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Information sheet on travel to Bhutan

The prices of land costs to Bhutan are: US$ 250 per person, per night for the months of March, April, May, Sep, Oct and Nov. The months of Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug and Dec are lean season months and the costs are US$ 200 per person, per night for these lean season months.

The services offered for the mentioned prices are:
1. Standard accommodation (luxury hotels will be at additional charges)
2. All meals - except at the Uma Resort and the Taj Tashi hotel. If one is staying at the Aman or the Zhiwa Ling hotel - meals are included
3. Transportation.
4. Site seeing and tours
5. All entry fees into museums and institutes
6. All Government taxes
7. All equipments on trek - sleeping mats, sleeping tents, toilet and shower tents
8. Pack ponies on trek
9. We assign excellent leaders to each trip. They are highly qualified and certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. Their prices are US$ 65 per day. They make all the difference to your trip.

What is not included:
1. Drinks - can be paid for directly
2. Personal extras such as phone calls, laundry, shopping, spa use etc
3. Air tickets-
4. Any other extra services not noted above
5. Sleeping bags on trek
6. Visa fee of US$ 20 per person
7. TDF- US$ 10 per person
8. We allow 2 singles in a group and if there are more than this required, the supplements for single rooms are US$ 20 per room, per night
9. If there is only one traveler, there will be a surcharge of US$ 40 per night additional
trek, the Chomolhari trek, Merak If there are only two travelers, there will be surcharge of US$ 30 per person, per night additional.
11. For 1-2 people, doing the longer treks such as the Lunana (Snowman trek), the Laya-Gasa trek, the Chomolhari trek, Merak - Sakten trek, there will be surcharges for the trek duration of US$ 40 and US$ 30 per night additional, respectively. We encourage group of 3 and above for these longer duration treks

For visa application, we need the following:
We will need a copy of your passport to process visas and payments will need to be made in full to process visas. The system is online, so if the passport copies are clear and valid, and payments are received, visas can be processed in 2 days

The Druk Air regulations are listed below:
1. Once tickets are purchased, and should there be any cancellations, there will be a 100% refund on the fare, if cancelled a month prior to client's arrival in Bhutan. There will be an additional US$ 25 penalty per cancelled ticket
2. Once tickets are purchased, and should there be any cancellations, there will be a 50% refund on the fare, if cancelled 15 days prior to client's arrival in Bhutan. There will be an additional US$ 25 penalty per cancelled ticket
3. All ticket are E tickets
4. If the tickets are purchased and cancelled less than15 days prior to travel, there will be no refund on tickets
5. If one does not want to utilize a ticket that has been purchased, they have the option to hold for a year from the date of purchase. Penalty of US$ 25 will be charged and if within the time specified, they do not travel, the ticket will lapse and there will be no refund.
6. We can make block reservation - which means no names are required at the time of reservations. However full payments are required for this and should we cancel the seats (at any time) there will be NO refund at all. If we do block seats, names can be submitted as late as a week before departure.
7. Students below the age of 25 years, with a valid student's ID will avail of a 30 % discount on air tickets. Taxes will be paid in full
8. Infants - below 2 years of age, will avail of a 90% discount for air travel
9. Children below the age of 12 years, will avail of 33% discount. Taxes will be paid in full
10. Once reservations are made, Druk Air, will allow us a time period of one month in which to purchase the tickets.

Discount policies:
1. One person in a group of 16th person, is not charged for both the land and air arrangements. But visa, TDF and other tax on tickets will need to be paid in full. However for the air travel, all dates and sectors of travel should be the same to avail of this discount,
2. In a group of 11th person, one person avails of a 50% discount on both the land and air arrangements. Visa, TDF and other tax on tickets will be applicable in full. However to avail of the air discounts, all people should have the same dates / sectors of travel
3. Child discount: below 12 years of age, 50% discount on land arrangements. Visa, TDF applicable
4. Infant - below the age of 2 years - Free of cost for land arrangements. Visa, TDF will be applicable
5. For student's if below the age of 25 years, will avail of a 25% discount on land arrangements, but need to provide a valid student's ID.

CANCELLATIONS for land arrangements?
Tour Programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:
» Within 30 days of start of program ~ no charges
» Within 21 days ~ 10% of rate
» Within 14 days ~ 15% of rate
» Within 7 days ~ 30% of rate
» Less than 7 days or without notice ~ 50% of rate
» After arrival in Bhutan ~ 100%
» However, hotels have their own cancellation policies and failure to cancel within the specified time, once reservations are made with them, will result in no or partial refunds only
» We encourage that you check with your insurance agency to see what is covered by them, when you cancel your trip
» For treks, we encourage that clients have insurance coverage for evacuation and others

DELAYED ARRIVALS
There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required

Payment conditions
Full payments need to be made a month before client's arrival in accordance with the rules of the Tourism Council of Bhutan. For the Druk Air, we need to buy tickets immediately after making the reservations

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