Tourism has been strictly limited in Bhutan so that traditional culture can be preserved and nurtured. The Bhutanese are highly religious people and therefore it is important to show respect and understanding for local customs and way of life, especially while visiting places of religious significance. The tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability, meaning that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable, and also economically viable. In order to minimize issues, the number of tourists has been maintained at a manageable level and this control on number is exercised through a policy of Government regulated tourist tariff which encourages "high value and low volume".
Visitors may experience Bhutan only on all-inclusive package tours for which a fixed daily tariff is set by the Royal Government of Bhutan. This tariff covers the following services: accommodation & all meals, transport, guide, entrances fees to museums, monuments and cultural sites, and a cultural program for visitors traveling in a group of three or above.
Daily Tourist Tariff
The minimum tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:
Tariff US $ 250 per person per night halt.
The minimum daily package rates shall be inclusive of the following :
- Government Royalty & Taxes
- Accommodation in standard hotels approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan
- All meals
- Service of Licensed English speaking guide
- Transportation within Bhutan
- Entry Fees into all the Museums
Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than 3 people will have to pay the daily FIT surcharges (applicable for all months) as follows, over and above the daily tour cost of US $ 250:
Single Individual – US $ 40 per night halt
Group of 2 – US $ 30 per person per night halt in Bhutan
There are no charges applicable for CHILDREN under the age of 5 years.
However, those between the age of 6 – 12 accompanied by elders / guardians will receive a 50% discount on daily tour cost.
All travelers will also have to pay US $ 40 per person as Bhutan Visa fee.
The above rates include all hotel charges, food, ground transportation, a guide, trekking equipment(except tents), a cook and pack animals wherever necessary.