7 Tips To Note When Planning A Trip to Bhutan
The peak tourist seasons are Spring: March – May and Fall: September – November. In particular, March, April, October and November are especially busy. If you’re considering visiting during these months, it’s best to book your tour package and flight tickets at least 3 months ahead to ensure your reservation.
Back in 2010, Drukair tickets were sold out for 3 consecutive weeks, so to avoid disappointment, we’d advise you to plan ahead. More tourists tend to travel during this period as they are the ideal months for festivals and trekking, which are naturally big draws.
If you want to avoid the crowd of the peak tourist period, consider travelling during the non-peak period.
Cost difference between peak & non-peak periods
During the peak tourist seasons of March – May and September – November, the daily tariff costs US$250 per day.1 For the non-peak season of December – February and June – August, the daily tariff is US$200 per day. If you want to travel to Bhutan but have a tight(er) budget, plan your trip during the off-peak months.
Surcharge for groups of 2 travellers or less
Travellers intending to go alone or as a pair should take note of the daily surcharge as follows:
Single traveller – US$40 per night
Group of 2 travellers – US$30 per person/per night
Group of 3 travellers or more – No surcharge (so gather 2 of your friends along, save some money and form lasting memories!)
Time your arrival during a festival
There are numerous festivals occurring throughout the year in Bhutan, though the popular ones such as the Paro and Thimphu Tshechu happen during the high tourist season. Festivals in Bhutan usually showcase colourful dances in elaborate costumes, with Bhutanese in attendance dressed to their best and unsurprisingly, tend to be huge tourist draws.
Apart from religious festivals, there are a range of other festivals catering to other interests, such as the Rhododendron Festival, Black Necked Crane Festival, Royal Highlander Festival, Ura Matsusake Mushroom Festival and Haa Summer Festival, to name a few. If you’re looking for a more intimate experience, consider going for a lesser known festival. *Friendly tip* These tend to provide better photo taking opportunities.