in Bhutan licensed under the Tourism Council of Bhutan which is the apex government body dealing with tourism and the company is also affiliated with the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO).

At Green Mandala Tours, we believe every guest should end his day in Bhutan with a smile and we take pride in making each and every day an experience of a lifetime in the country where happiness is valued more than money.