About

Bhutan

Bhutan, a tiny Buddhist kingdom known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is nestled between China and India in the heart of the eastern Himalayas. Bhutan is famous for its imposing monasteries, colossal fortifications and breathtaking scenery. It is divided into 20 districts, each with different traditions and ways of life.

The Bhutanese way of life is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity and gives the country a unique identity that sets it apart from all others. Because of its uniqueness, visitors to Thimphu, the kingdom’s capital city, are eager to immerse themselves in the local culture and customs.

Important things to know

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Unless you are a citizen of Bangladesh, India or Maldives, the Government regulation mandates that you must book your trip through a local tour operator.

With the exception of Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian, all tourists visiting Bhutan must apply for a tourist visa prior to their arrival to Bhutan. Tourist Visa can be processed through a local tour operator.
You will need to submit a duly filled Visa form, scanned copy of your passport (with at least a validity of 6 months). The Tourism Council of Bhutan approves your Visa upon the full payment for your trip.

All international tour agencies work in partnership with a local tour operator. Even if you book your trip through an international tour agency, all your Visa processing, reservation confirmation will be handled by the local tour operator. It is very likely that most international tour agencies will charge a service fee and a markup on the price quotation offered by the local tour operator. We recommend booking your trip directly with a local tour operator to get the best rate.

Only Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines operate an inbound flight to Paro International Airport in Paro Bhutan from India (New Delhi, Calcutta, Guwahati and Bagdogra) Dhaka Bangladesh, Bangkok Thailand and Singapore.
Bhutan receives majority of the tourists in the spring months of March, April and May and fall months of September, October and November as major festivals are celebrated in these period. Hence these months are considered peak travelling season and a minimum daily tariff of USD 250 per person per night is charged.
However if tourists are not particularly interested in the festivals and plan on just exploring Bhutan, we suggest you to plan your trip during the lean period. The minimum daily tariff during the lean season is only USD 200 per person per night.
Weather in Bhutan varies in different region. The climate ranges from sub-tropical in the lower altitude to alpine in the north. Southern and Eastern Bhutan enjoys a subtropical climate and are generally warmer and humid. The temperature in the capital city of Thimphu ranges from -2.5 degrees Celsius in winter to 25 degrees Celsius in summer.
Minimum Daily Tariff is a tourism regulation set by the Royal Government of Bhutan. In order to promote high value low impact sustainable tourism, an all-inclusive daily tariff is levied to all tourists visiting the country. The daily tariff during the peak season (Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct and Nov) is USD 250 per person per night and USD 200 per person per night during the lean season (Dec, Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug)
Visa Fee.

US$ 40 for Visa per person (One Time).

1. Choose from our wide selection of pre-designed Bhutan tour packages.

2. You can contact us and discuss on changing any details of your tour, including itineraries, accommodations, etc.

3. Once your itinerary is finalized, we will check and confirm the availability of flights and hotel rooms. Once the availability is confirmed, The next process is to apply for the visa followed by securing flight and hotel room reservations.Note* you may opt to make your own flight reservation. Learn more about flights to Bhutan.

4. You will need to email a scanned copy of a duly filled visa form along with your passport with a minimum of six months’ validity. Students will need to send a copy of their student ID card to avail student discount.

5. You will now transfer your entire tour payment + visa application fee to Tourism Council of Bhutan (Green Heart Bhutan as the ultimate beneficiary). You can either make the payment via wire transfer from your bank or use our online secure payment gateway. We accept VISA and MasterCard cards. TCB will only approve visas subject to full payment of tour calculated based on the minimum daily tariff.

6. Upon successful payment transaction, Tourism Council of Bhutan will approve your visa application and we will share you a PDF copy of your visa.

100% payment shall be made in advance and in US dollars. The payment be remitted by Telegraphic/Electronic transfer to the Account

Payment for your trip is usually made in US$ through bank transfer to the Bank of Bhutan, with your tour operator shown as the ultimate beneficiary of the funds. On receipt the payment is transferred to the government account, as explained further below.

We provide all the information about the money transfer once your trip is confirmed. If you can make an advance payment for the trip, will be highly appreciated where we can get plenty of time to make a best arrangement for you. During the peak season, flight tickets and hotels has to be booked before 4-5 months as we have very limited flights and hotels in Bhutan.

Payments sent in US$ may be sent directly to the Bank of Bhutan, but in some cases your bank may route the payment through Standard Chartered Bank in New York as an intermediary bank and from there the funds are transferred on to the Bank of Bhutan. Although we have to quote for our tours in US$, if you are sending funds from the UK or Europe it is possible to send the payment in sterling (via Standard Chartered Bank in London) or in Euros (via Standard Chartered Bank in Frankfurt) and we will give you the necessary details to make payment via these routing.

Once we receive notification from the bank that your payment has arrived we will send you a formal trip confirmation and receipt.

Security

Whether you make payment by bank transfer or via the online payment gateway, your funds will be held in the government account and will not be released to Green Heart Tours and Travel company account. Until after your tour has taken place. This provides you with the security of knowing that your money is safe until your holiday takes place. If for any reason the trip doesn’t go ahead then the government will not give your money to Green Heart Tours and Travel but will return it to you (subject to any cancellation charges which apply if you have cancelled the trip). So in the unlikely event that we do not run your trip for you, you would not be out of pocket

Please make sure you go through our terms and conditions especially cancellation policy to avoid future confusion and Your quick confirmation will help us to make booking on time and make a better arrangement with the quality.

To transfer money to Bhutan National Bank, from any place outside Bhutan and India, please request your bank to remit money through Bhutan National Bank Ltd., Correspondent Bank as follows:

1-Beneficiary Name Bank: Bhutan National Bank
GPO Building,
Street name: Nordzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan, P.O Box 439.
SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT

2-Ultimate/ Beneficiary name : GREEN HEART TOUR AND TRAVEL AGENT
Account No: 0100062545001

3-Address:
Street: Gongphel Lam Changzamtok,
Ashi Building No: 20
Postal Code: 11001
Thimphu, Bhutan

PAYMENT INTERNATIONAL BANKS

1-Choose any of the banks listed below, use correct currency (Do not send Dollars in Euro Account/Pound Account/Yen Account)
2-Use “Bhutan National Bank” as account holder or beneficiary name
3-Use correct beneficiary account number
4-Mention, ultimate beneficiary GREEN HEART TOURS AND TRAVEL AGENT, under remark column if any
5-Tourism is controlled by the government and all the payments to Bhutan must go to government account first, then they approve the visa.

Special note for sender:

Green Heart Tours And Travel Agent do not have direct account with any of the international banks listed below. We use Bhutan National Bank as our local bank in Bhutan; therefore, we are using their facilities to receive the payment from across the world. This is standard procedure for the entire tourist visiting Bhutan. No credit card payment system in Bhutan.
2-All the invoices are based in USD however you can deposit equivalent in local currency

Bank 1:

Standard Chartered Bank Ltd., New York, USA, Address: One Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010-3603
1-Beneficiary/Account Holder: Bhutan National Bank
2-Beneficiary Bank Account: 358-202-171-9001 (US Dollar Account-Only dollar payment accepted)
3-BNB SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT if in case BNB swift code doesn’t work, use SCB SWIFT Code: SCBLUS33
CHIPS ABA: 0256
FED ABA: 026002561
4-Note in remarks/Reference: Ultimate Beneficiary GREEN HEART TOURS AND TRAVEL-0100062545001
BNB Address: Bhutan National Bank, Near DYS , azhaa’s building . Opposite to FITI, Thimphu ; Bhutan

Bank 2:

Standard Chartered Bank Ltd., Singapore, Address: 6 Battery Road, Singapore 049909
1-Beneficiary/Account Holder: Bhutan National Bank
2-Beneficiary Bank Account: 01-7-005970-7 (US Dollar Account-Only dollar payment accepted)
3-BNB SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT if in case BNB swift code doesn’t work, use SCB SWIFT Code: SCBLSGSG
Sort Code: 60-91-04

4- Ultimate Beneficiary GREEN HEART TOURS AND TRAVEL AGENT ,Account no-0100062545001
BNB Address: Bhutan National Bank, Near DYS , azhaa’s building . Opposite to FITI, Thimphu ;Bhutan

Bank 3:

Standard Chartered Bank Ltd., Frankfurt, Germany, Address: Franklinstrasse 46-48 60486 Frankfurt am Main Germany
1-Beneficiary/Account Holder: Bhutan National Bank
2-Beneficiary Bank Account: 18155200 (Euro Account-Only Euro payment accepted)
IBAN-DE05512305000018155200
3-BNB SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT if in case BNB swift code doesn’t work, use SCB SWIFT Code: SCBLDEFX

4-Ultimate Beneficiary GREEN HEART TOURS AND TRAVEL AGENT ,Account no-0100062545001
BNB Address: Bhutan National Bank, Near DYS , azhaa’s building . Opposite to FITI, Thimphu ;Bhutan

Bank 4:

Standard Chartered Bank Ltd., London, Address: 37 Gracechurch Street, London EC3V OBX
1-Beneficiary/Account Holder: Bhutan National Bank
2-Beneficiary Bank Account: 01706885901 (GBP-Great Britain Pound- Only GBP payment accepted)
IBAN-GB21 SCBL 6091 0417 0688 59
3-BNB SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT if in case BNB swift code doesn’t work, use SCB SWIFT Code: SCBLGB2L
Sort Code: 60-91-04

4-Ultimate Beneficiary GREEN HEART TOURS AND TRAVEL AGENT ,Account No- 0100062545001
BNB Address: Bhutan National Bank, Near DYS , azhaa’s building . Opposite to FITI, Thimphu ; Bhutan.

Bank 5:

Standard Chartered Bank Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, Address: 21F Sanno Park Tower 2-11-1,Nagata-cho,Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo100-6155Japan
1-Beneficiary/Account Holder : Bhutan National Bank
2-Beneficiary Bank Account:2342855-1110 (Japanese Yen Account- Only yen payment accepted)
3-BNB SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT if in case BNB swift code doesn’t work, use SCB SWIFT Code: SCBLJPJT

4-Ultimate Beneficiary GREEN HEART TOURS AND TRAVEL AGENT ,Account No- 0100062545001
BNB Address: Bhutan National Bank, Near DYS , azhaa’s building . Opposite to FITI, Thimphu ;Bhutan

Bank 6:

Kasikorn bank PCL, Bangkok, Thailand, Address: 400/22 Phahon Yothin Avenue, Bangkok10400,Thailand
1-Beneficiary/AccountHolder: Bhutan National Bank
2-Beneficiary Bank Account: 400-95-1003-1 (US Dollar Account- Only dollar payment accepted)
3-BNB SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT if in case BNB swift code doesn’t work, use SCB SWIFT Code: KASITHBK

4- Ultimate Beneficiary GREEN HEART TOURS AND TRAVEL AGENT, Account no— 0100062545001
BNB Address: Bhutan National Bank, Near DYS , azhaa’s building . Opposite to FITI, Thimphu ;Bhutan

Bank 7:

Export-Import Bank of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand
1-Beneficiary/AccountHolder: Bhutan National Bank
2-Beneficiary Bank Account: 999-6-00369-0 (US Dollar Account- Only dollar payment accepted)
3-BNB SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT if in case BNB swift code doesn’t work, use SCB SWIFT Code: EXTHTHBK

4-Ultimate Beneficiary GREEN HEART TOURS AND TRAVEL AGENT …Account No- —-0100062545001
BNB Address: Bhutan National Bank, Near DYS , azhaa’s building . Opposite to FITI, Thimphu ;Bhutan

Bank 8:

Standard Chartered Bank Limited, Kathmandu, Nepal, Address: GPO Box 3990, Naya Baneshwor Kathmandu,Nepal
1-Beneficiary/AccountHolder: Bhutan National Bank
2-Beneficiary Bank Account: 01185233751 (US Dollar Account- Only dollars payment accepted)

3-BNB SWIFT Code: BNBTBTBT

4-Ultimate Beneficiary: GREEN HEART TOURS AND TRAVEL AGENT… Account no——-0100062545001—
BNB Address: Bhutan National Bank, Near DYS , azhaa’s building . Opposite to FITI, Thimphu ;Bhutan

Tourists traveling in a group of two (2) persons or less shall be subject to a surcharge, in addition to the minimum daily package rates. https://www.tourism.gov.bt/about-us/surcharges

These are as follows:

Single individual – US$ 40 per night
Group of 2 persons only – US$ 30 per person per night
The surcharge will not be applicable to representatives of foreign travel agents on business study or promotional visits duly approved and cleared by TCB.

Note: In a group of three persons, if one member is a child of 5 years and below, the group shall be treated as a FIT group of two persons and a surcharge will be applicable.