We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Government Tariff??

London
Level Contributor
82 posts
69 reviews
Save Topic
Government Tariff??

Can anyone pls explain what exactly is this tariff which each tourist has to pay USD250/day??

I intend to travel to Thimphu in June and all I want is to stay in a decent hotel in city centre Thimphu and may be do a day trip in the surrounding area of Thimphu for one day or may be even half a day, that's all.

Want to spend 3N4D in thimphu, explore the city centre and eat some local food and relax, nothing much!! Will I still be subject to 250USD/per day!!!?

Manama, Bahrain
Level Contributor
436 posts
53 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Government Tariff??

Since June is the low season the daily tariff will be $200 pp, but for a small group you will be subject to a daily surcharge of $30 extra pp if 2 people or $40 extra if only 1 person.

The Bhutanese Government regulates the tourist industry quite rigorously and sets the daily tariff (which includes your accommodation, food, tour guide, driver) ...... No way around it I'm afraid.

Edited: 18 January 2012, 19:55
Scunthorpe, United...
Level Contributor
3,583 posts
Save Reply
2. Re: Government Tariff??

Booking a holiday in Bhutan is very different. Tourism is carefully controlled by the Government so as not to have a negative impact on the culture and life of the Bhutanese.

Unless you are an Indian national, you are only allowed to enter if you have a prepaid and pre planned itinerary with a Bhutanese Tour Company. You can either book direct with a Bhutanese company or else book through an agent in UK who then book through a Bhutanese Agent. You cannot make a direct booking yourself.

You pay a set tariff per day which is set by the Bhutanese Government. This covers cost of car, driver, guide, accommodation and all meals. If you are trekking it also includes horses, porters, camping equipment and cooks. From 2012 prices are $250 per person per day. There is a surcharge of $30 per person for groups of two. Once in Bhutan all you need is spending money for postcards, gifts and drinks.

Why only 3N4D? Bhutan is an amazing country and deserves more time than this.

London
Level Contributor
82 posts
69 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Government Tariff??

Thanks a lot guys for all your inputs. However it sounds insane to have such a controlled holiday, looks like its going to be tough to plan for this one, thanx anyway!

Scunthorpe, United...
Level Contributor
3,583 posts
Save Reply
4. Re: Government Tariff??

The only way its controlled is that you can't arrange it yourself. You have to plan ahead and have paid up front for a prefixed itinerary with a tour agent in Bhutan. This prefixed itinerary may be as vague as 3 nights in Thimphu although most people and agents do want a more detailed itinerary than this. The tour agent will design an itinerary to meet your specific wishes. You aren't allowed to drive in Bhutan and there aren't buses, so you do need a car and driver to get around. It may seem a bit daunting to be 'lumbered' with a guide but most people get on very well with the guide and this relationship can make a holiday. Guides are very responsive and will tweek your itinerary once you arrive to suit you.

5. Re: Government Tariff??

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 20 April 2013, 10:21
Get answers to your questions about Bhutan