Keys to Bhutan

Geography
Destination: 
Region, district, state: 
Thimphu District
City: 
Thimphu
Scheme how to get to the base

Entry by Air
National Airlines Druk Air flies to following destinations:
- Bangkok, Thailand (3 ½ hrs) DAILY FLIGHT
- New Delhi, India (2 ½ hrs) FOUR TIMES A WEEK
- Kolkatta, India (1 Hr) THREE TIMES A WEEK
- Kathmandu, Nepal (45 mins) THREE TIMES A WEEK
- Dhaka, Bangladesh (45 mins) TWO TIMES A WEEK
- Bagodra, India (25 mins) TWO TIMES A WEEK

Entry by Land
One can also drive from south west and east of the country through India. The nearest Indian (West Bengal) airport Bagdogra in south west of Bhutan is 4 hrs drive from the Bhutanese border town Phuntsholing. The other nearest Indian (Assam) airport Guwhati in south east of Bhutan is 2 hrs drive from the Bhutanese border town Samdrupjongkhar.

Transfer from the place of arrival: Yes
Information for entry in the country
Documents for entry into the country: 


Passport, Visa, Travel/Medical Insurance

We process your Visa prior to your arrival in Bhutan. The actual Visa will be stamped onto your passport when you land in the country, for a Visa fee of 20 USD. Visas are valid for 14 days only. The duration is easily extended for up to 6 months for an additional fee of 20 USD.

Insurance
To join one of our trips you MUST have a comprehensive travel insurance. We don't arrange or sell insurance. For all our treks you will want emergency health insurance that includes trekking at higher altitudes (called different things, but usually high-risk activities or adventure holidays) and helicopter evacuation. Talk to your household insurer or your medical insurer (especially if you live in the USA or Canada). Ensure it covers the specific activities of your trip, such as trekking.

Prohibited items for bringing into the country: 

- Import of cigarettes and any other tobacco related products more than 200 (ten packets) cigarettes on payment of 200 percent duty is prohibited;
- Alcoholic beverage more than 1 liter for personal consumption.

Company information
Accomodation and Catering

Kind of accommodation 

  • Hotels
  • Lodging
  • Camping
  • Meals: 

  • Meals options
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Three meals per day
  • Necessary things to bring with you 

  • Some formal dress (that covers your body fully) for visiting temples and holy sites;
    Some warm cloths (as Spring/Autumn/Winter are cold in the morning and evening);
    Sleeping bag if camping or trekking;
    Sleeping mattress if you prefer thick one on your trek;
    High SPF sun block/Flash light;
    Two/Three pin round plug for charging, 220 V;
    Mosquito and insect repellent if you are traveling during June – September;
    Bring books to read in the evening (as most of the hotels don’t have TV).

  • Terms and Conditions: 


    Terms & Conditions

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    Language


    English, Dzongkha

    Additional information


    About Keys to Bhutan

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    Bhutan Info

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    Bhutan in Brief

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    While in Bhutan... do as the Bhutanese do

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    Hunting
    Additional documents
    Help with CITES Certificate: 
    No
    Fishing
  • River fishing
  • Seasons

    Species of fish: 

  • Brown trout
  • Snow Trout
  • Program of a tour


    Fishing in Bhutan


    Bhutan is one of the last unexplored fishing destinations in the world. For centuries, with its back turned to the outside world, Bhutan had remained a mystery. Fishing in Bhutan remains largely under-discovered. Due to the lack of a comprehensive survey, the complete list of the species is not very clear. About forty species have been recorded, with new species discovered every year.

    Fishing spots range from large rivers to crystal clear spring-fed streams. Altitudes range from a low of 1200 m. to 3000m. The most common varieties are the snow trout (belonging to the carp family) and the brown trout (which has thrived since its introduction some decades ago). The best times for fishing are in spring (March to May) and fall (September to November).

    In Bhutan you will experience the unique joy of fishing, in which beautiful trout streams, mountains and cultural scenes from 8th century mix in harmony. Fishing in the crystal clear rivers set against breathtaking landscape is what every angler dreams for. Our fishing trips offer a creative combination of fishing in the best spots and cultural activities. To organize a trip for only fishing would be a mistake. With its ancient culture, mystical religion, many historic sites, exotic festivals, and rich environment, Bhutan has many attractions to offer.

    You could also choose to trek and fish in the picturesque lakes that dot the mountains. Or fish during the day and camp along the rivers wherever possible, with sight seeing along the way; with your own off-road car, guide and cook, we can offer you an experience that will be hard to forget. Write to us and we will help you design your own customized trip.

    Ecotourism


    Cultural Tours in Bhutan


    Bhutan is a rich mosaic of different cultures, traditions, life styles, ethnic groups, languages and belief systems. It is astounding that a country with a population of just over half a million speaks as many as nineteen different dialects and a few major languages. Diverse as it may seem, yet the Bhutanese socio-culture fabric is well interlaced and harmonized mainly due to the common thread of simple Buddhist values that the people share.

    Our cultural tours are the easiest way to get a taste of Bhutan. With comfortable nights in hotels and luxury busses or cars during the day, we will give you a tour of all the major towns. Each town has a Dzong dating back from the 1600s, and many old temples and monasteries, architectural marvels in their own rights. Where ever possible we can organize cultural shows for you to heighten your experience.

    A smart way to do a cultural tour is to time your trip with the many festivals that take place all over Bhutan, all year round. Bhutanese festivals are truly unique. The religious dances at these festivals are attended by hundreds of devoted Bhutanese dressed in their beautiful multi colored dresses. The Tshechus in Paro, Thimphu and Bumthang (Jambay Lhakhang Drub) are the more popular festivals.


    Castles in the Air

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    Live it up in the Clouds

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    Beyond the Journeys

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    The Hidden Himalayas

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    Trekking in Bhutan


    The first road in Bhutan was built only in the early 70s. Until then people traveled along trails, hundreds of years old. Even now, some parts of Bhutan are days away from the nearest road. Trekking in Bhutan is along these ancient trade routes, far away from the main towns. Trek routes take you through villages not yet reached by the hands of change. And unlike in other countries, the villagers and the cattle will be the only occasional traffic you will come along the trail. Assisted by our trained crew, it is the best way to experience the country and to meet the local people.

    Trekking in Bhutan is unlike anywhere else in the Himalayas. The walks are long and arduous but they are complemented by the pristine atmosphere and views that defy description. Only a handful of tourists trek each year; trails are not as developed as they are in other countries. However what Bhutan may lack in infrastructural development, it makes up for in superb support facilities for trekkers. All our treks are accompanied by trained guides and an excellent support staff. All gear is carried by horses and yaks; you will only have to carry a daypack with your camera and extra films.

    We have tried to think of many ways to make your trek as comfortable as possible. Our support crew will walk ahead and set up the camp before you arrive. A warm cup of tea waiting in the dining tent is the most welcome treat after ten hours hiking up and down mountains, sometimes as high as 18,000 feet.


    The Drukpath Trek

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    Jumolhari Yaksa Trek

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    Laya Lingshi Trek

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    Samtegang Trek

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    Dagala Thousand Lake Trek

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    Haa Nub Tshonapata Trek

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    The Snowman Trek

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    Bird Watching in Bhutan

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    Mountain Biking in Bhutan

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    Festivals of Bhutan

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    Photography in Bhutan

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    Private Trips

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